Washington Haunts wraps up season with weekend, Halloween ghost walks

Published 7:33 pm Thursday, October 26, 2017

It’s not Halloween until someone tells a scary story, and master storyteller Terry Rollins is just the one to do it.

On Saturday and Halloween night, Rollins will lead his last historic ghost walks of the year: 90-minute tours through Washington’s historic district, where he will share true and terrifying tales of the paranormal, made all the better by the spooky holiday.

“It is similar to what we (usually) offer. We’ll just play up things a little more to make them a little more spooky and scary,” Rollins said.

In honor of the holiday, Rollins will be dressed for the part and encouraged tour participants to do the same.

“People are welcome to come in costume themselves. It’s certainly not required but it does add to the atmosphere,” Rollins said.

Rollins has lived in Washington for 10 years, and nine of those years he’s been hosting the walks throughout the warmer months of the year. Some of the stops on the list include the old Beaufort County courthouse, three historic houses on Water Street that date back to the late 1700s, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Cemetery and an East Second Street home that houses a cigar-smoking ghost. This week’s tours have a new addition: the ghost of Mulberry Tavern, a tavern found on Water Street long ago. The story of this ghost came courtesy of the owners of the Wine Crate on Water Street, Rollins said.

“We’re excited to premiere that,” Rollins said.

Rollins said his Washington Haunts tours draw a diverse crowd, from those who are fascinated by the supernatural to those whose interest is in the history of the town.

“It varies a lot. We have people who have actually captured things on their cameras or phones, like orbs or figures. … We also get those who are the complete skeptics, who were maybe dragged there by a wife or someone, and they come away from it saying, ‘I really enjoyed it,’” Rollins laughed. “It’s just as much about the history as it is about the supernatural.”

These tours are not recommended for children under the age of 10. The cost of the tour is $15 and payment is by cash only. The tours will start at 7 p.m. Saturday and Tuesday at the Harding Square rose garden at the base of Market Street, next to the Visitors Center. Ticket sales start at 6:30 p.m. No reservations are required. For more information, call Rollins at 252-402-8595.