Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Spirited Home Tour...

Autumn is the season for ghosts. Many of us who have some interest in the paranormal revel in the thought of seeking out hauntings as the air grows crisp and chilled, against a backdrop of falling orange and yellow leaves. Luckily, even the casual observer can get in on the act. Ghost tours can be found in most regions and tend to book up fast this time of year. If you find yourself in northeast Ohio, there are a few places you may wish to check out.

Farnam Foundation opens its doors every weekend through November 2nd for The Spirits of Farnam Manor, a four-hour walk through the former home of Everet Farnam exploring the history and legends of the property. Guests are lead by candlelight through the grounds and 1834 manor house. The tour costs $8 per person and runs from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM.

Most people in the Cleveland area know of Franklin Castle, though this haunted place isn't well-acknowledged beyond the state border. It has been a place of mystery and legend for decades. And if you wish to find out what ghostly rumors are true, you can take the opportunity to tour the old stone house of Hannes Tiedemann on Franklin Boulevard throughout the year. Admission is $20. For more information, visit the website or call (216) 631-CLUB for reservations. Be sure to tell Charles the beagles sent you!

One of the oldest ghost tours in the area is that of the smal town of Zoar, an old canal town dating back over 150 years. Guests are taken on a walking tour through the downtown area and told the many legends and ghost stories surrounding numerous buildings. The Lantern Tour of the Ghosts of Zoar occurs from May through October and costs $16. Reservations are required.

This is just a brief mention of the countless tours and walks available to the public. No matter where you live, there is bound to be a haunted place offering something comparable in your area. So why not go beyond just reading about these places? It's the perfect season for a little spooky exploration...

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