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24 Ghost Walks on Eastern Shore Scheduled for October

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Josiah Bayly House in Cambridge on High Street, the most haunted street on the Eastern Shore. (Photo: Mindie Burgoyne) Josiah Bayly House in Cambridge on High Street, the most haunted street on the Eastern Shore. (Photo: Mindie Burgoyne)
MARION STATION, Md - This Halloween, people on the Eastern Shore will have a lot of opportunities to get into the Halloween spirit. Chesapeake Ghost Walks, a company that operates a series of year-round ghost walks on the Eastern Shore, has scheduled 24 walks for the month of October in 10 historic Eastern Shore towns. This makes it the largest cluster of ghost walks in America.

The company says its also offering three "inside" tours of the Vance Miles House, the haunted house that is owned by author and company founder, Mindie Burgoyne. Burgoyne says living in a haunted house is what spurred her on to writing about ghosts and haunting which led to starting the ghost walk company. 

"After I wrote my first book on haunted places, people started asking if I would do tours. I started doing these little walks last year. I did about 20 tours," said Burgoyne. "This year we've hired and trained five guides and we'll do ten times that."  

Chesapeake Ghost Walks says towns featured in the October series include Berlin, Pocomoke, Snow Hill and Ocean City - all in Worcester County and Princess Anne and Crisfield in Somerset County.  Ghost walks within an hour's drive of the Bay Bridge are Cambridge, Denton, St. Michaels and Easton. There are three towns that even have walks on Halloween night - Snow Hill, Berlin and Easton, which includes a "midnight walk."

The company says each walk features a graveyard except Ocean City, which has no graveyards. The Pocomoke City walk goes a half mile into the thick, dark Pocomoke forest which is partly swamp. The company says on the walks, a guide tells stories of the ghosts that have lingered in the forests for years including the story of a six-fingered smuggler who murdered his wife at the Cellar House.

Burgoyne, author of Haunted Eastern Shore and Haunted Ocean City and Berlin crafted each of the walks in 2013. In 2014 she and her husband launched the Chesapeake Ghost Walk business, which offers weekly ghost tours, virtual ghost tours, private ghost tours and story-telling sessions. Their company has grown exponentially this year and next year they hope to beef up the bus tour business.

Burgoyne says all the walks are related. Each town builds on the next and some of the ghosts are related. "Colonel Oswald Tilghman haunts the Talbot Court House, but his aunt likely haunts his old house, Foxley Hall in Easton, and his sister is haunting the Plim Plaza in Ocean City and his Great Great Grandfather, Tench Tilghman is haunting the bridge near St. Paul's Church in Chestertown. And don't get me started about all the Tilghman's probably haunting the Plinhimmon plantation in Oxford," says Burgoyne.

When asked what her favorite ghost walk is, Burgoyne responds "Ocean City. So many of the ghost stories there are happy and romantic. It's such pleasure to lead that walk."

In October Burgoyne says she also opens up her own haunted home for guests to walks through. She and her husband invite guests in and tell them the stories of crashing sounds, swaying chandeliers, flying plates, breaking mirrors and apparitions of Vance Miles who once owned the house. Burgoyne says there are three tour opportunities to visit the Vance Miles House.

For more information on the ghost walks, visit the calendar of events on the Chesapeake Ghost Walks website at www.chesapeakeghostwalks.com/events. There are links on the right side of the page where people can register online. Tickets are $15 for Adults and $9 for kids 8-12.  Advanced registration online or by phone is required because the walks sell out. The company says all the walks begin at 7:00 p.m., go for about 1.5 miles and weave through the historic downtown districts.

Tickets for the walks and the Vance Miles House can be purchased on the Chesapeake Ghost Walk website www.chesapeakeghostwalks.com or by phone at (443) 735-0771


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