Gone to Rest: Funeral Customs Through History takes visitors on a hauntingly historic trip into the past. Blount Mansion is partnering with Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory to offer special, FREE, Halloween evening tours Thursday, October 29th through Saturday, October 31st.
The experience begins in our garden with Cherokee tales and spooky stories from colonial days, continues inside historic Blount Mansion with a chilling exploration of death and dying in the 18th century, and concludes with a look at creepy Victorian funerary traditions inside the circa-1818 Craighead-Jackson House next door—featuring “corpse photos” and a wreath made from the hair of the dearly departed! Jack-o-lanterns in our garden are provided by Pratt’s Country Store in Fountain City.
*Note: this program may not be suitable for young children.
Tours take thirty minutes, and begin every half hour at the Blount Mansion Visitors Center at 200 W. Hill Ave. on the following dates and times:
Thursday, Oct. 29: 8-9:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 30: 8-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31: 8-10:00 p.m.
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED as capacity is limited to fifteen guests per tour. Please RSVP on the Events section of our website, www.blountmansion.org.
*ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR MASKS OR FACE COVERINGS THROUGHOUT THE TOUR AND IN OUR VISITORS CENTER BEFORE AND AFTER. Masks will be provided for those who do not have one. Free parking is available during the event at the Blount Mansion Visitors Center and in the Dwight Kessel Garage across the street.