Saturday, October 25, 2014

Three Local Tours in One Day

This morning, Michele and I attended the Rensselaer County Historical Society's Murder and Mayhem history walk through the streets of Troy. It was interesting. So many of the stories seemed to be about Irish immigrants raising mayhem that I came away from it thinking, "boy, those Irish sure were a rowdy bunch!" Also, the vision of the gallows being on the hill where EMPAC now sits stuck in my head. Seeing the condemned swinging from those gallows must have been quite the sight!

This afternoon, Michele and I attended the Brunswick Historical Society's annual tour of Forest Park Cemetery, reputedly one of the most haunted cemeteries in the United States. Although we didn't see any ghosts, we did see some interesting things, and heard some interesting tales (mostly of the historical variety). I took a bunch of photos, and will be posting them soon (probably tomorrow).

This evening, Michele and I attended the Knick at Night Ghost Tour of The Knickerbocker Mansion in Schaghticoke. The tour itself was fun and interesting. The mansion was decorated in an appropriately-spooky manner, and the ghosts had some intriguing tales to tell. We even got to walk around an old cemetery in the dark, which seemed a proper Halloween-type activity.

However, there was one unpleasant aspect to an otherwise enjoyable outing. People parked three rows deep on the lawn beside the mansion that serves as a parking lot, and we got blocked in for about a half an hour. At least the organizer of the event offered to let us have free coffee and cupcakes while we waited for one of the vehicles blocking us to leave.

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