I have developed a strong love of Ghost Walks. There is no better way to spend a crisp autumn night than wandering through the secret histories of old cities and learning about their secrets and ghosts. This weekend I went to one of my favorite vacation spots. I rented a cabin high in the mountains surrounded by the orange and red trees and the warm smell of campfire. We made s'mores and walked in the woods and on Friday night we went on the Ghost Walk of Gatlinburg.
The tour started at the old White Oaks Flat Cemetery. This cemetery is tucked behind a little shopping center filled with pancakes and souvenirs. I never would have even suspected it was up there, pressed against mini-golf courses and and arcades, if it weren't for this ghost walk. We went on this ghost walk with several young children and Ron really spent a lot of time making sure the walk was fun for them. He joked with them and made them laugh so hard they say it was their favorite part of their Gatlinburg vacation. Ron told many ghost stories I had never heard before and also loaded the quiet parts of the tour with fun facts and folklore.
One of my favorite folklore stories Ron told was the story of a mountain witch. This witch was captured by locals and killed. She was buried face down, so that if she did try to escape her coffin after death she would dig down, towards hell rather than up towards humanity. She was also buried beneath a crossroads so her power would be diminished and to make sure she was tormented even after death she was buried beneath a crosswalk so all the people walking over her grave would constantly torture her.
Over the next few days, I will placing some of the stories Ron told with photographs on the blog. I will of course, leave some out so that I don't ruin the fun and excitement for those who might go on this Ghost Walk in the future. This is something I would highly recommend, because this really was one of the best ghost walks I have ever been on.