The Candlelight Ghost Tours are full of fun, excitement, history and more![divider] [/divider]

The Candlelight Ghost Tours are located in historic Wilkesboro, North Carolina at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Folklore and ghost tales abound in this area, passed down from one generation to the next.  Guides in will regale you with stories of the past as you walk amid the history of a proud mountain peoples. You might just hear the footsteps of the long dead Tom Dooley in the jail cell he once occupied or you might spy the earthbound spirit of the little girl killed by runaway horses.  This is a great excursion for the whole family with lots of mystery and not too much fright.

Where to be and what to expect.

The journey will begin at the Wilkes Heritage Museum which we highly recommend visiting.  There are several ways to get there but I recommend the following:

From HWY 421 (North or South) take Exit 285 towards Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro.  If you are coming from 421 South you will turn left onto Oakwoods Road.  If you are taking 421 North you will turn right onto Oakwoods Road.  At the first light (intersection of Oakwoods Rd. and Main) turn left.  The Wilkes Heritage Museum will be on your right. 

The museum is easy to see; just look for the beautiful and historic Old Wilkes County Courthouse (see map below). 

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Ghost Tour Tips

  • We recommend that you not bring children under 8 years of age as they may become bored with the history or frightened by the stories. 
  • There are no pets allowed (service dogs are always welcome) and smoking is not permitted during the tour or near the museum.
  • Do expect to have a great time and to learn a lot! 
  • It would be good to arrive early so you can explore the Wilkes Heritage Museum and Downtown Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro areas.

Price

The regular tours are $10 per person and begin at varying times (usually between 7:30 and 9:00). If you are looking for a little more excitement and adventure you can participate in the Paranormal Tours which begin at 11:00 pm following the candlelight tour.  The Paranormal Tour will last well into the night, about 1:00 am, and will cost $20 per person.  All tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the Wilkes Heritage Museum at (336) 667-3171.

Other ghostly events.

Keep an eye on our events calendar for October Ghost Tour events including the Zombie Fest and the special Halloween Candlelight Ghost Tour.  The Zombie Walk has, in the past, included two separate Zombie Walks, one for children and one for adults.   

Click here for details.