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LaGrange, Kentucky: LaGrange Ghost Tour: Jennie the Typhoid Girl

The playful spirit of an eight-year-old who died of typhoid fever is just one stop on a walking tour of LaGrange's apparently ghost-infested downtown.

106 N. 2nd Ave., LaGrange, KY
The tour leaves from the Oldham County History Center, right on the Courthouse Square.
Sep.-Oct. F-Sa evenings (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $18.
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Spirits of LaGrange Ghost Tour

The 1- to 2-hour lantern-lit walking tour will take you inside downtown locations for a distance of 12 blocks with about eight stops along the way.

One of the stops, The Irish Rover Too restaurant, now Rails restaurant, has a friendly, mischievous, and very active spirit of a little girl, who is sometimes seen in a white dress with a bow in her hair. One night the cook had locked up and got in his car when he saw a little girl looking at him out of the restaurant window; when he went back in she was gone. She has also been seen playing in the parking lot, but the back room seems to be her favorite spot. Researchers have found evidence that an eight-year-old girl named Jennie died from typhoid fever in the 1800s. People have heard a girl laughing, and waiters and staff have felt someone touch them. When the staff returns in the morning, chairs will be taken down off of tables, and dishes left the night before will have been moved to other spots.

Recently, during remodeling, workers found toys in inaccessible spots that had disappeared during various family visits. The new owners are going to place a doll for Jennie in the restaurant and wait to see what develops over time.

[Phillip Green, 10/18/2013]

Phillip sent us a History Center account of a train-related haunting: "In 1955, the L & N Railroad owned the track that ran through town. Just outside the city limits and beyond the unused train station, Mary Westerfield decided to take a shortcut home along the railroad tracks. October 14th I was told. There was no moon that night to help light her way. They could not explain why Mary did not see or hear the train. She was run down by the train or maybe she committed suicide. But ever since then, if you are just outside of town around the railroad tracks, it is said you can hear her screams as she is walking the tracks."

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