The Vancouver Barracks was founded in 1849, and members of the United States military served there until 2011. In those years, thousands of service members, their families, civilians, and prisoners walked its grounds. In over 150 years, they left their mark on the land and the buildings, leaving behind many memories. Stories have grown up about the Vancouver Barracks, stories of loneliness, fear and tragedy, all part of the darker aspects of military life. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you will be interested in the stories of the Vancouver Barracks' past inhabitants.
The Spirit Tales of the Vancouver Barracks tour was designed by local historian and author Jefferson Davis. Jeff served at the Vancouver Barracks for many years, and has first hand experience with both the spooky and ordinary history of the Vancouver Barracks. Please join him and the other tour guides to learn more about the Vancouver Barracks' shady past.
The tour starts in the parking lot opposite the Grant House restaurant. The street address for the Grant House is, 1101 Officers Row, Vancouver, WA 98661. The tour does not start at the Grant House, it ends there. You will see your tour guide in the parking lot, opposite the Grant House.
Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in for your tour. Although there is usually no problem finding a parking spot at the Grant House, sometimes there are large events and that parking lot is full. Please download the tour map, it shows several other parking lots nearby.
You can download a copy of the tour map by clicking here.
To set up a private tour, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This tour takes place, rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. The tour route is about 1 ½ miles in length, over sidewalks and grassy ground, on flat ground as well as slight slopes. It also crosses several streets. Persons with disabilities or who are a little unsteady may encounter some difficulty. Because the tour takes place in all weather, everyone should take care when walking on grass and pavement, as well as crossing the street in low light conditions. Due to many adult themes and stories we do not recommended this tour for children under the age of 10, and adults should accompany youths under the age of 18.
Please limit drinking of any alcoholic beverages before this walk. Because there is no restroom stop on this tour, you may experience some difficulties. Alcohol can also cause some difficulties walking on difficult terrain, and we do not want anyone to trip, fall, or injure themselves in any way. The Vancouver Barracks has enough ghosts, and does not need more.
and Refund Policy
We do not have a minimum number of guests, so you need not
worry about us canceling the tour because of low numbers. However, if there is
an unexpected emergency and we have to cancel a tour, we will notify
you by email or text message, please do the same for us. In the event we
have to cancel the event, we will offer you a choice of a refund
of your money, or a later
tour. We are sorry, but if you are a no show at your tour, there
is no refund. However, we will
happily reschedule you for a later tour.
To register for a tour, please click on the specific date, or the calendar icon. The hyperlink will will take you to a separate ticketing website. Sorry, when you purchase your tickets, the system will not let you put individual names on each ticket, they will all be registered in the name of the purchaser. The site uses PayPal, which takes other major credit cards. We will have a list of all guests at the walk, so you do not have to bring your receipt.
Tours Fall Schedule: September 8th - October 29th
PM to 6:30 PM
to 3:30 PM
Sunday, October 15, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 20 spots open
Friday, October 20, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 12 spots open
Sunday, October 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 20 spots open
Friday, October 27, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 20 spots open
Sunday, October 29, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 18 spots open This walk is not at the normal Sunday time of 2:00 - 3:30 PM. It will take place from 4:00 - 5:30 pm, making it a bit darker in the evening for the spooky factor.
The Spirit Tales walk is gaining interest, as we get closer to Halloween. Here are links to two media coverage items.
My friends Aaron Collins and Steve Sroba went on my walk, and recorded some of the high points of our trip in a video. The video is about 16 minutes long. There is a bit of talking, but I think you will like the background scenery of our walk.
I had two special guests at my Sunday walk, on the 17th of September 2017, a reporter and photographer from The Columbian. Here is an article on the walk.
Portland and Vicinity
Beyond Bizarre Ghost Tour of Portland. Part of Portland Walking tours. This tour is given by some of Portland's most knowledgeable historians and tour guides. They also have a Shanghai Tunnel Tour.
Shanghai Tunnel Tours of Portland given by guides from the Cascade Geographic Society, and their wonderful guides.
Northwest Ghost Tours Rocky Smith and his fellow tour guides provide a wonderful historic and haunted tour of Oregon City
Seattle and Vicinity
The Market Ghost Tour has been giving ghost walks in and around Seattle's Pike Place Market for several years.
Private Eye Tours of Seattle takes people on a trip through the scarier and seamier side of Seattle. Instead of a hearse, their tour vehicle is a bright red van. Lots of anecdotes of past celebrities, and a video too.
Spooked in Seattle Ghost tours of Seattle. They have a Haunted Pub Tour, Pioneer Square Walking Tour, specialty tours like a Capitol Hill Bus Tour, and an interesting business space, which includes a learning center and Death Museum
Port Gamble Ghost Walks are not every weekend, so please check their website for days and times.
Port Townsend, WA ghost walk: Twisted History Tours
Discover the Past conducts interesting ghost walks of Victoria, British Columbia
Ghostly Gastown gives tours of Vancouver British Columbia
Ghost Walks and Other Oddities Outside the Pacific Northwest
Philip Hutchinson's Haunted Guildford (England) Tour
Philip Hutchinson's Jack the Ripper Walk
Carla Boullion's Phantoms, Facts, and Folklore, giving ghost walks of the New Orleans area for many years.
In recent weeks it has come to my attention that certain parties are using my ghost stories and those of my contributors as references for their own commercial enterprises. If you or someone you know is writing a book on ghosts in the Pacific Northwest, PLEASE DO NOT!!! copy or use the following stories or any other materials within this website as references.
Jefferson Davis (25 April 2003)
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