To solve a murder mystery, one needs a resourceful mind, hard evidence, and a pocket Ouija board for communicating with ghosts. Decipher clues from beyond the grave with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a ghost tour for two from Tell Me About it Tours on the downtown mall in Charlottesville (up to a $30 value). The tour commences every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. in front of the Marco & Luca Noodle Shop.
Tell Me About it Tours' guide Rob Craighurst leads guests through downtown Charlottesville's sites of unexplained, paranormal occurrences and mysterious crimes. The ghost tour immerses guests in the sordid 1904 murder mystery involving former Mayor Sam McCue and his wife. Rob regales tour-goers with witness testimonials, escorts them to the scene of the crime, and encourages them to draw their own conclusions about who committed the murder. Visitors will traverse the jail and courthouse where the murder trial took place as Rob points out locations of reported spirit sightings related to the case and exclusive, ghost-only nightclubs. Additional locales of high psychokinetic turbulence include the University of Virginia, the site of a hanging reportedly committed by a spider's web, and various venues along the downtown mall. The scenic stroll covers a mile in about two hours, with numerous sit-down stops and photo-ops with hammy specters along the way.
Tell Me About It Tours
A jack of all trades, Rob Craighurst has worked many jobs including computer programmer, dance caller, property manager, and hammer-dulcimer maker. Now, he uses the local knowledge he gained living in the area for 40 years to lead ghost tours of the scariest sites in town. Tours cover one mile of horrific haunts such as the home of former Charlottesville mayor Sam McClue, where a gruesome murder took place in 1904. Tours can also celebrate birthdays with a bit of mystery, either trying to solve that turn-of-the-century murder or by building-hopping through the city's past. For a change of pace, private tours give visitors a glimpse of historic Charlottesville through deeper looks at Jefferson's Monticello and the University of Virginia, James Monroe's home, and a restored tavern from 1784 that provided 18th-century travelers with food, lodging, and GPS directions.