Evening tours of Centre Hill Mansion will be offered on Thursday, January 24, as part of the museum’s annual Ghost Watch program. Residents of this grand mansion from late 19th and early 20th century left accounts of hearing and seeing what was presumably a regiment of Civil War soldiers marching up a set of stairs every January 24 at 7:30pm. Approximately twenty minutes later, the soldiers were heard descending the staircase, crossing the hall and leaving after slamming the door.
This tale and several other notable ghost stories associated with the house will be told on the evening’s guided tours. Areas of the former residence not normally open to the public will also be featured on the tour, including the underground tunnel leading from under the north façade of the house as well as the attic.
Tours will be offered beginning at 6:00pm and will leave every fifteen minutes until 8:45pm. The interior lights will be dimmed briefly at 7:30pm and 7:50pm to give visitors a chance to listen for the soldiers.
Reservations are required and can be made by visiting Centre Hill Museum, 1 Centre Hill Avenue, Petersburg, before January 24. Pre-payment by check or cash is encouraged. Ticket prices are adults: $7.00, children ages 7 – 12: $5.00. For additional information please call (804) 733-2401.