Non-cheesy (or at least the good kind of cheese) ghost tours

4 08 2010

I’m one of those unfortunate historians who can’t help but do history-related things whilst on vacation. I know, it’s sad; I once tried to do a regular old beach trip to Mexico and ended up seeing Mayan ruins.

My favorite blend of history and recreation is a ghost tour. You get to see the really neat old parts of wherever you’re visiting, talk to the (hopefully) knowledgeable guide, and get a delicious case of the shivers.

There are, of course, better tours than others. Here’s a few of my favorites:

Ghosts of Charleston. Includes a visit to a very awesome, overgrown cemetery. Was quite spooked by the end. Also, if you’re lucky, you’ll see dolphins and bats. Yay wildlife!

D.C.’s Most Haunted Houses. This one featured historic photos! No, really: the guide brought along a binder. Very well-researched. You get to go inside the Octagon House, which is architecturally fascinating and genuinely creepy.

Ocracoke History and Ghost Walk. Our guide was Philip Howard, whose family used to own the island, around seven generations ago. He tells a good yarn. But whatever you do, bring bug spray. I am not even joking. Your life depends on it.

Huh, I just noticed those are all on the East Coast. Well, I suppose they have a lot of history to spread around.

So: been on any ghost tours worth mentioning? Links are welcome, but by no means required.

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5 08 2010
Marilyn

I really like the Savannah GA Ghost Tour. Our tour guide held a good tension among the spooky, the kitschy, and the factual history. Savannah has so many layers (literally and figuratively) to explore. Also included were locations where some scenes from “Forrest Gump” were filmed. The guide was in no hurry and even took the last remnant of our group on a little additional segment of a particularly spooky street. If you are in the Savannah area, sign up for a tour!

5 08 2010
Meghan Smith

The Savannah tour was definitely great. I would’ve linked it in the post but I couldn’t remember which tour we did!

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