Now, I was thinking, as I'd imagine the others in our group were, that we'd be riding around in a bus while being told ghost stories connected to specific sites around the town.
Which is basically what the tour turned out to be.,,but with a twist. Kind of a twisted twist.
Tom and I agreed that our favorite leg of the tour was through the historical Montford area, a neighborhood of palatial old homes with spacious porches that used to be tuberculosis sanatoriums, the belief being that it was beneficial for patients to sit outside on these porches, called "breathing porches", to take in the fresh air. Of course tuberculosis being a bacterium, the fresh air was no cure and most of the TB patients died, thus this neighborhood, according to legend, being the site of many ghosts.
Also in this neighborhood was located the asylum in which Zelda Fitzgerald died,
So much did Tom and I like this part of the tour that the following day, though we'd considered visiting the Biltmore Estate outside Asheville, said to be a must-see area attraction, our enthusiasm waned big-time when we learned that the admission price to the estate was $60 per person and we decided instead to return to Montford for another look - for free - in the day light at the gorgeous homes that used to be the TB sanitoriums.
To be continued...