Murfreesboro Ghost Tour available on phone app

Published 4:57 pm Tuesday, October 11, 2022

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Built Story, the world’s first marketplace for self-guided tours, announced their Halloween tours for 2022 and it includes one in Hertford County.

“Ghosts, Legends, and Lore of Historic Murfreesboro” is a tour created by local resident Al Parker. To access the tour, simply download the Built Story app on your smart device from the Apple App Store or GooglePlay store. Once you have the app, search for “Ghosts, Legends, and Lore of Historic Murfreesboro.”

Each tour is $10, and can be accessed as many times as you like for 30 days after the purchase.

The self-guided tour consists of 23 stops, all in Murfreesboro except one at Parker’s Ferry.

Historic Murfreesboro is a very old town going back to the Meherrin, Chowanoke, and Notttaway Native American tribes who populated the area before the Europeans arrived in the 1600s.

The first recorded land grant was to Henry Wheeler in 1714 for a tract of land along the Meherrin River. In 1746, Irish immigrant William Hardy Murfree purchased a large tract of land. Eight years later Murfree’s Landing was designated to be a King’s Landing where goods arriving and departing by boat could be inspected by a representative of His Majesty’s government.

Murfreesboro prospered as a port and agricultural center, and also was known as a center for education and culture with the founding of the Hertford Academy, the Chowan Baptist Female Institute, and Wesleyan Female College.

With such a long and varied history its no wonder that Murfreesboro has developed stories and lore that some would call paranormal. This tour is a collection of the stories that shroud the town of Murfreesboro in mystery. Preservation of our legends and lore are an important part of our cultural heritage.

For those of you who enjoy walking, park at the Roberts-Vaughan Visitor Center at 112 East Main Street, Murfreesboro. Walk back to your car after Stop #16 to complete the tour by car.

Please remember that some of these properties are privately owned residences. Keep your ghost hunting activities to the sidewalks and public streets, and please be very respectful of the cemeteries and gravestones.