Historic Ghostwalks presented by the Onondaga Historical Association are led by guides to locations in neighborhoods, buildings, and cemeteries where actors in costume portray individuals from Onondaga County’s past. The “ghosts” reveal their lives in 12 to 15 minute vignettes, giving personal insight to those who have preceded us. Reservations are $15 for the general public and $12 for members (members were sent an e-mail containing the discount code. Member code can also be obtained by calling 315-428-1864).
Where and When:
Each summer, tours are held at Oakwood Cemetery and include new characters and routes around the cemetery.
Each fall, dive into local neighborhoods with OHA as we explore various towns across Onondaga County.
Our Next Ghostwalk:
June 9-10 and 16-17
This summer’s tour will take place in downtown Syracuse, where we’ll introduce you to memorable – and fashionable – individuals from our city’s rich past, from a cub reporter to an early leader. Tickets available now!
Stay tuned for information on future Ghostwalks be subscribing to our email list.
FAQs for Ghostwalk⯆
- Are Ghostwalks scary?
No, these tours are historic entertainment and are not meant to be a paranormal or scary tour. Actors portray local historic figures as “Ghosts” who tell their story.
- Are reservations required?
Yes. When you purchase your ticket, you will select your desired date and time slot, which will serve as your reservation.
- How long are the tours?
Tours last about an hour and a half.
- How many people are in each group?
15-25 depending on the venue.
- Are children welcome?
Please, no children younger than 10 years old.
- Can I bring a pet?
Pets are not welcome on the tours as they can be a distraction for both other guests and the actors.
- How much walking is there?
While we don't know exactly how far each tour is, it's safe to say there's a considerable amount of walking. However, there are stops along the way as you visit each "Ghost." We suggest wearing comfortable shoes.
- Are tours held rain or shine?
Yes. Cancellation determinations will be made in case of extreme weather conditions. Please check our website www.cnyhistory.org for updates.
- When should I arrive for my tour?
We ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your assigned time.
- What happens if I'm late?
There are no reimbursements, but we will make an attempt to schedule you in the next available time slot. This is not guaranteed as many of our tours sell out.
- Is is suitable for handicapped individuals?
Due to the terrain at Oakwood Cemetery being extremely uneven we do not suggest individuals using walkers or wheelchairs sign up for the tour. For Ghostwalks taking place in the community, we ask that you contact us first before scheduling a tour.
- Do you give refunds if I miss the tour?
As mentioned above, we do not provide refunds, but will do our best to reschedule you for another tour time.