Day & Night in Historic Palmyra on This Week’s State of Greater Western New York Report – August 19, 2021

The towns and villages that dot the landscape of the Greater Western New York Region contain some of the richest history of a bygone era of America. What happens when the latest national fad tries to “improve” that scene?

In the first segment of this week’s episode, we discover how one small town conquered the whims of mighty Washington. Bonnie Hays, Executive Director of Historic Palmyra, takes us on a virtual walking tour through some of the 19th century buildings saved by its citizens. These magnificently restored (and, in at least one case, relocated), dwellings often a look back to a simpler time when a community’s strength was measured by the tight connections among its residents. Bonnie tells us the stories behind the people that made these buildings so lively, and you’re likely to recognize some of the names she drops.

If the first half of the show deals with things that you can see in the daylight, the second half deals with things that go bump in the night. Literally. Tracy Murphy, Deputy Director of Historic Palmyra, fascinates us with tales from the spiritual world. She explains the origins of these supernatural stories. But wait! There’s more! Tracy also shares with us a video that will downright spook you. Can you explain why the curtain moved and the blocks rattles before being thrown out?

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