Historical ghost walk in Windsor an enlightening good time

Ashley Thompson athompson@hantsjournal.ca
Published on October 22, 2013

Jerome the Grave Keeper offered visitors to the historic Fort Edward Blockhouse a ghostly, yet educational, tour earlier this month. The next ghost walk is Oct. 25.

Ashley Thompson

Jerome the Grave Keeper and his ghoulish gang of friends will be offering a few one-of-a-kind lessons on Windsor’s history this fall.

The Quick As A Wink Theatre Society teamed up with Valley Ghost Walks to launch a series of Windsor Ghost Walks in October and November.

Quick As A Wink director Junie Hutchinson says Jerome generally haunts Kentville and Wolfville, but he’s also making his way to Windsor and Hall’s Harbour this year.

“Jerome is highly entertaining as a grave keeper,” said Hutchinson, who promises that Jerome, despite his best efforts, is much more hilarious than horrifying.

The outdoor Windsor tours begin at the Fort Edward Blockhouse, where Jerome introduces his guests to a few of his ghostly friends, and the 1.5-hour tour continues throughout the downtown.

“It’s a lot of fun. It’s a good way to get to know Windsor and the way Windsor used to be and to learn something about the people that shaped Windsor,” said Hutchinson.

“Windsor used to be called the Athens of Nova Scotia and… they were thinking about making it the capital of Nova Scotia actually and it kind of turned around after the Great Fire in 1897.”

Hutchinson says Windsor’s rich history makes it an ideal destination for a haunting history lesson.

“The ghosts tell very intriguing and touching and funny stories and they’re all based on historical figures from Windsor’s past.”

The final outdoor ghost walk in Windsor is scheduled for Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. Guests are asked to arrive at the Fort Edward Blockhouse at7:45 p.m., rain or shine, dressed for the weather.

Jerome will return to Windsor Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. for an indoor ghost walk at the West Hants Historical Society Museum. This show is ideal for those who’d rather have a seat and listen to the tales the ghosts have to tell.

Tickets cost $14 for adults, $12 for Quick As A Wink members and $9 for students. Only cash can be accepted at the door. To reserve tickets, call (902) 472-7229, purchase a ticket at Windsor Home Hardware or order online at www.ticketpro.ca.