Festival offers chance to meet ghosts of UWA

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Spirits have been high at the Sucarnochee Folklife Festival all week, but tomorrow night, this phrase will take on a different meaning.

Saturday night at 6 p.m. University of West Alabama professor Dr. Alan Brown will lead his third annual walking ghost tour of Livingston.

Each year, since the festival began, Brown has concluded the festivities with a tour of some of the most haunted buildings in town.

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The tour, Brown said, begins on the courthouse square and takes a little over an hour to complete.

“We will begin by seeing the Bored Well and walk about three blocks,” Brown said. “The whole tour should take about 75 minutes.”

The tour will go past the oldest house in Livingston, the Trott-Upchurch house and move on to the university’s campus for tours of Webb Hall, Bibb Graves Hall and the library, which is believed to be the most haunted building on campus.

The tour also includes historic Lakeview, which is supposed to be haunted by a man in a plaid shirt.

The point of the tour, Brown said, is to enjoy the stories and how they personally affected the people who experienced them.

“We will walk through the tour and I will tell them a little about the history and some of the experiences people had,” Brown said. “These are stories that were related to me personally.”

The tours, Brown said, are patterned after tours he experienced in larger cities that are aimed more at the history behind the homes than whether or not they actually happened.

“I am really more interested in the stories than whether or not they are real,” Brown said. “I try to model the tours after other tours I have been on in New Orleans, Charleston and Atlanta.”

Tours have been consistent, Brown said, and usually host anywhere from 80 to 85 people.

The tour is free of charge for those who choose to participate. Brown recommends wearing comfortable shoes and bringing a flashlight.

For more information on all Sucarnochee Folklife Festival events, call (205) 652-3892.