Walking Tour of Shipoke – part 1

June 16, 2015 in Events by brian

Walking Tour of Shipoke Haunted History and Macabre Events

When: Friday, June 19, 7:30 p.m.

Where: This walk starts and ends at the John Harris grave (in the park across from the Harris Mansion at Front and Washington)

Enrollment Limit:  15

 This walk will explore the sites of historical events in the quiet, scenic Shipoke Neighborhood that involve largely forgotten murders, mayhem and untimely deaths. When the conditions are right, these locations are alleged to still evoke the spirits of the deceased; including the murder of a naïve woman in a love gone wrong; the unmarked grave of Half-King Tanacharison who played a pivotal role in the start of the French and Indian War; the mysterious appearance of a body that almost unhinged Penn’s treaty; the river baptism that lead to the founding of the Church of God; and the midnight train wreck involving George Westinghouse that claimed the lives of 12 people and scattered the bodies of dozens more across the banks of the Susquehanna. The stories the guide tells along the way mingle historical facts and the lore of the afterlife in such a way as to interest believers and non-believers alike.

 The total length of the walk is a little less than two miles and will be completed in about an hour and 15 minutes. Although it will be done at a leisurely pace, there are some steep grades and the sidewalks are a bit rough. All walkers should wear sturdy walking shoes. The walk begins and ends at the John Harris grave in Riverfront Park in Harrisburg. 

There is no charge, but a donation of $ 5 per-person is suggested. All donations will go to the Shipoke Neighborhood Association for neighborhood beautification projects.

The guide is Glen Dunbar, a longtime resident of Shipoke and local history enthusiast. For more information and to make a reservation contact: glendunbar@verizon.net . (Walks at other dates and times can be scheduled for groups of 7 or more).