The New Bern Historical Society’s Ghostwalk is known for bringing back historic characters from New Bern’s past. Yes, the New Bern Historical Society knows where all the skeletons in New Bern are buried. This year they have made adaptations to keep folks safe in these COVID-19 times, and they are finding tickets are moving fast! The 30th Annual Ghostwalk, Tales from the Underground, which runs Oct. 22-24, starts next week!

The challenges and restrictions of the pandemic have brought major changes in the structure of this year’s event. An all-outdoor LIVE Ghostwalk will take place at Cedar Grove Cemetery on Queen Street, October 22-24 from 5:30-9:30 p.m..  Tickets will be good for one evening and you will pick an arrival time either early or later in the evening. The 13 ghost sites will be arrayed along three separate loops in Cedar Grove Cemetery, each with a separate entrance and exit.  Small groups will be led through the two-hour walking tour by ghostly guides.

“At this point more than half the available LIVE Ghostwalk reservations are spoken for,” said Executive Director Mickey Miller. “We are finding that the later time slots, especially on Saturday are filling fast. We can, however, accommodate as many as would like, to see the VIRTUAL Ghostwalk.”

This year brings the exciting premier of VIRTUAL Ghostwalk, which you’ll be able to enjoy in the comfort and safety of your home.  Beginning Oct. 22, you’ll be able to watch the professionally produced video including all 13 intriguing historical characters on your computer, tablet or phone.

Miller continues “We have worked hard to make these changes to keep the community and volunteers safe while still taking the opportunity to share some of the wonderful stories of New Bern.

Safety will indeed be paramount at Cedar Grove Cemetery. All Ghostwalk attendees will be required to wear a mask and practice safe distancing.  Other safety measures include paperless ticketing and smaller groups. Three cemetery loops with separate entrances will reduce lines and waiting.

While Ghostwalk, this year will not include dinners at historic churches. Folks are encouraged to partake of Mumfeast at the downtown restaurants before or after enjoying Ghostwalk.

Tickets for both live and virtual Ghostwalk are now available. Live Ghostwalk tickets are $18 for adults and include a complimentary link to watch the virtual show. There are discounts for active duty military and students. Or you can enjoy the virtual Ghostwalk show alone for just $8.  Details can be found at www.GhostwalkNewBern.com or by calling the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558.

The mission of the New Bern Historical Society is to celebrate and promote New Bern and its heritage through events and education. Offices are located in the historic Attmore-Oliver House at 511 Broad Street in New Bern.  For more information, call 252-638-8558 or go www.NewBernHistorical.org or www.facebook.com/NewBernHistoricalSociety.


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