Legendary Haunted Huguenot Street Tours to Feature Lenape Legends and Modern Spiritualism Friday and Saturday Evenings, October 13 – 28
NEW PALTZ, NY (October 12, 2017) –Historic Huguenot Street has announced dates for its signature Halloween event, Haunted Huguenot Street. This year will feature new tours inspired by the legends and history of Huguenot Street on Friday and Saturday evenings for three weeks: October 13 – 14, 20 – 21, and 27 – 28.
This year’s tours will take guests through four historic structures and the settlement’s original burial ground. Guests will hear centuries-old Lenape legends in the replica Esopus Munsee Native American wigwam, meet past residents of Huguenot Street who experienced paranormal activity in their homes, learn about the rise of spiritualism and séances, and explore the fixation with the “Mysterious Talking Board,” a device used for communicating with spirits that mystified the country in the 19th and 20th centuries.
“Every year, we tap into actual facts, fears, and events from the past,” said Kara Gaffken, Director of Public Programming. “Part of this year’s program comes directly from our conversations with New Paltz local Aletta Vett. In 1961, a teenage Aletta and her husband John were hired by the Huguenot Historical Society to live in and care for the Jean Hasbrouck House.”
Haunted Huguenot Street tours will depart from the DuBois Fort Visitor Center (81 Huguenot Street) hourly beginning at 5 pm, with the final tour leaving at 9 pm.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as tours sell out quickly. General admission is $25 per person (10% off for seniors and military). Registration is available at huguenotstreet.org/haunted.
About Historic Huguenot Street
A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit that encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres comprising the heart of the original 1678 New Paltz settlement, including seven stone houses dating to the early eighteenth century. Historic Huguenot Street was founded in 1894 as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve the nationally acclaimed collection of stone houses. Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York Department of Education, that is dedicated to protecting our historic buildings, preserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families from the seventeenth century to today.
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