Things That Go Bump In The Night at the Farmer’s Museum

lantern_tourIf you’re looking for a spine-tingling way to celebrate All Hallows Eve, then a trip to the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York is a must!  Our 1 1/2 hour drive on scenic Rt. 20 West brought us through several historic and haunted towns, but what awaited us at the Farmers’ Museum was more than we expected.

lantern_tour4Upon our arrival we were greeted by our guide dressed in period clothing and carrying a candlelit lantern.  He gave us a brief overview of the Farm’s origins and we began walk through the lantern lit town.

Our first stop was the blacksmiths shop, lit only by a single candle – immediately one of the guests in our party sensed a presence – it was Arnold, the original owner of the shop.  We were informed that he was an alcoholic who committed suicide in the shop.  Arnold likes to play tricks on the current blacksmiths by hiding their tools.

As we proceeded through the town we had the opportunity to stop into the tavern, which is haunted by a young girl wearing a yellow dress.  Once again a member of party had a ghostly experience, this time it was that of a young girl screaming as if being chased.


We concluded our tour at the Moore House where we were treated to fiddle playing and the telling of a ghost story written by New York’s own Washington Irving.

Although the tours have concluded for this Halloween season, bookmark the Farmers’ Museum – – and plan a visit in 2011.lantern_tour3

What: Things That Go Bump In The Night
When: October 22, 28, and 29, 2011
Where: Farmer’s Museum, 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326
Cost: $10 per person (ages 3 and up). Reservations are required, please call (607) 547-1452.


Other Seasonal Events:

Tractor Fest | October 8 2011, October 9 2011 | 10:00am – 5:00pm Chicken Barbecue with proceeds to benefit flood relief  Saturday evening October 8 5:00 – 8:00pm

Evening at the Tavern | October 8 2011, November 12 2011 | 5:00pm-8:00pm

Enjoy a dining experience featuring a four-course candlelit meal, period music and games, and old-fashioned hospitality in the museum’s historic Bump Tavern. The menu is designed and based on foods that were served in rural 19th-century New York taverns.Fee: $60 non-members/$55 members

Candlelight Evening | December 10 2011 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Visit The Farmers’ Museum for one of the region’s best-loved holiday traditions— Candlelight Evening. Celebrate friendship, family, and community as you raise your spirits with caroling, horse-drawn wagon rides, a stroll through a candlelit village and a warm cup of wassail.

Planning a visit? More information available on, and please call (607) 547-1452 for reservations for these seasonal events.

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