The Salem Museum has a special celebration planned for Ghost Walk 2020: It’s not every day that Salem’s favorite Revolutionary War hero turns 300! Some of Salem’s most popular ‘ghosts’ will be putting on a party in honor of Brigadier General Andrew Lewis’ special birthday. On October 17 at 4 p.m., the Salem Museum will bring characters from Salem’s past ‘back to life’ to share stories of the region’s history in Sherwood Memorial Park’s outdoor amphitheater.
Instead of the museum’s traditional cemetery walking tour, the ghosts will be walking across the old, historic stage set deep in Sherwood Memorial Park. Ghosts will share their own stories from Salem’s past and join the audience in learning the great impact Andrew Lewis had on the nation’s history. The celebration will be family-friendly, fun and informative for all ages. The Museum’s assistant director, Alex Burke, will emcee the party.
Guests are required to wear masks at all times, over both mouth and nose, and maintain a distance at least six feet from others while seated and while entering and exiting.
Tickets are now on sale: $10 adults; $5 students; 3 and under free. They are available at the Salem Museum or online at salemmuseum.org. Proceeds benefit the Salem Museum & Historical Society. Tickets are not refundable, except in case of illness. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, October 18, at 4 p.m. Check the Museum’s website at SalemMuseum.org or Facebook page if rain is in the forecast.
Sherwood Memorial Park is located at 1250 E. Main Street in Salem. The Sherwood Amphitheater has concrete risers. Attendees are invited to bring folding chairs, cushions or blankets. General parking is in the cemetery. There is limited handicapped parking at the Amphitheater with an area for wheelchairs in about the midsection of the audience. This year marks the Ghost Walk’s 22nd year.
Ghost Walk 2020 is made possible by the generous support of Sherwood Memorial Park and the William & Margaret Robertson Endowment Fund. Ghost Walk 2020 is dedicated to the memory of Willie Robertson, who portrayed several of the Museum’s “ghosts” for many years.
- Submitted by Fran Ferguson, Salem Museum Executive Director