2018 | The Bronxville Historical Conservancy Launches 20th Anniversary with LEGO Building Blocks Workshop at the Bronxville School
For the first time, on the eve of The Ghosts of Bronxville event for young children, Bronxville Historical Conservancy adult members were invited to a preview party at the 1891 historic home and studio of artist Mary Fairchild MacMonnies Low. Shadowy sets, exhibiting intricately displayed historic artifacts and ephemera related to Mary and her artist husband, Will Hicok Low were the backdrop to several historic ghosts who shared their life stories and connection to the village of the 1890’s.
The following night, more than a dozen eerie apparitions visited the village for the spooky spectacular that introduced 225 kids and their chaperones to the town’s rich history. The thrill-seekers navigated moonlit Hilltop roads to homes where they met five of Bronxville’s famous 19th century residents played by Sarah Lawrence College students sharing their ghostly tales on historically-detailed sets. Along the route, children played old-fashioned Halloween games and encountered several silent, scary spirits portrayed by local high school students.
On an eerie autumn eve, children from 1st through 7th grade and their chaperones encountered spirits from Bronxville’s history, many of them in their original dwelling on and around the Hilltop neighborhood. Children and their adult chaperones strolled along a pre-determined route, guided by a map and the light of a (battery-powered) candle. At each home, an actor dressed in period garb shared the story of his or her life in Bronxville during the late 19th century, against a background of sets laden with authentic antique props and unique backdrops — all contributing to a chillingly realistic night.
2014 | Guest of the Gramatan
On Saturday, October 4th, 2014, an evening at Bronxville’s illustrious Hotel Gramatan was reimagined at The Jane Hotel, NYC. Towering atop Sunset Hill from 1905 until it was demolished in 1972, the Hotel Gramatan enjoyed its spectacular heyday in the 1920’s – the Age of Wonderful Nonsense. Whether seeking a season of revelry, a marriage prospect or even a hiding place, guests flocked to the glamorous Gramatan from across the globe to rub elbows with celebrities including Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson, and Ethel and John Barrymore. On October 4th, for three fleeting hours, the Young Families committee hosted a supremely festive evening that celebrated the glittering past of the storied Hotel Gramatan.
2013 | The Ghosts of Bronxville
On Saturday evening, October 26th, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy inaugurated The Ghosts of Bronxville, an historic house tour for kids that has become an on-going village event. More than 200 children, ages 6-12, and approximately 150 adult chaperones attended the sold-out event. The Ghosts of Bronxville was originated by the BHC Young Families Committee in 2013 to introduce the children of the village to the incredible history that surrounds them everyday.