Ghost Tourism—5 Cities to Explore via Ghost Tour [Featured Site Content]
Jan 11, 2018, 07:41am
VampireFreaks
One of my favorite hobbies when living in or visiting a new city is to explore the neighborhood via ghost tour. Any respectable city has a few ghosts, and many cities incorporate these hauntings into their tourism industry through professional walking tour companies that specialize in the spooky. Sometimes these tours can be kind of corny, but the good ones will really delve into the history of the area through the lens of its ghosts. What a great way to learn about a new city! Here's a list of some of the best cities to take a ghost tour in:

New York City, NY

Ancient ghosts and buried horrors aren't usually the first thing to come to mind when you think of the bustling city of New York. But keep in mind that this city has been around since the earliest Colonial days and has seen its share of bloodshed and death. There are many different groups that offer ghost tours of the Big Apple, but my favorite is Boroughs of the Dead. This boutique tour company offers different themed tours of various neighborhoods in Manhattan, as well as in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. The hand-selected guides are all passionate about both historical accuracy and the macabre. I personally recommend the Ultimate Greenwich Village Ghost Tour, where you can see sites like the Merchant's House (the most haunted house in Manhattan!) and the tree used in New York's last public hanging.

Salem, MA

Just the name of this city already conjures up images of the supernatural and macabre. But the legacy of the witch trials isn't all that haunts Salem. Quite a few companies offer ghost tours of Salem, but many of them can be quite kitschy. It you want some well-researched history with your hauntings, check out Salem Night Tour, one of the few unscripted walking tours. Trained historians and folklorists provide an all-original and custom-tailored tour as they take you on a stroll through historic downtown Salem. For fans of the witch trials, you'll see the site where Giles Corey was pressed to death and the thoroughly-haunted old Salem jail where the accused witches were imprisoned. You'll also learn about some non-witch-related hauntings, like the murdered sea captain of the Gardner-Pingree House. I didn't get the chance to take this tour on my last visit, but it's definitely top on my list!

Williamsburg, VA

The more history a town has, the more ghosts as well! So of course Colonial Williamsburg is a great spot to go seeking spirits. You can check out Colonial reenactors by day, then go on a lantern-lit ghost tour at night through the Official Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Tour Walk. As you walk down the cobblestone streets, you'll hear of hauntings dating back to the 1700s, such as the historic Wythe house where the ghost of Lady Skipwith prowls up and down the stairs in her single red shoe. The tour also takes you onto the campus of the College of William & Mary, where you learn of dead soldiers and other souls that allegedly haunt the school. What a place to get an education!

New Orleans, LA

The Big Easy is a city that has always fascinated me--in no small part because Anne Rice has imbued the area with a lasting association with vampires. But Lestat and Louis aren't the only ones haunting the city. As with New York, there's an endless supply of ghost tour companies in New Orleans, but I've heard particularly good things about French Quarter Phantoms. This locally-owned company provides you not just with a tour guide, but with a Master Storyteller, who has really done their research. They offer a few different tours, including one specifically themed around ghosts and vampires. On that one, you'll learn all about the haunted LaLaurie Mansion and dreaded vampire convent. But the best part? They let you buy a drink at the beginning to bring along as you walk. There's no better pairing than spirits with spirits!

Washington, D.C.

And last but not least, how about the nation's capital? The White House may be the most famous haunted house of all, as more than a few dead presidents are said to still be in residence. Through Washington DC Ghost Tours, you can explore either the White House grounds or Capitol Hill. Spirit guides dressed in Victorian costume will give you an education on the locations at the center of American politics--from the president's chapel to the Supreme Court Building, and the Library of Congress--and the curses, tragedies, and ghosts that haunt them.

What cities would you want to explore through a ghost tour? Have you been on any of these tours or others like them? Let me know in the comments!



Written By: TheGothicLibrarian
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Jan 11, 2018, 07:42am
hsz0011A
There is a Salem, MA but it isn't the same one from history, that place is now called 'Danvers, MA'..
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Jan 11, 2018, 07:54am
Bowtonone
Interesting and something that I would be interested in
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Jan 11, 2018, 10:27am
TheGothicLibrarian
hsz0011A True, most of the victims were from the nearby Salem village, now known as Danvers. However, some of the trials took place in Salem Town (Salem proper), and that’s where the jail and the cemetery that now contains the memorial are. I believe most of the magistrates also came from Salem proper.
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Jan 11, 2018, 12:48pm
FireBlast
Edinburgh's said to have a few haunted places, mainly Greyfriars Graveyard (on my bucket list of places I wanna visit), The Edinburgh Vaults and Edinburgh castle itself. I actually learned about the vaults in high school because of my English class. Our teacher gave us the task of writing a horror story. I guess that explains why I love it so much. lol She even let us watch Ghost Adventures to get a feel of the vaults, and she got me hooked on the show. What an epic way it was to start my high school life. Too bad the later years were sort of shit with more negatives than positives, but oh well. I also have heard rumours about Alton Towers being haunted, and legend has it that one of the ancestors was cursed. There's an entire ride about that curse at the Alton Towers theme park just off of the Towers themself. People can also visit the tree from the legend which isn't too far away from the Towers itself and right next to a bed and breakfast. People have taken photos of it and it's hella creepy and fascinating. If you wanna see it, look up Alton Towers cursed oak tree.
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Jan 11, 2018, 01:02pm
TheGothicLibrarian
FireBlast That place sounds amazing! Would love to visit some day
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Jan 11, 2018, 11:27pm
Brightness_Darkness
Savannah, GA is well-known for its haunted places. They have their own ghost tour.
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Jan 12, 2018, 10:58pm
realgothgirl
I went to one with some freaks in Carlestown, South Carolina. We went to a grave yard and they wanted to adopt into their cult... unfortunately I was only staying there with family for a short time so I wasn't able to join them. The guy who invited me was the owner of this witchcraft/pagan shop. It was rad and I bought some cool things there...
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Jan 13, 2018, 12:04pm
Rideronthestorm
I am a dark vampire looking for friendship with a real goth girl.
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Jan 13, 2018, 12:10pm
Reiko_Souma
There are many night tours in Providence, RI during the summer - if you’re familiar with Avi’s book "Something Upstairs" night be interested in visiting the house he wrote it in, I believe on or off of Benefit Street near Brown University.
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Jan 13, 2018, 08:49pm
realgothgirl
Riederonthestorm upload a real profile picture instead of a black square and maybe I'll add you
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Jan 13, 2018, 08:49pm
realgothgirl
rolleyes
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Jan 18, 2018, 07:57am
A1
The Edinburgh tours are good, but you get a scare at the end... just incase the MacKenzie poltergeist doesn't make an appearance!
Mary kings close is spooky... meat hooks in the ceilings and such delights!
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