Shoals spirits come alive during ghost walk

Author of the “True Ghost Stories of the Shoals” series Debra Glass has been conducting the Haunted History of the Shoals Ghost Walk since 2002.

“After writing my first collection of Shoals area ghost stories, I realized many of the locations were close enough in downtown Florence that it would make a great ghost walk similar to ones I’d been on in Charleston and New Orleans,” Glass said. “I was a history major at UNA and loved researching the legends and lore of my hometown. In the past couple of years, we’ve branched into offering trolley tours, and also a walk in Sheffield, which is conducted by Keith Sims.”

Florence ghost walk and trolley tour

When: Oct. 19-20, 26-27, 29-31; Oct. 18 and 28.

Where: Wilson Park

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Price: Ghost walk is $15 for ages 13 and up, $10 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and under. Trolley tour is $20 for ages 13 and up and $15 for ages 12 and under. Advanced tickets required for trolley tour due to limited seating.

The ghost walk and trolley tour will take visitors to downtown Florence’s most haunted restaurant, the spot where the “meanest man who ever lived in Florence” met a grisly fate, a Civil War hospital where the victims still haunt the living, homes of famous residents whose ghosts still walk the halls and more.

Sheffield ghost walk and trolley tour

When: Oct. 19-20, 26-31; Oct. 21.

Where: parking lot across from Sheffield Utilities Department

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Price: Ghost walk is $15 for ages 13 and up, $10 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and under. Trolley tour is $20 for ages 13 and up and $15 for ages 12 and under. Advanced tickets required for trolley tour due to limited seating.

The ghost walk and trolley tour will take visitors to downtown Sheffield’s most haunted restaurant, story of the historic neighborhood where scored of Sheffield citizens met a grisly fate, a recording studio where a session musician still haunts the living, homes of famous residents whose ghosts still walk the halls and more.

Ghostly faces from the past

When: dates TBD

Where: Wilson Park

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Price: $20 for ages 13 and up, $15 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and under.

The Florence High School Drama Club hosts the tour and portray historical haunts in the Shoals. Fifty percent of the proceeds go to the Florence High School theatre department.

UNA ghost walk

When: Oct. 23 and 25

Where: Harrison Fountain

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Price: $15 for ages 13 and up, $10 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and under.

The ghost walk will take visitors to a Gothic Revival building, which served as a Civil War hospital where victims still haunt the building, the infamous courtyard where a UNA treasurer met a grisly fate, an antebellum mansion where mysterious spirits drove students and employees away, the home of a child ghost who suffered a tragic death and more.

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