|Posted on March 30, 2016 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
Our first tour of 2016 will be held Saturday, April 16! I'm super excited to get back out there and mingle with all the wonderful diverse people that attend the tours! This year, the public tours will be a little different. At least once a month, we will be holding a public tour. Sometimes, the tours will be themed, focused on certain historical people, certain eras of history, etc. The tours will continue to weave a rich tapestry of local legend, folklore, and history into a narrative that tells the whole story of the town.
Learn about the world wide famous Confederate spy, Belle Boyd, who grew up in Martinsburg. Hear about the controversial, scandelous event in which she shot and killed a Union soldier and of the subsequent events which led to her campaign of spying against the Union army. The founder of the town, Revolutionary hero and general, General Adam Stephen will also be discussed. Hear Martinsburg's own story of buried treasure and the truth behind a humorous legend of a drunken Union soldier who is said to have rode his horse inside of a building and up the staircase looking for spies! Visit the historic Apollo Theater, which some consider to be the most haunted building in all of Martinsburg. Hear the story of the famous cigar smoking George and other spirits that roam the corridors and hallways. See a former jail/hospital building where a nurse is said to have plunged to her death from a top window and where a lost little girl continues to faithfully seek help from drivers in finding her way to this historic landmark. You just might catch a gimpse of the mysterious lady in black visiting St. Jospeh's Catholic Cemetery. She continues to return shrouded in mystery, dressed in full mourning attire with her face obscured by a black veil. A terrifying haunting which led to an exorcism will also be told. A story of grave robbery which led to an unspeakable act. Lynchings, spectral Civil War soldiers, shadow figures, urban legends, unsolved mysteries and more will intrigue and entertain you as stroll the historic streets and alleys in and around the historic district.
The tour begins at 8:00 p.m. and last between 1.5 and 2 hours. The cost is $12 per person. Participants must be able to walk between 1 and 1.5 miles to complete the tour. Due to some scary content and adult subject matter, children under 13 are not permitted. Reservation are required and must be made by calling 304-261-7470. If it rains, the tour will be cancelled and rescheduled. Meeting place and pertinent details relating to the tour of what to bring, etc. will be given at the time of reservation.
If you have ever wondered if Martinsburg is haunted or if you're a history lover, or just love a good, old fashioned ghost story, there's something for everyone. Please keep in mind, we do not go inside any buildings on this tour, we will be standing outside of historic landmarks and properties and sharing haunted history and tales of the strange and unusual associated with them.
Also, this fall, my new book, "Haunted Martinsburg" is being released through the History Press, just in time for Halloween!
|Posted on June 11, 2015 at 2:35 PM||comments (0)|
A docent was doing yard work in back of the historic Adam Stephen House in Martinsburg. A contractor was alone inside of the home doing work inside the home. Suddenly, the back door of the house flew open, there is a ladder that drops from the back door of the house to the ground. The contractor jumped out of the door to the ground without even dropping the ladder! The poor man ran up to the docent, scared out of his mind and refusing to back inside. Then,..............he told the docent what had happened! Hear this story among many others this Saturday, June 13. We will be visiting the grounds of the beautiful, historic Adam Stephen House and Triple Brick Museum. Hear about who may be responsible for ghostly organ playing at the Christ Reformed Church, Martinsburg's own story of buried treasure, and a haunted house where the ghost may be connected to the famous Confederate spy, Belle Boyd! These stories and many others will be featured on this Saturday's walk! Tour begins at 8:30 pm, the cost is $12 per person. Not recommended for children under 12 due to some adult subject matter. Reservations are required, and can be made by callling 304-261-7470.
|Posted on May 3, 2015 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
This weekend is an event I am very much looking forward to! Heritage Days will be taking place on Friday, May 8, Saturday, May 9, Sunday, May 10! Martinsburg has a rich history, more so than most people are aware of. We are typically thought of as a Civil War town, there is much more history here beyond that. Before the town was established, the Tuscarora Indian occupied this land, then there was the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the textile industry! Heritage Days is an annual event that celebrates all things history in Martinsburg and includes: tours of historic homes, reenactor demonstrations, kayaking on the Tuscarora Creek, tours of the underground tunnels in Martinsburg and much more! On Saturday, May 9, I will be at the Boydville mansion with an information booth for the tours. The house will be open for tours so come and tour this beautiful, historic home and stop by and say hi! Additionally, I will also be offering ghost tours on both Friday and Saturday night as part of the festivities! A big part of my tours involves history, without the history you wouldn't have the ghost stories! I really hope people come out and have a wonderful time and participate in the charm and wealth of history that is here in this historic town in the Eastern Panhandle of WV!