Ballston Spa mausoleum a writing challenge
The Ballston Spa Cemetery Association is inviting regional historians, poets, and short story authors to submit a work focusing on a stand-alone mausoleum that was built of stone from a quarry in nearby Rowland’s Hallow in 1870.
Once occupied, it now appears to be empty. Legend holds that, in years gone by, a couple would visit the crypt and eat a meal inside. The structure faces directly on Ballston Avenue in the village and is passed by hundreds of people daily.
Research by historian and board member David Fiske reveals the name on the exterior is that of Edward Lewis Walsh, who had gambling houses in New York and Saratoga Springs.
The mystery surrounds his wife, Eliza Hoffman Walsh, a Ballston Spa native. Her mother, sister, brother, aunt and uncle are buried next to the vault. She, though, appears to have disappeared.
Interior and exterior photos of the vault are on the cemetery’s website, as well as other information about the Walshes and terms for the challenge: http://ballstonspacemetery.org/2017/04/mystery-cemetery-history-writing-challenge/.
Submissions are to be made before Oct. 1.
Selections will be announced by the cemetery board on Halloween. The association expects to publish entries on line and possibly in print to promote the cemetery.
Gloria MazurePost Author
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