“Things That Go Bump in the Night” at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown is an “eerie tour” led by museum interpreters about the shadowy grounds to hear the many mysteries and ghostly happenings that have occurred in the museum’s historic village.
Afterward members of the Templeton Players bring a classic ghost story to life. These tours are held on three nights only: Saturday, October 18; Friday, October 24; and Saturday, October 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Every half-hour from 5:30 to 8:00 pm, museum guides walk visitors through the darkened 19th-century village by lantern, stopping at the historic buildings throughout, including the Blacksmith’s Shop and Bump Tavern. Participants hear stories associated with the museum’s buildings as in the tale of a young ghost sighted in the tavern and the mysterious early morning strikes on the blacksmith’s anvil. At the tour’s end, one of the Templeton Players will dramatize Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
The event is inspired by Louis C. Jones’s classic collection of folk tales, Things That Go Bump in the Night, a timeless record of haunted history and restless spirits in New York State. As Louis Jones said, “Stories of ghosts are kept alive by the telling and retelling of our people.” Be part of New York State folklore!
These hour-long tours are held every half-hour between 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Reservations are required. Admission is $10 per person (ages 3 and up). Please call Meg Preston at (607) 547-1452.
The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY. For more information, visit FarmersMuseum.org.