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Hantsport: Valley Ghost Walks’ newest haunt

Jerome the Gravekeeper has the scoop on this ghost walk’s new digs: Hantsport. - Krystal Tanner
Jerome the Gravekeeper has the scoop on this ghost walk’s new digs: Hantsport. - Krystal Tanner - Contributed

Story by Jeremy Novak

HANTSPORT -- Get ready to get haunted, Hantsport.

Good day ladies and gentlemen, my name is Jerome the Grave Keeper and for many years I’ve been looking after the cemeteries of many Annapolis Valley communities.

As a result, I’ve come to know many incredible historical characters who have made substantial contributions to this incredible valley.

In my humble opinion, we live in the most historically-rich, amazing area in all of North America!

This is the eleventh year we’ve been conducting family-friendly, historical productions via Valley Ghost Walks, and I’m digging that this has been our best season yet.

In addition to haunting our regular places in Wolfville, Kentville, Halls Harbour, Windsor, and the Grand Pré Winery, we’ve also managed to create two new shows this year – one at the Wolfville Anglican Church as part of their two-hundredth anniversary celebrations, and the other in Hantsport.

A proud ship-building history in Hantsport led to the creation of 250 master mariners, including Captain John Porter, who sailed the impressive barques built by J.B. North. He’ll tell you all about it alongside other iconic Hantsport ghosts including Ann Churchill, Silas Rand, Francis da Silva, Hattie Chittick, Ben Jackson and others.

As soon as we secured funding help last year through the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre to script-write and research, the first person we contacted was Heather Davidson – no stranger to telling Hantsport’s history at the Riverbank Cemetery.

With her notes and blessings, we got to work putting together the Hantsport Ghost Walk. It has taken a while, but I’m very happy to say that on Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m., it will come to life with a dress rehearsal complete with scripts and limited tickets.

Everything should be in place for our second show on Oct. 29, also at 7:30 p.m. We’ll start both shows at the Riverbank Cemetery and will end at the Churchill House. In case of bad weather, the entire show will be indoors.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors 65 and above, and are available via Ticketpro.ca and at all of their ticket locations. Cash-only tickets are available before the show, space permitting.

Follow Valley Ghost Walks on Facebook, Instagram, and our website for all updates.

A huge thank you to the fine folk at the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre – it has been an absolute pleasure working alongside them. Feel free to contact Jeremy Novak with any of your questions at 902-692-8546 or jerome@valleyghostwalks.com.

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