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Allentown Literary Ghost Walk
Do you dare spend an October evening at twilight walking through a neighborhood whose streets were
once the scene of a bloody War of 1812 battlefield filled with dead bodies scalped and tomahawked... or
pass under the shadows cast by dark brick Victorian mansions ornamented with grotesque gargoyles,
soaring chimneys, and witch's hat turrets... or tread upon the vestiges of abandoned graveyards and a
tombstone maker? With all of this found within Buffalo's Allentown Historic District, it's no wonder it
has inspired legends of ghosts and ghouls through the years, captured by its resident literary artists. On
this two-hour tour, you will experience the shudder of an authentic Victorian ghost story as you hear
tales that inspired writers such as Mark Twain, Anna Katharine Green, and Harry Castlemon amidst the
backdrop of authentic Victorian homes with a reputation for being haunted. There are two different
walking routes: Allentown Central, which includes North Street, Irving Place, Park Street, and Virginia
Street; and Allentown West, which includes Symphony Circle, College Street, Cottage Street, and Day's
• Allentown West, Sat. Oct. 17, 6 PM, Tour begins at Karpeles Museum, 453 Porter Ave.
• Allentown Central, Fri. Oct. 30, 5 PM; Tour begins at TR Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave.