Spooky Tour Shares Past of Historical Drury Mansion

Mon 9/17 @ 7PM-9PM

If you listen carefully, you can hear some of those Scooby Doo catchphrases, “Zoinks!” and “you meddling kids!” when you take the Spooky Tour of Drury Mansion.

Actually, it’s a bit more serious than that. The tour, which has a tie-in to the compelling ghost-story play, The Woman in Black, that begins its run at Cleveland Play House on the same date, educates the public about the real history of Drury Mansion, now the Cleveland Clinic Foundation House.

The Drury is one of the very few homes remaining from C-Town’s illustrious era when Millionaire’s Row on Euclid Avenue housed the nation’s wealthiest and most influential industrialists. (This writer’s great-grandmother, Anna Henry, worked in one of those mansions.)

The tour includes the narrative of the Drury family, told by Cleveland storyteller Dan Ruminski. Hear about the instrumental role Frances and Julia Drury had in paving the way for the Cleveland Play House, so that it remains with us today. Ruminski dishes on all the crazy stuff that happened after the Drurys departed.

After the tour, head about 70 blocks west on Euclid Avenue, to Playhouse Square, to take in Susan Hill’s play The Woman in Black in the Allen Theatre. Admission for the tour is $10.

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[Written by Lucy McKernan]

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