Welcome to Chesapeake Ghost Walks.
Chesapeake Ghost Walks on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is the largest cluster of regional heritage walks in America. Twelve separate night-time walks through historic towns in an area stretching from the Chesapeake Bay to the Ocean City comprise this collection of haunted tours that reveal the stories behind one of the most haunted regions in the USA.
Together this cluster of ghost walks includes over 130 haunted sites and stories and 15 graveyards. The spirits of pirates, sea captains, merchants, governors, soldiers, slaves, orphans, farmers, witches, hoteliers, doctors, actresses and “ladies of the evening” are revealed. And though each walk stands on its own as a separate attraction, the haunted history between towns is connected. Spirits from one featured town were often related-in-life to spirits from other featured towns. Going on all twelve walks will not only keep guests entertained, it will also give guests a broad perspective on Eastern Shore heritage.
Each walk is led by a certified guide who is trained on the history and folklore of that particular town, as well as paranormal and psychic phenomena. Every tour is suitable for adults and kids. The Chesapeake Ghost Walks weave a tapestry of local lore and legend, and reveal the rich heritage of the Eastern Shore and the essence of its unique character.
Why the Eastern Shore?
The Eastern Shore – that is the land east of the Chesapeake Bay – encompasses hundreds of square miles of rolling farmland, forest and marsh and is the least developed contiguous piece of agricultural land between Maine and Florida. The landscape is flat and open with big skies and a shoreline is never far away. It’s an enchanting landscape that has remained largely unchanged since the British colonization.
Tucked into that mystical landscape are small towns that grew up with the seafood, farming and shipbuilding trades. They were full of crazy characters, and there’s something magical about that open landscape that opens portals into the “other world” and the spirits of those characters peek through now and again. They may meet you on the stairs of your hotel or in a museum full of artifacts, on a nighttime walk through town, in your campsite, on a carousel ride, or in your guest room at a historic Inn. You’ll be “walking with some of them” on every Chesapeake Ghost Walk.
If meeting up with Chesapeake spirits wasn’t reason enough to buy a ticket for one of these walks, consider that most of the featured towns are designated Maryland Main Streets and / or Arts and Entertainment Districts and all have gorgeous historic architecture, amazing food, shops, cultural venues and recreational opportunities. There’s enough to do to fill a weekend.
130+ Sites / Stories – 12 Graveyards in 6 Counties
Mindie Burgoyne, author of Haunted Eastern Shore: Ghostly Tales from East of the Chesapeake has designed this series of ghost walks so travelers to the Eastern Shore can find a ghost walk nearby on almost every weekend. Combined the current ghost walks feature 116 individual sites, 12 graveyards and 17 additional off-site stories (ghost stories about sites that are near the town, but not on the actual walk).
Every ghost walk except Ocean City includes a night walk through a graveyard where the guides tells stories of the dead. The graveyards are an exceptional place for night photography. While Ocean City does not have any graveyards, the Ocean City Ghost Walk guide will share the story of Captain’s Hill which is a mysterious single grave just outside of town.
Current Ghost Walks are all in Maryland. We will be adding more as the year progresses.
Healing Trees and Elementals
Guests on a Chesapeake Ghost Walks also learn about “healing trees” and elementals located inside these towns. Healing trees have a strong energy that can be felt when a hand is placed close to the tree for a period of time. Healers, or people who use holistic methods of treating illness, will sometimes visit these particular trees to engage with the tree energy. Ghost Walk guides will demonstrate how to engage with that energy.
Healing trees are featured on the Easton, Cambridge, Princess Anne and Berlin (2) Walks. One known elemental is present in the Town of Berlin.
Every Town Becomes an Old Friend
Our walks combine heritage, folklore and present-day commentary so that each guest has an immersion experience with the town, its characters and its sense of mystery. When you leave a Chesapeake Ghost Walk you’ll feel like the town you toured is an old friend.
All Chesapeake Ghost Walks are led by certified guides required to be well versed in the history and ghost-lore of that particular town. They will not only keep you engaged, but will also help you discover your own capabilities for sensing spirits.
Find the Ghost Walks – Search by Town or By Date
You can find out about each individual town by clicking on The Towns link at the top of the page. That page will have a link that says -“LISTING OF ALL UPCOMING GHOST WALKS OF [town name]” Clicking on that will help you link to the ticket purchases.
To find a ghost walk that is scheduled, click on the Calendar link. You can scroll through the months or click LIST VIEW for a running list up upcoming walks.
ADVANCED REGISTRATION AND TICKET PURCHASE THROUGH THIS SITE IS REQUIRED.
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We hope you’ll join us for some walks this year.