12th Annual Illuminating the Past Lantern Tour

October 29 @ 4:00 pm 7:00 pm

WM proudly presents the live return of its annual lantern tour illuminating Westport’s past. Creep through the cemetery with your lantern-wielding guide and discover Westport’s most notable dearly departed residents. Meet us at the cemetery for ghastly goodies before starting your ghostly journey. 

Friday will be hosted at Greens Farms Upper Cemetery and Saturday at Evergreen Cemetery. Select your tour slot from various start times. Each ghoulish jaunt lasts 45 minutes. With your ticket you receive access to seasonal Westport themed games and activities online!  

Tickets $10 per person, includes one in-person tour as well as online access code for virtual content. Buried In Our Past, the book all about Westport’s cemeteries, can be added on to your purchase. Reservations are required, register online here

Tickets are nonrefundable. In the event you must cancel, we will consider your purchase a donation and will happily issue you a donation receipt. 


Destination Westport: Art from the Beyond

October 16 @ 11:15 am 12:15 pm

Ever wondered why you shouldn’t walk on a grave? Or why there are so many skulls on tombstones? 

Join WM Director of Programs and Education Nicole Carpenter at the Greens Farms Lower Cemetery to discuss the 18th and 19th century superstitions associated with cemeteries and the dearly departed. Hear the tale of Westport’s accused witches and see the oldest gravestone in the burial ground. Learn what urns, willow trees and other artistic symbols on gravestones mean as you meander through the cemetery. 

Park on Nyala Farms Rd and meet on the marked green at the back entrance to the cemetery. 

Per State of Connecticut mandates, social distancing practices will be in effect and masks are required unless the use of a mask or cloth face covering by anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition. 

Tickets $10. Reservations are required, register online here. Tickets are nonrefundable. In the event you must cancel, we will consider your purchase a donation and will happily issue you a donation receipt. 

Space is limited to 10 persons per tour. Additional tours may be added if demand requires. If you wish to join but the tour has been sold out, please email your interest to programs@westporthistory.org 


Destination Westport: Art from the Beyond

October 16 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

Ever wondered why you shouldn’t walk on a grave? Or why there are so many skulls on tombstones? 

Join WM Director of Programs and Education Nicole Carpenter at the Greens Farms Lower Cemetery to discuss the 18th and 19th century superstitions associated with cemeteries and the dearly departed. Hear the tale of Westport’s accused witches and see the oldest gravestone in the burial ground. Learn what urns, willow trees and other artistic symbols on gravestones mean as you meander through the cemetery. 

Park on Nyala Farms Rd and meet on the marked green at the back entrance to the cemetery. 

Per State of Connecticut mandates, social distancing practices will be in effect and masks are required unless the use of a mask or cloth face covering by anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition. 

Tickets $10. Reservations are required, register online here. Tickets are nonrefundable. In the event you must cancel, we will consider your purchase a donation and will happily issue you a donation receipt. 

Space is limited to 10 persons per tour.  


Destination Westport: Art from the Beyond

October 2 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

Ever wondered why you shouldn’t walk on a grave? Or why there are so many skulls on tombstones? 

Join WM Programs & Collections Director Nicole Carpenter at the Greens Farms Lower Cemetery to discuss the 18th and 19th century superstitions associated with cemeteries and the dearly departed. Hear the tale of Westport’s accused witches and see the oldest gravestone in the burial ground. Learn what urns, willow trees and other artistic symbols on gravestones mean as you meander through the cemetery. 

Park on Nyala Farms Rd and meet on the marked green at the back entrance to the cemetery. 

Social distancing practices will be in effect and masks are required unless the use of a mask or cloth face covering by anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition. 

Tickets $10. Reservations are required, register online here. Tickets are nonrefundable. In the event you must cancel, we will consider your purchase a donation and will happily issue you a donation receipt. 

Space is limited to 10 persons per tour. 


Tuesday Treasure: Collaborative Halloween Episode!

October 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm 6:30 pm

Celebrate the spirit of the season with a special episode of the Westport Museum’s Tuesday Treasures programming series online, held in collaboration with Fairfield Museum & History Center, Weston Historical Society and Wilton Historical Society. Each history organization will showcase an eerie object from their collection not normally on public view. 

See and hear the stories behind some of the most unique, mysterious and impactful artifacts in our community with these local history organizations.  

This is a free program and can be viewed online on the museums page here.