So back to the event we have decided to eliminate from our schedule this season. While I don’t like to air our group’s grievances publically, I feel in this case it is fully justified. Over the past four years we have offered the Guyandotte Cemetery Ghost Tour during the weekend that Swinefest takes place in Guyandotte. We have made a difficult decision to pull this tour off of our schedule despite its extreme popularity due to the attitude of some Swinefest organizers toward us last year. Instead of working with us to ensure we had a successful tour last year, they chose to cause conflict. While most of the problems were resolved for us, it was not until we made complaints to them and by that time the damage had already been done.
This year it is my understanding that the Swinefest organizers are planning to do what sounds like a very similar tour to what we have been doing in the Cemetery the past four years. They most likely feel that they will take over and do the tours in our place and perhaps have people believe that our group is giving these tours. If you attend Swinefest this year, please know that Haunted & Historic Guyandotte Tours and Huntington Paranormal Investigations & Research will not be conducting any type of ghost tour during this event. (but please see our latest update below!)
We spend many hours fact checking for accurate historical information with the tours we give and while the legends and ghost stories we tell have been handed down to us, we do not embellish any of the stories we have been told. The quality of the tours we give is extremely important to us and since we have been doing the tours for the past 5 years we have really learned so much. I think our tours reflect our desire to deliver educational historic info but sort of in a sneaky way as we tell you stories that send chills down your spine.
We may resume our Guyandotte Cemetery Tour in the future, but it will not be conducted on the same weekend that Swinefest takes place. And of course we will continue our regular schedule around Halloween and Guyandotte Civil War Days, just check our website for some date changes from previous years. In all, we hope to bring you a fun filled Halloween season with some exciting events to keep you shaking in your boots! It’s unfortunate that we have had to deal with some of the nonsense out there while just trying to provide exciting events to our community, but our struggles only make us work harder. Our tours may be imitated, but they will never be duplicated. Join us for an ORIGINAL Haunted & Historic Guyandotte Tour this fall!
UPDATE* - We have decided to replace our Cemetery Tour this season with an exciting new event! On the evenings of October 4, 5, and 26, join us to experience a guided ghost hunt of the Haunted & Historic Buffington House! Our new guided ghost hunts will be organized similar to our ghost tours; however instead of visiting a wide variety of locations you will actually get to spend up to 1 hour and 30 minutes with your guide, exploring real haunted locations. You will be with a small group of people and will be taught basic beginner ghost hunting skills all while participating in an active ghost hunt. (ages 12 and over, children must be accompanied by an adult).
Just like our tours, we are offering this event for free. We do however appreciate your donations which help us continue keeping our tours and events running, but we also donate a portion of what you donate to us to other worthy causes as well.
SEPT. 28 UPDATE* - As previously mentioned, we decided a while back that it was best to no longer be associated with the Swinefest event in Guyandotte after last year. The Herald-Dispatch printed a front page piece in their paper yesterday that reinforces our reasons we are no longer associated with the festival. But as it goes, when you treat others poorly and make selfish decisions, those things can come back to haunt you. Here is the article from yesterday's paper: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/x1945021250/Commission-denies-funding-for-festival
Our ghost tour site is no longer available - visit our Facebook page for more ghost tour information - https://www.facebook.com/GuyandotteGhosts/