Museum To Present “Ghosts of the Past” Cemetery Tour

RAHWAY—The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association will hold their annual “Ghosts of the Past” Rahway Cemetery Tour over two days, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4, from 1-4 p.m. in Rahway Cemetery, St. Georges Avenue in Rahway.

Visitors will walk through the circa 1724 cemetery to meet the “ghosts” of the some of the city’s long-ago residents and learn about the history of this city from the stories of the people who lived it.


Tour participants will visit the graves of over 15 past citizens, and through interpreters in period dress, they will hear their real-life stories that helped shaped local, state and national history.  Alex Shipley, Rahway’s city historian noted that this cemetery holds almost three centuries of the remains of city residents that were famous, interesting or even bizarre.

Shipley explained, “Walking through the cemetery you will find a signer of the Declaration of Independence, multiple veterans of virtually every war, a famous mystery writer, world-famous sculpture, slaves, captains of industry plus the body of a murdered woman who was never identified and her killer never found.  There are so many other interesting people it was hard to choose who among them who we would portray.  This year we’ve added some new ones with surprising but long forgotten life stories.”

Shipley also noted that next year the museum association will once again focus the tour on the murder mystery of the unknown woman, one of the most popular cemetery tours the museum has ever hosted.

All tours begin at the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum located on the corner of St. Georges and Westfield Avenues in Rahway, next door to the Rahway Cemetery.

Tickets can be purchased at the museum both days at $10 for adults, $8 for members and seniors, $5 for students and children under 12, and free to children under 5.  The cost also includes refreshments and access to all the museum exhibits. All proceeds benefit the continued restoration of the museum buildings and grounds.

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