I tell you people. I have a weird kind of fascination with the macabre and history. If I could give out-of-towners a guided tour of my fine city of Baltimore, I’d take them to Fells Point, close to the Inner Harbor, and show them the places where some famous people died. Take the Horse You Came in On Saloon. The sidewalk outside the bar is where Edgar Allan Poe died. Bertha’s Mussels, which is world famous for…you guessed it, their French Fries…no, the MUSSELS! For Christ’s sake, there is an EAT BERTHA’S MUSSELS bumper sticker in Antarctica and on the Moon. But I’m not interested in taking relatives and friends from out of state there for the food. No…I’m interested in taking people there because it is one of the most haunted restaurants in the United States. But Fells Point in general because the whole area itself is spooky as Hell. There’s no paved roads; it’s all cobblestone. In the olden days, when people died, there were no cemeteries, or if they were, they were severely overcrowded. People were, and still are to this day, piled on top of each other one body on top of the other under the cobblestone. If that’s not enough to mess you up…not all the people were dead when they were buried. They have found burlap body bags with scratch marks inside from people trying to dig themselves out. But I love morbid macabre stuff like that. Haunted history is amazing and captivating to me.
I took a ghost tour of Colonial Williamsburg last June and was just amazed by it. As an added bonus, they took us to the William and Mary campus. I was having a great time. The 5-year-old kid on the tour with us on the other hand…shitting their pants freaking out the whole time! But all that stuff is amazing to me to learn about. I know it sounds weird, but if I am somewhere new and I learn about a bar or local place that is said to be haunted…I am that crazy person that wants to go check it out! Macabre history is fascinating to me. “John Lennon was shot here” “I WANNA GO INSIDE!”
It’s not just historical events that fascinate me. It’s musical sites, too. Take the Dakota Hotel in Manhattan in New York City. John Lennon was assassinated there and when I was in New York, I wanted to see two things…Coney Island and Strawberry Fields. Strawberry Fields is where Lennon is buried and is a HUGE tourist destination for any Beatles fan. I wanted to go to Coney Island, which is historical and world famous. I only went for two reasons: The Wonder Wheel and the Coney Island Cyclone.
I am proud to say I accomplished both things in an hour. But going back to my original point: I love any historical sites, especially when it has to do with music or haunted history. I want to hear from you guys. If you could take visitors on a tour of your hometown where would you take them and why? Thanks for reading!