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July 7, 2009
Cary, North Carolina
June 27, 2002
Speaking of 17th century garb, the guides are all decked out in period costume. Which makes them a little more believable, and makes them fit into their surroundings -- the brick sidewalks and buildings, etc.
As you're walking the brick sidewalks, you can help but know that you're on the path that our founding fathers walked. The guide lights the way with candlelight, and the gas-lit street lights on the building dance just as they would have 300 years ago (except without the gas.) You really are transported back in time.
There are two routes to choose from, both of which end in a cemetery old enough to house the bones of our great, great, great, great grandfathers. Some tombstones are rubbed free of any names or dates, while others mark the final resting place of key people in the early community.
I've been on both tours, and found them both to be facinating. However, my favorite is the tour that goes the south route. I just think the stories are a little scarier and a little more intriguing. Plus, you end up in the cemetary that houses the tomb of the unknown soldier - not the one you're familiar with in Arlington, but from the Revolutionary War.
I'll share a ghost story with you, but only one. I don't want to ruin your fun:
1. You pass the site of an insane asylum, once upon a time, that was torn down to build a hotel -- using the same bricks. Now why would THAT be scary? The guests mysteriously lost their minds and started jumping out of windows. Seems the bricks carried the tortured souls of those in the insylum.
The ghost tours run throughout the year, but the best time, I think, is on or around Halloween. Everyone gets all dressed in costume, and ghost stories are ALWAYS scarier on October 31. The cost is $7 for adults, and usually run two tours a night, one at 7:30, one at 9 or 9:30. Tip, buy your tickets early, as they sell out around big holidays (Halloween, Christmas) -- then go have a beer or coffee while you wait. Also, They give you a sticker to show you paid. Don't stick it on anything until you start the tour, put it in your pocket, because they don't stick very well.
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