Archive for July, 2020

Ghosts&Gravestones (Savannah)

Posted in Ghosts&Gravestones Tour, Savannah GA on July 29, 2020 by tommcge

Dear Paranormal Enthusiast

Did Andrew Low arrive to usher his cherished wife to the other side? What is the confirmed truth behind the death of Jim Williams.  Spooky cemetery, hotels, restaurants, etc

Give audience to the stories that are only whispered about!

Savannah, GA has been pronounced th most haunted city in North America while its past continues to wander its squares. Be witness to the tale of Savannah’s most romantic couple; Sarah and Andrew Low. It has been whispered the spirit of Andrew returned to usher his treasured Sarah to the next world. This event has also been corroborated be the chief butler at the time who gave testimony to Low spirit.

This is just one narrative of the macabre you will hear when on board The Trolley of the Doomed. The others embody but are not limited too: pirate, who voyaged (and sometime lived) within Savannah’s region.The secret passageways below the city and what were they for?  Visit the Johnny Mercer house at the focal point of the best selling novel “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

Savannah: American most haunted city!

On February 12, 1733 James Oglethorpe established “the colony of Georgia in America.” He and 19 companions developed fifteen miles of land along the Yamacraw River (now the Savannah River). Be told their story in their words by our hosts at Savannah’s #1 ghost tour. Our fright-seeing excursion will see you through the foggy and sullen side of this historic city. Tales of Bonaventure, Colonial Park and Laurel Grove Cemetery as well other ghostly establishments shall cause your hair stand to on end!

So a very warm welcome from Ghosts and Gravestones, your guide to the mysterious and the macabre.

www.ghostsandgravestones.com

Your eery hosts at–

Ghosts&Gravestones (Savannah)

Boston’s Saturday Club tour

Posted in 19th century authors, Boston MA, The Omni Parker House (Hotel), The Saturday Club on July 21, 2020 by tommcge

Dear Literary Reader;:

Boston’s Saturday Club: a history

The Saturday Club had welcomed the association of literary gentlemen who gathered at the Omni Parker House throughout the 19th century. Creative writers such as Nathaniel Hawthorn,  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes alongside  many others confronted the preeminent stories of the day.

Attend this one time only tour offered by Boston by Foot. Harken back as these men, in their own words tell of the encounters with their literary career and the worries of the period. Ascertain the history of the Omni Parker House. Discern if the spirits of these high-minded writers continue sauntering the corridors of this now treasured hostel.

We at Boston by Foot welcomes you to our newest lecture. Boston, MA is filled with history and the ghosts of an archaic past. It is where the American Revolution dawned.

Boston by Foot is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization specializing in lore of the past. Coming into existence in 1976 to “promote public awareness and appreciation for Boston’s rich history…” This Boston institution affords walking tours (its hallmark signature) and architecture cruises.

The Omni Parker House: a historic treasure

Participate with us on this tour of the historic Omni Parker House. The now preeminent hotel has given witness to numerous  affairs. From the referred literary geniuses to the political atmosphere in Boston, The Omni Parker has continued to be a staple in the region. (Note: the hotel is where Senator John F. Kennedy proposed to his future wife and held his bachelor party.)  Encounter the ghosts that silently roam the corridors at 60 School St. Some even report the spirit of Charles Dickens having been seen here. Dickens, of course presented the first North American reading of ‘A Christmas Carol here.’

This Saturday Club excursion will take place on July 13, 2021. Book before January 1, 2020 and receive a free copy of “The Omni Parker House: a brief history of American’s longest continuously operating hotel.”  Our staff of passionate volunteers looks forward to telling the story of those literary authors who came together at the Omni Parker House throughout the 19th century!

The management team at

Boston by Foot

Old Jailhouse Tavern, Orleans

Posted in Cape Cod, MA, Massachusetts, Old Jailhouse Tavern on July 17, 2020 by tommcge

The Old Jailhouse Tavern, now a fine dining restaurant

Dear Patron:

As you are aware The Old Jailhouse Tavern has been on lockdown due to the coronavirus. We, the management team are delighted to let you know of our reopening this July.

As we have learned…

Throughout the time of Prohibition, Cape Cod had been a principal  smuggling commune

Cape Cod and their sister islands became affectionately hailed as rum-row. From Provincetown through the Lower Cape to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket smugglers employed trucks, planes, ships (including a submarine) to transport illegal liquor during Prohibition.

Many on the Cape were drawn into this business enterprise. When seized these men would exhaust the night at Henry Perry’s front bedroom. Remodeled into a lock-up and “outfitted with bars and padlocks” this house is now a fine dinning restaurant. An Orleans landmark it opened in 1984.

Take time to listen to narratives of how the Coast Guard would intercept and confiscate forbidden liquor and the smugglers who tested their patience. Liquor usually arrived in North America by way of the French colony of St. Peirre et Maquelon, Newfoundland. From there, it shipped by the channels mentioned above as the Cape became a major port-of-call.

Dine where prisoners were once held

At 28 West Roads in Orleans, Cape Cod you can have classic New England fare with an “unexpected twist.” Specialities like White Truffle Lobster Mac and Cheese, Classic Fish and Chips, and a mix of seafood traditions. Use the attached coupon for your 20% discount on dinners over $150. We thank you in advance for you coming and supporting our re-opening.

The management team at The Old Jailhouse Tavern!

www.jailhousetavern.com 

The Jennie Wade House, Gettysburg PA

Posted in Civil War, Gettysburg, PA, Jennie Wade on July 13, 2020 by tommcge

“If there is anyone in this house that is to be killed today, I hope it is me, as Georgia has a little baby.” –Jennie Wade

Dear Civil War enthusiast:

You have memorized the narrative of Jennie Wade but have you been to the place in which she died. The Gettysburg Foundation and the Gettysburg National Cemetery summon you to give witness as you take an excursion on the grounds where Ms Wade’s life had been stolen.

Eavesdrop on those words, in their context by our heroine seconds before the projectile slug penetrated the house. Harken to how Ms Wade provides aid and comfort to the battle tired soldier. Behold the letter never delivered?

Is Jennie Wade still strolling the halls of 548 Baltimore Street?

Ms Wade, shot on July 3, 1863 at around 8am while “kneading dough for bread.” Fatally injured when the bullet impacted her left shoulder and traveled to her heart. Temporarily entombed in a coffin intended for Confederate General William Barksdale, Ms Wade is laid to rest in the home’s backyard. In November 1855, Wade is reburied at Evergreen Cemetery with a perpetual flag flying around the clock. (Betsy Ross being the only other female to be accorded such honor.)

Jack Skelly, recorded as a friend of Ms Wade and likely her fiancee had been killed July 12, 1862. Mortally wounded himself during the Second Battle of Winchester, Virginia he never became conscious of his friends passing. Are the spirits of Ms Wade and Mrs. Skellt trying to rediscover theer lost companionship? (Read the lone letter discovered between the two at Jennie Wade House.)

Gettysburg is rich in History…

Next time you are in the region, why not take a pause in Gettysburg. The town is filled with historical context that we must not forget. But in the meantime, The Jennie Wade House calls to mind the effect of war on the average citizens. So, please weigh a donation of $25  $50  $100 _Other to this historical and important house. And, please accept our surprise special gift for your generosity!

Yours Truly

The staff of The Jennie Wade House

The Pirate House Restaurant, Savannah

Posted in Savannah GA, The Pirate House Restaurant on July 10, 2020 by tommcge

Discover the history and lore of The Pirate House, Savannah GA

Dear visitors to Savannah

When you journey to the most tormented city in North America you must have no choice but to stop by The Pirate House Restaurant  (20 East Broad Street, Savannah GA). Here you will hear whispers, tales of ghostly sea robbers who cruised these seaports during the 17th&18th century. Eavesdrop on stories of how men were commandeered into the service of pirates. See for yourself the underground tunnel where these gentlemen are lead after a night of drinking!

Dine with ghosts of the past

When you dine at Savannah’s The Pirate House the feast is flavored with more than its history. The terror and torture these pirates unleashed are not romantic heroism.

But First…

In 1733 James Oglethorpe arrived from England and disembarked at what developed into the city of Savannah. Transformed to a restaurant in 1754 it has beheld many swashbucklers. Captain Kidd, Sam Belllamy, etc. have sauntered this eatery’s floors. There is even a report Robert Louis Stevenson penned a segment of his novel, “Treasure Island” within these walls. Has the ghost of Captain Flint stretched his legs in the restaurant. (But, since Captain Flint is a fictional character the whispers are highly unlikely.)

Savannah (GA) the oldest colony with its dark secrets!

The city of Savannah, GA is rich in history and ghostly happenings abound. We, at the Pirate House Restaurant are waiting to tell you some factual tales of times past. So, enlist us for your travels to the world of 18th century Savannah and the realm of the notorious pirates. Present the attached coupon, honored for a year from the stamped date next time you’re in our great city of Savannah. See you soon!

Warm regards,

The Management Team at

The Pirate House Restaurant

New England Pirate Museum

Posted in New England Museums, Pirates of the 17th&18th century, Salem MA on July 6, 2020 by tommcge

Welcome to the Gold Coast

Take the 30 minute tour into the history of New England pirates

At the New England Pirate Museum learn about the men (and woman) who spent their time on the New England coast during the 17th and 18 century. Men like Blackbeard, Bellamy, Kidd, etc. roamed the region as the community of Salem (MA) were engulfed in their famed hysteria.

Sea bandits were sighted throughout the New England coast starting in the 1540s until the 1720. Stephen O’Neill, Professor of piracy at Suffolk University asserts 20% of the pirates “at the turn of the 18th century were from New England.

As they hanged in Salem, Pirates roamed the New England coast

Captain Kidd is rumored to have assailed many harborage within the provinces of Connecticut to Main. Blackbeard’s treasure is implied to have been hidden away at various parishes throughout New England. Pirate, Sam Bellamy constructed a huge fortification on the Machias River. (Did the fearfulness  of these swashbucklers lead in part to the witchcraft hysteria?)

New England Pirates: separate fact from fiction

At the New England Pirate Museum  (274 Derby Street, Salem MA) separate the fictional, romanic pirate from the terrorizing, cutthroat, bloodthirsty sea robbers. Board a replica pirate ship, stroll a colonial seaport as you make your way through an 80ft cave where you might discover some buried treasure. (And we do not forget the ladies. Yes, there were woman pirates too! You will discover some hair raising truths about these sweethearts of the sea.)

So, we at this unique and most fascinating museum invites you to come aboard. Witness those men and woman who terrorized the New England coast while witches hanged.

Now through October 31, 2020  Salem residents can enjoy this famed museum for free. Just present the stub below at the box office and welcome!