Trolleys – both electric and horse drawn – used to be the predominant mode of public transit across North America. Today, only Toronto still operates a streetcar network that remains virtually unchanged – but these urban streetcar systems were once very common in both the big cities and smaller towns. Most were dismantled in the middle of the 20th century, torn out or replaced by light rail and other, more modern forms of mass transit.
Despite this, trolleys remain iconic – and why not? A trolley ride is good fun, hearkening back to simpler times and a slower pace – just about the perfect way to tour a historic town like Galena, too!
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The Galena Festival of the Performing Arts is an annual tradition, started in 2001, to provide exceptional musical performances and educational programs for the tri-state area. In the past thirteen years it has done just that and 2015’s 14th annual Galena Festival of the Performing Arts is looking just as exciting as ever!
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Annie Wiggins Ghost Tours will both entertain and educate you as you are guided through the darkened streets of Galena by “the widow, Annie Wiggins.” Dressed in her black, 19th century mourning gown and veil, and holding a lantern high for a smidgen of light, Annie Wiggins will regale you with local lore and legend during her hour and fifteen minute Galena ghost tour.
You’ll hear popular, paranormal stories about the Galena and the surrounding area as she guides your group up Galena’s Park Avenue, to Bouthillier Street, on to the cemetery, then back again to Park Avenue. Being there with the apparently spectral Annie Wiggins helps to personalize the tales with “someone who was there” and “really knew” the figures she talks about. No other Galena ghost tour is as original or as personal!
Galena’s reputation as a “haunted community” is conjecture, of course, and “Annie Wiggins” is the creation of Galena local Wendy Heiken – but what fun to take a Galena ghost tour with a “real ghost” near Halloween time! Whether you believe in ghosts or are just along for the fun, Annie Wiggins’ Galena ghost tours are an entertaining time, with Annie’s stories removing fear from the possibility of ghosts and turning it, instead into something that can reach from the past to inform the present.
Annie Wiggins’ Ghost Tours
Friday & Saturday Evenings – May through October
1004 Park Ave – Galena, IL
For more tour information, reservations, and more, please visit: www.ghostsofgalena.com
Galena Ghost Tour Lodging
There’s nothing spooky about a stay at Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast – our luxury, Galena bed and breakfast inn was recently named the 3rd most romantic bed & breakfast in the country by Trip Advisor. We offer uncommon comforts and personal service, along with luxurious guest rooms, and outdoor gardens for you to enjoy. Come stay with us!