American Séance

The American Civil War Museum invites you to attend An American Séance. Participate in a dramatization of a Victorian séance that provides a fun and spooky experience while exploring how individuals coped with death after the War. 

The American spiritualist movement is traced back to 1848 in Hydesville, New York where sisters Kate and Margaret Fox claimed they had contacted the spirit of a murdered peddler. The spirit communicated with the sisters through raps and knocks. The Fox girls quickly become a sensation. 

By the 1860s, "One heard of nothing but spirits and mediums. All tables and other furniture seemed to have come alive….” As seen in the PBS documentary Death and the Civil War, attending a séance was a popular entertainment as well as a means of coping with the loss of loved ones. 

Attendees will join the Nelson family and other séance guests as they try to reach the spirits of the departed, including the Nelson’s soldier son killed in action during the Civil War.

October 27-31, 8:00-9:00pm (members only night October 27)
Cost $8.00 Adults, $5.00 Members, $5.00 Students (including college students)  

To purchase tickets online click one of the links below for your preferred showing. Please be patient, the link can take a minute to load. If you're a member who would like to purchase tickets for the Members Only Preview, please call 804-649-1861 ext. 161 or email

Members Only Preview

Oct. 27

Oct. 28
8:00 pm
Oct. 29
8:00 pm
Oct. 30
8:00 pm
Oct. 31
8:00 pm