NIGHT AT THE BEARDSTOWN OPERA HOUSE:
123 State Street -- Beardstown, Illinois
March 16, 2013 / 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Join us for our Return to this Historic -- and Very
Haunted -- 1870s Opera House!
Join American Hauntings & Guide Loren
Hamilton for an eerie ghost hunt at one of downstate Illinois'
most intriguing haunted spots -- the Beardstown Opera House!
Discover the history and hauntings of this 1870s opera house and
find out if the renovations taking place in the building are
really "stirring up the ghosts" as so many claim! Spend the
night in search of these restless spirits during a private ghost
hunt with American Hauntings and
perhaps come face to face with one of the former patrons or
owners of the old theater! The evening will include a tour of the
opera house, followed by a ghost hunt that lasts in to the early
$40 per Person for this PRIVATE American Hauntings Event!
Here to Make Reservations for this Event!
Beardstown Opera House was constructed in 1872 and was
almost totally destroyed by a tornado that same summer.
Rebuilt by the owners and volunteers from the community,
the first star to play the opera house was General Tom
Thumb, a sideshow performer made famous by P.T. Barnum.
Other stars followed, including Jenny Lind, the famous
opera singer known as the "Swedish Nightingale."
Over the years, the opera house has been through a
succession of owners. Between 1872 and 1893, it was
operated by a
General Tom Thumb
|partnership former by Henry
Krohe and George Schneider. In 1893, the building
was purchased by a new set of owners, T.K. Condit, J.P.
Harris, Merton Harris, William Deppe and August Deppe.
They set about remodeling the theater for modern times.
|In 1899, three of the owners dropped out
and were replaced by a new owner, making the partnership of T.K.
Condit, J.F. Duvall and J.P. Harris. They continued operating
the company until 1904, when they were bought out by the Deppe
family, who ran the opera house continuously until 1954. More
owners followed and the opera house slipped into a state of
decline. Then, in 2004, the property was purchased by the
Heritage Preservation Foundation, which has started a massive
restoration of the property -- a restoration that seems to have
awakened the resident ghosts!
Over the course of the last few years, reports have begun to
circulate about strange activity at the opera house, from
ghostly footsteps to knocking sounds, whispers, voices in the
dressing rooms, doors opening and closing, mysterious shadows
and even a woman in black. Is the opera house as haunted as the
stories seem to imply?? Find out for yourself during our
PRIVATE ghost hunting event!