Mumford, N.Y. - Even with a century and more of exposure to movies, television and other new terrors, the horror tales and frightening characters of 19th-century writings still have a hold on us today.
Some of these characters come to life in Genesee Country Village & Museum's Spirits of the Past Theatrical Tour, Oct. 17-18 & 22-25, chilling visitors as they once did in the 19th century.
Using its historic village as a canvas, the 75-minute guided tour revisits scenes from the pens of Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving, the Brothers Grimm, Robert Louis Stevenson and others. Adaptations are acted out in short vignettes in and around the dimly lit streets and spooky 19th-century buildings.
Cost is $17/$15 members and reservations are required. Tours depart every 10 minutes from 7-9 pm Thursday and 6-9:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays. There is a $2 discount on the Thursday tours. It is not recommended for persons under 12.
For further information, visit www.gcv.org or call (585) 538-6822.
GCVM is the largest living history museum in New York State with the largest collection of historic buildings in the Northeast. The museum, with its John L. Wehle Gallery, Civil War-era gas balloon, working brewery, vintage base ball and Genesee Country Nature Center, is open May -Oct., and located in Mumford, N.Y., 20 miles southwest of Rochester and 45 miles east of Buffalo.
Photo: Fictional characters come to life during Spirits of the Past Theatrical Tours at at Genesee Country Museum. Photo by Dave Valvo