I believe in ghosts. Let me tell you why. One time, some wind blew shingles off my roof. I saw the poor bald spot and picked up all the sadly broken shingles off my lawn, and called a contractor. When he arrived a few days later, he pulled me over to the side yard and asked, “Are you sure you really had shingles missing?” And sure enough, I looked up and all the missing shingles were mysteriously there again.
Now, most of you may not take this as definitive evidence. But after googling ghosts in my area, I found one internet reference to a Masterson Station ghost called “Tall Jane.” And being that she’s tall, it stands to reason that she would be able to reach my roof. So I’m convinced.
Since we like the idea of finding ghosts for real, Sarah and I decided to go to Buffalo Trace after watching the “Ghost Hunters” episode featuring the famous bourbon distillery. First, we decided to take the tradition distillery tour that is the most common. If you’ve never been to Buffalo Trace, I highly recommend visiting. It has more history than many of the other distilleries and has a quaint old-fashioned charm that is quintessentially Kentucky.
You begin by viewing the grounds and watching a short video about how the distillery came to exist in Kentucky. Then, you are taken through a room full of big vats that contain the magic. After viewing the bottling facility, the real excitement of the tour begins, incidentally, at the last stop. The tasting room. If I may make one suggestion, when you go, try the Bourbon Cream. Best. Stuff. Ever.
As great as that tour was, the best was yet to come. The following week, we returned to do some serious ghost-hunting.
Gathering a group of skeptics and Chrissy we headed to Frankfort, Ky. A few tips if you ever choose to go on a ghost hunt.
1: Make sure it’s not blazing hot. You end up with a sweaty, gross group of whiners and no ghost.
2: Make sure there is not a wedding going on at the facility. Ghosts like to party. They will leave their regular haunts to dance to Journey. Heck, even we tried to leave to group to dance to Journey.
3: Bring a camera. When they ask who brought a camera and your entire group stares blankly, they don’t take you seriously anymore. Bringing out ten iphones at once is not impressive.
4: Most importantly GO WHEN IT’S DARK. Walking around it the bright light of day really takes some of the intensity out of the situation.
One of us actually had an experience. The biggest skeptic “Jeff” heard something moving in an empty room. We only learned this after the tour. He didn’t want to draw attention away from the tour guide. He fails.
We went from place to place learning more about the history and snapping pictures with our iphones, hoping the ghost were not technophobes. We had seen on Ghost Hunters some of the spirits like to grab butts. We put our butts out for the grabbing. What more could they ask from us?!
We ended the ghost free night with spirits of another kind…bourbon! It was the happy ending to this sad story.
If you ever end up on a day ghost tour make sure your drink the bourbon BEFORE the tour instead of after. I’m sure we would have seen more ghosts.