Ghosts take shape for Haunted Weekend
October 17, 2011
Beginning Friday night, several ghosts from Carson Valley’s past will come to life for the Douglas County Historical Society’s “Haunted Weekend.”
Costumed living history presenters will reenact a variety of prominent pioneers in an historical and kid-friendly atmosphere.
“Haunted Minden Ghost Walk” is Friday, and will be the kickoff event for “Haunted Weekend”. Tours depart at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., from the corner of the Minden Park on Esmeralda Street. Last year the ghosts of Minden put on quite a show, and are planning a bigger and better event this year. The old drug store is even open for business again.
The 16th annual “Haunted Cemetery Tour” is Saturday at the Garden Cemetery in Gardnerville from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Guided tours depart approximately every 15 minutes. You will step back in time as family members and others bring back to life some of Nevada’s earliest pioneers.
The ghost of Hans Anderson will return from the other side for this year’s tour. Anderson was shot and killed at the Millerville Saloon by Adam Uber in 1897. The ghosts of Lawrence and Mary Gilman will be in the cemetery to tell you about their lives. Lawrence is buried in Gardnerville and Mary in Genoa, but they are ghosts and they can do whatever they want.
The history of the Henningsen family will come to life as family members tell about the family and the early days of Carson Valley. Judge Hickey is telling his stories about some of the people he married and life as he knew it in the good old days.
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Caroline Jacobsen Ezell will talk about coming from Denmark to Carson Valley with her brother and sister and her marriage and early life in Carson Valley. Uncle John, Aunt Mary Gardner and other ghosts and ghouls may also make an appearance.
Following the cemetery tour, Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters will conduct a paranormal investigation at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center. The Museum, built in 1916, has been investigated by paranormal investigators from Nevada and Washington in the past who all reported spirit activity. Tickets cost $5 and will be sold on a first-come basis at the Haunted Minden and Haunted Cemetery tours. For more information on Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters visit http://www.nngh.net.
On Oct. 23, “The Haunted Genoa Ghost Walk” will depart from the Courthouse Museum at 11 a.m. Mormon Station later known as Genoa, the first permanent settlement in Nevada, has a rich and exciting history. At the Courthouse Museum following the ghost walk, the Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters will explain the equipment they use and discuss the investigation held in July and what was found.
Each tour costs $5 per person. Dress warmly with hats, coats, gloves. A flashlight is recommended for the “Haunted Gardnerville Cemetery Tour.”
Tickets can be purchased at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville, or by calling 782-2555. They can also be purchased at Tumblewind Antiques in Minden and before each “Haunted Weekend” adventure.
For more information visit http://www.historicnevada.org.
Haunted Minden Ghost Walk – 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., Friday at the corner of the Minden Park on Esmeralda Street.
Haunted Cemetery Tour – Every 15 minutes from 6:30-8 p.m., Saturday at the Garden Cemetery in Gardnerville.
Haunted Genoa Ghost Walk – 11 a.m. Oct. 23 at Courthouse Museum in Genoa.
Paranormal Investigation – Following the Haunted Cemetery tour, Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters will conduct a paranormal investigation at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center. Tickets for this event can only be purchased at the Haunted Minden and Haunted Cemetery tours.
All adventures cost $5. Information, 782-2555.