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Ghost tours get under way

Three evenings with paranormal society will be added to this year’s program

The Original Albany Ghost Tour runs Thursdays through Sundays in October, and all of the week leading up to Halloween. The cost is $30 per person.

The Original Albany Ghost Tour runs Thursdays through Sundays in October, and all of the week leading up to Halloween. The cost is $30 per person.

— McEneny thinks it will add an interesting dimension to the regular tour.

“They have these gadgets that they say can pick up the presence of the ghosts,” she said.

McEneny said the presence of older buildings in the city add to the ghost tour’s visual experience.

“There’s still so much here in the city from its history,” said McEneny. “We can take a walk through the Center Square neighborhood, and people can look around and have an idea what the city looked like back then.”

Two historic locations around Albany will highlight the story of Hattie the Hitchhiker. McEneny said the story that starts when a man picked up a young woman walking near Graceland Cemetery on Delaware Avenue one rainy night and took her to her home at the corner of Madison Avenue and Lark Street, which is now Justin’s restaurant. When he went back to the house the next day, an older woman answered the door and told him Hattie had died several years ago. So he went to the cemetery and found his coat draped over her gravestone.

“We can go to Graceland Cemetery, we can go to Justin’s and we can follow the path that man took,” said McEneny.

Local actors will also be scattered throughout the tour to help tell the stories McEneny learned as a child from her father that put Albany’s history in a different light.

“Using these ghost stories were a way to open up the history of these historic sites,” said McEneny.

The Original Albany Ghost Tour runs Thursdays through Sundays in October, and all of the week leading up to Halloween. The cost is $30 per person, and the three paranormal socials are an additional $10. Space is limited, but McEneny said she encourages people to call as more 26-seat trolleys can be added to tours.

“We do book up, but we love accommodating as many people as we can. So, don’t be shy about calling us,” said McEneny.

For more information and reservations, call 238-2233 or email info@harmonyhousetours.com.

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