Windsor Historical Society
offers October 29 Civil War Ghost Walk in Palisado Cemetery
shadows lengthen, join Windsor Historical Society and the
Windsor Jesters on Saturday, October 29, from 4:30 - 6 p.m.
as they bring Civil War history to life on a “ghost walk” in
Windsor’s historic Palisado Cemetery. You
will meet six fascinating Civil War era residents of
Windsor, tour the cemetery and learn about evolving New
England gravestone styles in a slide presentation given by
Society Director Christine Ermenc while feasting on
home-made gingerbread with whipped cream and New England
apple cider. The tour will begin and end at the Windsor
Historical Society complex at 96 Palisado Avenue.
At the ghostwalk, Windsor
Town Historian Daniel Howard (played by Barry True) will set
the stage, drawing a portrait of what Windsor was like on
the eve of the Civil War. Actor Neal Brundage will portray
Lieutenant Colonel Elsworth Newberry Phelps, a Union
supporter, who talks about patriotic duty but indicates his
sentiments were not universally felt in Windsor.
What was the Civil War like for
the women left behind? Actress Dorothy Simon will portray
Mrs. Jonas P. Safford, reading a letter from her doctor
husband who was serving near Middleton Virginia during the
summer of 1862. This letter is now in the collections of
the Windsor Historical Society. Mary C. Barber (portrayed
by Linda Lydon) will read a poem she delivered at a reunion
of the Twenty-Second Regiment held in Windsor in 1887. The
poem, titled “I Know Not Where He Sleeps” was written to
commemorate the death of her son Charles. War widow Mrs.
Joseph Jones (portrayed by Annie Phillips), whose husband
died in Andersonville prison and whose life is commemorated
on a stone in Windsor’s Riverside Cemetery, will talk about
what she has learned about the prison and her husband’s last
Actor Carroll Toal plays Ulysses
S. Grant, whose ancestors Windsor founders Matthew and
Priscilla Grant settled Windsor in 1635. He will draw the
Jester’s portion of the program to a close, talking about
his life, his Civil War experiences, his evolution as a
leader, and his respect and admiration for the men who
served in the war.
Cost for the ghost walk is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors
and students and $8 for Windsor Historical Society
members. Please call 688-3813 to reserve your space by
October 28th. Receipt of your check confirms your
reservation. The tour starts at Windsor Historical
Society, 96 Palisado Avenue (Route 159). Parking is
available around Palisado Green and in the Windsor Discovery
Center Parking lot.