KNOXVILLE, TN – Sept. 26, 2019 – For the second year, the Mabry-Hazen House will host an immersive Victorian Séance Experience, preserving the darker history of Americans' experiences with death, burial, and Spiritualism, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 25-27 inside the front parlors of the 1858 historic house.
In the early decades of Mabry-Hazen House’s history, Spiritualism, a new religious movement aimed at proving the immortality of the soul by communicating with the spirits of the dead, spread in popularity across the United States. Mediums conducted séances and allegedly offered evidence of manifestation of spirits. By 1897, spiritualism was said to have more than 8 million followers in the United States and Europe, mostly drawn from the middle and upper classes.
Evelyn Hazen, the last descendant to live in Mabry-Hazen House, was a believer and practitioner of these alternative religions. A small temporary exhibit will be on display showcasing artifacts from 1800s Spiritualism.
Under the guidance of a Victorian medium, the séances will follow the rituals of a 19th-century Spiritualist ritual and investigators will participate in historic “demonstrations” of mediumship. Whether they are true manifestations of spirits or clever parlor tricks, sitters at the séances will experience this eerie, yet ubiquitous aspect of 19th-century American life.
Séances will occur every 20 minutes starting at 6 p.m. Guests will select a specific date and time to reserve a seat at the table. Each session is limited to eight guests. It is strongly recommended tickets be purchased in advance, and all sitters must be 12 or older. Tickets are $20 per person and $12 for children (ages 12-16). Sitters should arrive 15 minutes before their table reservation.
In addition to the séances, psychics, astrologers, and tarot card readers will be perform their craft for interested parties. Once a séance concludes, guests may purchase $5 vouchers to exchange to have their fortunes told.
These sessions use the traditional tools of the Victorian séance to attempt spirit communication for entertainment purposes. This is not a demonstration of mediumship or a way to contact deceased relatives. It is not recommended for the recently bereaved.
For tickets and more information, visit www.mabryhazen.com/seance.
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