Last night I went on my first ghost tour in about a year. I decided that in my 30s that I would spend my birthdays with family and friends that I consider family learning stories about people who have passed and are believed to be lingering on. Ghost tours can seem kind of hokey, but I find them interesting -- especially after a couple of glasses of wine.
But the one we heard about a private residence was a bit chilling. I won't get too far into the specifics, but basically a woman that once lived there gave birth to a baby that died shortly after and then she decided to hang herself (and died) a few days later. The family that lives there now can sometimes hear a baby crying. When guests stayed on their third floor recently, they felt like the covers of their beds were being pulled and someone saw a dark figure resembling a woman. There was more to this story, of course, but I'm by no means trying to steal the thunder of actually going on this ghost tour.
There was also a crazy story about a man named Peter Suman who was hanged after being convicted for treason in the late 1700s in front of what is now Frederick's City Hall. There's a lot to the story, but the part that stuck out to me the most is that people working in City Hall can now sometimes see fingerprints from outside of the window on the windows of the top floor.
It's hard to tell how true some "ghost" stories are. But nothing is more "real" than experiencing something that you know just isn't "right" or something that just shouldn't be happening. I'm thinking about going to Gettsyburg next, but am not sure if I can wait until my birthday next year.