Old Louisville Victorian Ghost Walk set for this weekend [The Arena]

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Old Louisville Victorian Ghost Walk

One of Metro Louisville’s most treasured neighborhoods gets into the Halloween spirit this weekend with the return of the Old Louisville Victorian Ghost Walk. Costumed guides and storytellers aim to entertain participants with ghostly tales of the neighborhood’s most haunted historic residences.

house1-11.gifYou are invited to join the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce as they showcase the haunted history of America’s grandest Victorian neighborhood. Roam the streets with costumed guides while talented interpreters recount ghostly tales of true hauntings. Keep the past alive by enjoying beautiful architecture and spine-tingling tales at an event that is sure to be a highlight of your Halloween season.

“Ghost stories are truly a part of the culture here in Old Louisville,” says Councilman David James of the Sixth District. “Fun events like the Ghost Walk help display what makes Old Louisville a unique and interesting place to live and visit.”

Central Park Map.jpgThe Old Louisville Victorian Ghost Walk gets underway on Friday, October 28th and runs every night through Halloween on Monday, October 31st.

• Tours depart every 15 minutes between 6:00pm and 7:30pm from Central Park

• Tickets cost $25 or $20 in advance

• All proceeds go to the upkeep, restoration and promotion of the Old Louisville neighborhood

Scrooge James.jpg“Although the Victorian Ghost Walk only runs a few nights a year, weekly ghost tours are offered year round from our Visitors Center in Old Louisville,” says James, who volunteered to guide the tours on the night of Saturday, October 29th. “I encourage anyone interested to come out and enjoy learning about one of America’s most haunted neighborhoods.”

Ghosts of Old Louisville.jpgWritten by David Dominé, author of the bestselling Ghosts of Old Louisville series, and directed by veteran New York actor Ronald Lew Harris, the Victorian Ghost Walk showcases the spooky history of America’s most haunted neighborhood as revelers roam the streets and listen to costumed storytellers recounting ghostly tales from the past.

The Ghost Walk is sponsored by the West St. Catherine Street Neighborhood Association and the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council.

To learn more about the Old Louisville Victorian Ghost Walk, go to:  http://oldlouisville.org/ghostwalk/ or you can call 502-635-5244.

To purchase a copy of David Dominé’s Ghosts of Old Louisville, CLICK HERE

halloween55head1.gifPOSTSCRIPT:  Would you like to help in the creation of this Victorian time capsule?  Do you have Victorian wardrobe? (Men: A top hat, derbies, cutaway coats, walking sticks, spats. Ladies: long skirts, long dresses, high-collar blouses, lush ladies’ hats, gloves, shawls, etc?) This year during the Victorian Ghost Walk the organizers would like to dress their “set” of magnificent Victorian architecture with as many individuals in period garb as possible. The streets and areas involved in the ghost walk are: Central Park, Park Avenue from 6th to 4th Streets, 3rd Street from Park to Magnolia, 4th Street from Park to Fountain Court, Fountain Court from 4th to St. James Court, and St. James Court to Central Park. If you live anywhere along that route and have Victorian wardrobe, please help create the world’s largest Victorian time capsule those evenings by dressing up and either sitting out on your front porch or by strolling up and down your block, or anywhere else along the route. Or if you live in another part of the neighborhood, please consider dressing up and strolling the route.  The plan is to create the largest environmental theater set in history. Everywhere participants look they will see Victoriana. If you can only do it for one night or one hour, it will help. The more people who get involved, the more participants will get a real glimpse of what this neighborhood must have looked like on a late October night in the 1890s. If you don’t have the wardrobe, or cannot participate, consider dressing up your front porch with a jack-o-lantern in the spirit of the season. With your help, on those evenings we will succeed in delighting our many visitors with the timeless magnificence of Victorian Old Louisville.

house1-23.gifIf you have any questions, contact:

Old Louisville Information Center

1340 South Fourth Street in Central Park

Louisville, KY 40208

(502) 635-5244

olnc@bellsouth.net

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At various times I have been a student, a soldier, a college Political Science teacher, a political campaign treasurer, and legal adviser to Louisville's Police Department and Board of Aldermen. I now practice law and share my political opinions with anyone who will listen.
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