ITHACA, N.Y. — Care for some chilling tales as Halloween draws closer? Ithaca has a number of spooky stories in its past — from unexplained murders to lingering spirits — and local residents can learn all about them as the History Center’s haunted history walking tours return this week.

The Ithaca Heritage Tour is presented by the History Center in Tompkins County and will be led by Tompkins County Heritage Ambassador Sherri La-Torre. The tours will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19 and 25 and 26.

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“Today Ithaca is known for its gorges, education, food, vibrant cultural scene, and its diverse population… but this was not always the case. Downtown Ithaca holds colorful narratives of past people and events. What spirits and memories linger? The tales might be chilling as death, murder, jealousy, insanity, and accidents are recalled. Be attentive and watchful,” the History Center states.

The tour begins at the Tompkins Center for History & Culture, 110 N. Tioga St., Ithaca.

Tickets cost $10 and are free for children ages 7 and under with an adult. Learn more and find tickets online here.

Kelsey O'Connor

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