Join us for a guided walking tour through historic downtown Lawrenceburg, KY. Along the walk, your guide Jeff Waldridge will tell true stories of history, mystery and hauntings. As you walk, you will see and hear actual paranormal evidence captured by experienced investigators. We encourage all walkers to bring their own camera and audio recorder to join the hunt and attempt to capture paranormal evidence. The walk will start Saturday June 17th and run October 28th at 8 PM. During the month of October, additional walks may be scheduled to accommodate the large crowds. There is plenty of public parking in the area. Walkers will park at their own risk. Please come early and enjoy our downtown shops and restaurants. You may purchase your tickets in advance in our store or by calling 502-510-8777. All walks start from the Ripy Mansion. We accept Paypal and credit/debit cards for ticket reservations. We can accept credit/debit cards or cash on location. No tickets will be mailed, you will be placed on a list for that date’s walk and tickets will be picked up on location.
Along the walk you will hear stories from the following locations and much more:
The Anderson Hotel
As seen on Destination America’s Paranormal Lockdown starring Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman.
The Anderson Hotel was constructed in the 1930’s on the grounds where another hotel from the late 1800s once stood. It was built with the intent to be the finest hotel in the area but lack of business soon changed that. It became what many referred to as a “flop house” where people could get low cost rooms for long term stays. Gambling, Prostitution, Drug Use, and violence plagued the hotels reputation before it closed in the late 80’s. Many suicides and deaths occurred within its brick walls.
Hauntings: Apparitions, voices, footsteps, poltergeist activity, and attacks have been witnessed at this location.
Former Anderson News Building
The current building that once housed The Anderson News office sits on the grounds where The Warbott Hotel and Opera House once stood. It was one of the finest hotels in the area before burning in the late 1800s. People came from as far as Ohio to work in the hotel.
Hauntings: Apparitions, voices, and physical contact have been witnessed in the building
Lawrenceburg City Hall
History: The building is currently being used as The Lawrenceburg City Hall. On these grounds once stood the Galt House Hotel. The Galt House was ravaged by fire and eventually torn down in the late 1800s. The United States Postal Service then constructed the current building where it acted as the County Post Office for decades.
Hauntings: Apparitions, Voices, Foot Steps, and other strange noises have been heard.
History: The home was completed in 1888 by Thomas B. Ripy, son of immigrant from County Tyrone, Ireland. His father had been a successful merchant and whiskey wholesaler, and owner of a small distillery. Thomas followed in his father’s footsteps, entering the distilling business at the age of 21 and eventually becoming a major distiller, reputedly the largest independent distiller in the world. He built the home with the money he had made from the bourbon industry for his wife and 10 children on a 100 acre plot of land in the center of Lawrenceburg. During prohibition there are rumors that a speak easy was operated from the home.
Hauntings: Reports of ghostly foot steps, Sounds of children playing, audio recordings of TB Ripy himself, doors closing without assistance, and objects moving on their own are just some of the experience you will hear on the walk. You will enter this location at the end of the walk. There may be occasions where the location will be off limits beyond our control.
History: Built in 1886 by bourbon distiller John Dowling who died in 1902. After he passed away his wife Mary Dowling lived at the residence and ran the distillery he had established. During prohibition Mary Dowling was arrested for selling bourbon illegally from the home. After Mary Dowling died the home operated as a funeral home for several years.
Hauntings: Reports of apparitions, conversations being heard, odd smells, poltergeist activity, EVPs, and doors slamming on their own are just some of the experiences you will hear on the walk.
TJ Ballard Drug Store
History: The longest running business in Lawrenceburg sits at the corner of Woodford and South Main Street. TJ Ballard held many prominent positions in the community and was connected with the drug store for around 50 years.
Hauntings: Former employees of the businesses have reported hearing conversations, foot steps, and smells they can’t explain.
Anderson County Courthouse
History: There has been a courthouse in its current location in some form since 1830. The two previous courthouses were destroyed by fire. The current courthouse was built around 1915 and has always had a Jail on its property. The tower clock was the first self-winding tower clock in America according to historical records. Many men have been killed inside and on the grounds where the courthouse currently sits.
Hauntings: full body apparitions, photographs, sounds, and other things you will hear during the walk.