The East Bloomfield Historical Society is planning a Ghost Walk in October
BLOOMFIELD — When Deacon John Adams, one of the first settlers to arrive in East Bloomfield, died in 1793, was he buried in the village’s original pioneer cemetery? Were Adams’ remains and other early burials ever actually moved to the "new" East Bloomfield Cemetery on the other side of the village green in 1838?
That is the year when the East Bloomfield Academy — now the East Bloomfield Historical Society building — was built near the first cemetery’s site, not far from the First Congregational Church. There is a monument in the later cemetery listing the names of the individuals who were buried in the pioneer cemetery, but questions about the whereabouts of the bodies of the village’s earliest burials persist.
Such intriguing and mystifying historical stories will be part of a new Ghost Walk fundraising event planned for this fall by the East Bloomfield Historical Society and the East Bloomfield Cemetery Association. Meanwhile, event planners from the two nonprofit organizations are eager to hear more stories about the village’s and town’s past that include ghostly references.
“We want to collect all the local ghost stories,” said Judi Stewart, historical society president and the town historian. “They’re so much fun, and a big part of the fascinating lore of the village and town. We encourage residents with a good ghost story to share it with us.”
And don't spare any of the details, Stewart said.
There are already some strange tales from the past, such as the account of an ex-mayor who mysteriously dropped dead on the street where churchgoers found him the next day.
Also, residents have told of overhearing the angel Gabriel, on the weathervane high atop the First Congregational Church, whispering to the Union soldier who looks out from the tall Civil War monument in Elton Park, the village green. Two-hundred-year old homes and buildings in town feature rappings, beds unmade, tables quaking, and strange children suddenly appearing and then disappearing.
The Ghost Walk, planned for Oct. 27 and 28, will be a family-friendly event, concentrating on a walkable area around Elton Park, from the First Congregational Church and the historical society’s Academy building to the Methodist Church and into the cemetery on the northeast corner of the park.
The event will showcase some of the town’s historic architecture and acquaint more people with the historical society and the cemetery association, according to Paul Hudson, the cemetery organization’s president.
“That small group has taken care of our beautiful 1838 cemetery for ages and people know nothing about them,” Hudson said.
Contact Judi Stewart, president of the East Bloomfield Historical Society, at 585-657-7244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information on the event.