Fear is the secret to happy marriages, lasting friendships, and the final ingredient in numerous madman-created serums. Get your own healthy dose of fear with today's Groupon: for $5, you get admission to the Ghosts and Ghouls tour (a $10 value) at Blount Mansion, which begins at the mansion's visitor's center on West Hill Avenue. Buyers must choose their date and time slot from the list below:
- October 25–28 at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., or 8 p.m.
- October 29 and 30 at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., or 9 p.m.
The Blount Mansion Ghosts and Ghouls tour bridges the gap between past and present by taking visitors on a spine-tingling tour of Knoxville's spookiest historical sites. Leaders donning their most elaborate guises will take visitors through the ectoplasm-soaked streets of downtown Knoxville, regaling them with terrifying anecdotes of bloody and supernatural events in the actual places where they once occurred. Past excursions have included stops at the Gay Street Bridge, where criminals were hanged for horrendous crimes such as murder, robbery, and having shifty eyes. Perhaps the most horrendous intrigue is a recounting of the legend of the Wampus cat —an ancient folkloric creature that causes insanity and drags victims to its underground cave beneath the city, where they're forced to drink with the decidedly less frightening ghost of Andrew Jackson and declare their undying hatred of the Whig party.
Beginning at the Blount Mansion, which is one of Tennessee's National Historic Landmarks and is thought to be haunted itself, this spine-tickling tour provides passing Halloweenies with an opportunity to learn about the history of Knoxville while enjoying some seasonal family fun. Space is limited, so Groupon buyers must choose their date and time slot in advance and show up prior to the tour's start, lest they be left to their own devices against apparitions but never the devil, who resides primarily in Georgia.
Although reviews are limited for Blount Mansion's Ghosts and Ghouls tour, Knoxville.com reviewed it.
- Some of those stories involve the mansion property. There's a long-standing legend that the 1818 Craighead-Jackson House next to Blount Mansion houses the spirit of a servant who died from a fire. Locked doors are found open; footsteps are heard when no human is walking. A Craighead-Jackson hallway grandfather clock sometimes starts itself. – Amy McRary, Knoxville.com
200 W Hill Ave.
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