RAHWAY — The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association (MDTMA) will once again host their very popular Children’s Ghost Story Night at the Tavern on Saturday, Nov. 16 with three tours, the first beginning at 6 p.m.
All children from ages 6 through 14 are invited to step back in time to the early 1800’s to hear true tales of ghostly happenings in an era of candlelit taverns and stagecoach inns. Parents are also welcome to join this eerie, but fun and exciting family event at the 215 year old Rahway landmark.
Visitors will be guided by “ghosts” of innkeepers and travelers past through the period rooms to hear about local, mysterious legends, and perhaps witness supernatural events. Reservations can be made by calling: 732-381-0441.
Anne Hoener, MDTMA trustee and event chairperson stated that “Before the advent of TV and the telephone stagecoach inns and taverns were the communication hub of each town, and very often the location of local legends and mystery. Hosting this event in a real 18th century inn and telling the ghostly tales of real travelers of long ago allows our organization to present historical programs that are both educational and entertaining for all ages.”
Tours for the Nov. 16 event will be held every hour beginning at 6, 7 with the last tour at 8 p.m. Reservations are required and they can easily be made by calling Alex Shipley, at: 732-381-0441. The fee is $5 for children (ages 6 through 14), and $7 for accompanying adults. Refreshments will be available to all the hungry “ghosthunters”. Interested participants are encouraged to call early due to the increasing popularity of this twice-annual event.
The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association is dedicated to preserving the Merchants and Drovers Tavern (c. 1795), the Terrill Tavern (c. 1735), developing the site as a tavern inn museum and to interpreting the important role played by taverns and inns in early American history; to provide a regional education, cultural and historic resource; and to preserve local history. The museum building, located at St. Georges Avenue (Rt. 27) and Westfield Avenue, is recorded in the Historic American Buildings Survey and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. To learn more about the Museum’s exhibits, guided tours, events and openings, go to www.merchantsanddrovers.org, or call 732-381-0441.
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