New Orleans Spirit Tours
Cathleen Beach Grant is the owner and CEO of New Orleans Spirit Tours. Grant grew up in Northern Virginia just outside Washington, DC during the 60's and 70's. Her Grandparents and Greatgrandparents lived in Georgetown, DC."This is where my first paranormal experiences took place." Says Grant.
All through her life she has had these visitations which in large part were shared with her mother. Grant also had a resident ghost in the house where she grew up. To the best of her knowledge, she the ghosts is still haunting that house.
"I moved to New Orleans in 1988 and fell in love with every antique inch." " It reminded me so much of my beloved Georgetown and Old town Alexandria." " History and energy seemed to rise from the "Banquettes" says Grant, : " I began giving Ghost tours in 1992 and fell in love with it as well!" " The act of storytelling and honoring those whose stories I was relating was very spiritual for me and still is."
Grant started New Orleans Spirit Tours in 1997 and will celebrate our 10 year anniversary in October 2007! " We've had some exciting changes over the years and some challenges too!: Says grant " We grow stronger every year!
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This tour combines the ancient art of storytelling with historic research and documentation. Unlike a theatrical fantasy tour relying on costumes and camp, we draw heavily on the drama of history.
Discover why the unrested and living dead roam among us, especially in New Orleans.
Cemetery & Voodoo Tours New Orleans' past and present cultures are most intriguingly merged in her cemeteries, where you'll relive the stories of her people – their history, tragedy, and irony – amidst extraordinary architecture, unusual burial methods still in use, and decayed ruins thinly concealing human remains. This cemetery, St. Louis #1, is the city's oldest and a "must see" for every visitor's New Orleans adventure.
In addition to a detailed tour of St. Louis #1, we delve into the misunderstood practice of voodoo, exploring its West African origins and Catholic influences. Hear fascinating tales of New Orleans' most interesting figures, including voodoo queen Marie Laveau. We'll visit sites where mystical voodoo rituals still take place and give you a rare opportunity to visit an authentic voodoo temple where modern day practitioners worship.
Don't miss this unforgettable tour that combines two of New Orleans most interesting curiosities! Buy tickets online »
20 questions With Cathleen Grant
1. Where do you see Ghost tours like your own going in 10 years?
I see them continuing to grow in popularity and being a "must do" activity in New Orleans as they have been for the last 10 years.
2. What would you personally consider to be the definitive proof that ghosts are real?
I have had numerous personal experiences with ghosts in many forms. I believe it is proof that there is life after death in some form.
3. What is the most real evidence you personally have uncovered so far?
Personally seeing, speaking with and experiencing ghosts is the most
real evidence I have.
4. Are you skeptical of the claims other make of their findings?
5. If you could investigate your "Dream Haunted Hot Spot" where would it be?
I am not interested in investigating any hot spot. I have been followed home by ghosts before and would not want to have that experience again.
6. What was your first Paranormal encounter?
I am sure I have had prior experiences to this, but the first one
I remember at about age 5 is that of a woman who stood at the top
of the stairs of my Great Grandmothers early 19th cent. house in Georgetown,
DC. My grandmother would try to get my cousins and me to take a nap
in one of the bedrooms up there and when we looked up, a mean looking
woman in a long dress, hair in a bun would stand at the top of the
stairs with hands on hips and shaking her head back and forth. None
of us wanted to go up there and we didn't!
7. What is the best highlight a must see on your tour?
I feel that the entire French Quarter in New Orleans is spiritually charged, but the LaLaurie Mansion is by far the place where most of our guests experience things for themselves.
8. If you could work side by side with one of the Paranormal Investigator greats, who would it be?
9. Read any good Paranormal Books lately other then your own?
10. What Question do people ask you most when you tell them your a
paranormal tour owner?
Ever seen one?
11. In your opinion, Where is the most Haunted city in America?
Hands down, New Orleans!
12. Do you feel more people should get involved with Ghost hunting or Paranormal Investigation on ghost tours?
No. I think Paranormal investigation is not for the average Joe. It takes patience and perseverance. Not something one can do on a 2 hour
13. What does the future hold for your tour?
The "NightSky's the limit!"
14. Paranormal or haunted Ghost tours do you see them growing?
I see these tours growing as interest in the afterlife grows.
15. What is your most favorite local ghost story?
Too many, but I do love the "Julie" story , LaLaurie story, and the Sultans retreat
16. Tell us about your best moment on a ghost tour for you?
When I was telling the LaLaurie story in front of the house and the ghost I was talking about showed up! The entire group was able to see
it for themselves!
17. What is the hardest part about being a paranormal Tour guide?
I don't find it hard at all. It's fascinating.
18. What is the hardest thing about your business to deal with?
Post Katrina New Orleans. Misconceptions that we are still under water or demolished. The French Quarter is very much intact and has been since the storm. In fact it's cleaner than it's ever been!
19. Have you ever taken a ghost Tour other then your own? And, What about it did you not like?
You bet I have! I take a ghost tour in just about every city I visit. New Orleans has the best stories by far!
20. What in the field of ghost hunting and Paranormal Investigating or ghost tours needs the most attention?
I feel that paranormal investigations are very different from a ghost tour. As I said before, investigation is a serious matter and takes a certain discipline. Ghost tours are more informative historically but also offer an element of entertainment in story telling. Ultimately we are honoring those we tell stories about because we have made them immortal by keeping them alive in sharing their history.
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