Huntsville Ghost Walk

A Spooky Walk Through Historic Huntsville

The crisp autumn air is slowly moving in and the leaves are starting to show the change of seasons. October is finally here!  It’s that time of the year when we look over our shoulders a little more often. A time of year when we are keenly more aware of things that go bump in the night. 

All the little monsters and ghouls are getting excited about dressing up in their costumes to get lots of yummy treats, the shelves at the stores are loaded with Halloween candy and all of the Halloween shows and movies that we all know and love begin playing on our television sets. What a fun time of the year that is upon us!

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Beautiful Adams Street

Huntsville is one of the oldest settlements in Alabama and with that comes a rich history full of many local legends and stories.  Huntsville has had it’s fair share of tragedies in its two hundred plus years of existence and some of those tragedies have created some pretty spooky folklore.

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Van Valkenburgh Johnston Home at the corner of Williams Ave. and Gates Ave.

The Huntsville Ghost Walk is a spooky, fun tour where you can learn about some of the tragic histories of Huntsville from some of the most engaging storytellers in the area.  I promise, you will not be bored the entire two hours as you walk from one interesting stop to the next.

The Huntsville Ghost Walk Storytellers
The Huntsville Ghost Walk Storytellers

The Huntsville Ghost Walk prides itself in the fact that they have researched the different stories in great length and have even brought in mediums to dovetail the facts together.

Undertaker Bob
Undertaker Bob

We took the Twickenham tour and had an excellent tour guide who referred to himself as “Undertaker Bob” and his name is very fitting as he was dressed in a most ghastly style. You will love him though and the kids will too! Undertaker Bob is a master at the craft of storytelling.  He’s quick-witted, humorous and knowledgeable about the wonderfully scary stories he shares.

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Jacquelyn Procter Reeves

We’ve also taken the Downtown tour in the past with Mrs. Jacque Reeves and she is an incredible guide who is very well versed in the history of our town.  She is the author of 10 books, co-owner of Avalon Tours and the curator of the historic Donnell House in Athens.

Harrison Brothers Hardware
Harrison Brothers Hardware

The tours begin at historic Harrison Brothers Hardware where you will be greeted by your tour guide who will highlight what your tour will entail.  Our particular tour led us down the sidewalks of some of the oldest and most beautiful streets in Downtown Huntsville.  The homes are not just homes. They are grand, historic mansions where people still reside.

Adams Street home
Adams Street home

There is one old house that strangely no one has lived in for many, many years and there is no explanation why except for one, but I’ll let Undertaker Bob share that with you.

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The Empty House

A few things to consider before taking a tour:

  •  There is a lot walking, so wear comfortable shoes.
  •   No bathroom breaks along the way.  Just something to keep in mind!
  • Bring a camera!  There are hotspots of activity and if you are lucky, you might just catch a glimpse of something strange and ghostly. We did!
Orbs at the Helion Lodge.. Unedited

The Huntsville Ghost Walk begins at 6 p.m. at Harrison Brothers Hardware Store on Southside Square in Downtown Huntsville. There are three ghost walks to choose from: Twickenham Historic District, Old Town Historic District, and the Haunted Downtown District. Also, the Haunted Trolley will run on Saturday nights in August, September, and October: There will also be Friday walking tours at 6 p.m. in October. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for kids. Trolley tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under.

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Moore Rhett Home on Adams Street

We know you will enjoy it as much as we did!  Please tell us about your experience on the Ghost Walk and share some of your pictures with us!  We look forward to hearing from you!

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Lynda S | 16th Oct 16

    I have been wanting to go on a local ghost walk for some time. I really need to “just do it.” I hope that I can catch some orbs like you did – that’s so cool!

  2. jamesandsteph | 16th Oct 16

    Lynda, you will love it! Undertaker Bob makes it fun and interesting and you learn so much about the history of Huntsville! He also knows all the hot spots for ghoulish pictures!! 🙂

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