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15th Victorian Ghost Walk® in Historic Old Louisville

Friday, October 20, 2023 • 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM EDT


Event Details

In 2023, David Dominé's Victorian Ghost Walk® returns for its 15th year!

Come join us in "America's Most Haunted Neighborhood" as David Dominé's Victorian Ghost Walk® celebrates another year!

The third weekend in October the streets and front lawns of Old Louisville will once again come alive with local acting talent as we resurrect a cast of real-life characters and legendary spirits who return from the grave to tell their tales of phantom woe. Witches and hoodoo priestesses, victims of poisoning, denizens of the Gilded Age who died in penury, those who found out the hard way that it's never good to dabble in the black artsthe Victorian Ghost Walk has it all! Not to mention, it's all set against the back drop of stunning Victorian mansions and beautiful gas-lit alleys and walkways!

In 2023, repeat participants at this beloved Halloween "porch-and-parlor play" will see many familiar faces, though the actors may be different from previous years: Jennie Bowman, the unfortunate young maid brutally attacked by burglars in her employers' mansion; Simon Kracht, the infamous resurrectionist who "procured" just-buried corpses for the city medical college; Lucinda, the grief-stricken lunatic who proclaimed herself "Queen of America" in 1885; Millionaire Alfred Victor DuPont, who died at the hands of his scorned mistressor at least that's what they said, because Maggie Payne makes an appearance to set the record straight!

In addition, we're excited to add a line-up of new goblins and sad spirits year's Victorian Ghost Walk®, most notably, the haint of famed St. James Court poet Madison Julian Cawein, who was inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame just this year. With a penchant for the morbid and morose, the broody and foreboding, his poems about spooks and the supernatural will provide a bit of literary flair to your haunted jaunt through Old Louisville this year!

2023 is our 15th year and there will be 13 separate performances each night on October 20, 21, and 22. The South Fourth Street Association presents the event and the director is Keith McGill.

Important notes:

  1. Tickets are non-refundable, so please be prepared in the case of less-than-ideal weather because this is a rain-or-shine event!
  2. There is ample free street parking, however, St. James Court and Magnolia Avenue fill up fast. It is easiest to park on the Sixth Street, Park Avenue, or Fourth Street sides of Central Park and then walk through the park to the starting point on St. James Court.
  3. This theatrical experience is not wheel-chair accessible. Though much of this guided walking tour covers relatively flat surfaces, tour groups will be entering several residences, which requires walking up and down steps. Wear appropriate footwear as the route cuts through grassy and potentially muddy parts of Central Park.
  4. Tours depart from the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum at 1402 St. James Court every 15 minutes starting at 6:00PM. Tours end here as well.
  5. Expect each tour to last about 2 hours. Please double-check your tickets to confirm your correct date and time slot. No need to print out tickets. Your name will be on the roster at will-call in Haskins Hall, where you will need to check in 10 minutes before your start time. Double check your start time!
  6. Please support the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum gift shop by purchasing t-shirts, books, and other merchandise after the tour. Author David Dominé will be on hand to sign books all three nights.

Also: Please consider supporting our nearest friendly neighborhood establishments such as Buck's Restaurant or the Old Louisville Tavern if you're interested in something to eat or drink before or after your tour. Or, even better, make an entire weekend out of it and book a room at one of our lovely inns such as the Dupont Mansion Bed & Breakfast, the Louisville Bourbon Inn, Central Park Bed & Breakfast, the Samuel Culbertson Mansion, or the 1888 Historic Rocking Horse Manor.

Except for items already in the public domain, all stories and scripts of the Victorian Ghost Walk® constitute the intellectual property of David Dominé solely, and as such, they are subject to federal copyright protection.

Venue Information

The Conrad-Caldwell House Museum
1402 Saint James Ct
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 718-2764

Organizer Information

David Domine's Victorian Ghost Walk®

1402 Saint James Court
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 718-2764

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