New Madrid Plans Haunted History Tours

NEW MADRID, MO (KAIT) - The spirits of two young girls playing around an old tree...books flying off a bookshelf...mysterious voices calling out...the rich and vast history of New Madrid will come alive this month with the city's first-ever "History and Hauntings Tour."

Participants can investigate the Dixie Theater, "where footsteps are heard and no one is there."  Tour the Hart-Stepp home, New Madrid's oldest dwelling, and learn of its interesting past, including the unusual story of the family's burial.

On October 23-25, the city will host a guided walking tour and hayride through the historic town and "share with you stories from the past, and tales of hauntings."  There will be two tours each evening, at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.  Each tour will last approximately two hours.  Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance.  Each tour is limited to 20 people on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Tickets should be ordered by Oct. 17 by calling the New Madrid Chamber of Commerce at 1-877-748-5300, or e-mail for more information.

The tour is not recommended for children under 10, and participants between the ages of 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult.