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Lawrenceville Ghost Tours return to haunt participants

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If you go

• What: Lawrenceville Ghost Tours

• When: 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays today through September, times change in October

• Where: Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville

• Cost: $9 to $15

• For more information: Visit www.scarystroll.com or call 678-226-6222

LAWRENCEVILLE -- It doesn't need to be Halloween for a little spooky storytelling, especially since the Aurora Theatre has brought back its annual Lawrenceville Ghost Tours. Participants learn about the city's past with stories of ghosts and paranormal activity within aging buildings.

"Lawrenceville has a lot of history," Aurora Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez said. "It is the second-oldest city in greater Atlanta and in our research, we learned many macabre stories and odd facts, particularly about the old buildings that are now shops and restaurants. You will hear about the flying skeletons of Honest Alley, the schoolgirl ghosts who haunt the Lawrenceville Female Seminary and the infamous shooting of Larry Flynt."

And the tales don't stop there. Experienced storytellers guide participants either on foot or in a trolley to several locations with frightful pasts.

"The creepiest place we take tour groups is the 1800s-era jail in Calaboose Alley behind McCray's Tavern," Rodriguez said. "Every tour gets to spend time in the jail listening to the tale of a slave that was held there who is believed by many to still haunt the premises."

If you've taken the tour before, think about trying it again because each year Rodriguez and the Aurora staff add more information and facts to the tales.

"As we hear stories and continue to research Lawrenceville's history, we now have a catalog of tales and information about this city's rich past," he said. "By incorporating new stories and rewriting old favorites, we change the complexion of the tour so that folks will enjoy attending year after year.

"Our nationally recognized tour attracts visitors from all over the southeast who want to know where the skeletons are buried in Lawrenceville. There is no better way to learn about the stranger side of Lawrenceville's history than by taking a 90-minute spooky stroll with our team of the region's best storytellers."