German Village Gazette

Ghost Tour to highlight German Village's eerie side

By

German Village's spookier side will be on display in October, just in time for Halloween.

The German Village Society and the Columbus Landmarks Foundation will team up on "When Spirits Roamed the Village" Oct. 19, 26 and 27.

Five locations and their stories will be featured, from the lighthearted tales of ghostly tea parties to the house that needs no dusting to the somber and true stories of the county poorhouse and a grief-stricken mother, said Shiloh Todorov, director of the GVS.

Included are additional tales of occasional poltergeists and Halloween customs in the village in the past.

Tickets, available at spirittours2012.eventbrite.com, are $10 for GVS or Columbus Landmarks members and $20 for nonmembers.

All tours begin at 6 p.m. at the Beck Street School, which has its own interesting past as the county infirmary.

When the infirmary was being razed to make way for the school, construction workers found shackles on the property and inside the building, said Sally Crandall, who compiled information about each location.

Sites on the walking tour are at Fifth and Jackson streets, Schwartz Castle on Third Street, City Park Avenue and Hoster Street and Jaeger and Sycamore streets.

Storytellers will be on site to give verbal histories of each location. Each tour will last about 90 minutes.

Crandall said she used tales from Haunted Columbus and other research material for the project.

One current homeowner, whose name and property location were being withheld to preserve the suspense of the tour, began hearing strange noises in the house, such as a teacup being placed on china.

Crandall found that a previous occupant, a woman who had worked as a domestic helper, had purchased the home in 1929 and lived there by herself for a number of years.

Her background helped accentuate the feeling that somebody "was still there" in a domestic capacity, she said.

Kathy Mast Kane, executive director of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, said the group works hard to validate the stories so they have a "true historic basis."

"So there's an authenticity that goes along with that programming and a connection to the built environment that's important to us as a preservation association," she said.

Comments