Take A Ghost Walk through Washington, NC This October

Graveyard at Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, Washington, NC. Source: Washington Haunted Historic Ghost Walk
Graveyard at Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, Washington, NC. Source: Washington Haunted Historic Ghost Walk

By Kay Whatley, Editor

European settlements in the Washington, North Carolina area date back to the 1500s, and the Native American inhabitants date back further…. Long before the city received its name in 1776. The area’s long history, including wars along the way, beg the question:  How many ghosts or apparitions might roam the city’s roads and waterways in 2019?

Find out by participating in a Washington Haunts’ Historic Ghost Walk. Guide Terry Rollins leads the group along the streets of Washington, pointing out spirited locations and sharing tales of the city’s past.

One of the stops along the tour is the county courthouse. Here’s a tour teaser:

The old Beaufort County Courthouse was built in 1786, making it the second oldest still standing in NC. (Chowan County predates it.) In the early 1850s a murder trial took place in the old courtroom that made newspaper headlines across the country. As a guilty verdict was handed down, something extraordinary occurred resulting in a ghost that haunts the building to this day!

Three opportunities are coming up to take the Historic Ghost Walk and hear this Little Washington ghost story for yourself:

  • Saturday, October 5, 2019
  • Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • Thursday, October 31, 2019 (Halloween Night!)

On each date, the tour begins at 8pm and ends at 9:30pm. Meet up with the guide and group at Harding Square. Purchase tickets when you arrive — tickets go on sale at 7:30pm and are $15 per person (cash only).

The starting address is 1 Harding Square, Washington, NC. (The square is adjacent to the Washington Visitors Center.)

For more information, call Terry Rollins at 252.402.8595.

Note that this outdoor tour’s schedule may change due to the weather forecast. Follow Washington Haunts on Facebook for any updates: www.facebook.com/WashingtonHaunts.

You can find a little bit of history on the city’s website at www.washingtonnc.gov/history.


Ed. Note: Thank you to Terry Rollins for assisting with this article. KW

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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.