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When I realized our summer road trip in 2022 would take us right by the Winchester Mystery House, I knew what we had to do. That’s right. We had to stop. The History of the Winchester Mystery House The Winchester Mystery House is a historic mansion located in San Jose, California. Its construction began in 1884 and continued for almost 38 years until Sarah Winchester, the widow of firearm magnate William Wirt Winchester, passed away in 1922. The house is renowned for its unique architectural features and its intriguing history. Legend has it that after the death of her husband and infant daughter, Sarah Winchester sought solace in the belief that she was haunted by the spirits of those killed by Winchester rifles. To escape their vengeful spirits, she began an extensive and continuous construction project on her family’s unfinished farmhouse. Over the years, the mansion underwent constant renovations, resulting…

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…

If you’re driving along Route 66 in Oklahoma, be sure to put the historic Coleman Theater on your list of stops. We had the opportunity to tour this gorgeous theater last spring as part of a paranormal conference and ghost tour. The Coleman Theater still hosts shows and touring acts regularly, but if you’re in the area when nothing is scheduled, be sure to give them a call to see if you can arrange a tour. Or, if you’re lucky, if you stop by during typical business hours, you may just score a tour if someone is available. So don’t think you won’t be able to see the inside of this magnificent theater if you didn’t plan ahead. Check it out. And if you’re on the fence about whether you should stop during your Route 66 adventure. read on. You’ll discover why the Coleman Theater is a highlight of Route…

One of my favorite memories in St. Augustine, Florida, is taking the Ghosts and Gravestones St. Augustine ghost tour. My family discovered our love of taking ghost tours when we did our first one in St. Augustine. We booked the trolley tour on a whim, and we had a blast. Now we search them out whenever we travel. It’s our favorite way to learn some of the history and folklore of a city. We also discovered that if you often travel in the summer (because that’s when you have the time), an evening tour is much more bearable temperature-wise, especially in Florida. The Tour Begins So, on a family trip to Disney followed by relaxation in St. Augustine in 2014, three years before I started travel blogging, we found ourselves boarding the “Trolley of the Doomed” at dusk; we didn’t know what to expect. The fact that the tour is…

At Halloween, some families go trick-or-treating. Some have parties or scary movie marathons. This year, our family decided to do a ghost tour in a nearby city–Springfield, Missouri. And where do you go for a ghost tour in Springfield? Why, the Pythian Castle, of course! This wasn’t our family’s first ghost tour. The ghost tour at the Pythian Castle made number 7 for us. What can I say? We like our history tours with a dash of the supernatural. To read about other ghost tours we’ve taken, click the links below. Lincoln’s Ghost Walk Ghosts and Gravestones: Savanah–The Andrew Low House Ghosts and Gravestones: San Diego–The Whaley House The Crescent Hotel Gettysburg (post has a section on the Jennie Wade House) What is the Pythian Castle? A Brief History The Pythian Castle has a surprising history. In 1913, the fraternal order, The Knights of Pythias, built the castle as a…

Savannah, Georgia, is a beautiful place to visit. While the city may have a reputation as a destination for couples or girls-only weekends, Savannah offers a lot of fun for families, especially if you enjoy mixing family fun with history like we do. The Backstory We made the trek to Savannah after one of our Disney World visits. We drive from Joplin, Missouri, so I’m always on the lookout for somewhere to explore on the drive home. I was first drawn in by Savannah’s beauty and charm. I’d read John Berendt’s book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and I’m also a fan of the movie. Add in the book Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley and the movie Forrest Gump, and I had plenty of reasons to make a stop in Savannah. Arriving in Savannah, Georgia We’d just spent two nights in St. Augustine, Florida, so we were only…

If you’re looking for a great place to make memories with your family, look no further than Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Surrounded by the Ozark Mountains, Eureka Springs is the perfect place to spend a few days. It could be its own destination, or add it on to a trip to Branson, Missouri. My family spent time there one summer, and Jeff and I have been there on numerous occasions as well, so now we feel like we can share the ultimate guide to Eureka Springs for families! We’d like to thank the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center for sponsoring our family trip. As always, all opinions are honest and our own. What is there to do in Eureka Springs? 1. Visit Historic Downtown There is so much to do downtown, including shopping and dining. We had fun checking out the specialty shops and trying treats like homemade…

During our visit to Springfield, Illinois, we took the tour, Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends and Lore.  This attraction was not sponsored, but our visit to Springfield was sponsored by Visit Springfield, and we were hosted at other area attractions.  Incidentally, we received a coupon book from Visit Springfield, and we used a coupon for this tour.  I highly recommend stopping by their downtown office.  In fact, this tour starts at the statue right in front of the Visit Springfield office.  Here is the address: 1 S. Old State Capitol Plaza.  Now let the tour begin! Meeting Up for Lincoln’s Ghost Walk We really weren’t sure what to expect.  We followed the instructions in the brochure provided by Visit Springfield and saw that the meeting place was at this statue of the Lincolns in front of the Visitor’s Center. You can see the Visitor’s Center in the background. There didn’t seem…

We’d like to thank the Eureka Springs Advertising and Promotion Committee along with 1886 Crescent Hotel for hosting our stay and ghost tour.  As always, all opinions are honest and our own. If you’re visiting Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and you love ghost stories, consider taking the ghost tour at the 1886 Crescent Hotel, commonly referred to as the Crescent Hotel.  This is the first ghost tour we’ve taken where we could actually spend a night where the tour happens, so we were excited! Click here to read about our stay at the Crescent Hotel.  It was a wonderful stay in a beautiful, historic hotel! You can also read a little about the history of the hotel. Before the Ghost Tour Of course, you don’t have to stay in the hotel to take the ghost tour.  The hotel is worth exploring even if you don’t spend the night.  You can purchase…

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