GERMANTOWN — Reservations are now open for the Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours at Clermont State Historic Site. Tickets sell out early so the public is urged to call (518) 537-4240 to make reservations! The tours offer visitors a chance to immerse themselves in haunted history, while interacting with costumed interpreters portraying the “ghosts” of Clermont’s past. Tours run every half hour from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 18, 19, 25, and 26. The tours are recommended for ages seven and up and are held rain or (moon)shine. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under) and go on sale Oct. 1. Pre-paid reservations are required. Call (518) 537-4240 for reservations or more information.
The Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours are the highlight of Clermont’s fall season. Guests who come to Clermont for the tours will find themselves on a special curator led tour of the house when something goes wrong and the spirits of the house are released. Ghosts then fill the halls and grounds of Clermont, ready to meet an unsuspecting visitor. Some ghosts are scary and some are funny, but all of them are true stories!
After the tour, roast marshmallows over a cozy fire surrounded by the flickering specters of Jack-o’-lanterns, hand carved by the museum’s staff, volunteers and local school kids. Lavish decorations are inspired by meticulous research from period magazines and design manuals. This is a “Clermont After Dark” tour that will take guests through the mansion and out onto the grounds for a lamp-lit adventure along the Hudson River.
Decorations can also be viewed on tours of the mansion Wednesdays through Sundays in October from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See a real old-fashioned Halloween or just get ideas for your own decorations this year!
Clermont State Historic Site is located at 1 Clermont Avenue in Germantown, off Route 9G. The Historic Site features the mansion, formal gardens, scenic Hudson River views and miles of hiking trails. The Friends of Clermont is a private, non-profit educational corporation, founded in 1977 to support and supplement the museum education and historic preservation programs at Clermont State Historic Site. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, Clermont is one of six historic sites and 15 parks administered by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in the Taconic Region.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 71 million people annually. A recent study found that New York State Parks generates $5 billion in park and visitor spending, which supports nearly 54,000 jobs. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit http://www.parks.ny.gov/, connect with us on Facebook, or follow on Instagram and Twitter.