Is the historic Jonathan Hager House haunted? What kinds of things "go bump in the night" in the home of the founder of Hagerstown? The answers to these questions will be revealed when the staff of the Hager House offers Haunted Hager House Tours on October 13, 14, 20, 21, 26, 28 and 29, 2007. Tours will be offered at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. and reservations are required.
According to John Bryan, Historic Sites Facilitator, "Tourists ask us all the time if the house is haunted. Sometimes they're serious and sometimes they're joking. But I can tell you that we do have incidents that go unexplained, and the best way to relate them is to offer our special Haunted Hager House Tours during the Halloween season." Bryan said the staff will present true stories of things that occur in the house, such as objects that move and reports of actual sightings of ghosts. "We'll let the tourist decide if there are ghosts or not, we're just relating what we have experienced. The stories come only from staff, volunteers and tourists at the Hager House. It will be up to the visitor to determine whether these stories have logical explanations," said Bryan.
The most intriguing story involves reported screams coming from the basement, and the most common sightings are of a young 19th century woman, in the upper hallway and on the second-floor staircase, said Bryan. "Things happen outside the Hager House, too, and those stories will also be related. The phenomena range from darting shadows to the smell of pipe tobacco, and these things tend to always occur in the same locations."
The Jonathan Hager House is the original home of Jonathan Hager and was built in 1739 and proudly celebrates the 268th anniversary of its construction in October, 2007. Hager later founded Hagerstown in 1762. The house is located at 110 Key Street, in Hagerstown's City Park. Admission for the tours is $3.00 per person, with free admission for children under the age of six. Bryan suggests that if you are planning to bring children, parents should take into account how easily their child scares. Although there is nothing particularly scary about the tour, it is still a ghost tour the house is dark inside in the evenings especially.
Registration is required; for reservations or more information please call 301- 739-8393 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org