Visitors can explore by the glow of a lantern in Olde Gahanna during the Ghosts of Gahanna Walking Tour at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, and Oct. 25, beginning at the Ohio Herb Center, 110 Mill St.
Mary Szymkowiak, Visit Gahanna communications manager, said Gahanna is filled with historic buildings and great stories, and Ohio Herb Center coordinator Amanda Ferguson will lead the tours to reveal some not-so-well-known spooky history.
"She's passionate about Gahanna's history, folklore, gardens and environment," Szymkowiak said. "Participants will hear some intriguing tales about Gahanna's history, and some colorful characters who once lived here.
"Without giving too much away, the story about the man who was, perhaps, Gahanna's most famous resident -- Sam Sheppard -- is the most interesting."
Sheppard was a doctor from Cleveland whose wife, Marilyn, was found murdered in their Bay Village residence in 1954.
Sheppard faced two different juries, 12 years apart, for the murder. One jury found him guilty and the other found him not guilty.
He was exonerated for the crime in 1966.
Sheppard lived in Gahanna in 1968, according to a July 1, 1974, article in Cleveland Magazine titled "Dr. Sam's Last Days."
Szymkowiak said the 90-minute tour will have at least four stops and will end with light refreshments at the Herb Center.
She said the tours have limited registration so each group will get the best experience possible, and registration is filling quickly.
A third date might be added, she said.
Visit Gahanna executive director Laurie Jadwin said the combined teams of the Ohio Herb Center and Visit Gahanna have worked to develop new classes that would appeal to a wide audience, since Visit Gahanna assumed ownership of the Ohio Herb Center in March.
She said they worked to offer classes that not only educate the public on "all things herbal," but also provide an entertainment option to attract visitors to the Creekside District.
"I challenged the staff to come up with new ideas for programs that would be fun and entertaining," Jadwin said. "Our goal was to showcase the Herb Center and its rich history, as an educational center as well as a fun destination in Gahanna for all ages."
She said the walking tours are another opportunity to create a fun and entertaining option for residents and visitors and to draw a new audience to the Herb Center.
Registration costs $7 per person or $20 per family of three or more.
Guests may register for the walking tours and other Herb Center fall classes on its website, ohioherbcenter.org.