Monday, October 31, 2016

Buchanan Ghost Tour

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On Saturday night we drove to Buchanan to attend their Ghost Tour...I believe it was their 3rd year to hold it and it was our first year to attend...we met at the Wilson Warehouse/Community Center
We purchased our tickets inside...ohhhh a headless woman!

Yummy treats to be had while we wait...Nick had a grilled cheese sandwich and a water and the boys had hot apple cider...

Our tour began up the street at an old church...a funeral was going on so we stopped to watch....each stop of the tour had actors acting out historical scenes from the town...this was one of them...although I cannot remember whose funeral we were attending...

Next we stopped at the fire station which way, way back was an old furniture company...then on to the old bank where a ghostly banker tried to get us to open a bank account...then right down the street to the Buchanan Newspaper which is now a bank, I believe Bank of Botetourt if I remember correctly...anyways, our ghostly newpaper man was telling us how he was waiting for the old newspaper building to be moved to the parking lot next to where we were standing....which it was moved but then burned down and is now a parking lot...our tour guide Joyce was born and raised in Buchanan and knew EVERYTHING...she was so interesting! The rest of the people in our tour (tours were limited to about 10-12 people) were all related to her....I really enjoyed all the people in our group and what they had to add!
The old theater sits right across the street from the empty parking lot...
The bank

Next we headed over to the bridge which had been burned down during Hunter's Raid during the Civil War. Our tour was stopped by a couple of Southern Belles telling us the Yankees were coming...we walked over to the bridge and found a couple of Confederate Soldiers that were telling us they didn't know what was going on and were waiting for their Lieutenant...we saw several "explosions" near the bridge and the Lieutenant arrived all shot up, telling us that the Yankees were blowing the bridge up...more explosions followed and a man on a horse carrying a lantern came and told us about Hunter's Raid!

We then walked a little ways down the road and out of an alley jumped a man in his long johns...he explained he had been robbed and his clothes stolen...apparently this had been happening from Staunton all the way down to Buchanan! He was hilarious and maybe sounded a little drunk!

Next stop was the old Buchanan School which burned down in the 1970's...Our tour guide Joyce had gone to school there and remembered going to sock hops there!

I wish I had taken more pictures but I didn't want to be annoying since it was a small group! We really had so much fun and at the end when I filled out my survey I check the box to be a volunteer next time! Honestly, the boys and I really had so much fun and laughed and was historical but they made it entertaining and funny at the same time! Really recommend!

I've posted about Buchanan quite a bit HERE as it really is one of my favorite local towns!

Linking up with Mersad's Through My Lens

Happy Halloween!!


  1. That headless woman really is quite startling. Why are so many ghosts spotted at the top of steps? Strange that all the people in the tour were related to the guide. So special with all the actors! I bet they had fun too. And something to tell their families they did on Halloween week. Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton has ghostly tours a lot in the fall. It is also a great and fun way to learn the history of your city.

  2. Please show more photos of the great theater sign...BOO!

  3. This looks like so much fun! I know what you mean about taking more photos- but sometimes it's better just to enjoy.

  4. Sounds like a great time, glad you all enjoyed it.

  5. Such fun! We're attending a ghost tour tonight and can't wait!

  6. I have enjoyed the pictures you did take. Sound like a fun tour.

  7. I would have enjoyed that. There's a company here that does haunted walks. It's been awhile since I've been on one.


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