Ghost tours in Columbus

Posted on September 19, 2012 

I don't understand the fascination with television shows like "Ghost Hunters" and "Ghost Adventures."

Maybe it's because we have the Springer Opera House and the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus right here in town.

I know that whenever the Springer does ghost tours, the theater is packed.

It's not the same for the naval museum. The first ghost tour of the season was scheduled for Thursday, but the museum had to cancel. I think it's probably because people just don't know about it.

I was ready to take it so I could write a story about it so people will know about next month's tours. The next one is Oct. 18. I'll take that one so I can let you know what it's like. There's even an overnight ghost tour in later in October. I don't think I'll do that one.

Scared? No. I don't feel like sleeping on the concrete floor.

My sisters and brothers watch those shows religiously.

One time, I got a text from Dorothy lamenting the fact that she missed Zach from one of those shows. I had no idea who she was talking about.

A couple of weeks ago, I got a text from her to make sure to watch "Ghost Hunters" because the show was in Charleston. Of course, I missed it. She called to remind me that the repeat was on one day last week. I kind of watched it. I was doing something while it was on. Yawn.

Even my great-niece Kaylee got into it. She watched a show on the Travel Channel that featured the Springer's ghosts.

She was maybe 9 when she visited that summer. Her father, my nephew Michael, was walking her around the block, waiting for me.

He said when the rounded the corner at 10th Street and First Avenue, she stopped and said, "Dad, there's that theater!"

He told her it was the Springer Opera House. She wanted to go in, but Michael said no.

When I found out, I took her over there. You should have seen her eyes widen as she recognized rooms that she saw on TV. Then when I introduced her to Paul Pierce, she really, truly went wide-eyed.

He autographed and gave her his book on the Springer ghosts. She was thrilled. When she got home to Charleston, she wrote a note to him and mailed it. I saw it on a bulletin board at the Springer later.

Maybe these ghost shows do some good educating kids about historic sites and buildings.

I hope the Springer will do another ghost tour. In the meantime, don't forget the ghost tours at Port Columbus.

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