Department of Parks
White Hall In Richmond Offers “Ghost Walk” Oct. 26-29
RICHMOND, Ky. – White Hall State Historic Site will again be hosting its annual “Ghost Walk” theatrical production Oct. 26-29.
This is the 15th year of the production, which features actors portraying members of the family of Cassius Marcellus Clay, the famous emancipationist, newspaper publisher, Minister to Russia, and friend to Abraham Lincoln who lived in the home. Clay’s daughter, Laura Clay, was born at White Hall in 1849 and was politically active for women’s suffrage and states’ rights. In 1920, Laura Clay became the first woman to be nominated for U.S. President by a major political party.
The Ghost Walk is not a typical haunted house where people try to scare you. Instead is it more of a theatrical experience that makes a great Halloween event for young and old alike. In certain rooms in the mansion and areas on the park grounds, actors from Eastern Kentucky University will portray scenes from the Clay family's life.
The scenes are written by Jeffrey Boord-Dill, a theatre professor at EKU. Guests get a little history with their entertainment. At the end of the tour guests are treated to cookies and warm cider.
The Ghost Walk tours begin each night at and run every 15 minutes through Tour tickets are $10 each. Half the proceeds go to benefit the Eastern Kentucky University Scholarship Fund.
Guests can reserve tickets by calling the park (859)-623-9178 or stopping by in person. Phone orders require a credit card. Twenty people are the maximum for each tour through the mansion, located at 500 White Hall Shrine Road. White Hall is located off of I-75 at exit 95, approximately 2 miles off the exit ramp.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov