One of my sister's friends had arranged a group to meet for dinner and then go on a 90 minute ghost walk. We met for dinner at 111 Main. I was surprised when we arrived to see a dozen women already at the table. Dinner was fantastic, and if you find yourself in Galena, Illinois I highly recommend it. The restaurant is supposedly haunted, but nothing happened.
After dinner we walked down to a hotel for the Ghost Walk. I come from a family with lots of strange and unexplained experiences. We therefore have a natural love of ghost stories, and were looking forward to hearing a few local stories while roaming the historic streets in the dark.
What a crock.
We stayed with the guy for the first hour, then left. In that hour he shared some interesting historical tidbits, but only two ghost stories, and they were LAME. I don't even think lame covers it. The first from 1845 about a shadowy figure on the wall of a house. Turns out it was just a crack in a woodburning stove that made an eerie shadow. The other was a reported sighting of a "ghostly figure" out by some bridge north of town - again in the late 1800's. No backstory or possible explanations. No duel, hanging, murder, or unrequited love. Just a ghostly figure. Ooooooo, frightening. Not.
We weren't the only ones who were unimpressed. There were about 100 of us on the tour and they were all grumbling. My sister and I should have commandeered the tour and told OUR stories. That would have been much more interesting.
Dinner was great and worth the trip. I feel like I was swindled out of the $10 admission to the ghost walk though. Grrr.