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Historic Graveyard Tours at St. James Church

Guided graveyard tours through the historic graveyard at St. James Episcopal Church in Hyde Park features unique stories of historical figures who are buried there. Characters that come to life include members of the Hyde Park community and Livingston and Roosevelt families. See what characters will be paying a visit this year! 

Meet three of the six historical characters for 2017

John Savage Hawley (1836-1913): Inventor, candy manufacturer, and founder of a school for wayward boys, John was a modern day Renaissance man.

Rebecca Brien Howland Roosevelt (1831-1876): The first wife of James Roosevelt (Franklin's father) and mother of Franklin's older half-brother, "Rosy".

Gertrude Livingston Lowndes (1805-1883): A granddaughter of New York's 3rd governor, Morgan Lewis, Gertrude married the scion of a powerful South Carolina family before the Civil War.

Stories are based on actual histories, and the period costumes are handcrafted to tiniest detail.

The 2017 weekend dates are October 6 & 7, 13 & 14, and 20 & 21. Guided tour times are 7 pm, 7:30 pm and 8 pm. Tickets are $20; $10 for children 12 and under. Price includes all fees. Reservations are strongly recommended. All major credit cards accepted for online orders. Purchase tickets online now! If you’re unable to purchase tickets using the online system, call the office at 845-229-2820. A limited number of phone-in orders can be accommodated per tour, payable in advance by check or cash only.

The tour is an hour long, rain or shine. Do wear clothing and shoes appropriate to the weather and the terrain. October evenings can get cold, and the ground is uneven. In the event of severe weather, a cancellation notice will be posted on the website with a make-up date.

These are family-friendly living history tours, with tour guides and actors dressed in period costume. These are not haunted tours and are not meant to be scary. NO PETS allowed. Service animals only. No flash photography. Flashlights are welcome.

Part of the NYS Haunted History Trail: Explore the trail to hear New York’s bone chilling history. We could become one of your favorite haunts! New York State is steeped in 400 years of history. From the beginning, with Native American tribes and Dutch settlers, to the emergence of modern cities, the Empire State has played a pivotal role in our country’s history.

Accompanying this history are spooky events or notorious individuals have long since gone, but who seem very much alive today. Interest in the paranormal has exploded, with an increase in TV programs and films dedicated to it. Travelers visit places associated with the spirit world hoping to encounter a ghost.




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