"The dead do not rest easy in Lewiston, and they like to remind the living that they refuse to be forgotten."
Eva Nicklas, artistic director, Lewiston Council on the Arts.
Whether you're just out to have some fun or learn something of the paranormal, Lewiston's Marble Orchard Ghost Walks showcase Lewiston's rough and tumble frontier past as well as its gloriously ghost-filled present.
Lurking behind Lewiston's cheerful disposition lies an impressive past of creepy events, restless spirits and haunted buildings. The Marble Orchard Ghost Walks are one of Western New York's most popular autumn tourist destinations, unmatched when it comes to presenting both historical truths and ghostly legends; the walks are a great way to introduce visitors, school children and even long time residents to Lewiston's rich and exciting history, said Eva Nicklas, artistic director, Lewiston Council on the Arts.
The Marble Orchard Ghost Walks begin promptly at 7 p.m. on Saturdays starting Sept. 7 and continue every Saturday night through Oct. 26. Meet in the Peace Garden, 476 Center St., Lewiston, rain or shine. No reservations are necessary.
During the 90-minute walk, the Marble Orchard Players take visitors back in time as they share ghost stories, myths and tales of tragedy, crime, mayhem and murder, the grim and ghastly deeds of Lewiston's best ... and worst. Hear secrets, both funny and sinister, of events that happened a long time ago and the ghosts that still haunt Lewiston.
Walk through the Historic District, and always (as in life) ending up in the Village Cemetery. Have an eerie and fun-filled adventure as you learn about curses, graveyard etiquette and bizarre early medical practices, all told by costumed actors channeling the spirits of yesteryear.
Find out what happened to poor James Going after he died. Hear about Morgan the Mason, who many believe still haunts the Frontier House, or the Tuscarora legend of Skadotti, the "Screaming Killer of Dogs." Their stories and more can be found in the Marble Orchard.
Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children under age 12, and $12 for LCA members. Call the LCA at 716-754-0166 or visit www.artcouncil.org for more information.