‘Tis the season to learn about ghosts… in the news, at least.
Every October, I like to study news reports for ghost stories I didn’t know about. Every year, I find a few surprises.
Of course, October is “prime time” for ghost hunters. We discover nearby haunts that are new to us. That gives us a fresh list of sites investigate during the rest of the year.
Apparently, this October may be your last chance to enjoy the Ghost Walk at White Hall (Kentucky, USA). See “Ghosts and Goodbyes… White Hall’s Final Act.”
What got my attention was this:
It tells the story of a trusted slave Clay accused of murdering two of his children. The woman was taken to court and a jury of 12 slave owners found her innocent. Still believing she had poisoned his two children, Clay sold Emily down south.
That story is a very close match for the tale told at The Myrtles Plantation. (My research showed that no child died from poisoning at that site.)
Now, I’m wondering if the poisoning story is an old, urban legend that floats from one famous haunted site to another.
(The Myrtles is definitely haunted… just not by the two children of the story. According to genealogical records, they grew up and lived full lives.)
I’m also interested in Old Fort Niagara’s “Haunted Fortress,” in New York state. That one includes stories — some of them first-person — of ghostly encounters at the site.
Other communities — including Greenfield, Ohio’s “Old Burying Ground” Ghost Walk and Columbus, Texas’ “Live Oaks and Dead Folks” Tour (not sure if that’s still active) — have featured similar “ghost walks” with living history.
Those kinds of events can spark more intense hauntings, so I recommend them. Check your community calendar for costumed, historical ghost walks at local haunts.
They can be entertaining, and many of these October events are fundraisers for worthy causes.
Just remember: the people you think you see in costume…? Some of them may be ghosts. Historical re-enactments and ghost walks can be “prime time” for apparitions, too.