A Walk on the Spooky Side

With Halloween quickly approaching I decided it was time to get into the spirit by taking a ghost walk.

For the past 13 years the Chemung County Historical Society in Elmira has hosted a ghost walk in Woodlawn National Cemetery. This cemetery is home to many notable and interesting people throughout history.

I will be the first to admit I do not do scary. But I do love history so I reserved my ticket, bundled up to keep warm and headed out to the Chemung Valley History Museum.

This ghost walk is only available one weekend each year. They do run it both Friday and Saturday night. Our guide told us they had eight tours each night this year. They sell out fast so make sure you reserve your spot early. I booked my several weeks ago.

We were told to arrive 15 minutes before our 7:35 time slot. I recommend arriving a little earlier so you have time to look around the museum or join in on the local trivia questions being asked in the meeting room. We were able to enter our name in a drawing for a prize for every answer we got right.

At 7:35, our bus was ready to take our group to the cemetery. There were around 20 people in our group. When we arrived at the cemetery we were greeted by a group of people carrying lanterns to guide us around.

Walking through a cemetery at night will give you a little bit of apprehension all on its own. When you mix that with the occational “spirit” wandering by in the distance it is a creepy, fun time.

The guides led us to select graves where there are “spirits” who tell the story of their lives. They are dressed in clothing from that time period. They pull you into the story and truly make you feel like you are transported back to their life at that time in history.

In total we visited four gravesites plus saw various other spirits wandering through the cemetery. We were asked to not have our phones out during the spirit visits so I don’t have pictures to share. This is one you will need to see in person. I know I will be going again. It was spooky, good time!

If you would like to check out the spirits that have appeared over the past 13 years you can visit http://www.chemungvalleymuseum.org. They do change it up over the years so you will want to go back again and again.

Thanks for exploring with me – Shelly

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