Arrow Rock Night Walks are back and more spine-tingling than ever with stories about recent haunted happenings and a brand new stop on the route.
See the historic village of Arrow Rock in a whole new light by exploring it in the dark!
Your Arrow Rock Night Walk guide will lead you on a 2-hour walk around the village and into some of its most historic (and haunted) buildings, recounting true tales of dastardly deeds and heartbreaking tragedies. You’ll walk in the footsteps of great American painter George Caleb Bingham, “Quinine Doctor” John Sappington, the reclusive Gilpin family, rowdy river men, weary pioneers, slaves, merchants, and tradesmen who lived and died … and some say linger still … in the village.
Although not a ghost-hunting event, your guide will tell some of Arrow Rock’s ghost stories during the walk, and share evidence collected by professional ghost hunters and participants on previous Night Walks. This tour is packed with interesting history and compelling stories about Arrow Rock’s past. This is not a haunted-house style Halloween event. Nothing will take place that is meant to intentionally frighten participants..
Reservations are required. There is a limit this year of 24 people per tour and most tours will sell out well in advance. Tickets are $25/person (tax is included in price) for the Night Walk and $100/person for the Spirit Walk.
WHEN: Every Friday and Saturday in October at 7:30 p.m., beginning on Oct. 1.
WHERE: We begin and end our walk at 310 Main Street at the Friends of Arrow Rock office. We recommend you arrive approximately 15 minutes early to check in.
TOUR LENGTH: The tour lasts approximately 2 hours and participants will walk approximately a 3/4 mile route with frequent stops.
AGE APPROPRIATENESS: All ages are welcome but be aware that this is an educational and historical tour primarily aimed at adults. We will be telling some stories that may be too intense for young children. We do ask that a parent remove an upset or unruly child from the tour temporarily if the child’s behavior is disruptive to other guests.
RESTRICTIONS: No pets will be allowed on the tour. Smoking or the consumption of alcoholic beverages during the tour are strictly prohibited (with the exception of the Spirit Walk on Oct. 9, which will include alcoholic beverages as part of the tour). Anyone who violates these policies will be asked to leave the tour.
CANCELLATIONS: You may transfer your paid ticket to someone else at any time. You may cancel your ticket for a full refund up to 48 hours in advance. Cancellations received after that 48-hour cutoff will not receive a refund. Any reservations that are cancelled or postponed because of inclement weather may be converted to a tax-deductible donation to Friends of Arrow Rock or cheerfully refunded in full.
THE ARROW ROCK SPIRIT WALK
Back by popular demand! This one-night-only version of the Night Walk on Saturday, October 6, features a delicious dinner at the historic J. Huston Tavern (your ticket includes your meal, nonalcoholic drink and dessert) at 6 p.m., plus four themed alcoholic cocktails that you’ll enjoy along the Night Walk route. There are only 24 spots available for this special tour and you won’t want to miss it! Tickets are $100 per person and like all Night Walk tickets, help support the historic preservation and history education efforts of the Friends of Arrow Rock. Join us as we raise a toast to our local ghosts!
A FEW DO’S & DON’TS
DO wear comfortable shoes. The tour involves about 3/4 miles of start-and-stop walking. There are some moderate hills and a few stairs on the route. Most of the route is on sidewalks or paved streets, but one part of tour crosses a grassy field.
DO dress appropriately for the weather. These tours will not be cancelled for moderate rain but will be rescheduled in the event of a lightning storm or other threatening weather. If a tour is rescheduled, participants will have the option of moving their reservation to another date or receiving a refund. In the event of a cancellation, we will contact you by email and/or telephone.
DO bring a camera if you’d like. Sometimes the camera sees things the eyes miss. You’re also welcome to bring a K2 meter or other ghost-hunting equipment.
DO bring a flashlight if you wish. Your guides will have lights and there are streetlights along most of the path, but a flashlight will come in handy during portions of the walk.
DO bring snacks or drinks if you’d like. These items are also available for purchase at the Friends of Arrow Rock’s gift shop prior to the start of the tour.
DON’T be afraid to ask questions along the route. Your guides will be able to talk about Arrow Rock history, Friends of Arrow Rock’s historic preservation projects … and ghosts, of course.
DON’T smoke cigarettes/cigars or consume alcoholic beverages while on the tour. Anyone found violating this policy will be asked to leave the tour.
DON’T wander away from the group or trespass on private property while on the tour.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I get a refund if my plans change?
Night Walks are refundable or transferable to an alternative date if we are notified at least 48 hours in advance. Call Friends of Arrow Rock at 660-837-3231 or send us an email. Canceled reservations may also be converted to a tax-deductible donation that will help support the historic preservation and history education programs of Friends of Arrow Rock. You may transfer your ticket to another person without notifying us. Just have that person inform us of the change when they check in prior to the walk.
Can I show up without a reservation?
We expect these tours to sell out in advance. If you do not have a reservation and the tour is at capacity, we will have to turn you away.
Is this a ghost hunt?
No, but we will be sharing evidence collected by ghost hunters and telling you about occurrences that have happened in some of the buildings you’ll see on the tour. If you have a K2 meter or other piece of ghost hunting equipment that will not be disruptive during the tour, feel free to bring it along.
Will we go inside any buildings?
The tour features both indoor and outdoor sites and you will get to go inside some of Arrow Rock’s most historic buildings, including some that aren’t featured on any other tour.
Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
Please call us at 660-837-3231 if you have questions about accessibility so we can discuss your specific accommodation needs.
Call Friends of Arrow Rock at 660-837-3231.