History and Mystery Historical Tour Provides Hay Rides, Dueling and Ghost Hunting

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 25, 2017) — Returning for a second year after a popular initial launch, the Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse is hosting a limited cemetery tour that will include dueling, ghost hunting and fascinating tales about the park’s historic grounds. The Cemetery Crawl: History and Mystery of the Kentucky Horse Park tour takes visitors around the grounds by hay ride Oct. 9-13; 16-20; and 28 and 29 at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Touring little-known, or often overlooked areas of the park, guests will see cemeteries and historic sites, and hear related historic references, as well as some spooky tales appropriate for the Halloween season. The tour includes the enigmatic Salyers House and Salyers family cemetery, the Graves family cemetery, and “the old dueling grounds.” Guests will enjoy treats and hands-on participation at appropriate spots along the way.

The Kentucky Horse Park has served as the home for multiple horse farms for more than 200 years. Families have come and gone, Thoroughbreds and trotters have been raised and trained here, men have participated in duels, and residents have created long-lasting structures that are still used on the park today. The stories of the men, women, children and horses buried throughout the park have helped shape the land that plays a unique and important role in Kentucky’s historic equine heritage.

Reservations are required for the Cemetery Crawl tours, and space is limited each night for the approximately two-hour tour. Reservations can be made by calling 859/259-4213. Tickets are $15 per person. Tours are recommended for ages 12 and up. To learn more about the Cemetery Crawl and other Halloween happenings at the park, visit www.kyhorsepark.com/news/park-haunted-halloween-happenings.

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The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man's relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet that showcases the many equestrian breeds and disciplines of the American horse industry, and hosts a number of high profile horse shows and special events each year attracting visitors, competitors and horses from across the United States and all around the world. The park is home to the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate, dedicated to exploring the history of horses and their impact on human civilization, as well as the National Horse Center, comprising national, regional and state equine organizations and associations. Information about the park’s programs and activities may be found online at www.KyHorsePark.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Periscope.