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Milledgeville ghost tours show another side of the city

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    The Old Governor’s Mansion is a popular stop on The Milledgeville Ghost Tours. TIMBERLY SPIKES/Staff

Downtown Milledgeville is known for its beautiful antebellum buildings and roaring social life. The Milledgeville Ghost Tours is showing tour guests the more sinister side of downtown.

“Some of us walk past these houses every day and don’t realize the stories behind them,” said Bonnie Simmons, Marketing Director for Visit Milledgeville. “We drive past these places going to work not realizing the spooky things that took place,” she said.

The Tour starts at the Visitor Center at 200 W. Hancock St and explores many historical houses downtown. Tour-goers will learn about the meanest man in Milledgeville, Walter Sam. They will remember how one cook loved her job so much that she continued to work in the afterlife and more.

Some tour stops include the old Governor’s Mansion, Memory Hill Cemetery, and the Homesteads. Central State Hospital is not a stop on these tours, however, Visit Milledgeville does offer a separate tour for the old insane asylum.

The Milledgeville Ghost Tours originated from The Haunted Trolley Tours. “Every October, we have the trolley tour, and it sells out within hours. We saw a demand and wanted to start something ongoing for the citizens of Milledgeville,” said Simmons. “We have sold tickets every month since launch.”

The tour started in 2020, and because of coronavirus restrictions, Visit Milledgeville adopted the walking tour so citizens would be able to social distance. The tour does contain moderate walking conditions but is safe for the whole family.

Tickets are $12, and Visit Milledgeville holds the tours twice a month. Upcoming tour dates are June 12 and 26 starting at 9 a.m. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets for upcoming tours should contact 478-452-4687. To learn more about this tour and more events from the Visitor’s Center go to visitmilledgeville.org.