Destination Westport: Art from the Beyond

October 16, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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. 


Halloween Cemetery Lantern Tour

October 31 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

Halloween doesn’t have to be a bust with WM’s  virtual return of its beloved annual lantern tour illuminating Westport’s past. Creep through the cemetery virtually with your lantern and meet Westport’s most notable dearly departed residents. Meet us at the museum on Halloween between 2 and 4 pm to pick-up your goodie bag with tricks and treats, as well as your virtual tour code to start your ghostly journey. 

With your code you receive access to seasonal Westport themed games and activities, and not one eerie escapade but three! 

Tickets begin at $30 (Access to online tour only) $40 includes access code, and two goodie bags. Each additional goodie bag $10. Reservations are required, register online here

The Virtual Tour Code will be accessible from 2pm on Halloween to 11:30pm on November 1st.  

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


Tuesday Treasure: Collaborative Halloween Episode!

October 27 @ 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.