~ Our Nightmare event is not your average haunted house with blood and gore. The unique feature about the Museum’s annual Nightmare on Main program is that is based on actual 19th century history, beliefs, and customs. The committee and some cast members research the stories they tell and the beings that they portray.
~ Past themes have included: Confinement (prisons and asylums), Witches, Hauntings, Villains, and Monsters. The event is moderately to very scary (but not extreme) and is appropriate for ages ten and older.
~ This year the tours will be held in Windham Mills, 322 Main Street, Willimantic, in the giant factory space of the old American Thread Mill for social distancing. The venue is handicapped accessible and parking is free.
~ The tours will be in groups of 8 ticket holders, start every 20 minutes, and will last approximately 50 ~ 60 minutes. Ticket pick up is at the tented kiosk in the parking lot. There will also be a refreshment and souvenir stand.
~ We ask that people who are not vaccinated wear masks for the protection of all.
“Phobia” which is Greek for fear, is defined as the excessive, extreme, irrational panic reaction to a situation, living creature, place or object.
Do you or someone you know suffer from acrophobia (the fear of heights), arachnophobia (the fear of spiders), or astraphobia (the fear of thunder and lightning?) Phobias affect about 30% of the adult population in the United States.
Phobia is something almost everyone can identify with.
According to Jennifer M. Sadler, LMHC, phobias are a mental disorder and believed to be one of the most common problems affecting the human mind. People fear different things at different ages. There are various causes and some treatments available.
This Nightmare tour will help the visitor learn about this serious disorder and confront their own fears head on. The program is about chilling phobias and their history and promises to educate, entertain, and might possibly startle, shock and terrify the unnerved.