Weekend Ticket: The Towers offers paranormal tours; church hosts community market

Published 1:00 am Thursday, April 4, 2019


NATCHEZ — Spring Pilgrimage is in full swing, which means plenty of pilgrimage-related things to do this weekend, but other events are on the weekend schedule as well, including the 7th Annual Community Market Saturday at 511 Jefferson St.

Perhaps one of the most exciting Spring Pilgrimage events happening this weekend, however, is the “A Haunting of The Towers: a tour of the paranormal,” event at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Towers, 801 Myrtle Ave.

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Ginger Hyland, who owns The Towers with her husband, James, said they conduct the paranormal tours every Monday and Saturday through Spring Pilgrimage.

“It is a lot of fun,” Ginger said of the paranormal tours. “We started doing the paranormal tours a couple of years ago. This is a tour that my husband designed and gives.”

Ginger said the tour focuses on occurrences that have happened and are happening now in The Towers house in which the couple lives. The house dates to 1798.

“There is just a lot of activity, and it is inside of a beautifully restored house,” Ginger said, “so you get to see the house, and you get to see the decorative arts of the house as well as hear about the spirits and the sightings.”

Ginger said her husband has experienced a paranormal sighting.

“He tells about that on the tour,” Ginger said. “The tour we had last Monday, for instance, some people come, and they have special apps on their phones … my husband uses a ghost meter and there were several people taking pictures and you would see this, not an orb, more like a bright light on the shoulder of different people throughout the tours. It only showed up with the photography.”

Ginger said other strange occurrences have happened during tours for no apparent reason, including doors slamming and lights going out.

“My husband is a great entertainer along with it, so it is a fun tour to come on,” Ginger said.

The tour starts at the front door at 7 p.m. Saturdays and Mondays through Spring Pilgrimage and then will continue at 7 p.m. on Saturdays only until the end of June, Ginger said.

Cost of the tours is $20 per person and no one under the age of 15 is allowed, Ginger said.

For more details on the paranormal tours, call The Towers at 601-446-6890.

Community Market

If paranormal tours and Pilgrimage aren’t your thing, perhaps shopping could be a good experience in any of the great stores in downtown Natchez.

While you’re downtown, swing by the 7th Annual Community Market between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at 511 Jefferson St.

The annual market is a fundraising event sponsored by the ladies of Jefferson Street United Methodist Church.

Organizers say plenty of vendors will be on hand selling a variety of farmers market items, including original art, homemade jams, jellies and salsa, wreathes, jewelry, wood crafts, accessories for your pets, wind chimes, hair bows, children’s smocked clothing and Easter items.

Also, organizers promise a wealth of treasures old and new sure to meet anyone’s taste.

Proceeds of the sales will benefit the local charitable programs supported by the Jefferson Street United Methodist Church of Natchez.