Gone to Rest: Funeral Customs Through History Three-Day Kickoff
Blount Mansion is partnering with Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory to offer free Halloween evening tours Thursday, Oct. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 31. “Gone to Rest: Funeral Customs Through History” takes visitors on a historic trip into the past. The experience begins in the garden with Cherokee tales and spooky stories from colonial days, continues inside historic Blount Mansion with an exploration of death and dying in the 18th century, and concludes with a look at Victorian funerary traditions inside the circa-1818 Craighead-Jackson House next door, featuring “corpse photos” and a wreath made from the hair of the departed. Note: this program may not be suitable for young children.
Tours take 30 minutes, and begin every half hour at the Blount Mansion Visitors Center at 200 W. Hill Ave.:
Thursday, Oct. 29: 8-9:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 30: 8-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31: 8-10 p.m.
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED as capacity is limited to 15 guests per tour. RSVP on the Events section at www.blountmansion.org.
MASKS OR FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED THROUGHOUT THE TOUR AND IN THE VISITORS CENTER BEFORE AND AFTER THE EVENT. Masks will be provided for those who do not have one. Free parking is available during the event at the Blount Mansion Visitors Center and in the Dwight Kessel Garage across the street.