Haunting drama coming to Grey Towers

Milford. Professional readers will “bring to life” some of Milford’s earliest inhabitants by reciting first-person accounts their lives at Laurel Hill Cemetery. They will also pay tribute to Edgar Allan Poe with dramatic readings of his works.

Aug 28 2019 | 01:17 PM

Tickets for two popular October theatrical programs at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford are now available for sale.

Space for both programs -- dramatic readings of works by Edgar Allan Poe and a theatrical presentation in Laurel Hill Cemetery -- is limited, and pre-purchase is encouraged. Tickets may be purchased online at greytowers.org or by calling 570-296-9625 to make arrangements to pay by check or cash.

Who lies here?

Professional readers will “bring to life” some of Milford’s earliest inhabitants by reciting first-person accounts their lives. The readings will be held in the Laurel Hill Cemetery at Grey Towers on Saturday, Oct. 19. There will be two readings, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

As one of the town’s first graveyards, Laurel Hill is the final resting place for nearly 200 residents who helped shape the community in the early 1800s. Registration is required, and the program will be held rain or shine.

Participants should meet in the Visitor Pavilion of the Grey Towers Visitor Parking Lot. Wear comfortable shoes as there is walking on uneven terrain.

Pure Poe

On Saturday, Oct. 26, professional readers will pay tribute to Edgar Allan Poe with dramatic readings of selected works. There will be two readings, at 6 and 8 pm.

Copies of Poe's books were found in the historical Grey Towers collection, and re-creating the readings is a popular seasonal event. Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service with support from the Grey Towers Heritage Association, the readings feature members of the American Readers Theatre Company and are appropriate for high school age and older.

Dramatic readings were a common form of entertainment for 19th-century families, and the American Readers Theatre, a nonprofit performing arts organization dedicated to promoting literacy through dramatic readings, keeps this traditional art form alive.

The Grey Towers Heritage Association is a non-profit community organization that supports the public conservation and education programs at Grey Towers through memberships, donations and grants.