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'Macabre at the Mansion' kicks off at Culbertson Mansion in New Albany

The event is being held every weekend in October and features a guided tour of the famed New Albany mansion showcasing scenes of grim Victorian era history.

NEW ALBANY, Ind. — This weekend is the start of "Macabre at the Mansion" event at New Albany's Culbertson Mansion. 

The event is being held every weekend in October and features a guided tour of the famed New Albany mansion showcasing scenes of grim Victorian era history.

Typically the carriage house would turn into a haunted house, but this year people will get scared in the 25 room, 151-year-old mansion itself. It’s brining a COVID friendly twist to a longstanding tradition.

Culbertson Mansion was built in 1867 and is a Indiana State historical site. Haunted house tours at the mansion have been running since 1985. 

Actors portraying the scene of Victoria era history will be in each room and guides will explain the history behind each scene in the four-story mansion.

“I am super ecstatic...that we have been able to change things around so we’re still able to do an event for the mansion and still keep everyone safe,” Macabre at the Mansion costume manager, Kathryn Voegerl, said. 

Money raised through selling tickets to the event will go back towards restoring the Culbertson Mansion. The volunteers have created a community that keeps coming back to put on this show year after year.

“When I got involved, I found this amazing group of volunteers, who, we all just really cared about this place and wanted to restore it,” Macabre at the Mansion director, Hannah Palmer, said. 

"Macabre at the Mansion" costs $25 per person and is open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 

Social distancing guidelines will be in place with actors, staff and guests required to wear masks. Between each group staff will be sanitizing door knobs and handrails to keep everyone safe and comfortable.

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