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"Ghosts of Christmas Past" Holiday Ghost and History Tours

December 08, 2010

The Christmas holiday season brings with it a chance for local residents and regional travelers to get out of the house and avoid "cabin fever", get some fresh air and exercise with the benefits of working off some of those holiday calories, and learn some great seasonal as well as cultural history.

Appalachian GhostWalks, whose region wide tours celebrated five years in operation this past September 1st, continues to delight holiday visitors and long time natives of these parts with the history, mystery, and legend of Southern Appalachia effectively entertaining couples, families, as well as small and large groups. Tour goers experience a real lantern-lit walking tour packed with "spine-tingling" stories of real history and true ghost stories!

"We pride ourselves on the fact that everything you hear in each and every tour experience is historically documented fact presented in a fun and entertaining way that is great for both children and adults alike. We work for a year to two years researching every location for those little known details that really bring our region's Cherokee, Frontier, Revolutionary, and Civil War History to life for all ages," says one spokesperson for the company.

Appalachian GhostWalks invites you to bring the whole family for a walk back in time and perhaps a visit with the "People of the Past" this holiday season and start a new holiday tradition. "Ghosts of Christmas Past" tours operate nightly from November 1st through December 31st where, in the Charles Dickens holiday storytelling tradition, you'll learn the history of the Christmas season, all about our Victorian traditions, and maybe catch a snowflake or two. Most of all, you'll learn how a ghost story helped to create the holiday as we all know it today!

Each historically accurate tour offers a small piece of a much larger puzzle of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia history as your guide weaves a chilly tale of our region's vast cultural heritage coupled with true, spine-tingling ghost stories. Catering to groups as few as two people, one simple phone call will help you create a memorable fall evening out in one of our area's first western frontier towns.

Thirteen different ghost and history tours located here in the heart of the Northeastern Tennessee and Southwest Virginia Mountains include Historic Dandridge, Erwin and Unicoi County Heritage Museum, the East Tennessee State University Campus, Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site, Greeneville, Rogersville, Blountville, downtown Johnson City's "Little Chicago GhostWalk"
and Jonesborough — once listed on the Travel Channel as one of the top ten most haunted towns in America! Also, back by popular demand is the "Legendary Cherokee Bigfoot Adventure" — an afternoon hiking tour set to the beat of Native American flute and drum to set the proper mood. This tour shares nearly 500 years of Cherokee folklore history and legend in addition to our research findings about the Bigfoot of the Southern Appalachian Mountains following nearly twenty years of intensive scientific and historical research! Other haunted historic tours presently include the historic districts of Bristol, also known as the "Birthplace of Country Music" and Abingdon, Virginia — the "Gate to America's First Western Frontier".

Several bus tours are currently under production for a 2011 inauguration and all tours operate year-round, nightly by advance reservation. Simply call
(423) 743-WALK (9255) with the number in your party, the tour location of your choice, and the date you and your party would like to tour. Also, everyone is invited to visit the award winning tour website at www.AppalachianGhostWalks.com for additional information.

Ten percent of the company's annual profits go to benefit Saint Jude's Children's Research Hospital so make Appalachian GhostWalks a "must do" for your family this Fall while supporting a great cause as you enjoy the thrills, chills, mystery, history, legend and true ghost stories of the Southern Appalachian Mountains!