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Ghost Walking Tour

Where: Meet across the street from the Palace Theatre, at 79 Hanover St., Manchester
When: Thursday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $14.71 per person
Visit: Purchase ticket at tourotb.com




Spooky tour
Take a haunted walk in Manchester

10/26/17
By Ethan Hogan



 Step into the Halloween spirit by taking a haunted walking tour of downtown Manchester that features 12 stops at locations that are said to be visited by ghosts.

The Ghost Walking Tour is on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and starts across the street from the Palace Theatre. Guests will take the mile-and-a-half tour with a guide who will tell grim stories of Manchester’s downtown.
Tammy Downing is a professional tour guide whose job includes giving curated tours of places in central and southern New Hampshire. Using her own knowledge of Manchester’s haunted history coupled with additional research she has done on the topic, Downing charted out a route of 12 supposedly haunted locations. She said the Ghost Walking Tour is one of her favorite tours because it can be interactive.
“I tend to spend a lot of time in historical societies and in libraries looking at books. ... [During the tour], a lot of times I get stories from the guests themselves,”  said Downing.
The tour starts across from the Palace Theatre, where Downing said she has heard stories of performers who have experienced mysterious happenings in the theater.
“Every good ghost tour should start with a haunted theater,” said Downing.
An actor named Will Cressy performed at the theater before retiring to Florida in the 1940s, according to Downing. When Cressy passed away, strange things started happening back at the theater in Manchester. Downing said performers have claimed to see faceless figures in the balcony during dress rehearsals and reported having objects go missing during quiet changing sessions backstage. 
Downing said Manchester’s millyards are also full of haunted tales, and visits there never cease to result in a spook or two during the tour. She’ll share stories of a spirit named Milly who roams the bathrooms in the old mill buildings. 
“She tends to turn on the faucet and slam the doors,” said Downing. 
At the corner of Merrimack and Chestnut streets, the tour stops to hear the story of the first murder in Manchester. Downing said the murder occurred on the street corner when Manchester was still called Derryfield in the 1700s and the victim was a tax collector.
“A lot of times you see coins on the ground because people are leaving the coins to appease the ghost. ... That’s their way of paying their taxes,” said Downing.
The tour lasts about an hour and a half and is supposed to be fun and informative. Downing said it can sometimes be too scary for kids younger than 10, so it’s up to parents to decide if their children can take the tour. Groups are usually between 10 and 30 people. Downing said most people who take the tour are either interested in ghosts or already believers themselves.
“I’m a skeptical believer — I need to see it to believe it. I’ve never seen a full body apparition.... Seeing something that looks like they’re in the flesh, that’s kind of my goal,” said Downing. 





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