I had no clue that the courthouse in my hometown had a resident ghost (or two, or three). I just thought that Denton had one of the most lovely courthouses in Texas. I didn’t know it had a ghost story!
Sure, I knew there was a tiny cemetery-for-one on the lawn of the building. I was aware that it was the third gravesite for John B. Denton who was a minister/lawyer/soldier/politician (does that seem like an unlikely mix to you?) back in the early 1800s. I had heard that he was killed in an Indian raid … but I didn’t know about his ghost!
In fact, I didn’t know that nearly every doggone building on the Courthouse Square has a ghost story — until I began searching the history of our square and our town. Although I began as a tour guide with another tour (called Denton Haunts), unfortunately that association didn’t work out. I wanted to focus on the mystery for the “ghost tours” (although I love to give some history, too, the ghosts were the draw, and I wanted to focus on them). I began Ghosts of Denton, so I could give you the best possible ghostly tour of this delightful town.
I’ve been digging and delving into our historical archives. I go around town interviewing people who have had ghostly experiences. I search and scratch to come up with more. And, in fact, I have about twenty more stories than I had last year. I have so many stories, that I can’t tell them all in one night … so if you come on Saturday you will get different tales than if you come on Friday! It is the only year-round tour in Denton.
Did you say,”When is the tour?” It is scheduled for every Friday and Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. beginning at Jupiter House Coffee on the east side of the square. Remember that you need reservations. Occasionally the weather shuts us down (because this is Texas, but if so we can reschedule you or refund you. Remember that you need reservations.
Yes, I have gone to a reservation system. It’s really the only way I can make tour this work correctly so that you and I can both enjoy our haunting experience on the square.
- I want to limit the tour size during peak season to no more than thirty people. I’ve dragged more than 60 people at a time around the square, and it’s not as much fun for you.
- I don’t want to carry cash when I walk four blocks to my car late at night.
- I need the records for my income tax.
- If no one has made a reservation, I’d like a date with my husband!
Here is how it works:
- Go to the website for Ghosts of Denton
- There is a green “Book it” button at the bottom of every page or go to the link that says “Tickets.”
- Click that and follow the calendar to the date you want to tour (by the time the weekend is over, I might have a calendar on the page … I dunno).
For some unknown reason you have to click the “time”
- Then fill out your information.
Zozi, the account I use, is safe, and secure … so you don’t have to worry about it (it’s used by tours all over the world). You will get a confirmation e-mail and I will get an e-mail. Then, the day before your tour you will get a reminder.
It’s simple and easy … but I have a caveat:
3:00 P.M. ON THE DAY OF THE TOUR.
Why? Because if no one has booked by then, I cancel the tour and the Mister and I go to the movies.[Note: This is not to say that I will not accept a walk-up if you decide to go on the spur of the moment and IF the tour is not full. But, if you show up unexpectedly, and I am not there or the tour is full … we will both be disappointed!]
If you haven’t taken this tour (and are going to be in my neck of the woods), you really must schedule it among your Halloween activities … but don’t wait for Halloween! Ghost stories are fun any time of year … and it might get really crowded during October! It will give you the perfect spine-tingling treat, and I will do my best to be sure that you will not be disappointed. I will make you shiver more than once before the night is through.
“Shelly is a masterful storyteller. That lady can sure spin a yarn! Shelly could have led us on a tour of a thimble factory and we still would have clung to every word.” ~~ Tui Snider, travel blogger
I suggest that you park your car under a streetlight. You don’t want to walk through the shadows after I get through with you … else you will be screaming like a girl!