The belief in the existence of ghosts is widespread and dates back to the beginning of society. Ghosts are the spirits of the dead. They’re generally described as solitary human-like essences though stories of ghostly armies and the ghosts of animals have also been recounted – Westerly Ghost Tour.
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They are believed to haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life. According to a 2009 study by the Pew Research Center eighteen percent of Americans say they have seen a ghost. You might be surprised to learn that Westerly has many ghostly legends.
As night falls over downtown Westerly a cloaked figure can be seen walking the streets and carrying a lantern. Like a ghostly apparition from the past Courtney McInvale Reardon, the founder of Seaside Shadow Haunted History Tours, is leading the first downtown Westerly ghost tour of the season. Westerly News went along to see what it was all about.
“I grew up in a house that was incredibly haunted,” said Courtney. “Afterward I was fascinated with what had happened there and I fell in love with the study of history. I realized that history had a lot of cool legends and lore that explained the supernatural. So I started telling the stories of history and mystery to other folks.”
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A Connecticut native, Courtney spent five years in DC after completing her studies at the Catholic University of America and the University College Dublin. After earning her degree, she worked for the FBI as an analyst and spent two years in Vermont working for the Department of Homeland Security – honing her investigative skills.
Courtney grew up in East Hampton, Connecticut where numerous paranormal occurrences took place. The events were so extreme that the Warren family came to investigate and exorcise the house during her teenage years there.
Courtney is an empathic spirit medium and utilizes her ability to connect with spirit in writing her books. She has frequently had experiences involving the paranormal. Due to her haunting past – and her ability to see and communicate with spirits – she has now put her sensitivities, investigative skills, and love of history and writing to work giving the Haunted History Ghost Tours.
Courtney is the author of three books including Haunted Mystic, Revolutionary War Ghosts of Connecticut, and Civil War Ghosts of Connecticut. She has also been featured as a historian and medium on the Travel Channel’s Portals to Hell and as a medium on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures. We couldn’t have asked for a more experienced guide for the tour.
Downtown Westerly Ghost Tour
You might not think Westerly is a likely place for a supernatural tour but, in fact, the town has many tales and legends. Courtney is a good story teller and her deep understanding of local history included many interesting local legends.
Some of the legends included the story of the Devil’s visit to Westerly, deadly shipwrecks, cursed pirate treasure (which may lie under the downtown post office), the Witches of Westerly, and a man from the Granite Theatre Church with two souls. According to Courtney the Granite Theatre is one of the most haunted places in town.
Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours offers walking tours in both Mystic and Westerly. Whether or not you believe in ghosts the Seaside Shadows Downtown Westerly Ghost Tour is a spooky good time. For more info and to book a tour go here >> Seaside Shadows
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