EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 19, 2013

Windham hosts 20th annual mystery tour

By John Toole
jtoole@eagletribune.com

---- — WINDHAM — The Historical Society’s mystery tour is next week, but no one is saying where guests will go.

That’s one reason why people keep coming back for the tour, now in its 20th year.

“They never know where they are going,” secretary Diane Farmer said.

There are a few sure things in this deal.

Guests won’t pay for the tour.

They get to look around the town museum beforehand.

Everyone stops for ice cream afterward at Johnson’s Farm.

The tour takes about two hours.

“It’s fun and you learn about the history of the town,” Farmer said.

Farmer promises that’s true no matter how long you’ve been in town.

“You’ll find out something new about the town,” she said.

“Our attempt is always to show people things in their midst of historical significance they may not have been aware of,” society president Jean Manthorne said.

One year, the tour explored Cobbetts Pond by boat.

Another year, the tour related to rail history in Windham.

The group checked out haunted places in Windham one year, but that didn’t scare people off. They kept coming back.

“Last year was about the Civil War and how that affected Windham,” Manthorne said.

“Every year is different,” Farmer said.

There have been tours around schoolhouses, dams and gardens.

So popular is the tour that copies of the annual guide find their way into Nesmith Library.

Guests will get a copy when they show up for the tour.

Participants have a choice how they take the tour. They can either drive their own vehicle or car pool with someone else in the group.

The tour is set for Thursday, June 27, starting at the museum in the Armstrong Building, 3 North Lowell Road.

The tour begins at 6 p.m.

For more information call 898-7433, 432-1615 or 434-7196.