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by Troy Taylor & Lisa Taylor-Horton

Discover the history, hauntings, legends and lore of Jacksonville, Illinois! From the early days of the city's settlement to the stories of tragedy and mystery that continue to haunt Jacksonville today. We'll take you behind the tales of the city's most haunted places -- a book you won't want to miss!
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Discover the History & Hauntings of the Illinois Prairie as the Haunted Jacksonville Tour from American Hauntings returns to offer a chilling new look at the lingering spirits of Jacksonville's historic downtown! Journey back in time and discover the events of the past that have created the hauntings of today!
See the Schedule Below for Reservations!

Tours: Most of the Haunted Jacksonville Tours are approximately 3 hours in length. Public tours are available every Halloween season! See schedule below for a list of upcoming dates.
Time: See Schedule Below!
Most tours will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless marked otherwise.
Prices: $35 Per Person
All Tours are bus tours of the city!
Departs: From Taylor Mercantile at 228 S. Mauvaisterre, just south of the Jacksonville Square


Visit our new store in Jacksonville -- Taylor Mercantile, located at 228 S. Mauvaisterre, just south of the Jacksonville Square! Our store is not only home to the Haunted Jacksonville Tours and offers a wide selection of books by author Troy Taylor, but we also carry an assortment of teas, spices, herbs, gourmet foods, sauces, antiques, and vintage items! It's the most unique store in town and you won't find anything else like it in Central Illinois!

Stop in and see us, check out our wonderful selection of new items, peruse our ghost books and get your tour tickets in person!

Take a journey back in time to the early days of Jacksonville history and explore the ghostly tales that have long haunted the city! This is not just a ghost tour – escape from the ordinary and discover the secret side of the city with the
Haunted Jacksonville Tour!

Join Lisa Taylor Horton and Troy Taylor from American Hauntings for a historic –and haunted—tour of Jacksonville, one of the most spirited towns on the Illinois prairie. Jacksonville had its humble beginnings in 1825 and perhaps would have remained a simple farm town if not for the arrival of the "Yale Band" from New England, who were determined to bring education and culture to the western prairie. Within a few years, Jacksonville had been completely changed. It has been home to three Illinois governors -- Joseph Duncan, Richard Yates and Richard Yates, Jr. -- along with presidential nominees, Stephen A. Douglass, and William Jennings Bryan. Jacksonville is also Illinois' schools for the blind and the deaf, as well as two acclaimed colleges, Illinois College and MacMurrary College, each with ghost stories of their own.
  Jacksonville also holds a unique place in American history. In 1919, the Eli Bridge Company relocated to the city. W.E. Sullivan, who owned the bridge building business, was so impressed by his ride on the first Ferris Wheel at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago that he designed the first portable Ferris wheel that could be moved from place to place. The "Big Eli" wheel debuted in Jacksonville's Central Park in 1900. It was a great success and Sullivan incorporated his company to take on investors and mass produce the wheels. Soon, amusement rides made in Jacksonville could be found all over the country.

The city also holds a strange place in America’s supernatural history. In 1847, the city became home to the Illinois State Asylum and Hospital for the Insane, the first such hospital in the state.

All Tours Depart from Taylor Mercantile, just south of the Jacksonville Square!
It was here in 1865 that a young woman named Mary Roff died under mysterious circumstances. More than twelve years later, Mary’s spirit allegedly possessed the body of a young girl named Lurancy Vennum and became known as the “Watseka Wonder,” a phenomenon that remains one of the most documented cases of the paranormal in history.

The Haunted Jacksonville Tour begins near the downtown square and visits eerie and historic sites all over downtown, including the Hockenhull Building, the scene of the city's deadliest fire in 1966; the Emporium Department Store; Times Theatre, MacMurray College, Old Norris Hospital; Illinois College; and much more! As with all American Hauntings Tours, we visit both the inside and outside of a number of locations, offering a first-hand look at the history that continues to haunt us after all of these years. Join us for a night you won't soon forget!
Haunted Jacksonville Bus Tours: Our Haunted Jacksonville Tour takes you to spirited sites throughout the city and each tour lasts approximately 3 hours. The tour will include not only the ghost stories behind each of the reputedly haunted sites, but their history as well. Popular with ghost enthusiasts and history buffs alike, the tour includes visits to a number of haunted locations (number depends on availability), odd and unusual stories about the city and more! $35 per person

Public Bus Tours: Public Tours are offered in the Halloween season. All tickets are sold on a reservations-only basis and are first come / first served according to when reservations are received. Spaces are limited for all tours. Price: $35 per person

Private Bus Tours: Private Haunted Jacksonville Bus Tours are available for groups under 13, or up to 45. Private tours are available to be customized to include dinner and other options. Prices start at $35 per person. Check with us about customizing your tour! (Note: Any Private Tours during the month of October must be booked at least 30 days in advance!)
 Lisa Taylor Horton is a Jacksonville native, elementary school teacher, and Illinois College graduate, with a Master's Degree in Education. She is also the Company Manager for American Hauntings and the co-author of the book, HAUNTED JACKSONVILLE with Troy Taylor. A long-time ghost enthusiast and researcher, she has spent most of her life searching for the ghost stories and hauntings of the area.

Troy Taylor is the co-author of HAUNTED JACKSONVILLE and the owner of American Hauntings. He is also a crime buff, researcher, and the author of nearly 120 other books on ghosts, hauntings, crime, and the unexplained in America. He has other tour companies in Illinois, in Alton, Decatur, Carlinville, and Chicago, and American Hauntings, which hosts ghost hunts and haunted weekends in Illinois and around the country.
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