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The Ritchey Mansion in Newtonia, Missouri, is a treasure! This Civil War-era home is a great artifact in the area. And its paranormal happenings make it all the better. One of our favorite things to do when traveling is to take a ghost tour. You’ll get a dose of history with some spooky on the side. It’s also a great thing to do in the evenings when most historic sites have long been closed for the day. We’ve also discovered the joy of seeking out ghost tours in our area.  We’ve been following Paranormal Science Lab and Dark Ozarks, and they coordinate tours and paranormal investigations of local (to us) historic sites. The proceeds of these tours go to the maintenance and restoration of these sites, so it’s a no-brainer for us. We get to contribute to preserving history while visiting a cool site, known for paranormal activity, as an…

When my husband and I started planning our trip to Gettysburg, we were pretty clueless.  We’d never been there, and I had no idea what to expect.  Jeff at least had seen the film Gettysburg with its all-star cast including Tom Beringer and Martin Sheen.  I basically knew it was a heartbreaking battle with many casualties.  Oh, and President Lincoln gave a little speech there.  As we were planning, I started hearing about people who had used Licensed Battlefield Guides to tour Gettysburg.  I was intrigued for a couple of reasons.  1.  The guide actually gets in the driver’s seat of your own car and drives you around. 2.  The price for this more individualized tour cost less for our family than the bus tours I had seen.  It seemed like a no-brainer to hire a guide! Before the Trip We read that we should have reservations, so as soon as we…

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