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October 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$10.
Reservations recommended. Costumed actors portray “spirits” dramatically telling true, 19th century stories of disastrous events in the beautiful Lanier Mansion.
$10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 for children under 18 in advance, $7 at the door. 812-273-0556
Last tour begins at 9:00pm.
MADISON, Ind. – The public is invited to the 11th annual Night Spirits at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site on Friday, Oct. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. Costumed actors portraying ‘spirits’ will recount several historic fires and explosions from the 19th century, including the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
“One of our ‘spirits’ will explain a very interesting theory about the cause of the Chicago fire,” said Kate Brown, president of the Lanier Foundation. “His story will not blame Mrs. O’Leary’s cow.”
Placed in rooms throughout the beautiful home, the ‘spirits’ will vividly describe four additional disasters including the appalling explosion of the Steamboat Moselle in 1838, the incineration of the St. Louis Wharf in 1849, a train collision that annihilated Philadelphia’s St. Michael’s Sunday school group in 1856 and the tragic explosion aboard the USS Princeton in 1844. Although all these stories involve death and destruction, some of the ‘spirits’ have humorous personalities which will lighten the mood of the evening. All scripts for the stories were written by Wayne Sanford of Indianapolis.
The first tour group will leave the Lanier/Madison Visitor’s Center at 7 p.m. Additional groups will depart in 15-minute intervals thereafter. Each tour will last one hour with the final tour departing at 9 p.m.
Admission is $10 per person in advance, $12 per person at the door. Reservations can be made by calling Gerry Reilly, Lanier Mansion State Historic Site manager, at 812.273.0556.
The Lanier Mansion State Historic Site and Lanier/Madison Visitor’s Center are located at 601 W. First St. in historic Madison, Ind.