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“My son may never sleep alone again”

Ghost Tours of Harpers Ferry
Ranked #2 of 3 Tours in Harpers Ferry
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: America's oldest ghost tour is an approximate two hour walking tour around several blocks of the historic "Lower Town" section of Harpers Ferry viewing a number of sites and buildings that have had ghostly phenomenon reported in or around them over the years. Tour includes both legends and historical events which may account for some of the ghostly happenings. These stories of Harpers Ferry's history, legends and unexplained phenomenon are appropriate for children of all ages. Always best to call to make a reservation and check website for dates that we are closed.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“My son may never sleep alone again”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

The kids and I went on this tour as a spur of the moment adventure. This was our first ghost tour and we loved it. My daughter was a little too young (7 years old) to understand or appreciate and complained of being tired but my 10 year old son and I were entranced. Harpers Ferry at night is just spooky enough without Rick's tales of the paranormal. Add his history lesson / ghost stories and his skills as an entertainer and it was very spooky and entertaining. Rick clearly knows his history and made the tour fun without feeling like a history lesson. The tour took just under two hours and the pace was very easy despite the hilly terrain. I recommend this tour.

My only advice is use the bathroom before you get into Harper's Ferry. Everything closes at night, including the public facilities.

Visited March 2013
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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Absolutely fantastic”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Some friends and I went for a tour in the off season. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and a wonderful storyteller. There were approximately 15 people in our group and we had no problem hearing her throughout the tour. The tour was almost half historical information and half spooky stories. I found the history fascinating and think that was half the reason I was so impressed with this experience. The other half was our charismatic and friendly guide. I have already recommended it to my friends and am looking forward to my next trip to Harpers Ferry so that I can do it again.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Cold late winter spooks from the likes of a ghost town.”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Great historical information. Rick was informative and entertaining. This was my first ghost tour, and though I don't spook easy and I do believe in the paranormal. The shear emptiness of Harpers Ferry at the time we were there added to an overall great historical and Folklore experience.

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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Made me jump!”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

Absolutely loved Rick! He dressed in period clothes, had great history mixed with great stories! Spent more time with us, probably more time than he planned, but we appreciated it so much. Yes he made me jump mire than once, usually it's my husband jumping :)

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Springfield, Virginia
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great History, Folklore and Spooks!”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

My husband and I definitely enjoyed ourselves on this tour. The history is rich and the ghost stories are definitely interesting, believable and spooky at times. I would say that younger kids, if you know they are easily frightened might not enjoy the tour. There is one graphic historical part that may not be suitable for young children, however parental discretion and knowing your child's tolerance level needs to be taken into account. I highly recommend the tour. Definitely try to plan according to the weather. When it is too cold the tour resides in the old St. Peter's Cathedral. Still just as interesting, but the visuals are hindered just slightly. For good reason, no one wants to walk around in the cold at night.

Visited February 2013
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