Take a ‘spirited’ tour with local Ghosts & Legends

October 3, 2009 7:36:00 PM

Jan Swoope - [email protected]


Among October''s many gifts are the tingling thrills and chills in anticipation of things that may go, at least gently, bump in the night. 


What better way to experience a "spirited" turn through the Friendly City''s historic past than the fourth annual Ghosts & Legends Tour Oct. 23-24, presented by the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation?  


Six nightly bus tours departing the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center each evening on the half-hour, from 6-9 p.m., will transport passengers to a bygone era. The last tour will depart at 9 p.m. 


James Tsismanakis, executive director and CEO of the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, said, "We have a lot of new ghosts and legends, and I think people are really going to be excited with the new stories. I think it''s going to be unbelievable." 


A dedicated effort by Carolyn Burns and other local historians brings new tales to the table, Tsismanakis said. History blends with lore and legend to keep the very popular tours fresh for returning fans. 


Seats are limited and have been known to sell out well in advance. Tickets are $10, available online at www.columbus-ms.org, or at the CVB office at 318 Seventh St. N, next to the Stephen D. Lee Home. Hours are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday. Ghosts & Legends T-shirts will also be available for sale. 


For more information about the lantern-lit tours, contact the Heritage Foundation at the CVB, 662-329-1191. 


Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.