For one night each year, the Governor Warner Mansion is haunted.
Turn-of-the-century traditions and superstitions about death will be the focus of the event, held at the historic house museum that was once home to Fred Warner, Michigan’s governor from 1905-1911. Heavily-veiled tour guides, dressed in black for deepest mourning, will reenact members of the Warner family, returned from the great beyond to share memories of Fred Warner’s life…and death. Hear Fred Warner describe his own funeral as solemn hymns waft from the grand piano. Learn why mirrors were draped in black fabric after a death, and find out the gristly history behind the seemingly innocent custom of handing out souvenir funeral cookies. There’s a reason for the old saying that truth is stranger than fiction.
As a special feature, the Michigan Ghost Watchers will give several presentations throughout the evening, complete with photos and audio clips from their investigation at the Warner Mansion earlier this year. See what paranormal activity they discovered at the Home of Farmington History!