Spirit Voices: Victorian Mourning & Spiritualism

Staff member Mindy Morris peels apples as part of her performance as Lula Smith in the Old Stone Church Burial Ground.

Saturday, October 21st
3:00PM to 6:00PM; cemetery tour times: 3:30, 4:30, 5:30
Smith-Harris House & the Old Stone Church Burial Ground

Admission is a non-perishable food item for East Lyme Care & Share, Inc.
Extra cost for private reading with Medium.

Discover Victorian-Era rituals of death and dying at our award-winning annual program! From 19th-century funeral traditions such as “widow’s weeds” and “safety coffins,” to the rise of the séance, learn how those who died were remembered and honored by loved ones. View the parlor decorated for a wake, see an actual 19th-century horse-drawn hearse, sample “funeral cookies” from an historic recipe, and have your tea leaves read for fun! Private readings with a Medium from the Niantic Pine Grove Spiritualist Camp: $10 for a ten-minute session, with all proceeds to the Friends of Smith-Harris House–reservations for private readings highly recommended. You can also take a free tour of the Old Burial Ground and encounter former residents of the Smith-Harris House, as they share vignettes of their former lives!
Sponsored in part by Fulton-Theroux Funeral Services and Advance Power Equipment of East Lyme.

For more information, contact director Joanie DiMartino at 860-739-0761 or director@smithharris.org.


Reverend Jackie Randall, National Spiritualist Church, Norwich, CT, and Pine Grove Spiritualist Camp, Niantic, CT, answers questions about the history and beliefs of Spiritualists.

Trustee Robert Patterson greets visitors as a 19th-century undertaker with horse-drawn hearse.