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30 Ghost Tours in October on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Chesapeake Ghost Walks offers haunted tours in 10 historic towns – 12 on Halloween Weekend

 Chesapeake Ghost Walks has scheduled over thirty ghost tours to run between now and Halloween in ten towns that span eighty linear miles across the Eastern Shore. They include guided haunted walks through historic districts of Easton, Cambridge, St. Michaels, Ocean City, Berlin, Princess Anne, Pocomoke, Denton, Snow Hill, and Crisfield. There is also a special tour offered only in October – an inside tour of the company owners’ haunted Victorian home.  

During Halloween week the company will offer fifteen walks covering all ten towns – eleven of those ghost tours fall on Halloween weekend. Each ghost walk lasts just under two hours and is personally guided by someone well versed in the local history as well as the paranormal history. Most tours have a nighttime stroll through a graveyard and some include sites like healing trees, elementals (non-human spirits), river walks or walks into a forest. 

Healilng Tree in Berlin MD
Healilng Tree in Berlin MD

Collectively, the ten ghost tours cover over 120 stories of the haunted Eastern Shore – stories that include Bloody Henny and the LeCompte Curse (Cambridge), The Town Dog Killer (Denton), The Ghost in the Governor’s Mansion (Snow Hill), The Haunted Carousel (Ocean City) and The Child Spirit at the Atlantic Hotel (Berlin).  All of the walks were written and crafted by company owner and author, Mindie Burgoyne.

On the third weekend in October, the Burgoynes open their own haunted home to guests who are lucky enough to get tickets before they’re sold out.  “Our home is what inspired me to write about haunted places,” states Mindie Burgoyne. “When we bought our home in 2002 strange things started to happen. Then the incidents got scary. When the incidents became terrifying we put the house up for sale, and that was only thirteen months after moving in.” Though most of the activity has quieted down, the Burgoynes still experience unexplained events from time to time, which they talk about as they guide guests through their home. Living in that house has inspired Mindie Burgoyne to write three books and scores of articles on haunted houses and properties. 

The Vance Miles House - Marion Station, MD
Vance Miles House – home of author, Mindie Burgoyne

Today Chesapeake Ghost Walks delivers over 200 ghost tours each year to more than 5000 guests, and the ten walks comprise the largest cluster of regional heritage walks in America. To date, the haunted tours have been featured in the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Enquirer, The Week Magazine, on National Public Radio and by scores of local media outlets.  The haunted tours are year-round and include ghost walks, bus tours and storytelling events in partnership with local businesses such as the Life-saving Station Museum and the Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City, the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin and Robert Morris Inn in Oxford. 

When asked what the scariest tour is, Mindie Burgoyne responds, “The scariest is probably Pocomoke because that takes guests into a forest that has a haunted legacy spanning a hundred years. Cambridge has the most haunted street in Maryland with 14 haunted stories in two blocks. Snow Hill has the most haunted inns and mansions as well as the only haunted site on Maryland’s Eastern Shore featured by a national cable network – The Snow Hill Inn. Berlin has its walking dead and some super strange energy forces. Princess Anne is the most disturbing covering two brutal murders with content so harsh that we don’t allow children on that walk. All of the walks are scary in their own way.”

More information on the ghost tours is posted on the Chesapeake Ghost Walks website where there is a calendar of events, a full page describing each ghost tour and thirty-five ghost stories about haunted sites featured on the tours. The company also has a YouTube channel where Burgoyne tells some of the stories in a  “Haunted Minutes” series

5 Reasons Why We Don’t Cancel Ghost Walks

Ocean City Board in the Rain
Boardwalk in the rain – Ocean City, MD

When the weather forecasters predict bad weather, ticket-holders start calling to see if the ghost walk for that night is still on. We always tell them what we have written on every page of our website … “We walk in the rain.  We love the rain. We only cancel a walk if the weather presents a threat to public safety.”

The truth is … that it rains all the time on the Eastern Shore and the weather is sporadic. Trying to dodge the wind and rain is like trying to dodge the mosquitoes.  It’s best to just buy some insect repellent and focus on taking in the magical Eastern Shore landscape in its present state. Rain can be quite beautiful.

5 reasons why we don’t cancel ghost walks due to rain

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Ocean City Ghost Walk

What to Expect on a Chesapeake Ghost Walk

We want our guests to know what to expect on a Chesapeake Ghost Walk. On the walks, guests come together to hear the stories about a historic town and its people – with a focus on the usual, the paranormal, the unexplainable. These stories are shared by a personal group guide, who will not only relate stories of legendary characters, hauntings, and mysterious unexplained events. He or she will be able to weave a loose history of the town into the walk so that when guests leave, they’ll consider that town an old friend.  Guides will also point out the actual locations mentioned in the stories  which could include apparitions, strange noises, ghostly images in pictures, and much more.

THE WALKS – With each Chesapeake Ghost Walk guests traverse about 1.5 miles on foot while the certified guide points out properties associated with ghosts, hauntings or tales of the dead. The guide will refer to the property’s history, the unexplained “ghostly” events there, and what people say today about the site’s paranormal activity. Most walks have at least nine sites.  By the end of the walk each guest will have an up-close view of the town and some of its famous – or infamous residents which include doctors, farmers, congressmen, governors, African slaves, widows and children.

Mindie Burgoyne
Mindie Burgoyne

“When I craft each walk I try to do so in a way that tells the story of the whole town so that the characters I talk about are placed in a related setting” Burgoyne states. “All haunted stories begin to sound alike after awhile. What differentiates one from the next are the ghostly characters, the setting and how people are experiencing the presence of those ghosts in this world.”

Burgoyne collects her ghostly tales from various sources that include local libraries, regional books, newspaper articles, the folklore collection at the Nabb Research Center at Salisbury University and through personal interviews. All the tours include an evening walk through a graveyard – except for Ocean City. It has no graveyard.

PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT GO INSIDE THE PROPERTIES.  This is a ghost walk where stories of hauntings and unexplained events are shared while standing outside the property.

CERTIFIED GUIDES: Chesapeake Ghost Walks has a thorough training process for guides and tour leaders. Each guide is trained and tested in Eastern Shore history and the history and folklore of that particular town. Guides are also given training on presentation methods, public speaking skills and story-telling.

“These are not spooky, scary walks where the guides dress up in period clothing and use theatrical techniques. This is the real deal” states Mindie Burgoyne. “We’ve researched and confirmed the actual ghost stories, and referenced mediums, psychics and paranormal investigators on some properties. We figure the truth is scary enough.”

DISCOVER YOUR OWN PSYCHIC ABILITIES – The guides will also help guests discover their own psychic potential in sensing ghosts and share information on how to hone your sensing skills.

COST:
Guests pay $15 ($9 for kids) to attend a ghost walk, and each historic town has restaurants, lodging accommodations and local sites of interest for those who want to travel in from out-of-town and perhaps stay over.

TIME & WEATHER: Ghost Walks begin on time (varies by season, check the list). We walk in all kinds of weather except heavy rain and snow. So bundle up if its cold, wear comfortable shoes and bring your umbrella if it looks like rain.

BOOKS FOR SALE: Signed copies of Haunted Eastern Shore: Ghostly Tales from East of the Chesapeake may be for sale on the tours. Ask your guide, or you can pick up a copy from your local bookstore ahead of time and bring it to the tour for signing.

ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – tours are limited to 25 and likely to sell out. Register by filling out a registration form and sending in your payment.

REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONS: While payment must be made in advance in order to secure a place on the tour, a full refund will be given if cancellations are made at least 48 hours before the tour. Cancellations after that 48 hour window or no shows will not receive a refund.