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Derby City Ghosts

Are you ready to experience the terrifying hauntings of Louisville? Hear hair-raising stories detailing the shocking truth behind the town’s tortured past on a Derby City Ghosts tour.

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Home to world-famous fried chicken, baseball bats, and Kentucky bourbon,  this charming midwest town also has a chilling reputation for being one of the most haunted cities east of the Mississippi. Come face-to-face with the ghostly spirits of long-dead Louisville residents and learn the harrowing history of the doomed founders whose souls are forever tied to the lands in which they met their tragic fates.

Derby City Ghosts

Location
George Rogers Statue in Belvedere park near the River Walk at 141 N 6th St, Louisville, KY 40202.
Duration
Tours last 1 hour across a 1-mile walking distance. Ask about the bonus extended tour to more haunted locations!
When
Tours are held nightly
Admission
Simply bring your ID. You do not need printed tickets or passes
Parking
Visit parkopedia.com for the most up to date parking info

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Belvedere Park near the Riverwalk in Louisville, Kentucky
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Welcome to Derby City Ghosts

Hear the Harrowing History of Louisville and Experience Its Hauntings Firsthand

 

Have you ever wondered what haunted horrors plague America’s Derby City? Join Derby City Ghosts to uncover the dark truths, chilling legends, and eerie mysteries that continue to haunt this historic riverside city to this day. If you think the Kentucky Derby is an adrenaline rush, you’ll be surprised when the bizarre tales and sordid details of Louisville’s most inexplicable hauntings will leave you wide-eyed and breathless with your heart thumping and eager for more.

 

What will I see?

 

A Violent Past Plagues the City’s Haunted Present

 

Kentucky’s River City has a long and complicated relationship to the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers…which once acted as shipping lanes for one of the city’s more regrettable acts when it participated in the lucrative slave trade of America. This sinister legacy has left an irreversible dark spot on Louisville’s history that can still be seen and felt today, particularly near the riverbanks. 

 

Some say that an overwhelming feeling of dead of misery can be felt while walking near the water, the persistent remnants of feelings of terror and horror experienced by victims all those years ago. Several visitors have even reported seeing walking apparitions marching slowly down the river banks, followed by the disembodied, eerie cries of Freedom Seekers, many of which tragically drowned in these very waters.

 

Step back in time on a ghost tour of Louisville, and learn about the legacy of violence, death, and bloodshed that continues to torture the city to this very day. Hear stories of survival and human strength at Roots 101 History Museum, and listen as the spirits that are said to haunt this site sing songs of freedom. Explore this hidden, darker side of Louisville’s history, and unearth a grim but authentic part of this city’s tragic history.

 

WHY IS LOUISVILLE SO HAUNTED?

 

The Real-Life Horrors of Louisville’s Historic Buildings

 

Established in 1898, the Doerhoefer Building (now, the Frazier History Museum) is teeming with over a century worth of ominous, inexplicable haunted history. Stare up at the building’s ornate brick pilasters and stone capitals, and see if you can sight the terrifying apparition of a ghostly rider on horseback through the windows, who’s frequently been sighted around the space. Inside, guests also report seeing the figure of a small child, who plays hide and seek with visitors…before suddenly vanishing. 

 

Underneath Louisville’s charming facade lies a frightening, tormented underbelly that can only be experienced by visiting the real-life locations of these terrifying hauntings. Join us and stop by the Frazier History Museum, the demonic Jennie Casseday Free Infirmary, and other horrifying buildings that act as a front to the morbid, dark truths of this historically haunted city…all of which are bound to send a shiver down your spine.

 

Strange Mysteries, Grisly Murders, and Famous Hauntings

 

Murder, poorly-plotted coverups, inexplicable mysteries…all of these lie buried below the idyllic green space of Louisville’s Central Park. But little does the average visitor know they’re sitting atop hundreds of years of macabre, bone-chilling history. Notorious bachelor Alfred DuPont, who used the space as a country retreat before making it a public park in the late 1800s, was horrifically murdered at a nearby bordello by a wrathful prostitute on these very estate. Walk the harrowed grounds of Central Park and keep close watch for the chilling apparition of DuPont himself, whose soul is said to wander about, deep in thought.

 

Learn the tale of a city on the water with a history deeper and darker than the bottom of its three rivers. Some say the truth will set you free, but the truth of this town’s sordid past will make you wish life wasn’t so much stranger than fiction. 

 

Experience the real hauntings of Kentucky and hear bone-chilling accounts and sightings of ghosts that have tormented its residents since it was just a fort on the frontier of the wild west.

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6 Reasons to Book This Tour Right Now!

 

1: You’ve already done a Kentucky bourbon tour 

 

The state of Kentucky is synonymous with bourbon. But why restrict yourself to just this one, small corner of Louisville’s culture? Dive deep into the disturbing, nail-biting side of this historic city and uncover deeply-hidden truths. Get the adrenaline pumping by learning about the phantoms of Louisville’s past, many of whom are particularly active at the 21c Museum and Hotel, which used to be a storehouse for hundreds of bourbon bottles. Full-body apparitions of workers pushing barrels around the space can still be seen today, harkening back to the peak of Louisville’s bourbon business. Join us and learn about a new, hidden part of Louisville’s history that extends far past the bottom of a bourbon bottle.

 

2: You’ve seen enough of the Kentucky Derby

 

Churchill Downs, feathered hats, mint juleps…odds are, if you’re visiting Louisville, you’ve probably made it a point to get the 101 on one of the state’s most beloved institutions: the Kentucky Derby. But after learning about Secretariat, Seattle Shaw, and Seattle Slew, odds are you’re ready to explore something different. Hear haunted stories from Louisville’s history and get a darker, more macabre perspective on what actually lies beneath the streets of this old city. Follow us on a nail-biting tour around downtown Louisville and experience a different side of town that, unlike the horse races, you won’t find written on a door sign.

 

3: You want to experience the real Louisville…at night

 

There’s no better time to experience Louisville’s haunted activity than after the sun goes down. If you’re a night owl looking to learn more about the grim, ghostly stories of Louisville, then join us on a curated one-hour tour around some of the city’s most haunted destinations. Encounter the ghouls and long-dead spirits of Louisville residents, who are especially active at night. 

 

4: You’re a history buff who wants to learn more about the darker side of Louisville

 

Louisville is chock-full with years of fascinating, one-of-a-kind history that makes the core identity of the city what it is. But isn’t it a bit redundant to hear about the same famous names and places over and over again? Challenge your conventional knowledge of Louisville’s centuries-long history with a spine-tingling ghost tour, and see how much you really know about the eerie events that have likely been left out of the history books.

 

5: You’re a baseball fan who wants to honor the spirits of legendary athletes

 

The world-famous Louisville Slugger Museum draws hundreds of thousands of sports fans each year…many of which are unaware of the museum’s chilling, haunted history. Join us to hear spine-tingling, hidden stories about this iconic building, and witness what’s rumored to be the home of long-dead sports legends Babe Ruth and Roberto Clemente. Some have reported hearing the strange, disembodied sound of a ball being hit off a bat…perhaps, the sound of Ruth and Clemente swinging for the fences from beyond the grave.

 

6: You and your friends want a spooky, fun, and exciting outing that you’ll never, ever forget

 

It doesn’t have to be Halloween for you to want to get the blood pumping. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, a memorable, spooky outing with friends awaits with a tour from Louisville ghosts. Immerse yourself in the everyday horrors of Louisville by visiting haunted sites including the famously-dubbed Witch’s Tree, where, according to local lore, a coven used to gather back in the day. While you and your party might not be practicing witchcraft, you can still come face-to-face with this ominous tree, which is said to have the faces of long-dead witches engraved into the bark.

 

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