By: Shar Dimick
The Fulton County Historical Society kicked off their popular “Haunting History Tours,” Friday night for the third annual year.
Richard Mull, Historical Society trustee and one of four historical story-tellers, leads groups of eight to ten people on hour-long walking tours that begin at the Wauseon Train Depot and end at the Fulton County Historical Museum. Over 23 documented spirits haunt the buildings and neighborhood along the tour route, which people both learn about and are able to detect using their smart phone apps.
Mull said the detectors went off three or four times on his tours Friday night. In addition to
“beeping” when a ghost is in the vicinity, it also speaks for the spirit. Kay Roth, fiscal officer for the Historical Society, said that her “Ghost Radar Connect” free smart phone app (available for Android and iPhone) detected two spirits in the Train Depot Friday night and again on Saturday evening.
Historical Society director, John Swearingen said that Friday evening one of the spirits followed the group from the park all the way to the museum and kept repeating the name, “Martin.” He said that the museum has Martin Zimmerman’s Civil War Drum on display and speculated the spirit might be him.
Around 60 people attended Friday evening and 64 people were registered for Saturday night’s tours. Mull said they will also be giving tours October 24 and 25 beginning at 6:45 PM and leaving every 15 minutes. Roth said that the tour is not scary and all ages are welcome. Reservations are required and openings are still available for the last two evenings of the tour. The cost of tour is $10 for adult (13 and over) non-members and $8 for members and children. The last two tours of each night are reserved for ages 18 and older.
Contact the Historical Society at (419) 337-7922 to make a reservation.