The western frontier was often a dangerous and lawless place. When justice needed to be served, there wasn't always a Sheriff and Judge. Instead, there were honorable and righteous men and women who stepped in to deliver swift justice. These groups were known as 'vigilance committees', and they existed across the west.
The posse and gallows are long gone now, but the memories of a not too distant past remain. The Silent Riders are an all volunteer group of living historians passionately dedicated to promoting the history of Virginia City and the Comstock, to ours and future generations.
The Silent Riders fulfill our mission of promoting the Comstock by attending community events, working with local businesses, and sharing our history on the streets & boardwalks of Historic Virginia City. Most days you'll find us in and around town, speaking with visitors as we stroll the town. We're easy to spot! Just look for Victorian era and Old West attire, the Silent Rider badge, the flowing red ribbon, or the signature symbol of frontier justice: The hangman's rope. As stewards of the past, we love to share Virginia City's unique and unexpected history. As ambassadors to the future, we love to pose for photos and make your time with us memorable.
The Silent Riders came from all backgrounds and walks of life, much the way our group is now. You'll find Victorian Gentleman, Gunfighters, Cowboys, Socialites, Lawmen, and Merchants in our group. Some members even choose to be Living Historians by portraying historical figures who really lived & worked on the Comstock.
Membership is open to everyone by invitation, after being nominated by a member(s), and voted upon by our founding members. We'd love to get to know you better first, so get dressed in your finest period attire and join us in town!