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 arts—the 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 mistress—or 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.
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.