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NIU community invited to Aurora historic house where ‘death is knocking’ during haunted tours

October 8, 2010

"Death Comes to the Tanner House" posterOn the two Fridays and Saturdays preceding Halloween this month, the public can step back to late Victorian times and experience the historic (and reputedly haunted) Tanner House on the night that prosperous Aurora merchant William H. Tanner died.

Death was a familiar guest of every family in the 19th century, and this tour will bring visitors face-to-face with the social protocols, the superstitions and the gritty reality of a time when every home was its own hospital, mortuary and funeral parlor.

Tours will be given by the Aurora Historical Society at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 22 and 23 and Oct. 29 and 30. The home is located at 304 Oak Ave., at the corner of Oak  Avenue and Cedar Street in Aurora.

Victorian rooms are small so space is extremely limited. Make reservations by calling (630) 906-0650. The cost is $12 ($10 for museum members). No one younger than 17 will be admitted without an adult.

For more information, contact Mary Clark Ormond at [email protected].