By day historic Old City Philadelphia is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region. Visitors can walk in the footsteps of the founding fathers, visit Independence Hall and catch a glimpse of the Liberty Bell. At night, Old City affords visitors an opportunity to stroll the cobblestone streets and perhaps have a chance encounter with a ghost.
Back for another thrilling and chilling season of “one part history and two parts haunt,” the Spirits of 76 Ghost Tour visits more than 20 scary sites in Old City where participants can hear facts and folklore about legendary ghosts that inhabit “America’s most historic square mile.”
From the spirits that dwell in the rafters of Carpenters’ Hall to the orbs of light that have been detected from the windows of Independence Hall, the Spirits of 76 Ghost Tour promises thrills and chills as tour-goers hear stories about the master of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe, who resided for a short time in Philadelphia and was inspired to write “The Black Cat,” to Leon Callahan, the only prisoner to escape from Eastern State Penitentiary and was never captured.
Some of the 20 spooky sites on the 75-minute outdoor walking adventure include the Benjamin Rush House, Old Pine Street Church and Cemetery, Saint Mary’s Church and Cemetery, the Second Bank of the United States and Library Hall where some people claim to have encountered the dancing statue of Benjamin Franklin.
Everyone who signs up for a ghost tour receives a free glow stick, which can be used to either ward off spirits or attract them to you for your personal close encounter. This year organizers are offering a new VIP ghost hunt, which will take participants on an intimate expedition using state-of-the-art ghost hunting equipment, such as infrared thermometers and other paranormal detection equipment.
On at least one visit investigators tell of recording audio in one historic graveyard in which a voice was detected saying “leave” to the visitors on the tour. On a separate trip, a paranormal investigator experienced a cold chill on her back prompting another ghostbuster to snap a photo of the moment. The snapshot detected a ghost orb on her back when they viewed the image on their digital camera.
The walking tour with your ghost-host also offers up-close and personal visits to blockbuster outdoor movie locations such as “National Treasure” and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Sixth Sense.”
If you are looking for a unique Halloween experience with frights and sights, whether you want to encounter things that go bump in the night or see Old City by moonlight, check out www.spiritsof76.com for more information on tickets, time, the tour map and special VIP visits.