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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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Also Locally Available at the Soap Co. Coffee House and Our Town Books!

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Ghost Hunts!

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!
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Tours: Most of the Haunted Jacksonville Tours are approximately 3 hours in length. Public tours are available most of the year! 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: $25 Per Person
$20 Children (12 and under)
$20 Illinois College & MacMurray College Students (Current)
Departs: From the Soap Co. Coffee Shop on the east side of the Jacksonville Square / Free Parking!

Join us for a PRIVATE Haunted Jacksonville Tour! We have different options for walking and bus tours -- Available All Year Around -- and every private tour comes with a free copy of the HAUNTED JACKSONVILLE book! Call us to book your date now!

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 the Soap Co. Coffee House on 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 on 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; Jacksonville Theatre Guild; 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!

Tours for 2015 have been SOLD OUT, but we do have a new schedule for tours in the Spring and Summer of 2016 coming in January!

We ARE available for Private Tours all year around (walking or bus tours)! See the info below, or call us at (217) 791-7859 to book a date!
Haunted Jacksonville Walking Tours: Our Haunted Jacksonville Tour takes you to spirited sites in the old downtown area 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! $25 per person

Public Tours: Public Tours are offered throughout the spring, summer and fall, with special tours 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: $25 per person

Private Tours: Private Haunted Jacksonville Walking Tours are available for groups of 10-40. Private tours are available to be customized to include dinner and other options. Prices start at $25 per person. Check with us about customizing your tour! We also offer private bus tours for groups of up to 13 people, starting at $35 Per Person. Bus tours visit sites in addition to those featured on the walking tours. (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.

Lisa and Troy are  joined by Hannah Grey, who was raised in Winchester and has also spent many years collecting and researching local hauntings.
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