Lecture on the History of Belhurst Castle – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Lecture on the History of Belhurst Castle

The Geneva Historical Society welcomes author David Sakmyster to speak on “The History of Belhurst: Unraveling the Legends.” The program will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, at the Geneva Historical Society Museum.

Sakmyster will share the fascinating history of Belhurst Castle and delve into the intriguing legends that have persisted there from the early Geneva settlements to the Castle's present day. Tales of the castle abound, featuring Indian burial grounds, lingering ghosts, opera singers, grand heists, underground tunnels, and extravagant casinos. Meet the colorful characters that have lived there through two centuries and examine the evidence for who, if anyone, might still haunt the land.

Sakmyster is the author of the 2003 publication The Belhurst Story. He has had published over 15 short stories and two novels. He has always been intrigued by history and loves incorporating research into his works. The Belhurst Story is his first non-fiction book, and resulted from a mysterious experience during a visit to the Belhurst. He currently lives in Rochester, N.Y. and works as a financial analyst for Choice One Communications.

The Geneva Historical Society Museum is located in the Prouty-Chew House at 543 South Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The Geneva Historical Society receives major funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the New York Council for the Humanities and the Town and City of Geneva.