She once felt her hand held in the middle of the night despite living alone, and she has smelled an unexplainable odor of ammonia wafting from a closet. The silvering on the antique mirror in her foyer is wearing away in the shape of a person with a covered wagons and horses, she said.
Foster’s home, in which she has lived since 1993, is one of more than 10 stops on the Spirits of La Grange ghost tour, which started 12 years ago after business owners and residents began reporting and comparing notes of “strange occurrences” in their shops and homes.
“We had a very reputable paranormal team come in and investigate, to make sure that these occurrences were real because … we wanted to do authentic ghost tours with nobody making anything up,” Foster said. “That’s exactly what we’ve got now.”
The 12-block walking tour, which continues on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31, take participants inside locations in the historic downtown district with reported paranormal activity.
Foster said the tours are so popular that in past years, they’ve had to turn people away because all the tours were full.
Spirits of La Grange Coordinator Barbara Manley attributes the popularity of the tours to the historical research and paranormal investigations conducted on the locations where paranormal activity has been reported.
“We don’t tell a story unless you can back it up and verify — as much as you can with that sort of thing,” she said.
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