14th Victorian Ghost Walk in Old Louisville

Saturday, October 15, 2022 • 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM EDT


Event Details

Each October, David Dominé's Victorian Ghost Walk® celebrates "America's Most Haunted Neighborhood" by bringing together local acting talent to create a cast of real-life characters and legendary spirits who return from the grave to tell their stories. Witches and hoodoo priestesses, victims of poisoning, famous poets 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!

In 2022, 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' Brook Street 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, new spirits will be joining the cast of this year's Victorian Ghost Walk, most notably, the haint of legendary jockey Alonzo "Lonnie" Clayton. The first Black rider to triumph at the Kentucky Derby, Lonnie rode Azra to fame in 1892 and achieved national renown, but that didn't guarantee happiness for the rest of his life. Come and find out why.

2022 is our 14th year and there will be a dozen separate performances each night October 14, 15, and 16. The South Fourth Street Association presents the event and the director is Keith McGill.

Important notes:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Tickets are non-refundable, so please be prepared in the case of less-than-ideal weather because this is a rain-or-shine event!
  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 Saturday and Sunday evening.

Also: Please consider supporting our nearest friendly neighborhood establishments such as Buck's Restaurant, the Old Louisville Tavern, or the Old Louisville Coffee Co-op 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.

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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