Ghost Walks Tours Selling Fast, Limited Tickets Remaining
Thrills and frights await all who dare to join this year's annual Halloween Ghost Walks. Three tours will be offered each night beginning at 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 23.
NOTE: The 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. tours are now sold out on both nights!
As in the past, the lantern-lighted tours will include a stroll past historic homes harboring ghostly secrets, but more chills await visitors this year than ever before. The hour-long walk through the darkened town streets will be strewn with spectral surprises as historical ghosts come to life and tell their tales. The tour winds through the Indian River Cemetery with ancient burial grounds dating back to the 1600s! The tour also includes a crackling bonfire, refreshments, a visit to the Stanton House, and a tour of "Old Brick."
This popular event sells out quickly and space is limited. Tickets are $13 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by email only, beginning Oct. 1. Please give us your name and phone number, the date and time of the tour you want to reserve, and the number of tickets you need. You will receive a return confirmation by e-mail within a week. Cash or check will be collected at the door on the night of the event.
The tours begin at the Clinton Historical Society, 103 E. Main Street. Comfortable shoes are recommended as the terrain in the graveyard can be uneven. Guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight. Please let us know if you need to cancel your reservation, as space sells out and we maintain a waiting list. In the event of heavy rain we will reschedule for Thursday, October 24th. Weather cancelation details will be posted on the Society’s answering machine and website.
Tour the Little Red Schoolhouse, Oct. 19
Take a trip back in time when the Clinton Historical Society presents a rare opportunity to tour the interior of a one-room Little Red Schoolhouse, built in the early 1800s, which remains in its original condition today. The one-room schoolhouse served Clinton's children of all ages for many years, and was also a gathering place for residents who celebrated the Fourth of July on the property.
On Saturday, October 19, the schoolhouse will be open for a one-day special event co-sponsored by the Clinton Historical Society and the Henry Carter Hull Library. As there is no parking permitted at the site, visitors will be shuttled on the Clinton Trolley from the library at 10 Killingworth Turnpike to the schoolhouse on Cow Hill Road. Light refreshments and a presentation about the history of the schoolhouse will be available in the library's Community Room as you await your trolley ride. The last trolley will leave the library at 12:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Highlights from Our Annual Members’ Garden Party, August 2019
The garden was filled with music, food, drink and friends on Sunday, August 8, 2019. Paul Neri, local musician and luthier, generously played for us which made the afternoon especially festive. Dianne Gustafson, CHS Garden Co-Chairperson, invited members to acknowledge the tree and birdbath which were recently installed in the garden in memory of Lucy Elliot and Trudy Stannard, two beloved CHS members who designed and created these spectacular gardens and tended them for many years. Mary-Kelly Busch and Anne Baker, Hospitality Co-Chairpersons, made the entire day feel effortless for the rest of us. Here are some photo highlights from the day’s events.
Museum Room Open Every Thursday
Now Showing: Pierson School Exhibit
An often overlooked gem, the Museum Room in Town Hall is a treasure trove of historical artifacts from Clinton’s past and is now open every Thursday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Permanent exhibits include displays about early settlers, education, Native Americans, industry, shipbuilding, and the War of 1812.
This year, our special exhibit honors the history of the Abraham Pierson School which closed in June 2019. The exhibit includes memorabilia from many decades including school programs, posters, report cards, and more.