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Salisbury Ghost Walks: A Haunting History

Rebecca Rider, Writer

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If you decide to go on an official Ghost Walk in Salisbury, John Tucker, the man behind the tours, will ask you at the sign-in table if you believe in ghosts. If you say no, he’ll show you pictures of the ghost of a young confederate sympathizer taken on the corner of West Innes and Church Street–right in front of St. John’s Lutheran.

Tucker, a Lutheran Minister, has been running the tour for a few years now. On sanctioned days, he leads groups around downtown Salisbury, filling enthusiasts in on the town’s rich and spooky  history.

Famous haunted spots in Salisbury include the former Renn house, the Hall House, Cooper’s: The Gathering Place, The Empire Hotel, and the grounds of the Confederate Prison.

Every ghost legend on the tour has been critically examined by Salisbury Ghost Walks, which also performs paranormal investigations. “I can tell you with a great degree of certainty that there is something else here,” Tucker mentions at the start of the tour.

The walk includes more than hauntings. Tucker, a former employee in Rowan County Public Library’s history room, is also familiar with Salisbury’s bygone stories and scandals. Members of the tour may learn about Maxwell Chambers, Andrew Jackson and his escapades as a young law intern, the history of Main Street, and the origins of the old post office building.
The Salisbury Ghost Walk is the winner of the Downtown Business award for promoting sustainable tourism. It runs year round on every other weekend except for November and December when it is closed and in October when it runs every weekend. If you bring your Catawba ID, the tour is only $5. Reservations have to be made in advance, but that’s as easy as shooting a simple e-mail to

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Salisbury Ghost Walks: A Haunting History