American Independence Museum Outdoor Theater...Ghosts of Winter Street Cemetery

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American Independence Museum Outdoor Theater...Ghosts of Winter Street Cemetery

For a clever blend of Halloween spirit, anecdotal history and entertainment, attend the American Independence Museum outdoor presentation of Ghosts of the Winter Street Cemetery in Exeter NH.

At 4pm on October 29th at the Winter Street Cemetery,Graveyard Tree Moon explore a bit of Exeter, NH history with a one-time only 90 minute outdoor theater production created by Wendy Bergeron, curator of American Independence Museum. Researching the history of the cemetery, Bergeron has discovered some very famous and interesting dearly departed Exeter residents have found their final resting place at Winter Street Cemetery

Scattered among the many Revolutionary War veterans buried there, are the remains of "a former NH Governor, John Taylor Gilman, his mother, Ann Taylor Gilman, his first wife, Deborah Folsom, tavern keeper Elizabeth Emery Folsom and Jude Hall, a former slave who fought at Bunker Hill and Valley Forge. These people led extraordinary lives and were witnesses to so much of our early history," says Bergeron.

Local actors will play the roles of these famous five and each has the opportunity to tell a bit about their lives as the tour progresses through the lantern-lit graveyard.

Reservations for this event are required. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children under 12 and $8 for museum members. To reserve your space call 603-772-2622 and pay by credit card or visit to learn more about the program and pay using PayPal.

Front Gate Winter Street CemeteryAttendees for this 90 minute outdoor historical theater are reminded to go directly to Winter Street Cemetery, located in the triangular common area formed by Front Street, Railroad Avenue and Winter Street in Exeter, NH. Parking is available on the adjacent roads. Particpants should wear appropriate clothing for the seasonal temperatures and proper footwear.

Ghosts of the Winter Street Cemetery is presented American Independence Museumby the American Independence Museum, located at One Governor's Lane in Exeter, NH. Occupying two historic buildings, the Ladd-Gilman House and Folsom Tavern on the same campus, American Independence Museum's mission is to connect America's Revolutionary past with the present. The museum's regular tour hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm closing seasonally on October 29th. Both guided and self-guided tours are available.

American Independence Museum Marketing and Development Director, Julie Tiebout, center, with museum guides Dot Fisher and John Kane
Staff at American Independence Museum

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Comments (9)

Kenneth Cole
Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, - Staten Island, NY
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Good morning John;  we have a cemetery here in Staten Island that is the final resting place of a man named

Ichabod Crain.

Oct 15, 2011 01:07 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning John. What a wonderful event. You eloquently decide the cemetery as well as the event and if I were closer I would attend. Great stuff and good post.

Oct 15, 2011 01:39 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Kenneth - I never knew there was a real Ichabod Crane or that he was buried on Staten island. History is fascinating, isn't it?

Sheila - Thank you for stopping by! I think this a great opportunity to learn some interesting local history presented outdoors and have some fun at the same time. I will try to attend this event.

Oct 15, 2011 02:33 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

John, what a great idea!   Cemeteries and Halloween go together great this time of year, and this event sounds like a spooky time!

Oct 15, 2011 06:03 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Joan - I think so too! Plus, this one combines a little bit of colorful history. Hope your weekend is awesome!

Oct 15, 2011 08:34 AM
Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group
Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates - Amherst, NH
Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate

OOOHHH sounds scary John!  Hope all is well on the seacoast...

Oct 16, 2011 12:57 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Rene - Doesn't it? But a lot fun at the same time! I enjoy learning a bit of history here and there and this is a great way to make it come alive. Hope you are getting some nice fall colors out your way.

Oct 16, 2011 07:44 PM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

This does sound like a spooky fun time, John. Did you see my real haunted house? 

Oct 21, 2011 04:47 AM
John McCarthy
North Hampton, NH
Realtor - Seacoast NH

Hi Toni - I'm sure this event will be a lot of fun and love the fact a little history will be mixed in. Your haunted house post was the best!

Oct 21, 2011 10:02 PM