Bringing Bordentown’s Harrowing History to Life

Tragic fires, heinous murders and crimes too terrible to speak of – a city as full of history as Bordentown is bound to have a few spirits roaming the streets. Now you can see some of those real-life tales come to life.

“Harrowing History,” a series of outdoor performances, came to life when Kristi Kantorski, a member of the Bordentown Historical Society, took a deep dive into the city’s more gruesome moments after coming across a folder of local ghost stories from back in the 1800s. After 18 months of research, she wrote and produced a 90-minute show that tells 6 grisly, grim and unearthly stories from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Performances start at 7 pm at the Joseph Bonaparte Point Breeze Estate every Saturday until November 7. Crowds are limited to 25 people to endure social distancing, and masks are required. Tickets cost $20 and support renovations for the Clara Barton Schoolhouse.

“Harrowing History is about Bordentown’s creepy, scary and often hushed history as pulled from century old local and national records,” says Kantorski. “I would love it if someone went home and said to a friend or a family member, ‘I have to tell you a story…and it’s entirely true, and it happneed not far from here.'”

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October 1, 2020
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