Ghosts and History Converge in Burton

On Saturday, October 26, and Saturday, November 2, 2013, Century Village, in the center of Burton in Geauga County, will be the site of a historical Ghost Tour. This is the seventh year for the Ghosts Of Burton Historical Tour and the fourth year the venue is on the historical grounds of Century Village, owned by the Geauga County Historical Society.

Attendees will learn about the local history of the area, with a special focus on the pioneers of Geauga County and the greater Connecticut Western Reserve. Because the Ghosts of Burton Historical Tour will weave through several buildings on the Century Village grounds, we will also discuss some of the folklore and stories relating to those structures, including some local legends of ghostly activity.

Part of the tour includes a trip to the old cemetery to view very old headstones and learn about the pioneers and other townsfolk buried there. The tour guides will also discuss “fashion” in headstones and interesting facts about graveyards and burials. Tour Organizer, Robyn Morris, states, “We are so pleased to focus on Geauga County’s Century Village this year. The grounds and 150+ year old buildings are a perfect location for our walking tour. This venue will be interesting and exciting for newcomers and returning attendees alike.”

Memorial Cemetery
I took these photos last year during the tour. We walked through this old cemetery and learned a lot about the pioneers that are buried there. ~Stacey

A Paranormal Research group will set up paranormal monitoring equipment within one of the homes which is said to be haunted. With their equipment in place, the paranormal investigation teams will interpret their findings to Tour attendees who will be able to view monitors and ask questions.

This is an opportunity to see real “ghost-hunters” in action. Many of the buildings at Century Village will be open for this Tour. Some have stories of haunting or unusual activity. Ghost stories and histories will be woven throughout the tour. However, this is not a “Halloween Haunted House Tour.” This Historical Tour does not use theatrics to produce ghostly images.

To protect the artifacts in the interior of the buildings, Century Village requires that cameras and other photographic equipment are not permitted inside the buildings. Voice recorders and other non-photographic equipment are permitted inside. All types of equipment are permitted outside the buildings and at the graveyard.

Pre-registration and prepayment is required. Tour times are 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, and 8:00 pm. Each tour lasts for about 2 ½ hours. The cost is $22.00 per person. This Historical Tour is intended to appeal to adults, but teens and children are welcome. The Ghosts of Burton Tour is an easy-pace walking tour of about a mile and includes a short trip by shuttle bus.

The Ghosts of Burton Historical Tour is coordinated by a volunteer group and sponsored by Goodwin House Bed & Breakfast. Century Village is located just south of the green in the center of Burton. Registered tour attendees will receive confirmations with instructions as to where to park and meet their tour guides.

The Village of Burton offers several restaurant choices for dinner before the Tour. Overnight accommodations can be reserved in advance at area Bed and Breakfast Inns and larger resorts.

Burton is located at the intersection of State Routes 700/168 and Route 87, midway between Warren and Cleveland – about 35 miles east of downtown Cleveland.

For more information, contact the Ghosts of Burton Tour at 440-313-5290 or, or visit this website.

Geauga News
Author: Geauga News