Have You Ever Been on a Ghost Walk?

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal 6 Comments

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I have never seen a ghost and don’t expect to. Don’t really want to. Then you might ask why go on a ghost walk. An excellent question. But it’s October. A man has been doing ghost walks in our little town every week since April, but stops the end of October. Sometimes a person just gets curious. Even if they are skeptical. Like me. And like my sister, Jane. Both of us skeptical, but curious. So when Jane said she might like to take the ghost walk sometime and the night was clear and not too cold, it just seemed to be the thing to do. Especially since the ghost walk ended in the huge old house that I used as a setting for my upcoming 3rd Hidden Springs mystery. How could I pass up an opportunity to see the house at night?

So almost fifty people showed up at the meeting place to get ready to hear about ghosts in my town. Most of them were not hometown people. They’d come from several neighboring towns. Perhaps their towns don’t have ghost stories or at least no one giving ghost walk tours. Actually nearby Frankfort has a ghost walk too, I think. But perhaps if you’ve heard about one ghost, you want to hear about more.

I had really expected it just to be the guy in charge telling stories about ghost legends. But no. It was more like I’d stepped into one of those ghost hunting shows that you can see on television. The guy leading the walk, Jeff Waldridge, has actually worked with some of those type shows. He is a paranormal searcher. He puts cameras and recorders in empty buildings that are said to be haunted and then examines the phenomenon captured. He and others also go into said places to attempt to catch photos and communicate with apparitions. He did not call them ghosts in spite of calling what he leads people on through town “ghost” walks.  He showed us several photos of said apparitions. (Is my skepticism showing?) He also had many recordings of EPA’s. Not sure what that stands for, but those were supposedly ghosts or rather apparitions talking. I actually thought I might have heard words in the static on a couple of the recordings.

But the talk abcourthouseout the town and some of the history of the businesses and stories about what took place in this or that building was interesting. I have to admit I never knew so many places along Main Street were suspected of being haunted. Nor did I know that the guy leading the tour and others had done so much paranormal hunting along Main. But obviously they had. Our old post office building, now the Chamber of Commerce building, an old drugstore, a hotel that stopped being a hotel decades ago, a section of stores that had once been the site of another hotel, and even our courthouse all have stories of strange happenings and hauntings. I grew up here and had no idea our town was so spooky.

Actually, my sister and I thought the spookiest thing on the walk is that the clock on the courthouse that hasn’t worked for years suddenly chimed twelve while we were all standing in front of the courthouse talking about ghosts inside. The clock hands weren’t even on twelve. Explain that! LOL.

After the courthouse ghost talk and strange clock chiming, we headed on to the big old mansion pictured above – the main reason I went on the walk. It’s a beautiful place, slowly being restored by descendants of the original owner after years of neglect. ripyhouseI have to admit it’s a perfect place for a ghost walk finale. It was dark. Actually totally dark when they turned off the lights for a moment. But I did not see a ghost. Or hear a ghost. Or take a picture of a ghost. But I did have a good time hearing a little town history with a few ghost stories mixed in. After all, it is October.

I do want to say that although I am a skeptic for many of the ghost hunting programs on television, I am aware that many unusual things do happen. Things that cannot be explained do occur. And just because I’ve never experienced any of those sort of things, doesn’t mean that I don’t believe others when they say they have. My mother said she saw a ghost once. I think she did. I was glad I didn’t.

So how about you? Have you ever been on a ghost walk? Perhaps had something unusual that cannot be explained happen to you?

 

 

 

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Comments 6

  1. Shelia Stovall

    We had a group of ghost hunters who wanted to spend the night in the library. Our site is the former historical Jacksonian Hotel and before that the Scottsville Hotel burned. I have no desire to know if ghosts are in the library so I declined the offer.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Very sensible, Shelia. I have to admit I was surprised that so many places in our town had invited the ghost hunters in. I guess some are curious. Sine I’m so skeptical, I wouldn’t be inviting them in either.

  2. Pat Brown Holland

    I worked at Waverly Hills (when it was a nursing home for eight years). Actually I live a short distance from there.It is supposed to be one of the most haunted places in America. I never saw a ghost nor did anyone I knew who worked there during that time see one. People have really come up with some spooky stories from there though!

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      Ann H Gabhart

      That’s interesting, Pat, that you worked there so long and didn’t experience any ghostly happenings. Even more interesting that no one else who worked there with you see any apparitions. But it’s sometimes fun to hear the spooky stories others tell. I’m guessing the ghost hunters like Waverly Hills if it has that most haunted reputation.

  3. Paula

    Nope, sorry , I don’t believe in ghosts. Except the Holy Ghost!( and Father, and Son) LOL
    Nice house. I love old Victorians.
    Happy writing, Ann.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Sounds like you’re a skeptic like me, Paula. But you do remember the disciples thought they saw a ghost when Jesus walked on the water out to their boat. Of course, they were happy to find out it was Jesus instead. I agree with you about the Holy Ghost/Spirit. That’s the kind of spirit to seek.

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