A Victorian Seance Experience

As the evenings get darker and the first hint of winter hangs in the air, the western world enters the season of the dead. It is time when restless souls, vengeful spirits, and mythical creatures can more easily cross the plane between the two worlds. With All Hallowed Eve’s approach, it is a time when ghost stories and haunted tales more easily cross into the realm of our daily lives as these accounts help us remember the dead and contend with the unexplained. Along with the historic buildings, grounds, and family history, Mabry-Hazen House also preserves a darker history of Americans' experiences with death, funerals, spiritualism, and the occult and this year the museum will exhibit those macabre, yet fascinating cultural moments during their Victorian Séance Experience.

From 6pm-10pm on October 26-28, 2018, Mabry Hazen House will host “A Victorian Séance Experience” inside the parlors of the 1858 historic house. Relying on primary sources from the nineteenth century, Mabry-Hazen House will reenact a Victorian séance and give “investigators” an immersive experience filled with “mysterious and startling wonders.” 

Under the guidance of a Victorian medium, the séances will follow the rituals of nineteenth century Spiritualism and investigators will participate in historic “demonstrations” of mediumship. Whether true manifestations of spirits or clever parlor tricks, sitters at the séances will learn about this eerie, yet ubiquitous aspect of 19th century American life. Séances will occur every 20 minutes starting at 6:00 pm and ending at 10:00pm. Guests must reserve a seat at their table for a select. They should arrive 15 minutes before their table reservation. Each session is limited to 8 guests, tickets must be purchased in advance, and all sitters must be 16 or older. Tickets are $20 per person. Tickets Available for Purchase Here

In addition to the séances, psychics, astrologers, and tarot card readers will be perform their craft for interested parties. Once a séance concludes, guests may purchase $5 vouchers to exchange to have their fortunes told. “We want people to have sense of the past and present through this event,” says Patrick Hollis, Executive Director at Mabry-Hazen House.