My first trip to New Orleans was incredible. I spent two very beautiful sunny days exploring the wonders of the city. Being the history lover that I am, and also a lover of strange things, I was lucky enough to get a chance to go on the Haunted History Tour. Also known as a “Ghost Tour.”
On our Haunted History ghost tour we met up with a larger group of people in the French Quarter, then were divided into smaller groups to make hearing our guide and walking the sidewalks in a group easier. After we were divided into groups we set off to explore the Haunted History of New Orleans.
This tour concentrated more on the history of the hauntings, hence the name of the company. Nothing truly scary or frightening happened in any way during our tour. This tour is perfectly acceptable for children to attend, and in my opinion would be interesting enough for older children to learn a little about the history of the city.
Our tour guide did a wonderful job as he humorously told us the tales of a city ridden with the souls of the dead. We saw the infamous LaLaurie Mansion, which is said to be one of the most haunted homes in New Orleans. We also visited the Andrew Jackson and Pirates Alley, if only to name a few of the places we saw.
I was thoroughly impressed with our tour guide. He was fun and serious all at the same time. Not everyone has the gift of being able to keep peoples’ attention, but our tour guide certainly did. I believe our tour guide was half of why the tour was so good.
Part of the problem with going on a tour in a group is that you always miss some of what the guide is telling you. This is why I bought their book. New Orleans Ghosts, Voodoo And Vampires: Journey Into Darkness… By Kalila Katherina Smith. I read the book on the air plane on the way home and was thrilled at how much detail and thought was put into this book. It goes farther into some of the stories and also has stories you did not get to hear on the tour. This book can be purchased directly from their website as well as at the end of the Haunted History tour.
The tour guide encouraged us to take photographs everywhere we went. He told us that many of the participants of their tours find things on film that weren’t there when they took the photo. Be sure to look at the photographs along with this article and leave a comment about what you see.
The photos are a little blurry, probably because of the lights. But, I think it’s odd that the other pictures I took at night didn’t turn out like the ones I took on the ghost tour.
The Haunted History website states that their ghost tours have been recognized on A&E, Discovery, Fox Network, The History Channel, MTV, Sci Fi, and has been recommended by the Travel Channel as the #1 Tour in New Orleans.
If you ever get a chance to visit New Orleans, make sure you take the time to go on a Haunted History ghost tour. Just remember, Haunted History also has other tours to enjoy like the cemetery tour, voodoo tour, vampire tour, and the Garden District tour.
You can contact Haunted History tours through their website http://www.hauntedhistorytours.com/index.htm