This is a more indepth introduction for myself and the ghostwalk
tours we have started in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia...
Please let me know if you have any questions...
My name is Stacey Allen McGee and I am a native of Washington
County, TN. I grew up in Limestone, TN until I was seven years old
when my family moved to Johnson City, TN. Even though I lived in
Johnson City, I attended school in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Upon
graduating from David Crockett High School in the top ten percent of
my class, I moved to Tampa, Florida to attend a school for travel
agency management and tour company operations. During the past
sixteen years I have worked in the travel industry in various
customer service capacities.
In February of 1994 I founded The Alternate Realities Center, The
ARC for short, which is dedicated to the scientific study of
paranormal phenomena reported across our region. This not-for-profit
venture has become internationally recognized and represented in
eighteen countries. In addition, we have shared the pages of several
magazines published in the United States, and abroad, with such
renowned figures as David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson of the X-
Files. The ARC has been the subject of television shows such as
Turner South's Emmy winning "Liars and Legends" hosted by Grammy
winner Bubba Knight.
Introducing, "Appalachian GhostWalks"
Based in Unicoi, Tennessee, The ARC has created a regional tour
company, formerly called The ARC Tours, now called "Appalachian
GhostWalks". In cooperation with several Historical Societies as
well as other town and county agencies, we offer two hour walking
tours which showcase the interesting, yet little known history of
the area where each tour operates. In addition, "Appalachian
GhostWalks" supports our area's businesses by increasing tourism
dollars in our area. In addition, we are a proud member of the
Unicoi and Washington County Tennessee and Virginia Chambers of
Commerce serving the cities of Erwin, Johnson City, and
Jonesborough, Tennessee, as well as Abingdon, Virginia.
Our walking tours are only $7 per adult and $5 per child 12 and
under and consist of small groups of 5 to 25 people. The tour guides
are actually certified ghost hunters, following the successful
completion of a class taught by Patti Starr of Ghost Chasers
International. Patti teaches her course in ghost hunting from a
community college in Lexington, Kentucky and her techniques have
proven extremely valuable in our local investigations of private
residence, business, and historic sites.
During the past year, we were fortunate to be the first to do a
professional walk-through of some of our areas most beloved and
historic landmark buildings. In historic Abingdon, Virginia these
include the Martha Washington Inn, the Barter Theatre, as well as
the Tavern Restaurant established in 1779. Most recently, the Unicoi
County Heritage Museum, as well as the JF Toney Memorial Library
located in Erwin, Tennessee. These are just a few of the interesting
locations where we have engaged the art and science of ghost
Incorporating the information from recent professional
investigations, our walking tours will focus on not only the history
and lore of Southern Appalachia, but also on the scientific findings
related to recent paranormal activity found on site at the locations
we tour. Thus, we have developed tours which will showcase the
wondrous history and urban legend of our region effectively
educating and delighting tourists to both East Tennessee and
Again, we believe that these tours will help to generate additional
tourism and new business for area merchants of East Tennessee and
Southwest Virginia. We are working in cooperation with town
merchants in coordinating our tours so that our guests and visitors
to the area may take advantage of merchandise and services offered
there. All inclusive tour packages include dinner at one of the
area's finer restaurants, as well as overnight accommodations at
some of the areas finer bed and breakfasts. These types of tours as
well as bus tours will be available by the fall of 2006.
Our clientele is built exclusively from our marketing strategies
designed to draw groups of people from both inside and outside the
region who maintain a special interest and enthusiasm for the lore
and legend, as well as the research and investigation of historic
places said to be haunted. This idea has been developed by others in
cities all around the United States, such as Charleston, South
Carolina as well as Savannah, Georgia and has had a significant and
positive impact on their local and regional economy.
Further information specific to our tours appear on our new website
at www.AppalachianGhostWalks.com but please let me know about any
questions you may have, or additional information you may require.
Our office and reservations hotline is (423) 943-6477. I am
available for articles, interviews, or follow-up inquiries at your
convenience. We appreciate any help you can offer, and thank you so
very much for your time and kind considerations.
Very Truly Yours,
Stacey Allen McGee
Tour Director ~ Appalachian GhostWalks
Founder of The ARC ~ Alternate Realities Center