NEW BRITAIN - Enter, if you dare, the ninth annual Timeless Tales of Fairview Cemetery.
For just two nights the spirits of former New Britain residents take visitors on a lamplight tour through the grounds of Fairview Cemetery.
Each year the New Britain Parks and Recreation Department hosts the event to share the stories of the Hardware City’s past and of the many that lie in the cemetery - more than 38,750 are buried.
Unlike previous years, the night’s tales will revolve around the Stanley family. Led by Sarah Lankton, the first person buried on the grounds in 1756, guests will hear about how the early Stanley members forged the path for generations to follow.
From Colonel Gad Stanley, a hero of the American Revolution who warned the town of a British attack, to Frederick T. Stanley, New Britain’s first mayor and founder of the Stanley Works who commissioned Frederick Law Olmsted to design Walnut Hill Park.
Learn why Alix Welch “A.W.” Stanley donated 400 acres of land to the New Britain community, how Stanley Works’ manufacturing efforts contributed to World War II and what Frederick’s middle name actually is - hint: It’s not Trent.
Tonight is your last chance to travel through time and discover a side of the Stanleys not commonly told in honor of the company’s 175th anniversary next year.
From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. people can take a tour for $12 per person. Tours depart every 15 minutes and last approximately 45 minutes. All proceeds will go towards restoring the Erwin Chapel at Fairview Cemetery.
Although the tour is not frightening, children younger than 7 are not encouraged to attend.
After the tour, you can warm up by the fire or with a complimentary cup of hot chocolate or hot cider, and indulge with sweet treats like cider donuts and popcorn.
“If anyone wants to come down, have a little fun, learn a lot about New Britain and enjoy a fall festivity, this is your kind of event,” Matt Scofield, recreation services coordinator at Parks and Rec, said.
Angie DeRosa can be reached at 860-801-5063 or firstname.lastname@example.org