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Pictured above it the volunteer cast of the Marble Orchard Ghost Walks. Front row from left are: Kay Terryberry as Mary Agnes Tryon, Sal Bianco as Miles Gillette, Bonnie Clark as Nina Starkweather. Standing front left are: Sue Campbell as Lucy Williams Hawes, Sonja Jonsson as Macy Boswell, Jerry Mosey as Judge Sherbourne Piper, Eva Nicklas as Sally Barton Tryon, Tim Henderson as Josiah Tryon, Jack Morgan as Calvin Hotchkiss, Kathryn Serianni as Catherine Hustler and Frank Filicetti as the Undead Spirit of the Marble Orchard

BY: Sarah Seweryniak | October 05, 2010

Now that we’ve entered the month of October, it’s time to get ready for Halloween.

Spirits will be walking amongst the living at the Lewiston Courtyard. Marble Orchard Ghost Walks will be giving tours for folks to meet the “spirits” in person.

The walks will answer the question of where all the departed souls go. The walks will feature some of the haunted stories of Lewiston’s past and currently haunted present.

The walk will last an hour and a half and those enlisted on the tour will hear classic ghost stories, myths and tales of tragedy, crime, mayhem and murder.

Those who have been brave enough to embark on the walk will step back in time and hear stories from the spirits themselves. The education tour will go through the Historic District into the Village Cemetery.

Spirits will led the adventure, as guests will learn more about curses, graveyard etiquette and tombstone symbols.

There’s no doubt that the stories of Lewiston’s rich history will be taken from the French and Indian War, War of 1812 and the Underground Railroad.

One of the most well known stories in Lewiston is called, “Devil’s Hold Massacre.” In 1763 the Senecas has lost their portage and their means of livelihood were threatened. That September the Senecas ambushed a wagon train that was transporting goods along the portage. The Indians killed and scalped dozens of troops that has accompanied the wagon, they then drove the wagon train over a cliff, where the wagon was destroyed. Two men and a drummer boy from the wagon survived to tell the tale. Currently, “Devil’s Hold,” is now a state park two miles south of the Village of Lewiston.

For those who can’t get enough of Lewiston’s haunted history, individuals can also enjoy Fridays with Mason Winfield, who will be giving tours of Lewiston’s most historic and haunted architecture. Author and martial arts expert, Sensei Gerry Halligan, will assist Winfield’s tours.

The events are rain or shine and the Art Council suggests travelers to bring a flashlight.

Tickets are for both walking tours are $10 and children under 12 years old are $5.

The Marble Orchard Ghost Walks begins at 7 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 30. and the Mason Winfield’s Haunted History Tour will begin at 7 p.m. every Friday through Oct. 30. Both tours will meet at the Lewiston Courtyard located at 476 Center St. in Lewiston.

For more information on the Marble Orchard Ghost Walks, call 754-0166 or go online and visit: www.artcouncil.org.

For more information on Mason Winfield’s Haunted History Tour, call 655-6663.

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