Victoria Lawn Cemetery: War of 1812 Spirit Walk

War of 1812 Spirit Walk

Adrian Petry brings The War of 1812 history alive!

Cemeteries and Canadian history?

Katie and I voluntarily spent last Friday evening combining cemeteries and Canadian history? And we had a great time?! We sure did!

The War of 1812 Spirit Walk

John C. Ball walks lively for someone who served during the War of 1812

The secret to making history interesting is to find ways to make it relevant, engaging and bring the ghosts to life! That is exactly what happened at The Victoria Lawn Cemetery during their War of 1812 Spirit Walk.

The War of 1812 Spirit Walk

John C. Ball fills in some of the details in Adrian`s research

Adrian Petry did a marvelous job playing a fictitious reporter from a century ago who was researching an article he was writing in tribute to the Centennial of the War of 1812. Adrian was charming, funny and sincere as he led a large tour group through the cemetery.

The War of 1812 Spirit Walk

The ghost of Abraham Hostetter shares some of his story

As the group travelled the Victoria Lawn Cemetery we were brought to the tombstones of various historical figures who played significant roles in the War of 1812.

Adrian proceeded to begin each character’s story only to have the appropriate ghost show up and tell his or her own tale.

War of 1812 Spirit Walk

As large crowd wanders the cemetery in search of these ghosts’ stories

It was compelling to hear the tales of soldiers, community leaders and even civilians give a first-hand account of their experiences and the impact it had on them and the future of Niagara plus the US/Canadian relationship for the years to follow.

War of 1812 Spirit Walk

John C. Clark tells compelling tales of the US and Canadian neighbours turned enemies

War of 1812 Spirit Walk

The crowd is spellbound by the tale of Bessie the Cow

War of 1812 Spirit Walk

George Rykert sheds some light on his military past and role in building the Welland Canal

War of 1812 Spirit Walk

Hannah Frey looks for the tombstone of her long-dead husband

War of 1812 Spirit Walk

Mrs. Frey has some strong opinions about how the war impacted lives in Niagara

War of 1812 Spirit Walk

The young ghost of Peter Yocum takes a break from his endless Spirit Walk

Included among the historical figures discussed were John C. Ball, William Hamilton Merritt, Abraham Hostetter, John C. Clark, George Rykert, Hannah Frey and Peter Yocum.

It is highly recommended and this is the last weekend you will be able to catch the fun! You can contact the St. Catharines Museum below to register.

JUST THE FACTS

Victoria Lawn Cemetery Guided Spirit Walk
A Walk Through History: Memories of the War of 1812 in St. Catharines
Audience: Adult, Family

Tours are available by pre-registration only, at a cost of $8 per person. Please contact the Museum at 905-984-8880 to reserve your spot!

Description:

Embark on a guided, evening spirit walk to discover the personal stories of those who lived through some of the most dramatic events of the War of 1812. A Walk Through History: Memories of the War of 1812 in St. Catharines runs September 7, 8, 14 and 15, 2012.

Encounter some of St. Catharines most famous residents of the past 200 years in a walk through history, led by St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre, in partnership with the St. Catharines War of 1812 Bicentennial Steering Committee. Tours depart the Victoria Lawn Cemetery parking lot at 7pm on September 7 and 14 and at both 5pm and 7pm on September 8 and 15, 2012.

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