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From the Crow’s Nest | THE SCENE
The white-roofed houses and quaint walled alleyways of St. George take on a ghostly ambience in the yellow
light of street lamps a;er dark. Such is the old
town’s silence you can easily hear the tread of
feet, the creaking of bamboo and the rustle of
cedar, making it easy to believe the ghosts of
the past are still lurking in the town square,
gardens, lanes and cemeteries.
;anks to owner of the Book Cellar and
development director of the St. George’s
Foundation, Kristin White, participants in
her Haunted History tour of Ye Old Ghost
Towne don’t have to believe; they can see
for themselves. ;e dead come to life every
Wednesday and Saturday (winter season
hours: 7–8 pm) drawing visitors back into
the many stories, normally hidden away in
history books and archives, of Bermuda’s past.
Master of ceremonies Paul Harney, however,
is arguably “undead” since his ashen white
makeup gives him a Dracula-like appearance.
Dressed in Victorian black cloak and top hat,
lantern in hand, he lures followers from King’s
Square into the streets, all the time narrating
his stories and interspersing them with louche,
slightly sinister laughter and summoning forth
his troupe of characters, also in costume, who
emerge from the shadows. We do not want
spoiler alerts. Su;ce it to say, partakers, or
should we say undertakers, of this tour will
hear about, and, in many cases, meet governors
and slaves, mariners, redcoats and murderers,
lunatics, lovers and perhaps at least one poet.
By the end of the evening they will know more
about Bermuda than they might have thought
White moved to St. George 12 years ago
and fell in love with the old town and its history. Formerly executive director of Raleigh
Bermuda, a philanthropic organisation dedicated to o;ering the island’s youth opportunities to volunteer abroad, she stepped down in
2013 because she wanted to concentrate on
her work for St. George—she wanted to pro-
mote the town while at the same time creating
employment opportunities for its residents.
Her Book Cellar shop is one such enterprise.
Another aim is to promote St. George as a
venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
White came up with the Haunted History idea as a fund-raiser for the St. George’s
Foundation. A;er conducting considerable
research, she wrote the script herself, hired
and directed Harney who duly performed
it at a special fund-raising dinner. ;en she
realised the show could work as a tour with
the addition of other actors taking on the different spirit roles. And work it most certainly
did during the summer season of 2015 when
scores of visitors would take the tour every
Wednesday and ;ursday. Always the writer,
director and producer, White sometimes acts
a role when the need arises.
White is not prepared to rest on her laurels,
however, sticking to the same script. In November she introduced a di;erent script and
route to the ones followed in the summer and
for the future she is planning other themed
tours—a military or a maritime one, for
Click on www.hauntedhistorybda.com for
information about regular and private tour
WRITTEN BY ELIZABETH JONES
PHOTOGRAPH BY VORHEES JOELL JR.
Ghosts come alive in a Haunted History
tour of Ye Old Towne of St. George’s