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Haunts of Old Louisville: Gilded Age Ghosts and Haunted Mansions in America's Spookiest Neighborhood

by David Domine

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168 pages  Pubdate: 08/11/2017  6 x 9  18 b/w images, 1 map

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Old Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, is the third-largest National Preservation District in the United States and the largest Victorian-era neighborhood in the country. Beneath the balconies and terraces of the district’s Gothic, Queen Anne, and Beaux Arts mansions, current residents trade riveting stories about their historic homes. Many of these tales defy rational explanation. When David Dominé moved into one of these houses, he dismissed local rumors of a resident poltergeist named Lucy. However, before long, unnerving, disembodied footsteps and mysterious odors caused him to flee his home in the middle of the night.

Since that night, Dominé has not only opened his mind to the idea of paranormal phenomena but also turned it into popular tours and a bestselling collection of books, which have brought new attention to this iconic neighborhood. In Haunts of Old Louisville, he takes readers inside the opulent Ferguson Mansion—where a phantom tosses books off shelves—and introduces them to the spectral stable hand who lurks around Campion House. He also examines historic tales pulled out of the headlines and even explores the claim that a winged demon haunts the ornate towers of Walnut Street Baptist Church. These tales of things that go bump in the night not only reveal why Old Louisville is considered the “most haunted neighborhood in America,” but also help to preserve this historically and architecturally significant community.

David Dominé is the author of numerous articles and books including Adventures in New Kentucky Cooking with the Bluegrass Peasant and Splash of Bourbon: Kentucky’s Spirit: A Cookbook. He earned his MFA in Writing from Spalding University and teaches foreign languages and translation at Bellarmine University.

Still a grounded skeptic when it comes to all things spectral, Dominé has nevertheless uncovered a few more spooky tales that could change more than a few naysayers’ minds. At the very least, they're bound to provide a fun evening as the bewitching season approaches. -- Louisville Courier-Journal