Washington Missouri is known for being a scenic riverside town with a strong German history, but visitors stopping by the third Thursday of each month can hear a more secret history known only to the locals. Thanks to the town’s Chamber of Commerce, Washington is now offering Haunted History tours.

Washington Missouri is known for being a scenic riverside town with a strong German history, but visitors stopping by the third Thursday of each month can hear a more secret history known only to the locals. Thanks to the town’s Chamber of Commerce, Washington is now offering Haunted History tours.

“it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” said Danielle Grotewiel, communication specialist and executive assistant for the Washington Chamber of Commerce.

The tours cover approximately three-fourths of a mile on Washington’s well-kept city sidewalks. Visitors can get a look at some of the town’s most historic buildings while hearing about the various hauntings surrounding them.

“We want to educate people about the history, heritage and culture of our town,” said Grotewiel. She added that talking about the town’s haunted history brings an entertainment aspect to draw a broader range of people.

The stories visitors can hear include one involving the Bush Brewery and the confederate soldier who haunts it. As General Price was leading his battalion through Washington, they attempted to burn down the local train depot. They were convinced to stop at the last minute by the nuns of St. Francis Borgia, after which they proceeded to raid the brewery and local mansion, turning them into a barricade.

In addition to these historical stories and the ghosts that come from them, visitors will also be treated to first-hand accounts of supernatural experiences.

“I’m not here to tell you these stories are true,” said Grotewiel, who leads the tours, “but I will say the people who tell them to me believe them to be true.” Grotewiel also includes her own stories as she guides visitors through Washington’s haunted streets.

Grotewiel said she is excited about these tours because the they’re a great way to get to know the town on a personal level.

“When I go to a new community, no matter what the size, if they have a ghost tour I go on it,” she said. “You get the most personal stories from the area. These stories tend to get more in depth with the people.”

If you go:

The tours start at 8 p.m. during the month of July to coincide with dusk, and cost $20 per person. Attendees will meet at the fountain on the corner of Main and Elm streets, next to the farmer’s market.

Local merchants will also keep their doors open later for visitors, allowing them to eat shop before and after the tour to experience what the town has to offer in the present. The Driftwood distillery features food and live music directly on the riverfront for visitors to enjoy, and The Old Dutch Hotel is available for guests who might want to stay overnight as well as grab a good meal.

Tickets for Washington’s Haunted History tours can be purchased through downtownwashmo.org.