Review of the Victorian Ghost Walk in Old Louisville
Old Louisville was the first suburb of Louisville according to the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council. With a history like that, it is not surprising that ghost stories are prevalent in the area. Because of these sometimes famous ghost stories, ghost tours are given year round. During the Halloween season, however, the Neighborhood Council goes all out to put on the Old Louisville Victorian Ghost Walk, complete with actors in period clothing reciting the history of their character or a particular home. The stories are based on the book The Ghosts of Old Louisville by David Domine.
I recently had the good fortune of participating in this historical show on date night with my husband. We arrived at Central Park, checked in, and departed on a two-hour walking tour of Old Louisville, with more than a dozen stops at various historically significant landmarks. We were introduced to witches at a beautifully gnarled maple tree, serenaded by a Victorian man walking down the street, warned by the grim reaper, and told about dangerous ghosts by a concerned former resident. Each actor either represented or educated us about historical figures of the neighborhood who were said to haunt certain buildings or areas. The history of each place we stopped was fascinating. From the story of Lady Ross, who married a Scottish Nobleman and became a reporter on British Society for Kentucky publications, to Maggie Paine, the famous Madam who murdered Alfred Victor DuPont, each ghost story was framed in the history that made departing this life so shocking for these historical figures.
I highly recommend this tour. It is unlike any ghoulish Halloween event I have ever attended, in that it is steeped in the history of Old Louisville. The proceeds of this event go to maintain the Old Louisville neighborhood. Be on the lookout for other events in this beautiful and historic area- hopefully I will see you at the Holiday Homes Tour!
By guest contributor: Maggie