2021 Ghosts of the Past Cemetery Tours a Huge Success!

This year’s Ghosts of the Past Cemetery Tour program honoring first responders throughout Rahway’s history was a huge success!  Almost 200 guests attended the event, with 17 groups travelling through the cemetery on a beautiful autumn day to hear the stories  of local Ghosts including doctors, nurses, volunteers, police, first aid, and firefighters.  And we owe so much of the success of this event to the dozens of volunteers who helped make it possible.

Special thanks go out to all of our Ghosts, especially to Darius Singletary and Brigitte Penaranda from the Rahway Police Department, and Kasmer Kaminski and Jeremy Polite from the Rahway Fire Department, who each represented their predecessors in uniform.

Thanks to this year’s cast of Ghosts:

  • Dr. Walter Cladek
  • Dr. Fred Albee
  • Patrolman Alberty Jewel
  • Red Cross Volunteer Gladys Whitehead
  • Firemen Tribute
  • Chief Tooker
  • 1929 Ambulance/First Aid
  • WW1 Motor Corps Driver
  • Rahway Police Tribute
  • Civil War Nurse Anna Vohah
  • Rick Zdan
  • Kevin O’Brien
  • Darius Singletary
  • Victoria Tonstad
  • Kasmer Kaminski & Jeremy Polite
  • Alex Shipley
  • Derron Palmer
  • Annette St. John Satkowski
  • Brigitte Peneranda
  • Lisa Michalowski

In addition to the Ghosts, we also deeply appreciate the help of our Board members and volunteers who ran the check-in table, manned the gift-sale and thrift tables, sold raffle tickets, and helped chaperone groups through the cemetery.

With 2021’s tour now behind us, we’re already looking forward to 2022, when we will once again invite the Ghosts associated with the story of the Unknown Woman of Rahway to recount their experiences with the biggest murder mystery in Rahway’s history.  Perhaps we’ll see you in the cemetery again next year!

Thanks to Derron Palmer and Chris Tonstad for the pictures below!

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The tarps are down – and the siding is up!

There’s been a lot of progress this week on the tavern yard side of the building! Check out how beautiful our old building looks with the new siding installed!

Still lots of work to do, but we’re so glad to have the tarps down and the siding up!

Stay tuned for more updates!

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Upcoming Fall Events at the Merchants

Seems like fall is just around the bend already – and we wanted to get our upcoming Fall and Holiday Events out there so everyone can save the dates! We’ll have more details about the events listed soon, but for now – mark your calendars for Fall Fun with a History Twist!

Upcoming Events at the Merchants & Drovers Tavern Museum:

  • Moonlight Tavern Night – Sat, Sept 25, 2021 Enjoy a night of live music and refreshments in our Tavern Yard. Click for more info!
  • Ghosts of the Past Cemetery Tours – Sun, Oct. 3, 2021 A day-time tour of special graves in the Historic Rahway Cemetery, adjacent to the Museum. This year’s theme is First Responders.
  • Four Centuries Weekend – Sat & Sun, Oct. 16 & 17, 2021 Visit the Museum, take a free tour and learn about the history of our site.
  • Paranormal “Unplugged” – Sat, Oct 16, 2021 Join Brian Cano for an unusual old-school paranormal investigation
  • Spirits of Rahway Cemetery Tours – Fri & Sat, Oct. 29 & 30, 2021 Evening tours of the Historic Rahway Cemetery, featuring spooky tales told by your Spirit Guides.
  • Holiday Bazaar – Sat, Dec. 3, 2021 Find gently used and vintage Holiday items for sale in our Tavern Yard—an unusual gift for that friend who has everything.
  • Holiday Candlelight Evening – Sat, Dec. 11, 2021 Enjoy an evening of period song and celebration and ring in the holidays at our unique winter event.

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