Death & Mourning in the Gilded Age

Death, the impartial friend…the immortal who treats us all alike. -Mark Twain


Special Lantern Lit Tours

Friday October 23 and Saturday October 24th* at 7pm each evening

The late 19th century had its own fair share of the macabre. Photographs of the dead, hair wreaths, Shadows from the Walls of Death, and did three knocks at the door really signal death to come? Explore the Phelps Mansion after dusk and discover the Gilded Age attitude towards death & mourning. Learn about superstitions, funeral customs, and the true story behind the body snatchers who almost succeeded in stealing a corpse from the Phelps Mausoleum.

***7pm for Friday Oct 23 and 7pm for Saturday Oct 24 are now both SOLD OUT*** Due to popular demand we have an additional 9pm tour time for Saturday Oct 24. Reservations are essential. 


Adults, $12

Students/Seniors $10

Children 12-18 $5


Space is limited for these tours, advance registration is suggested.

Reserve your place by Sunday October 18.

For more information call 607 722 4873 or email