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Local historian finds substitute for Ghost Walk

Local historian Kevin B. Coleman provides tours in Chillicothe that provide architectural and other cultural history. He had a tour on Halloween after the annual Ghost Walk was canceled as a result of COVID-19.

By AMBER GINTER
Southern Ohio Today

When Chillicothe’s traditional Ghost Walk was canceled as a result of COVID-19, Kevin B. Coleman decided to find a substitute.

Coleman – a local historian, tour guide and radio reporter – is the owner of Intrepid Heritage Services. Presenting 450,000,000 years of South Central Ohio heritage, Coleman gives tours and presentations and conducts historical and architectural research.

On Saturday, participants met at Wheatberry Books on West Second Street to begin their Halloween tour.

“As an excuse to fill in a little of the gap of the absent Ghost Walk, I wanted to offer a short downtown tour looking at history and architecture … with a few ghost stories,” said Coleman.

Presenting a look at local heritage, Coleman offered a new tour, but one inspired by the Ghost Walk of previous years. The tour spanned Second and Paint streets.

“These locations have a combination of the densest history and architecture, and bookends of two haunted locations: one at Wheatberry Books, and many at the Majestic Theatre,” Coleman said.

Some participants dressed for the occasion in historical garb.

After good weather on Halloween, Coleman then presented his “All Souls Tour of Grandview” on Nov. 1 and looks forward to creating many more ventures.

“If ghosts didn’t suit you, I wanted to present something for everyone,” said Coleman.

While the tour was limited to 25 people and social distancing was observed.

Visit Intrepid Heritage Services for more information on upcoming tours and events.

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