OTTAWA — On Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, the Reddick Mansion Association will reprise its “Ghosts of Ottawa Past” program with some new and different stories.
The guided tour will begin in the East Parlors of the candle-lit Reddick Mansion where participants will “attend” Mr. Reddick’s funeral. After the funeral, the group will take an approximate quarter-mile outside walk along Columbus and LaSalle streets. The tour will include the story of the only recorded case of spontaneous combustion in LaSalle County, and a stop at the site of the death of the first Ottawa fireman killed in while on duty. During the walk, other famous and infamous ghostly characters from Ottawa’s past may also appear.
Two tours will be given each night — one at 7 p.m. and one at 9 p.m. After each of the walking tours, the groups will return to the Reddick Mansion for hot apple cider and refreshments.
The cost is $15 per person and, due to the subject matter, participants should be at least 12 years old. For reservations, call the Reddick Mansion at 815-433-6100 or visit their website at www.reddickmansion.org. Each tour is limited to 20 people and reservations are strongly suggested. All money raised will be used for the preservation and renovation of the Reddick Mansion.
The Reddick Mansion, at 100 W. Lafayette St., was built in 1858, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Sites. It is open to the public for tours and also has meeting/reception rooms available for rent for special events.