I’m happy to report that things have been going pretty well here in blogland over the past few weeks. In fact, things have been going so amazingly that the RCVB recently gave me funding approval to take on another unpaid intern for my adventures. So, in addition to unpaid intern #1 (read: wife), I’ll now have a rotating unpaid intern #2 (for this post, read: mom) on board for extra perspective.
Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to get into the haunting spirit of Halloween. So, in addition to the pumpkin I will be carving later this evening (Goldy Gopher, though, we’ll see how well the finished product turns out), I decided that going on the “Haunted Rochester Trolley Tour”, being offered by the Rochester Tour Company, would be the perfect way to get a little fright in my life.
I was also super excited that I’d be getting a heaping spoonful of Rochester history. I always love learning new things about this fine city, and hearing about “unmarked graves, unsettled bones, and grave robbers” promised to shine some light on some of Rochester’s less than pristine moments.
With the tour starting promptly at 6pm, this professional blogger and his crew made sure to arrive fifteen minutes early to commence with the mental prep that I mentioned in my last post (Rochester Tour Company also requests that you arrive fifteen minutes early, but that’s just a coincidence).
Upon boarding our new home for the next two and a half hours, we were gently serenaded by the sweet sounds of Ray Parker, Jr’s “Ghost Busters” (or was it Huey Lewis?). We then had the good fortune of meeting our tour guide for the evening, Nick Ozment: Master of the Macabre, and after a brief discussion on the finer works of John Donne and Edgar Allen Poe, we were on our way.
Our first stop had us looking up at a four-story limestone mansion built in 1929. It is built upon a Native American burial ground, and as you will learn on the tour, has been the site of some very suspicious happenings over the years.
Darkness had set in by the time we deboarded at Quarry Hill, our next stop on the tour, so it was time to turn on the trusty old flashlight. After walking up to the cemetery at the park, we soaked up some more information about its past, as well as learned about its “Dead Man’s Bridge”. I remember hearing many different stories about Dead Man’s Bridge when we used to go to Quarry Hill on school field trips, but it was great to get a little more info on exactly how and why it came to have that moniker.
I don’t want to play spoiler and mention the rest of the tour stops specifically, but I will tell you that you’ll hear some interesting stories about the Mayo family that you wouldn’t hear on the daytime tours through campus. Plus, you’ll also hear the story about a man who correctly predicted his own demise!
I will spoil this, however: Be sure to dress warmly. Between the cold fall weather and the chills that will be running down your spine, you’ll want to bundle up!
For more information on the Haunted Rochester Trolley Tour, as well as all their other great tour offerings, visit: http://www.rochestermntours.com/sightseeing_tours.html. Another exciting tidbit to mention: The Haunted Rochester Trolley Tour’s Sunday stop will be going into the Plummer House! Space is filling up fast, so be sure to register soon. If you’re unable to make it this weekend, the Haunted Trolley tour is also available for chartering.
Coming up in my next post:By popular demand, I’m once again heading to Mayowood! This time for the famous Mayowood Christmas Tour, which features the beautiful mansion’s rooms decorated for the holidays by local individuals, clubs, and businesses. I’m also hoping that being exposed to Christmas cheer earlier in November will cure my personal holiday tradition of doing all my shopping on the night of December 24th. Until then!