True Tales of Horror and Death, on October 21 at the Hoyt Barnum House, was a resounding success! Pam Coleman reports that the tours were packed.
"In keeping with the Halloween season, we recently offered our first Tales of Horror and Death event at the Hoyt Barnum House in downtown Stamford. The house was built in 1699 and has certainly seen its share of difficult times. The 30 minute tours on the evening of October 21st focused on the period from 1680–1780 in Stamford, CT. Our 3 docents (Tom, Linda & Pam) talked about the terrible smells, back breaking work, gruesome accidents and disfiguring diseases that were a part of most colonists’ lives during that period of time. Our guests were amazed, horrified and edified by the tour. Some teens started to tear up over the fate of terrible illness and early death faced by so many children in the 17th and 18th centuries."
If you missed this year’s tour, don’t worry – we’ll be back! Join us next October to listen to more stories of colonial horror and death. Oh, and next year we’ll be adding a few ghost stories.
For those who want to learn more about the house and the general history of the Hoyt Family, please call 203-329-1183 to schedule your visit. We are happy to take people through by appointment.