Haunted History Walking Tour – Friday, August 4
Haunted History Walking Tours return on Friday August 4. Reservations are required and can be made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 541-245-3650.
Events from Jacksonville, Oregon’s pioneer past have led to ghosts and spirits that now inhabit buildings in Jacksonville’s National Historic Landmark District. On Friday, August 4, costumed docents will be sharing tales of woe, sorrow, and regret along with stories of brothels, epidemics, and hangings on 1-hour Haunted History walking tours offered by the town’s local historical society, Historic Jacksonville, Inc.
Tours begin at 7, 7:15, 7:30, and 7:45 pm and leave from the Jacksonville Visitors Center at the corner of North Oregon and C streets. Group size is limited. Reservations are required and can be made by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 541-245-3650. Tours are not recommended for children under nine. The $5 per person cost goes towards HJI’s historic preservation efforts. Private tours for groups of 10 or more are also available.
“Here in Jacksonville, we take our history seriously,” says Carolyn Kingsnorth, President of Historic Jacksonville, Inc. “These are not your typical ‘ghost tours’ with special effects. These are history tours about real hauntings resulting from past events. The stories—some scary, some benign—come from multiple sources, from people who have experienced these lingering spirits. These tours are our attempt to recognize and honor these restless souls.”
Haunted History tours will be offered again on Friday, September 1, and Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14. October tours will feature a different tour route each night.
“Our October tours will be part of what will literally be a month of events honoring the ‘spirits of Jacksonville,’” says Kingsnorth. “The Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery will be offering their ‘Meet the Pioneers’ tours the first weekend; our tours will be the second weekend; Beekman House Museum ‘Victorian Mourning Customs’ tours will be on the third weekend, and the Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Haunted Trolley’ tours the third and fourth weekends.”
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