Lantern tour and ghost walk set for this month

Published 8:05 pm Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of spooky activities in downtown Suffolk.

A lantern tour and ghost walk being offered in the coming weeks offer opportunities to get up close and personal with some historical figures and places in Suffolk’s history.

Monument: Cedar Hill Cemetery, including its Confederate monument, above, will be one stop on a lantern tour and ghost walk in the coming weeks.

The lantern tour through Cedar Hill Cemetery will be held Nov. 6 and will depart from the Suffolk Visitor Center at dusk. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children, but the tour is not recommended for children under 9 because of the amount of walking. Space is limited, so registration is required. Register by calling 514-4130 or visiting the Suffolk Visitor Center at 524 N. Main St.


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The lantern tour will feature Sue Woodward, director of the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society, as the guide. Cedar Hill Cemetery dates back to the Civil War. The tour will give insight into life in Suffolk during that time period through stories of people who are now buried there. Performers will take on period characters to enhance the experience.

On Nov. 13, “The Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk” will depart beginning at 5:30 p.m. from the old Nansemond County Courthouse, now the Suffolk Visitor Center. The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. It is not recommended for children under 12. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Besides the 1775-era courthouse, other locations on the tour include Riddick’s Folly, the Suffolk Seaboard Train Station Museum and Cedar Hill Cemetery. Participants might also encounter a few “ghosts.”

For more information, call 514-4130 or visit