8th Annual Ghost Walk!


Prepare For Thrills, Chills, and Little-Known Facts for four October Evenings – 8th Annual Ghost Walks Return

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A trio of grieving widows in black will lead hushed groups through the Bentonville Cemetery that commences at 6 p.m. on October 19, 21, 26th, and 28th. Walk participants will be met by the widows at the cemetery entrance, who tell the stories of those now resting at each historical gravesite – the Berry Family (including the late Governor James Berry), the family of Colonel Samuel Peel, pauper’s corner, the last freed slave in Benton County, concluding at the mausoleum.

The three widows then guide their groups back to the Peel Mansion where they will be met by Mrs. Samuel Peel (Mary Emaline) who graciously leads guests through her home. No one ever knows what might be seen since Peel Mansion is listed among the 1,000 most haunted places in the United States!

Due back by popular demand, the last public hanging in Benton County in 1876 will be re-enacted in the Carriage House at Peel Mansion. This scene will be re-enacted with the following familiar names assuming the role of the judge: Ed Clifford, President and CEO of the Bentonville Chamber of Commerce on October 19th, Ed McClure, an attorney and founder of the Rogers Little Theater on October 21, Dick Trammel, Volunteer Unparalleled on October 26th, and Rusty Turner, executive editor of NWA Media's local daily and weekly newspapers on October 28th.

Afterwards, for those still possessing an appetite, dinner will be served in the conservatory with its antique black and white tile floor. The cost is $25 for adults, $20 for children 6-12, and free for those under 6. Reservations are strongly encouraged either by pre-paying by using the form below or by calling the Foundation sales office at 479-254-3870. Master card and Visa accepted. No rain dates will be issued.


The check-in for Ghost Walks will be held in the Bentonville Cemetery just across from the Liberty Independent Baptist Church on F Street. The address is 408 SW F St. (map). Please do not park in the church parking lot itself, but rather along F and 5th streets. Due to a lack of parking at the cemetery we would encourage groups who have arrived in more than one car to meet at Peel Mansion, and carpool from there to the cemetery together.

From Walton Boulevard, turn East on Central Ave (toward the Bentonville Square). Turn right, or South, on F Street and travel approximately 3 blocks to the Bentonville Cemetery.

From I-540 exit at Highway 72 (exit 88) and travel West toward Downtown Bentonville. After traveling through the Bentonville Square proceed approximately 5 blocks to F Street and turn left (South). Continue on F Street approximately 3 blocks to the Bentonville Cemetery.