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Mansion offers ghost tours this weekend

OTTAWA — Reddick Mansion Association will reprise its “Ghosts of Ottawa Past” program at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with some new and different stories.

The guided tour will begin in the East Parlors of the candle-lit Reddick Mansion where participants will “attend” a Victorian funeral.

After the funeral, the group will take an approximate quarter-mile outside walk around Washington Park.

The tour will include an overheard conversation about Chester Weger and the Starved Rock murders and the story of the last public hanging in La Salle County. During the walk, other famous and infamous ghostly characters from Ottawa’s past may also appear.

After each of the walking tours, the groups will return to the Reddick Mansion for hot apple cider and refreshments.

The cost is $20 per person and, due to the subject matter, participants should be at least 12 years old.

For reservations, contact the Reddick Mansion at (815) 433-6100 or visit the website,

Each tour is limited to 20 people and reservations are strongly suggested.

All money raised will be used for the preservation and renovation of the Reddick Mansion.

The Reddick Mansion, at 100 W. Lafayette Street, was built in 1858, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Sites. It is open to the public for tours and also has meeting/reception rooms available for rent for special events.

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