By Dave Slusarick
Why does the clock at the Fayette County Courthouse on East Main Street mysteriously change time? Who was Fayette County’s most famous witch? What strange spirits lurk during the late night hours at DiMarco’s Bistro?
County residents and guests to our area learned the answers to these questions and more as they took a guided excursion through downtown Uniontown this weekend as part of the third annual “Spirits of Fayette County” ghost walks, presented by the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, West Penn Power (A FirstEnergy Company), and the Fayette Young Professionals Network (FYPN).
There are lots of excellent Hallo-ween attractions in our region, but something special about “Spirits of Fayette County” is the historical nature of the tales. With the help of volunteer tour leaders, you travel on foot to the places where these legends originated, and even get to meet some of the characters involved.
The haunted historical walks have grown in popularity each year. At the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, the phone begins ringing far before October with families and groups making their reservations to be part of the event. This year, the tours started at Eberly Square at 1 East Main St. and departed every 15 minutes from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Pittsburgh Paranormal Society was even on hand at one of the stops!
Fayette TV was part of this year’s festivities as well. The station’s subcontracted production team, Coordinated 360, produced a film short that was screened at the State Theatre Center for the Arts. This production took ghost walk participants on an adventure of images and sounds — beyond the boundaries of downtown Uniontown, and into Farmington, Fairchance, and Connellsville. You can catch an abridged version of this presentation on Atlantic Broadband cable channel 77 after our live broadcast of the Uniontown Halloween Parade this Wednesday at 6 p.m.
If you have a ghastly experience to share for possible use in a future “Spirits of Fayette County,” contact the Fayette Chamber of Commerce at email@example.com.
Dave Slusarick is Creative Director and Television Team Leader for Coordinated 360, subcontracted operator of Fayette TV. Contact him at 1-800-893-8516.