Murder MysterY LODGING PACKAGE
November 1-3, 2019


Return to the era of Edwardian elegance and flapper rebellion, in an immersive historical mystery whodunnit with professional actors and audience participation. Guests are invited to dress in 1920s finery, learn the songs and dance steps, and try to piece together whodunnit and why. A photographer will be on hand to capture their style. Guests and characters dine together and join forces to solve the mystery.

Pack your inner Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple for a getaway with murder… The Wilburton Inn is a historic 1902 mansion high on a hill – a perfect setting for an Agatha Christie mystery or a real life game of Clue. Georgette Levis, sister of Tony-award winning playwright, Wendy Wasserstein began the tradition of writing original murder mysteries.  Her daughter Tajlei Levis, an accomplished New York City playwright and lyricist, continues the tradition using the Wilburton’s rich history as backdrop for each year’s original story. Mark your calendar each year for the first week of November and an encore performance in the first week in April. Two night package includes:

  • Friday wine reception. Meet the colorful cast of suspects and your fellow guests. Family innkeeper Melissa leads the festivities and sing-along from 6:30 - 8pm.

  • Discounted $60 tickets to the interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Party on Saturday from 6:30 - 10:00pm.

  • Sunday morning Broadway sing-along.

  • A delicious full country breakfast each morning.

  • Prizes for best sleuthing, most festive costumes and the guest who solves “Whodunnit?”

THE mystery at ‘the Orchards’

Mystery at the Orchards, Fall 2019

This year’s saga, THE MYSTERY AT THE ORCHARDS, written by Tajlei Levis, is inspired by a true story of the glamorous Southern Vermont society set in the Gilded Age. November 2, 1919, The Orchards

Industrialist Edward Everett, the Bottle Baron on Bennington, had previously invited friends and colleagues to celebrate the completion of his grand Southern Vermont mansion, The Orchards, and his 25th anniversary of marriage to his beloved wife Amy King Edwards. The invitations went out months ago- and all the society set is eager to attend.

However his house is not finished, (so the party will be at his friend James Wilbur’s mansion), the bottle business is struggling and his lovely wife is no longer in the picture. Who is to blame for these mysterious circumstances?

Was it the portrait painter or the pomologist?  The harried housekeeper or the butler? The ambitious nurse? The jealous members of the garden club?

Attend a Gilded Age soiree and try to solve The Mystery of the Orchards.

Dress: Edwardian elegance or flapper flair. 

Read all about last year’s mystery: The Dangerous Divorcee in The Bennington Banner:

Mark your calendar now: A new original mystery debuts the first weekend of November, with an encore presentation the first weekend of April.

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The Dangerous Divorcee

Last year’s saga (2018) was THE DANGEROUS DIVORCEE, written by Tajlei Levis, is inspired by Hollywood’s Golden Age movie musicals of the 1930’s made by RKO Pictures. RKO Pictures produced many of our favorite Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals, with songs by Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Irving Berlin. RKO owned the Wilburton – and used it as an executive and celebrity retreat - until they sold it to the Levis family in 1987.

Return to the era of Hollywood glamour, in an immersive historical mystery whodunnit with professional actors and audience participation. Guests are invited to dress in 1930s finery, have a screen test, join the cast and crew of the film Dottie is producing. A photographer will be on hand to capture their style. Guests and characters dine together and join forces to solve the mystery.