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Halloween Candlelight Ghostwalk is back on in Batavia

The ghost walk through the Historic Batavia Cemetery on Harvester Avenue is happening on October 23.
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BATAVIA, N.Y. — The Batavia Cemetery Association announced that its annual Halloween Candlelight Ghostwalk is back. 

The BCA said the tour will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 7 p.m. and the ghost walk will travel through the Historic Batavia Cemetery on Harvester Avenue in Batavia.

The guided tour on candlelit paths will bring guests to meet men and women of Batavia, who held great power and exerted great influence in their day, were victims of tragic events, or both. 

Philemon Tracy, one of the few Confederate officers buried in the north, Ruth the unknown victim of a horrendous murder, Joseph Ellicott, a man of great power and great flaws, and William Morgan, the man who disappeared and was allegedly murdered before he could reveal the secrets of the Masons, are some of the ghosts who will tell their stories on the tour.

The BCA said also visiting will be Civil War veteran General John H. Martindale, who was Military Governor of the District of Columbia in 1865, and James Holden, a sergeant in the American Revolution. Dean and Mary Richmond, who greatly influenced business and civic life in Batavia in the 1800s, will meet with guests in their beautiful mausoleum on the last stop of the tour. Mr. Richmond made a great fortune in Great Lakes shipping and was the second president of the New York Central Railroad. Mrs. Richmond vastly expanded her husband’s fortune after his death and sat on the boards of many businesses and civic organizations.

Tours begin at 7:00 p.m. and run every fifteen minutes until 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes refreshments. 

Reservations are required and the proceeds will benefit the upkeep and restoration of the cemetery. 

For more information, or to make reservations call 585-943-5662.