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Ghosts of the Great Road tours begin this Saturday

October 5, 2011

Have you heard of the ghost of Chew’s Wall? Did you know that the ghost of General Agnew is said to haunt Grumblethorpe, the home where he died after the Battle of Germantown in 1777? If you’re interested in the haunted side of history, join us for our Ghosts of the Great Road tours beginning this Saturday!

Choose between the Market Square or Colonial Compound tour, each offered on Saturday October 8, 15, 22 & 29.  These guided tours last 90 minutes and cover several blocks in Historic Germantown.  In a unique twist, participants will be encouraged to bring their ghost hunting equipment since each tour concludes with an investigation inside a real haunted house.

Ghosts of the Great Road: Market Square begins at 3 PM at the Germantown Historical Society, located 5501 Germantown Avenue. Featured on this tour will be the Germantown White House, used as a sanctuary by George Washington during the Yellow Fever epidemic and the Sower House, home to famed printer Christopher Sower. The tour ends with an investigation of Grumblethorpe, where the ghost of Justinia, a former Wister Family servant, regularly manifests.

Ghosts of the Great Road: Colonial Compound starts at 6 PM at the Upsala Mansion, located at 6430 Germantown Avenue. Highlights of this tour include the Upper Burying Ground, where over 1,000 people are buried, and the Kirk & Nice Funeral Home, America’s first funeral parlor. The tour ends with an investigation of Cliveden, site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Germantown.

Cost for the event is $10 per person. This program is not recommended for children under 7. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 215.844.1683.  

 Ghosts of the Great Road is a collaborative partnership between Historic Germantown and the Museum of the Macabre.


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