Destination Westport: Art from the Beyond

October 15th, 2022

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Ever wondered why you shouldn’t walk on a grave? Or why there are so many skulls on tombstones? Do you know the story of Connecticut’s witch trials? 

Join WM Programs & Collections Director Nicole Carpenter at the Greens Farms Lower Cemetery to discuss the 18th and 19th century superstitions associated with cemeteries and the dearly departed. Hear the tale of Westport’s accused witches and see the oldest gravestone in the burial ground. Learn what urns, willow trees and other artistic symbols on gravestones mean as you meander through the cemetery. 

 

Park on Nyala Farms Road and meet on the marked green at the back entrance to the cemetery. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring bottled water — the ground is uneven and the weather may be warm. This tour is not handicap accessible. 

 

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Tickets $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Tickets are nonrefundable. In the event you must cancel, we will consider your purchase a donation and will happily issue you a donation receipt. 

 

Space is limited to 25 persons per tour. Additional tours may be added if demand requires. If you wish to join but the tour has been sold out or are interested in a private tour, please email your interest to programs@westporthistory.org