Visitors were asked to keep their distance from the Wine Country while it was busy fighting those devastating fires last October and since then they have been reticent about returning. Now the region needs to recover its industry as well as its lost infrastructure. Napa Mayor Jill Techel has confirmed that her city is back in business. Since this is a part of Californa that Bay Area Ghost Hunters has overlooked, now is an excellent time to start exploring the region. As luck would have it, we found a tour operator who confirmed the sites on their tours were untouched by the fires and Mayor Techel will join us. So let’s do it!
Meet the ghosts of Napa City and learn local history unlike elsewhere. There is something dark in Wine Country at night. On this private walking tour visitors learn about:
The Old Napa Courthouse—Meet a handsome but long dead Judge who lived at the turn of the last century and is still on the job protecting the Old Napa Courthouse.
An Insane Photographer—Learn about an eccentric photographer who created motion pictures and was acquitted of murder.
The Coombs—Meet the couple who ended their lives publicly in a disturbing and unfinished murder-suicide.
The Legend of Billy Roe—Can you handle meeting a serial killer? What would you ask him? He lingers waiting to speak to guests.
Fagiani Murder—A cold case solved 40 years after it occurred, and for years inspired a Zodiac Killer Conspiracy.
After this 90- to 120-minute tour, members who are interested in hanging out a little longer, we’ll go to Downtown Joe’s, which also has a reputation for being haunted, for Dutch treat refreshments and to unwind. Jill Techel would be more than happy to answer any questions about Napa’s current events and recovery.
Since the Wine Country is a bit of drive for those of us in the Bay Area, for members who have the time, money and inclination, BAGH would like to encourage them to make it an overnight trip. It’s still a great place to go wine tasting and do the spa thing. If looking for a haunted lodging, the nearby hotels and B&Bs with such a reputation include the Napa River Inn, Hennesy House, Beazley House and the Napa Inn.
For those who rsvp beforehand, the $23.50 fee covers the cost of the tour operator. To secure a spot, folks must be members of Meetup.com and Bay Area Ghost Hunters. It will be $25.00 “at the door,” if there is still space available. This tour is limited to 30 people. Please bring a flashlight and wear warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes. It wouldn’t hurt to bring a bottle of water too.
Looking forward to seeing BAGH members there!
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