Key West Ghost Tour

Our Key West Ghosts & Gravestones tour guide (Photo: Nance Carter)

Our Key West Ghosts & Gravestones tour guide (Photo: Nance Carter)

“Yes, we are the doomed!” everyone on the Ghosts & Gravestones trolley tour yells out whenever a person on the street yells to us, “You are doomed!”  This was a fun ghost tour.

Visiting Key West for the first time, I was surprised there seemed an acceptance of all types of people but no Pagan community.  Nevertheless, I partied my way through town, had a great time, and really enjoyed this trolley tour.

Ghost meter (Photo: Nance Carter)

Ghost meter (Photo: Nance Carter)

Our tour guide was engaging and knew her stuff.  We heard harrowing stories of ghostly sightings, tales of polygamy, scorned lovers, a lynching, revenge, and murder.

Frankly, it was nice to sit on the trolley after trudging up and down Duval Street all week in the blazing sun.  We visited the Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes, which protects the city from hurricanes, the African Slave Cemetery, site of the final resting place for 15 slaves who perished from their treacherous voyage, and the famous Captain Tony’s Saloon.  We also heard about the tombstone of a woman that reads, “I told you I was sick.”

The hooker on Ghosts & Gravestones trolley tour (Photo: Nance Carter)

The hooker on Ghosts & Gravestones trolley tour (Photo: Nance Carter)

The highlight of the tour was a stop at East Martello Fort.  We were given handheld ghost detectors that light up when spirits are near.  We were then greeted by a hooker (not that kind) and he led us into a room that holds the famous Robert the Doll.  Robert had been a gift to a child from a family maid skilled in Voodoo.  When strange things started happening – odd voices, items missing, etc. – the pat answer to say is, “Robert did it!”

Robert the Doll (Photo: Nance Carter)

Robert the Doll (Photo: Nance Carter)

We were instructed very specifically not to take any photos unless we asked Robert the Doll for his permission beforehand.  If we did not do this, bad luck was sure to come.  The doll is absolutely creepy and we were told sometimes it changes position in its chair or moves in some way.  Behind Robert was a wall of letters written by people to Robert apologizing and saying how they were sorry they did not ask permission and something bad happened to them.  There was even a letter from President George W. Bush wishing him a happy birthday.

Letters of apology to Robert the Doll (Photo: Nance Carter)

Letters of apology to Robert the Doll (Photo: Nance Carter)

All in all, this was a very entertaining tour.  I’ve been on several ghost tours in different cities, and I definitely enjoyed the Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour.  Although I didn’t catch any orbs, I still give it two thumbs up!

Tombstone in Key West Cemetery (Photo: Nance Carter)

Tombstone in Key West Cemetery (Photo: Nance Carter)

October 22, 2013

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