band in the living room ~ twice!” Shortly after that tour, we stopped at another house, empty and for sale. As we heard about the feuding family that may still haunt the place and an infamous fight that turned into murder on the front porch, I watched, fascinated, as a f lock of bats emerged against the darkening sky. Their black silhouettes were a perfect note to a perfectly creepy evening. The tour went down to Long Wharf, where we heard tales of ghostly Indians who still walk the shoreline, then back up the brick sidewalk to the famous old graveyard at Christ Church. Beautiful by daylight, at night it’s eerie. If the ghosts of governors and ladies and other long gone important people dance among the ancient stones, I didn’t see them, but I could certainly imagine it. If you’re interested in joining one of Mindie’s ghost walks, or just want to know more about it, go to www.travelhag.com and explore it for yourself. It’s a perfect Halloween present.
liamina had given him, a porcelain miniature of herself. Williamina is said to haunt Goldsborough House, where she was happy. Often, women’s clothing and jewelry is found disarranged, as if Williamina had been trying it on. As we strolled along, we were startled by the sudden appearance on a porch of one particular house. “I’m not a ghost!” the lady assured us when told what we were up to. Turns out she and her husband were experts on authentic restoration of old houses in the Washington area who retired to High Street and restored this house. A former art gallery, it was said by those who worked there to be haunted. Footsteps went up and down the stairs when no one was there. Doors opened and closed by themselves. Voices could be heard talking late at night when an employee was working after hours. A certain writer, while visiting a show there, saw a man in a dark suit pass through a doorway and disappear and has never trusted that house since. The lady generously invited the group into the house for a tour. Clearly she was proud of the restorations she and her late husband had made to the building. She said she never experienced any ghostly events, “but my housekeeper saw my late hus-
Helen Chappell is the creator of the Sam and Hollis mystery series and the Oysterback stories, as well as The Chesapeake Book of the Dead. Under her pen name, Rebecca Baldwin, she has published a number of historical novels.
November 2014 Tidewater Times