New Castle News

October 9, 2013

Society presents Haunted History

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — If you say the name “Mary Black” three times during the night, she’ll rise and claw your face with her long nails.

Or so the local legend goes.

This is one of many stories walkers will hear during Haunted History Walks given by the Lawrence County Historical Society the last two weekends in October.

The walks are not for the fainthearted. There will be tales of murder, arson, suicide and hauntings. Participants will walk a city block surrounding the Scottish Rite Cathedral, including the North Hill slope.

The walks will end at the Historical Society’s Greer-Clavelli Mansion, but the stories won’t stop there. The mansion is reported to have a spirit of its own, and just maybe, she’ll be there to greet visitors as she did when she lived in the house.

In Victorian Spiritualist tradition, participants also will be welcome to join a séance in the living room where a local medium will bring messages from the spirit world.

The Lawrence County Historical Society’s fundraising walks will be held Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26. Walks are limited to 15 people and there will be two per night, 6:30 and 8:30. Tickets/ reservations ($20) are available at the society’s office at 408 N. Jefferson St., or online at

For information, (call) 724-658-4022.