Did you know there are 154 Paranormal Societies in Indiana? There are three paranormal societies that list their address in Newburgh and there are six located in Evansville.

Many of the societies appear to have state-of-the-art-equipment and several years in experience. Most do not charge for their assistance but will help you identify what is happening in your home or building that is unsettling to you. There are those with social psychological backgrounds that collect research and data on the supernatural.

There is a team in Indianapolis that teaches history and practical application of investigation and documentation of paranormal anomalies. There is a Christian organization that conducts research to gain “empirical evidence and determine the source of events.” They will then assist families with paranormal problems with home blessings and cleansing.

I spoke with Billy Miller of Southern Indiana Paranormal Investigators, located in Newburgh. He makes a good point: “Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.” It doesn’t really matter whether you are a believer or not. The Newburgh Ghost Walks is an event that will send chills up your back and at the same time share a tidbit or two about history.

The land, now known as the Town of Newburgh, was first settled by John Sprinkle in 1803. So it should be no surprise that over the years there have been some pretty unusual things happen. All stories were originally written with research done from old newspaper articles. As people became aware of the Ghost Walks, they shared their family legends.

As you walk around Newburgh and listen to the tales, there may be a few embellishments, but for the most part, the stories are all true!

The 23rd annual Historic Newburgh Ghost Walks will run Friday, Oct. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. The guided walking tours depart Preservation Hall (200 State Street) and each tour lasts about an hour.

Tour guides take groups of 18 to 20 out for the walking tour every 12 minutes. As you walk along the sidewalks you will meet ghosts of Newburgh’s past, who will share their tragic life, as well as stories of life in Newburgh.

There are two tours to choose from. On the Water Street tour, attendees will learn of river lore and some of our family mysteries. The State Street tour focuses on Civil War tales and the homes along State Street and East Jennings. Both tours offer their share of history, Newburgh style.

Advance tickets are on sale now at $8. Advance ticket sales close at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. Tickets are $10 at the door. This is a great outing for groups! You may purchase tickets by calling Historic Newburgh, Inc. at 812-853-2815 or going to our website, historicnewburgh.org, to purchase your tickets online.

After the tours, volunteers will offer hot cider and an opportunity to buy a Got Ghosts T-shirt. It is fun for the entire family. Come early and shop, dine and enjoy Newburgh.

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