Drish House of Tuscaloosa Focus Of Paranormal Investigation, Ghost Tour
TUSCALOOSA, AL — Few Tuscaloosa ghost stories have survived to the present day like the historic Drish House, which was transformed Saturday night for tours and actual ghost hunting by Southern Ghost Girls Conduct Paranormal Investigation.
Lesley Ann Hyde, owner and founder of Southern Ghost Girls Tours & Paranormal Investigation, was one of the many people dressed in period clothing and expressed her excitement for the opportunity. While many groups have conducted paranormal investigations at the Drish House, Saturday marked the first time for the Southern Ghost Girls.
Specializing in paranormal investigations in the southern United States, particularly Alabama, the Southern Ghost Girls integrate cutting-edge science, sophisticated equipment, and sharp investigative skills to gather empirical evidence of the paranormal.
“We’ve wanted to do an investigation here for many years and we’re finally getting there,” she told Patch on Saturday before the investigation began. “It’s the first time, so we’re super excited. We’re ready to see what evidence we get and what spirits may still roam these rooms.”
Located in the middle of a traffic circle on 17th Street, the Drish House has been many things in its existence, from a stately plantation home to a garage and machine shop. It was also one of the original 13 stories mentioned in Kathryn Tucker Windham’s 1969 classic “13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey.”
Built in the 1830s by Dr John Drish, the ghostly stories have their origins in the planter and slave owner’s untimely death when he fell drunk from the once ornate staircase of the house. His grief-stricken young wife is said to have watched with candles in the main tower after his funeral.
Over the years countless stories have been passed down recounting twinkling lights seen at the top of the tower, with some mistaking the lights for fire.
Saturday’s tour sold out quickly, but Hyde said tickets are already on sale for the next event at the Drish House on October 8, which will be part of the Southern Ghost Girls’ Paranormalpalooza tour.
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