Do you believe in Ghosts? I don’t, but that doesn’t mean I’m not up for a Key West ghost tour hunt while I am in the Florida Keys. I didn’t even know that Key West was haunted, but it must be if there is enough material for a book about it. David L. Sloan is the author of Haunted Key West and the founder of Sloan’s Haunted Key West. I figure if you are going on a ghost hunt then go with the best and keep an open mind, things may just go bump in the night…
There is quite a group of us on the tour. My group is about eight people strong with at least another ten or so joining us. We meet up at 8:30 pm at Kelly’s Bar, Grill & Brewery, 301 Whitehead Street. This is where we sign in and pick up our ghost hunting equipment. Yes, we get equipment, so we won’t have to reply 100% on our eyes to track any ghosts.
Now that we have our equipment we are ready to go ghost hunting.
Our first stop is out front of the gates of the Harry S. Truman Little White House. The hunt weaves historical storytelling in with our ghost hunt. This location was the Southern White House for Harry Truman when he was in residence in Key West during his presidency. The ghost our guide is trying to find has nothing to do with Truman, but both offer good stories.
From the Little White House, we walk a few blocks to a house that had some bad luck for its early residents. Stories of family tragedy and sadness make this a very haunted home and so here our guide sets up a test to see if we can detect any ghostly presences with us. A few on the tour thought they spotted some activity above the house, but my camera could only capture darkness.
Our next stop takes us outside of a Church where we hear about a priest and his efforts to save orphaned children from tragedy. Our ghost hunter has some pictures of what we should look for. Maybe because I am a skeptic I couldn’t see anything, but again there were some on the ghost hunt th=atswore they saw movement in the upper levels.
We end our tour inside the Church in what is now the local theatre. More great stories and wrapped around Key West history.
I am not a believer in ghosts, but these 90 minutes were fun and entertaining. I look at ghost tours as a unique and fun way to learn some history about an area. As I mentioned, some on the tour were absolute believers and got very excited at some points. Either way, it is a great exercise and something different to do after your dinner.
Two thumbs up for Sloan’s Haunted Key West Ghost tours and hunts.