4-Hour Tour of Haunted Cleveland Oct 6, 2015 0:46:57 GMT -5
Post by Joanna on Oct 6, 2015 0:46:57 GMT -5
4-Hour Tour of Haunted Cleveland
CLEVELAND, Ohio – For 17 years, Chuck Gove has driven Clevelanders to the darkest corners of town each Halloween season ... when they take a seat on his Haunted Cleveland tour bus. For this year, the Cleveland Police detective who has made exploring Cleveland's most haunted sites a holiday tradition has written a book. Haunted Cleveland, by Gove and tour guide Beth A. Richards, highlights the most haunted spots the two have found in almost two decades of exploring. It's available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc.
"The book is based on what we see as the most haunted places in Cleveland, from Franklin Castle to the Fairport Harbor lighthouse to Playhouse Square," says Gove. Other scary sites include the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Squire's Castle, the Cleveland Agora and the Powerhouse. The book includes "some unique experience we had on our tours," Gove adds.
This year's Haunted Cleveland tour will be a companion to the book, focusing on three of the most haunted sites in Cleveland. These are: Grays Armory, said to be haunted by an Irishman who helped build the 1870 building; the underground tunnels of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Public Square, perhaps haunted by Civil War soldiers; and Riverside Cemetery, where the spirits of Franklin Castle builder Hannes Tiedemann and other famous Clevelanders are said to be restless. The four-hour tours run through Friday, Oct. 30. Call 216-903-4892 or visit hauntedcleveland.net for tickets.
Though the new owners of Franklin Castle do not allow visitation at the tragedy-plagued edifice, both the tour and book discuss the castle's history.
"Soldiers and Sailors is one of my favorites, right down there on Public Square," says Gove. "A lot of people don't realize you can go in and explore those tunnels. They love it when they find out."
Gove got into the tour business because he really loves Halloween. "I outgrew haunted houses in my 20s, like most people," he says. " I wanted to come up with an avenue for adults to have some way to celebrate Halloween." His idea struck a chord with Clevelanders. "It seems like there's a big interest in Halloween," he relates. "Maybe it was because of Ghoulardi and Big Chuck and Lil' John. ... But there's a really big interest in the tours, in seeing the haunted side of Cleveland."
According to Gove, tour attendees are divided between believers in the supernatural and history buffs. "We don't force-feed people on our tours," he insists. "We say 'believe it or not, draw your own conclusions' ... but a lot of people believe."
Source: Laura DeMarco, The Plain Dealer, October 5, 2015.