On an overcast Friday evening in July, my family had the opportunity to experience a little known side of Downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
Their website described the tour as THE tour for intellectuals. During the 2 hour tour we were going to learn about the local vampire scene, tribal rites in Pritchard Park, dark spirits on Church Street, Native American mysticism, and much more. This tour includes late-night access to the Asheville Mystery Museum where you'll see artifacts Joshua P. Warren brought back from Transylvania, including a sacred crucifix and a piece of Vlad the Impaler's Castle.
Our group of 9, plus our guide Tadd set out just after 8pm. It was a small group since my family was 6 of the 9! The walking ghost tour was MUCH busier.
So off we went. We walked up and down the downtown street, learning stories about the weird things that have happened in Asheville. Tadd was very knowledgeable, friendly, engaging, informative and funny. He was able to keep our group engaged. The tour had creepy stories, but nothing that was too scary for the children. Maybe he toned it down since we had the kids? I don't know, but we enjoyed it.
One of my favorite stories was a story about the creation of the FIRST vampire. He stopped our group and began the story in front of the Central United Methodist Church. He explained some of the legends behind why vampires can't see their reflections, why they dislike garlic, etc...
And then began the story of the first vampire. Why the church? Because his story involves the biblical sons of Adam and Eve: Cain and Abel. I don't want to spoil the story of the vampire, but needless to say if you know the book of Genesis, you know that Cain killed Abel and I will leave it at that. It was quite an interesting theory.
We also visited the "Witches Tree."
There is a TON of history behind this tree, and it was nearly cut down about 10 years ago, but was saved thanks to the local Wiccan community who uses the tree as part of their traditional ceremonies.
There were a few other interesting stories involving the occult and a demon (maybe...no one knows what it was, Ronin thinks that it was a Tasmanian Devil) that terrorized a few inmates in the 1800's.
And then we went back to the Museum.
There was a lot of really cool artifacts to look at!
Overall we really enjoyed this tour. It gave us the opportunity to see a different side of Asheville.
You can find out more information about the tour HERE. Adults are $20, and kids 8 and under are FREE!
Have you ever been on a ghost tour? In what city??