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 that 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.
“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 a while. 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 their sensing skills.
Guests pay $25 ($20 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 it’s 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.
9 thoughts on “What to Expect on a Chesapeake Ghost Walk”
yes, I just left a voice message as I am trying to get 2 of us regist for Dec. 12 for 7pm Ghost walk , and the Dec. calendar does not come up ?? ( we did the Easton G. walk in Oct. and Loved IT!! ) please get back to me so I can purchase a couple of ticklets for Dec. 12 – st. Micheals, thanks soo much , c. Elizabeth spear 443.270.6088
I would love to do a number of your tours; however, I am mildly handicap and unable to walk that far. So my question is what is your policy for some one in a motorized wheelchair or scooter?
Rachel, a motorized wheelchair or scooter should be fine on most of the walks. We certainly don’t mind at all. But we can’t take motorized vehicles in the graveyards. If you can walk a little bit, you probably wouldn’t miss a thing. But let us know which walk you want to go on, just so we can review the route and be sure you won’t have any difficulties. In almost all of the towns, we stick to the historic downtown areas and they’re all equipped to handle wheelchairs, strollers and scooters. Hope to see you.
Hello – what is the policy for children under 8 years old?
Under 8 years old are free!
I would love the newletter! Also, my husband and I would like to register for the snow hill tour on march 15 but I cannot locate the registration form on your website. Help!
Hey Aimee. When you click on the calendar, go to March 15 and click on the icon that shows the Snow Hill walk. That will take you to the Snow Hill ghost Walk page. http://chesapeakeghostwalks.com/event/snow-hill-ghost-walk/
Just scroll down to the bottom of the page. The ordering is there. Specify the number of tickets you want and continue with the cart.
Let me know if you need more help.
Hi, Mindie – Since your site just went up, I hope you won’t mind if I did some proof-reading, and picked up a minor typo in the second paragraph under CERTIFIED GUIDES. In the third sentence, I think you wanted to say “sourced” instead of “sources”.
Looking forward to my first ghost walk in March.
I love you, Mac McKay. I depend on people like you to keep me straight. I’ll make the corrections. Love when readers give feedback especially on typos and grammar. thanks so much.
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