Atlantic Highlands, NJ – The dark and morbid works of Edgar Allan Poe are immortal, and will be the focus of this year’s annual Haunted Lantern Tours at historic Strauss Mansion in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. This event has become one of the biggest fundraisers for the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society which hosts it. The tours will take place in and around the haunted 1893-Victorian manor. Visitors will start on the first floor and then work their way through the house, outside, and into the basement, before emerging in the backyard for the grand finale. At each stop along the way, guests will see a short vignette acted out. The characters and settings from Annabelle Lee, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, Cask of Amontillado, The Premature Burial, and a few others will be used. The tour itself will become an interactive storybook of Poe’s most terrifying tales.
In some cases, the scenes will be word-for-word from Poe’s original short stories and poetry while others have been adapted to include special twists. There will also be some other classics worked into the Gothic and Victorian theme.
The tours this year will be held one weekend only: Friday and Saturday, October 23rd and 24th, from 7-10pm. Cost of the tour will be $7 per person, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting AHHS and the ongoing restoration effort at Strauss Mansion. The event will be held rain or shine, as we can easily adapt the tour in case of poor weather.