Ghost tours planned

September 09, 1997


Staff Writer

Area residents eager for Halloween might want to check out ghost tours this week in downtown Hagerstown.

No, the ghosts won't be giving the tours, though participants might catch a glimpse of a floating figure or ghastly goblin, said organizer Alice Duncan.

There will be 13 stops on the Thursday and Friday tours, including City Hall, Round the Square restaurant, the Baldwin House, the Miller House, The Maryland Theatre and the former Junior Number Three Hose Co. now occupied by Design-Build Architects and Maggie's Hang-Ups on North Potomac Street.

The ghosts of the horses that once pulled old fire engines used to warn firefighters of deadly fires, said Kurt Cushwa, owner of the old fire hall.


Firefighters in the basement bunk room would hear the horses hooves pounding on the fire hall floor above, signaling them to get ready for a fire call, he said.

Duncan said children on the ghost tours will be given ghost protectors shaped in the silhouette of Little Heiskell, Hagerstown's symbol and protector.

If the tours are popular, they could continue throughout the year, said Downtown Coordinator Karen Giffin.

Adults on the tour will have the chance to win four Maryland Symphony Orchestra tickets to this Saturday night's concert at Municipal Stadium, officials said.

Tours begin at 7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. and last about an hour, Duncan said. The tour starts and ends at 28 S. Potomac St.

Tours are $3 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Ticket proceeds will go toward the cost of the tours, which are being sponsored by the Downtown Assessment District.

To reserve a spot on a tour, call Downtown Coordinator Karen Giffin at 301-739-8577, ext. 116.

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