Historic Ghost Tour will have new twists

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By Rick Palsgrove
Eastside Editor

Explore the history of Canal Winchester with the spirits of the town’s past at the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society’s annual Historic Ghost Tour.

The 14th annual Historic Ghost Tour will be held on Oct. 11 and 12 and will feature historic locations throughout downtown Canal Winchester. Event-goers will be guided through a short walking tour as they are entertained by actors depicting people from Canal Winchester’s past.

This year’s actors who are portraying the ghosts are Dwayne Spence, Mark Saylor, Jr. Jill Amos, Trinity Yeomans, Julianne Nofsinger, and Jonathon Pauwels.

Historic tour locations include: The Times Building; Dr. Saylor’s House; House on the Hill; Holley’s Variety Store; and Original Funeral Home.

“Mark Saylor will be portraying his father, Dr. Mark Saylor,” said Sean Cleary of the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society. “We are also incorporating three actors from Canal Winchester High School and will have 11 other students involved with other aspects of the tour. We are also going to have a surprise stop where a ghost story will be shared, so there are some new twists this year.”

Cleary said the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society is excited to have involvement from the high school this year and it’s hoped the relationship can be maintained moving forward.

“To have their enthusiasm for local history is most welcome and encouraging,” said Cleary. “We will also have some old photos and footage of Canal Winchester previewing at the Francis Steube Community Center for those waiting to go on the tour.”

Cleary said an event like this is important in regards to helping to preserve and share Canal Winchester history.

“History is what distinguishes one community from another and we are steeped in history in Canal Winchester,” said Cleary. “We will be celebrating the town’s 200 years in 2028.”

Tours will last approximately 90 minutes and will begin at 7 p.m. each night, with the last tour departing at 7:30 p.m. All tours will depart from the Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St.

Tickets will be available at the Community Center each evening of the tour beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are offered at $10 per adult and $5 per student aged 6-18. Children age 5 and under will be free. No pets. Tour proceeds help support the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society’s core programs and preservation projects.

Visit cwhistory.org for information.

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