BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — There’s a new program to help promote the spookier side of Kentucky. It’s called “Kentucky After Dark.”
Octagon Hall Museum is steeped in history and, allegedly, paranormal activity.
The executive director of the Simpson County Tourism Commission, Amy Ellis, said, “So this is Octagon Hall, and it features the story of the little girl that lived in the house. Her dress caught on fire, and she died in the house. But it’s said that ghost lives in the house and you might see her.”
Octagon Hall is just one stop featured in Kentucky After Dark. Visitors are given passports so they can get it stamped at each location they visit. If visitors travel to each of the stops on the passport, they win a sweatshirt.
Octagon Hall was built in 1847 and owned by Andrew Jackson Caldwell for several years. The house was used for various things, including a hideout for confederate soldiers, a house for his kids to grow up in, a hospital, and it even has a tunnel beneath it.
Octagon Hall Museum Director Barry Gaunt and others swear the hall is haunted. The allegations became so widespread that Octagon Hall got featured on several ghost hunter shows.
Gaunt told Spectrum News 1, “Some days I’ll walk in and they’ll say ‘Hello!’ And other days they’ll say, ‘Get out,’” Gaunt said. “It is a wonderfully historic place, but it is also a very haunted place.”
Other stops on the tour include White Hall in Richmond, Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, the Anderson Hotel in Lawrenceburg and White Hall in Simpson County.
Each stop on the tour is unique. According to Ellis, “It’s places across Kentucky that have a story to tell.” She added, “And maybe a little ghostly thing going on, but it’s all year long. It’s not just in Halloween season.”
So far, over 100 passports have been collected by visitors.