Sunday, October 31, 2010

Do You Believe in Ghosts?

This blog post has been in the back of my mind for some time. What more appropriate day to take a position on the topic than Halloween 2010.

My belief in ghosts began on a walking tour of Colonial Williamsburg.
We signed up for the tour based on the advertising: "Your fearless guide leads the brave down the dark streets of Williamsburg protected only by the glow of a single flickering flame, the only protection keeping the reputed walking dead, ghouls, goblins and ghosts from trying to do their worst with you." One stop on the tour was a house inhabited by the ghost of a young boy with dark hair. I remember taking a picture with my cell phone and seeing the boy in the picture. He's looking out of the window. Can you see him?

This picture was the highlight of the tour and has been shared with the grand children, who ask to see it on a regular basis.

In the October issue of Spirit magazine (published by Southwest Airlines) there is a special guide to America's most spirited places. First on their list is 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington DC. Yes, the White House is spirited and sightings are documented. Grace Coolidge, wife of Calvin Coolidge, was the first person to report having seen Lincoln's ghost in the White House. She said that he stood at a window of the Oval Office, hands clasped behind his back, gazing out over the Potomac.

Two surprising places are on the list: Hotel Galvez in Galveston, Texas and the Birdcage Theatre in Tombstone Arizona. The ghost bride haunts Hotel Galvez and people report smelling cigars and hearing laughter in the Birdcage Theatre. One place where I would expect ghosts is Gettysburg Battlefield where more than 50,000 soldiers lost their lives. All of these places have ghost tours where you, too, can decide for yourself if you are a believer.

Let me know - Do you believe in ghosts?