By the Lewiston Council on the Arts
Lewiston's Marble Orchard Ghost Walks showcase Lewiston's rough and tumble frontier past, as well as its gloriously creepy present. Lurking behind Lewiston's serene facade lies a shadowy past filled with nightmarish spirits, ominous events and haunted buildings.
The Marble Orchard Ghost Walks are one of Western New York's most popular tourist destinations - unmatched when it comes to presenting both historical truths and ghostly legends. The event returns this fall, with walks set for 7 p.m. Saturdays in September and October.
During the 90-minute walk, the Marble Orchard Players will take participants 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 worse. Guests will hear secrets, both funny and sinister, of events that happened a long time ago.
Along the way, participants will meet these spirits in person and hear their tales of the macabre, the grisly and the ghostly. Step back in time as the offbeat, theatrical guides walk you through the historic district, always (as in life) ending up in the Village Cemetery.
Find out what happened to religious zealot James Going after he was "called home." Hear about Morgan the Mason, who many believe still haunts the Frontier House. And meet Hazel - that is, "Witch Hazel" - the scorned woman who cursed her lover for eternity.
The Marble Orchard Ghost Walks begin promptly and are held rain or shine. Participants will meet in the Peace Garden, 476 Center St. No reservations are necessary. And, oh yes, be sure to bring a flashlight. It gets dark early in the graveyard.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children under the age of 12, and $12 for Lewiston Council on the Arts members. Call the LCA at 716-754-0166 or visit online at www.artcouncil.org.