Candlelight Ghostwalk | Historic Batavia Cemetery
Batavia, NY 14020
This is a candlelight ghost walk through the Historic Batavia Cemetery on Harvester Avenue that features re-enactors at 7-8 stations. It begins at 7:00 pm and runs every fifteen minutes until 8:30. Proceeds benefit the restoration and upkeep of the cemetery. Join us for some spooky fun and meet the famous and infamous movers and shakers who shaped and influenced the City of Batavia during a one hour candlelight tour through the cemetery. We will also visit inside the beautiful Richmond mausoleum. Refreshments will be served at the end of the tour.
The guided tour on candlelit paths will bring guests to meet men and women of Batavia, who, for various reasons, held great power and exerted great influence in their day, were victims of tragic events, or both. Philemon Tracy, one of the few Confederate officers buried in the north, Ruth the unknown victim of a horrendous murder, Joseph Ellicott, a man of great power and great flaws, and William Morgan, the man who disappeared and was allegedly murdered before he could reveal the secrets of the Masons, are some of the ghosts who will tell their stories on the tour.
Also visiting will be Civil War veteran General John H. Martindale, who was Military Governor of the District of Columbia in 1865 and James Holden, a sergeant in the American Revolution. Dean and Mary Richmond, who greatly influenced business and civic life in Batavia in the 1800s, will meet with guests in their beautiful mausoleum on the last stop of the tour. Mr. Richmond made a great fortune in Great Lakes shipping and was the second president of the New York Central Railroad. Mrs. Richmond vastly expanded her husband’s fortune after his death and sat on the boards of many businesses and civic organizations.
Tickets are $10.00 per person and includes refreshments. Reservations are required. For information and tickets, please call 585-943-5662. No rain date.