Haunted Weekend comes to life Thursday
October 16, 2012
This weekend, several ghosts from Carson Valley’s past will come to life in an educational and spooky Haunted Weekend.Costumed living history presenters will re-enact a variety of historical, educational and child friendly pioneers. Haunted Minden Ghost Walk is Thursday night, and will be the kickoff event for Haunted Weekend. Tours depart at 6 and 7 p.m. from the CVIC Hall on Esmeralda Street in Minden. “The walk will feature stories about when the CVIC Hall acted as a morgue for the plane crash on Genoa Peak and other mysterious happenings,” said organizer Laurie Hickey. “The janitor, though he is gone, still keeps an eye on things. Focus will also be given to the Minden Park of days gone by. A special ghost from Nevada’s historic past will be visiting Minden this year.”A real ghost investigation Friday night by Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters is at The New Rancho Grande in Gardnerville, the former historic Ritchford Hotel. “The owners and one of the upstairs tenants have reported several unexplained events,” Hickey said. “Who knows you might even get to meet the lady with red hair in the restroom or Mabel Ritchford, known for the wonderful meals she served to hotel guests.” Tickets will be limited, so pre-purchase is suggested. The New Rancho Grande will offer a ghost hunters dinner special at 7 p.m. with 10 percent off any menu item. Join the Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters for dinner and an opportunity for questions. Ghost hunting will begin about 8:30 p.m. A ghost hunting workshop is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Courthouse Museum in Genoa.The workshop will be conducted by Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters. Tickets for the workshop are $5 per person and are limited. Learn how investigations are done and the equipment needed and used by ghost hunters. See actual investigations that NNGH have conducted in Northern Nevada and California with some interesting results. Tombstone Tap & Grill in Genoa will offer Haunted Weekend lunch and dinner specials. Show your Haunted Weekend ticket and get 10 percent off any menu item.The 17th annual Haunted Genoa Cemetery Tour is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.“If you have been dying to take a nighttime tour of one of Nevada’s oldest cemeteries, join us, if you dare, for the Haunted Genoa Cemetery Tour,” Hickey said. “Don’t be scared, you will have a guide.”Tours depart every 15 minutes. As guests stroll through this historic cemetery, they will meet the ghosts of early Nevada pioneers, such as Judge John Cradelbaugh who was appointed the first territorial Judge of the 2nd judicial district of Utah by President Buchanan. He was the first delegate to Congress from the Nevada Territory, and was wounded at the Battle of Vicksburg in the Civil War. Following the Cemetery Tour, at about 9 p.m., Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters will conduct a paranormal investigation at the Courthouse Museum in Genoa, which has been investigated in the past. Space is limited because of equipment and investigators, so tickets will be sold at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center and on a first-come basis at the Haunted Minden and Haunted Genoa Cemetery Tour.On Sunday morning, Haunted Genoa Ghost Walk will depart from the Courthouse Museum in Genoa at 10:30 a.m. “Mormon Station, later known as Genoa, the first permanent settlement in Nevada, has a rich and exciting history, with or without ghosts,” Hickey said.Tickets for each event are $5 per person including investigations. The historical society has partnered with the Historian Inn and Holiday Inn Express to offer Haunted Weekend room packages. Haunted Weekend tickets can be purchased at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, located at 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville or by calling 782-2555. Visit their website at firstname.lastname@example.org.