Philadelphia, PA

Grimm Philly Twilight Tour

Heather Raulerson

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Washington Square in PhillyHeather Raulerson

The Grimm Philly Twilight Tour we chose is Vampires, Sex, Ghost Tour. One of their most popular tours and we can see why. Joe, a university professor, leads the tour so, you know you will get tons of historical facts throughout the tour. This walking tour starts at the Independence Visitor Center and winds its way around dozens of Philadelphia haunted sites. The tour is fun and irreverent with stories of pirates, vampires, mass burials, executions, torture, brothels, and of course ghosts.

The site that got me creeped out the most is Washington Square. This location has over 11,000 souls buried beneath it. There are over 2,000 Revolutionary soldiers, Prisoners of war, African Americans, and hundreds to thousands of Yellow Fever victims. One of the corners of the park is a mass grave where the British would just dump the soldiers in after they shot them. There is also a story of a Quaker woman, Leah, who would walk around the square and protect the bodies from grave robbers.

I had a hard time reconciling all this death underneath the beautiful park that has gorgeous hydrangeas all around it.

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Colorful hydrangeas in Washington SquareHeather Raulerson

The last stop on the tour is the City Tavern. Haunted by a bride that died in the fire of 1854, the City Tavern is a great place to visit. There is also mention of a waiter that died in a bar fight. Sightings of both ghosts continue to this day. I enjoyed this tour immensely and took lots of photos hoping we could catch a spirit or two in the windows. Although we did not see any, we had a great time!

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The City Tavern in PhiladelphiaHeather Raulerson

You can book your haunted experience on the Grimm Philly Tour online. My haunted ghost tour rating scale out of 10 puts the scare factor at a 7, and a fun factor at a 7. The cost is $30 during the week and $35 on the weekends. Just remember that the dark Philly Tour is not acceptable for kids and don't forget to bring an umbrella, just in case.

The late Anthony Bourdain said "The Grim Philly Tour is just my speed, a romp through the seedy vermin-infested underside of our nation's heritage, oh yeah! Our guide takes us to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and all that. But, quickly gets down and dirty with what you wanna hear; about all the drinking, carousing, and whore-mongering our founding fathers were doing. And, the fine woman they were doing it with."

Come and check it out for yourself!

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