Granger House kicks off a spooky season with an exploration of ‘Macbeth’


Granger House Victorian Museum — Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.

Marion’s Granger House holds some spooky secrets of its own. — photo by Ian Poellet

Things are about to get spooky at the Granger House Victorian Museum. Beginning this weekend and through October and beyond, the uncanny will take center stage.

The Granger House (970 10th St, Marion) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was occupied by a single family for nearly a century, and it is the only 19th century home in the area that offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of a middle-class family.

The museum offers a variety of programming throughout the year, but the emphasis at the moment is clearly on creepy.

This Saturday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m., performer Paul Wood will become Macbeth, the mad protagonist of one of Shakespeare’s darkest plays. The program will offer insight into the real kings of Scotland and life in Elizabethan England.

Fridays in October will be devoted to the Something Wicked This Way Comes series. Each Friday at 7 p.m., attendees can explore a macabre topic. The Oct. 6 session will focus on female serial killers; Oct. 13 (Friday the 13th!) will feature gravestone epitaphs and art; Oct. 20 will be devoted to Jack the Ripper; and Oct. 27 will focus on H.H. Holmes and the Chicago Murder House.

The Macbeth program and the Something Wicked This Way Comes events are $10 for general public and free for members of the Granger House.

“We’ve been doing the Something Wicked series for a few years now,” says Barb Trujillo, president of the Granger House Museum. “It’s a fun way to celebrate the season. This year we are having Macbeth because it segues nicely into that programming. Plus Paul Wood, our presenter, offered it up to us, and it sounds awesome.”

The Granger House will also host flashlight tours of the house and grounds on Oct. 14, 28 and Halloween night. S.E.E. Paranormal will guide these tours, which are limited to 20 participants each. The cost is $20 for all participants.

The spookiness doesn’t end with Halloween. The museum is also hosting a series entitled Seeking the Paranormal: A Program for Learning and Exploring. Beginning Oct. 10, and continuing on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., Sarah Hyatt of S.E.E. Paranormal will explore topics surrounding paranormal experiences and efforts to discover the world beyond the veil.

The series is scheduled to run through May. Each session is $10 for the general public and $7 for members of the Granger House.

The flashlight tours and the paranormal series acknowledge longstanding suspicions about the house.

“The Granger House has long been rumored to be haunted, and the paranormal was very big during the Victorian era,” Trujillo says. “We decided as a board of directors to embrace it and offer it to the public so they can get to know the Granger House better.”

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Tickets to all events are available at the Granger House website.