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Ghostly tour starts Haunted Weekend

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The Douglas County Historical Society’s “Haunted Gardnerville Ghost Walk” is Friday. Guided walking tours will depart from the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

The cost is $5 per person. Advance reservations are recommended, as each tour group is limited in size. For reservations call the museum at (775) 782-2555.

Ghost hunters, join us if you dare, for a historical nighttime walk around downtown Gardnerville, in search of the living dead. This year’s “Haunted Gardnerville Ghost Walk” is bigger and better. You will walk down the streets in the cold fall wind, with leaves going crunch under your feet, as you walk past haunted buildings and sites where former residents met untimely deaths by murder or suicide.

Ghosts from Gardnerville past will be found along the route as they tell their story and the story of the town. Jack Carrerow and Jo Rafferty will portray John and Mary Gardner, early Mormon pioneers for whom the town was named. Dwight and Dianna Borges will become Leander Socrates Ezell and his wife Caroline Jacobsen Ezell, large landowners and prominent early settlers of Gardnerville. Lawrence Gilman, who founded the town when he bought seven acres from the Gardners and moved his Kent House Hotel from Genoa to Gardnerville and changed the name to the Gardnerville Hotel. Donnis Thran will become Anna Norgard Harris Behrman, a shrewd businesswoman, who went to district court and became a sole trader, one of the few times the law was used in the State of Nevada. This was the late 1800s and she was a woman. The history of the East Fork Hotel and old Brick Yard and the Brown and Borda families will be brought to life by descendants Michele Leonis and Darlene Nevins.

The focus of the “Haunted Gardnerville Ghost Walk” is the history of the town, the buildings, and the people, but a few other ghosts will be encountered along the way. Last year a group of spooky characters were at local dentist Dr. Michael Fischer’s office. We have to pass that office again this year, but we can hope those spooks will be out of town. The man just kept harassing us, and then the old witch came out and gave him quite a talking to. If that wasn’t bad enough, the ghost in the car looked like she was going to run us down. We had a few strange things happen at the “Old Gardnerville Jail,” when the fellow in a Civil War uniform just appeared. At the “Old Hospital,” now the “Logan Building,” strange things were seen and heard inside the building so we didn’t linger there too long.

We think we have the technical difficulties solved with a new battery operated portable P. A. system, thanks to Chuck Wayne of Wayne’s Family Music and the Town of Gardnerville.

So join us if you dare on a spirited adventure into Gardnerville’s haunted history. This is a fun evening for families and a perfect opportunity for adults to step back in time to when you used to go trick-or-treating on those brisk fall nights.

Things to remember for tour: Bring a flashlight, dress warmly (hat, coat and gloves). We recommend warm and comfortable walking shoes to keep you from becoming dead on your feet.

“Haunted Gardnerville” is the first event in “Haunted Weekend,” a collaboration between the Douglas County Historical Society, Town of Gardnerville the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Authority and the Carson City Convention & Visitors Bureau.


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