March 16, 2018 to November 17, 2018 in Birmingham , AL
The first of the two parts of our dark and interesting history is the Hotels, Churches and Riots tour. It covers the sites to the east of 20th street downtown. We begin with the tales of the founding of our city as a rough and tumble mine and mill town, and continue through tales of missing children, spiteful murders, and discovered corpses. We hear the tales of two of our haunted hotels, and four of the five original churches of the city. There is then the tale of murders most sad, which has led to the legends of the “Mermaid of the Lake” and the major riot that followed. Then continuing through the darkness, with the shadowy footsteps that follow… The Theaters, Freemasons, and Bodysnatchers tour of the interesting and dark history to the west side of 20th street north downtown, and closely follows the route of the original Ghost Walk. Beginning on the steps of Linn Park downtown, we proceed through a tale of a our version of Jack the Ripper and our only known vampire connection. We then proceed through tales of fraternal orders and their secret rituals. Body snatchers and funeral practices, and then the lights of the theater district shine next on our wayward walkers with tales of ghostly encounters at our only remaining vaudeville theater and movie show palace. We finish up with the tale of our most famous madam and her relationship with an assassin and a cemetery that will make you believe.