New Windsor Heritage is celebrating Halloween this year by sponsoring an evening of Spirited Tales, a spooky family-friendly tour which is returning after a seven-year break.
On Oct. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m., participants will be invited to take a socially distanced outside tour of key locations in town noted for supernatural activity. These include the historic Dielman Inn, the Presbyterian Church cemetery and numerous 19th century houses.
The Spirited Tales Walk, last held in 2013, attracted around 200 guests, according to Frank Batavick, member of New Windsor Heritage.
“We gave the event a rest for a while and then the COVID-19 pandemic hit,” he said. “This year we have a few new twists.”
Each of seven sites features a costumed storyteller who will regale participants with New Windsor-focused tales about such topics as an insane doctor, a U.S. Army general who captured Geronimo and was then haunted by his escape, and various mischievous spirits who have bedeviled residents over the years.
“Such a little town had some remarkable brushes with history … There are some interesting stories that have touched New Windsor over the years,” Batavick said, adding the tour is a great thing to help residents get ready for Halloween.
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“The town is perfect for the walk with it’s wonderful atmosphere” and Victorian architecture, he mentioned.
Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event at the New Windsor Heritage Museum located at 207 Main Street. The admission cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and students. Children 3 and under are free.
Batavick said groups of four guests or more will receive $5 off their total cost of admission, and complementary hot apple cider and cookies will be served.
“We want to share these stories not only with residents of the town but to people across the whole county,” he said.
The tour will follow state and county COVID-19 guidelines; masks will not be required.
New Windsor Heritage, founded in 1983, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and promote the history of the town. Money raised from the event will be used to maintain the collection at the New Windsor Heritage Museum, as well as maintaining their building on Main Street.
For more information, check out the New Windsor Heritage Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NewWindsorHeritage/.