Ghost Walks ready to spook

Ghost Walks features stories that are rooted in history. They have been gleaned from old newspaper articles and from family legends. You will see and hear about the spookier side of Historic Newburgh.

Participants on the Ghost Walks can choose between two different haunted tours. Some do both!

Water Street Tour: Hear the tales of events that occurred near Newburgh’s waterfront many years ago. On this tour, attendees will hear ghost stories from Newburgh’s early settler days, the Civil War Era and even ghostly events that occurred during the 1900s. Listen to some of Newburgh’s most mysterious tales, including the tale of the Steamboat Missouri and the Newburgh Tobacco Company’s “Homespun Twist.”

State Street Tour: Be prepared to hear frightening events that took place long ago on this quaint little street. Who would have ever guessed that such a gruesome past exists in the charming little town of Newburgh? On this tour, attendees will hear stories from the Civil War Era, the Great Depression and the early 1900s. Listen to some of Newburgh’s most haunting tales, including the tradgedy at Farmer’s Bank, the Exchange Hotel’s slave history and tales of Hulvershorn’s Coffin Shop.

What to expect: Each tour group is guided through the streets of downtown Newburgh by a tour guide. The tour guide will stop along the tour and tell stories of Newburgh’s haunted past. There are also “ghostly” actors who tell stories along the way.

This is not a “haunted house” type tour, so no ghosts will jump out and try to frighten attendees during the tour. The historic tales alone provide a good enough scare. The guided walking tours depart every 12 minutes from Preservation Hall (200 State Street) and lasts 50 minutes.

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