Ghostly author talk and book signing: ‘Revolutionary War Ghosts of Connecticut’

Get into the spooky spirit of Halloween and learn about Connecticut’s Revolutionary War history at the Fairfield Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Sun Tavern will be open to visitors at 7 p.m. and author Courtney McInvale will be at the Museum at 7:30 p.m. to talk about and sign her book, Revolutionary War Ghosts of Connecticut.

ghostsofconnecticutLearn about pivotal figures from the American Revolution — from the Sons of Liberty to the Tories — and find out how some of them still haunt Connecticut today. According to McInvale, Nathan Hale may still conduct lessons in New London and East Haddam, and many suspect that George Washington occasionally visits Fairfield’s Sun Tavern. The presence of notorious traitor Benedict Arnold is often felt in New London, where he commanded troops numbering 1,600 as a newly turned Loyalist. Guests at the event will hear these stories and more, and have a chance to ask questions and purchase the book.

In addition, Sun Tavern will be open for visitors that evening at 7. Stop by before the book talk to see inside this historic building, and learn about its history. The 1780 tavern was the site of a much-celebrated visit from President George Washington. A lively establishment, it provided food, drink, and lodging for travelers and those who came to do business at the county courthouse also located on the Green. It became a private residence for ministers, businessmen, and a New York City actor who made it his summer getaway.

Courtney McInvale is the founder of Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours, a Connecticut-based company dedicated to the research and sharing of paranormal history and local lore. She is able to bring a unique perspective to the world of ghostly occurrences as a spirit medium who grew up in a haunted house investigated by famed ghost hunters. Suggested donation for the author event is $5.

The Fairfield Museum is located at 370 Beach Road in Fairfield. For more information visit Fairfieldhistory.org or call 203-259-1598. Program support comes from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, CT Humanities and our generous community donors and corporate sponsors.

Many suspect that George Washington occasionally visits Fairfield’s Sun Tavern

Many suspect that George Washington occasionally visits Fairfield’s Sun Tavern

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