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Haunted weekend benefits historical society

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Tonja Dressler, Audrey Cain and Laurie Hickey at the Mottsville Cemetery.
Shannon Litz | The Record-Courier

Ghost hunters and history buffs are invited to join the Douglas County Historical Society for Haunted Weekend Oct. 17-20.

This year’s schedule of historic and haunted adventures will begin with a free meet and greet the Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters, Afterworld Paranormal and other paranormal investigators, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 17, at the Historian Inn Market Café. This is a chance to view ghost hunting equipment up close, ask questions about investigations, séances and the paranormal. Also there will be a discussion about reported haunted sites located in Carson Valley.

Haunted Gardnerville ghost walk is 6 and 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Tours depart from the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, in Gardnerville. Cost is $5 per person.

The focus of the Gardnerville walk is the history of the town, the buildings and the people.

Séance and ghost investigation by Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters will see if they can conjure up some paranormal activity 9 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. The séance and investigation will follow the Haunted Gardnerville ghost walk.

“If you are wondering why in the world the historical society is having a séance, actually they are quite historical,” organizers said. “Attempting to communicate with spirits is nothing new. During Victorian times and the rise of what was called the Spiritualist Movement, séances were a popular form of entertainment. Mary Todd Lincoln held séances at the White House regularly, many attended by her husband the president.”

The Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center has been investigated by paranormal groups from Washington State and several from the Reno area, all finding activity. Séance and investigation tickets are $15 per person, tickets will be limited. Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters and Afterworld Paranormal are nonprofit groups with a desire to understand the world of the paranormal. All their services are provided free of charge. Their goal is to find answers to unexplained events that could have a very simple explanation or not?

Dying to take a tour of Carson Valley’s oldest cemetery, join us for the Haunted Mottsville Cemetery Tour 6-8 p.m. Oct. 19.

Guided tours depart approximately every 15 minutes, $5 per person. The Mottsville Cemetery is located off Mottsville Lane on Old Foothill Road (aka Emigrant Trail) near the four-way stop at the intersection of Kingsbury Grade, Foothill Road and Mottsville Lane. Look for signs and ghosts.

The Mottsville Cemetery is all that remains of the Emigrant Trail settlement of Mottsville. This is where Hiram Mott and his family settled in June 1851. The first school in what became Nevada was held in Israel and Eliza Motts’ kitchen in 1854. In 1856, the first session of the U.S. District Court of the third District of Utah Territory was held in the Mott barn. In 1857, Israel and Eliza Mott’s daughter Louisa Beatrice Mott was born, the first white female child born in Carson Valley and probably Nevada.

“The house and barn have long been gone, but who knows the ghosts of these historic pioneers may still linger in the cemetery looking for visitors like you to spend a little time,” organizers said. “Join us if you dare for a historical night-time walk around the oldest cemetery in Carson Valley, in search of the living dead. Ghost from Carson Valley’s past will be on hand to tell you about their lives.”

Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters will see if they can conjure up some paranormal activity 9 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Courthouse Museum in Genoa.

The séance and investigation will follow the Haunted Mottsville Cemetery Tour. The museum has been investigated in the past finding several unexplained phenomena. Tickets are $15 per person, tickets will be limited.

The Haunted Genoa ghost walk is 10 a.m. Oct. 21 in historic Genoa starting at the courthouse museum on Main Street.

Tickets are $5 per person.

“Genoa, the first permanent settlement in Nevada, has an exciting history with or without ghosts,” organizers said. “But, Genoa had its share of murders, suicides, hangings etc.”

Attendees should bring a flashlight, and dress warmly with a hat, coat and gloves.

“We recommend warm and comfortable walking shoes to keep you from becoming dead on your feet,” organizers said.

For information and tickets, call 782-2555, or email dchs@historicnevada.net.