Taylor M. Saunders plays Richard Rowatt

Taylor M. Saunders plays Richard Rowatt

Murder mystery helps raise Greater Vernon Museum funds

Amateur detectives are being called to help solve the 1882 mysterious death of Cherry Creek’s Aeneas Dewar.

Amateur detectives are being called to help solve the 1882 mysterious death of Cherry Creek’s Aeneas Dewar.

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives is hosting its annual Murder Mystery Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.

This year’s fundraising mystery revolves around the 130-year-old death of Cherry Creek tax collector Dewar.

“That’s what makes it really unique, is it is based on an actual murder,” said Barbara Bell, museum archivist.

“This guy (Dewar) was sent to collect taxes from the Chinese and he didn’t come back.”

Those taking part will meet characters such as Richard Rowatt, a pioneer gold miner, who may hold valuable information into the murder.

Amateur detectives interested in unravelling the threads of mystery can purchase tickets in advance at the museum.

Tickets are $5 and includes refreshments, but space is limited to 40 sleuths. Call 250-542-3142 for more information.