Athens, AL - Everyone knows that Athens, Alabama is a beautiful historic town. Most people know that many of the structures predate the Civil War? You may even know some of the personal history of our founding families. However, not all our history lies on the surface.
Maybe you've seen that unexplainable form in the corner of your eye while visiting one our historic homes? Maybe you passed through a cooold spot in the 90 degree heat that chilled you to the bone? Maybe you took pictures at the Fiddlers' Convention and caught odd round shapes in the photo? Maybe the answers to these occurrences lay in the tales from some of our oldest residents-- the ones of the heavens or the rebellious ones.
The Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association has launched its ticket sales for this year's “Haunts Walks” and this is your opportunity to get a glimpse into the haunted history and mysterious happenings of Athens through the ghost stories. This walking tour takes you from the Athens Visitors Center through the historic district with guides Shane Black and Billy Ward recounting tales, woes, and the unexplained.
Tickets are available for purchase at the Athens Visitors Center, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM and Saturday 8:00 AM – noon) for the upcoming walks on September 27th, October 6th, 20th and 27th with each walk lasting about 2 hours. Tickets for adults and children age 5 and up are $5.00 each. Children under age 5 are admitted free. There are a limited number of tickets available, so purchase them early.
There are two tours each night with the first group departing at 6:30 pm followed by the second group at 7:00 pm. This is a walking tour and those participating should wear comfortable walking shoes, wear reflective colors and bring a small flash light. On October 27th there will be a costume contest for those who wish to dress up in their scary or favorite attire.
Tickets are available for purchase at the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 North Beaty Street on the corner of Market and Beaty Streets next to the Big Spring Memorial Park.
For further information, contact Teresa Todd at (256) 232-5411or email Teresa@VisitAthensAL.com.
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association