Markusen has so many ghost stories to tell. According to his website, when he first began researching the topic of ghosts in Cooperstown, he didn’t expect to find very much. He was merely hoping to find enough material to use as a script for a haunted walking tour, much like the ghost tours offered in Gettysburg, Salem, Savannah and Williamsburg.
“To my delight, I uncovered so much more, from old legends that had been passed down over the years to newer stories of hauntings and hobgoblins. I became rather surprised to learn that Otsego County (where Cooperstown resides as the county seat) ranks among the top 10 counties in all of New York state in producing ghostlore. I discovered so many ghost stories that the next undertaking became an obvious one-starting a ghost tour,” reads his website.
In addition to stories of ghosts and hauntings, the tours feature the history of the village of Cooperstown, including discussion of prominent citizens such as Judge William Cooper and his son, famed author James Fenimore Cooper.
The Cooperstown Candlelight Ghost Tours’ season will continue through October, with fall ghost tours being offered at 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night. Tours depart from Pioneer Park at the corner of Main and Pioneer streets and are available by appointment during the winter months. For more information, call 547-8070 or visit www.cooperstownghost.com.