Graveyards and ghosts are at the heart of many cemetery tours. These tours are becoming quite popular. People enjoy walking through the past, so to speak. They peek into mausoleum windows, touch cold crypt walls and read headstones that name names. Tour guides enhance the experience with stories about the cemetery and its earliest (famous/infamous) residents.
For some it’s a stroll through the past. For others it’s a chance to get close to death without having to personally experience it. And for the rest, it is an exciting and thrilling quest to uncover spirits and ghosts.
According to Shermans Travel Blog there are five beautiful American cemeteries that house well known spirits and ghosts. Here are two of them:
- Louis No. 1: New Orleans, Louisiana.
Established in 1788, this is the final resting place of both locals and celebrities. The cemetery featured in the film “Easy Rider.” The French- and Spanish-style tombs loom above the ground in a hauntingly beautiful way.
In accord with the voodoo tradition of the area, marking an “X” on the mausoleum of voodoo priestess Marie Laveau could lead to a wish fulfillment.
- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
New York’s most historic cemetery also serves as a community park. Visitors can take a yoga class and/or enjoy a happy hour in the catacombs. Evening Flashlight Tours lead guests to the burial sites of some of the area’s most well known mobsters.
Atop the cemetery’s hill is the location of the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Brooklyn where at least one thousand soldiers died. They were all buried in a mass grave.
If you decided to participate in a cemetery tour, guided or self-guided remember to check with the graveyard before the tour. Some do require reservations while others off free tours or provide guide books so they guests can enjoy the graveyard at their own pace.
Also be sure to find out what the cemetery rules are. Some allow visitors only during certain hours or require silence. In some cases pets (leashed or not) are prohibited, etc.
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