Colbert’s Creepy Courthouse

TUSCUMBIA – History and Haunts Strolls set for Halloween Week in Tuscumbia.

As one of the oldest towns in Alabama, Tuscumbia has a rich history.

Some people say that long history accounts for considerable paranormal activity in the downtown area.

“I don’t like to call them ghosts, but there are a lot of unexplained things that happen in and around downtown Tuscumbia,” said local historian and author John McWilliams. “I have seen things that are hard to explain. A lot of other people have seen them, too.”

McWilliams will lead a pair of History and Haunts Strolls through Downtown Tuscumbia on Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29 to share some of his stories about the unexplainable activity he has witnessed.

The free 90-minute walks will begin at 6pm both days at ColdWater Books at 101 W. 6th St. The walks are being organized by Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau.

“The walks are not going to be scary, but they are going to be fun,” McWilliams said. “They are going to be family-friendly. There will not be anyone jumping out of the dark, trying to scare people.”

McWilliams will show several photographs that he and others have taken in the downtown area that show what appear to be apparitions. “I have a photo that shows an image of a Confederate soldier guarding the Civil War monument at the courthouse. I have other photos that also show images that are difficult to explain.”

According to McWilliams, the walks will be a trip into the unknown.

“Several people have reported seeing the image of a lady dressed in white walking around downtown. Others have reported seeing the image of a little girl around the railroad depot and other places downtown. What are those images? They are hard to explain. We just don’t know.”

Susann Hamlin, president and CEO of Colbert County Tourism, said participants in the walks should wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather conditions that night.

For more details about the walks, call Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau at 256-383-0783.