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Ghosts of Old Louisville: True Stories of Hauntings in America's Largest Victorian Neighborhood

by David Domine

Availablepaperback$19.95 978-0-8131-7452-5
192 pages  Pubdate: 08/11/2017  6 x 9  30 b&w photos, 1 map

Old Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, is the third-largest National Preservation District in the United States and the largest Victorian-era neighborhood in the country. Beneath the balconies and terraces of the district’s Gothic, Queen Anne, and Beaux Arts mansions, current residents trade riveting stories about their historic homes. Many of these tales defy rational explanation. When David Dominé moved into one of these houses, he dismissed local rumors of a resident poltergeist named Lucy. However, before long, unnerving, disembodied footsteps and mysterious odors caused him to flee his home in the middle of the night.

Since that night, David Dominé not only embraced the possibility of supernatural phenomenon but also turned it into a popular tour series and best-selling collection of books, which have brought new attention to this iconic neighborhood. The book that launched the guided tours, Ghosts of Old Louisville, introduced readers to the hauntingly beautiful Lady of the Stairs and the Widow Hoag, who waits eternally near Fountain Court for a lost child who will never return. These tales of things that go bump in the night not only reveal why Old Louisville is considered the “most haunted neighborhood in America,” but also help to preserve this historically and architecturally significant community.

David Dominé is the author of numerous articles and books including Adventures in New Kentucky Cooking with the Bluegrass Peasant and Splash of Bourbon: Kentucky’s Spirit: A Cookbook. He earned his MFA in Writing from Spalding University and teaches foreign languages and translation at Bellarmine University

[E]erie and enchanting. -- Kentucky Educational Television [Book Club Selection]

Dominé’s book is a well-deserved and long-needed addition to the storied history of. . . the country’s most remarkable Victorian neighborhood. -- Louisville Courier-Journal

His beautiful writing, rich with architectural knowledge and crisp details, sends the reader far back into the Victorian era. -- LEO Weekly

“[A] well-written and interesting book about a unique neighborhood. -- Haunted Travels