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 standing on the grass, at the southwest corner of the parking lot. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in for your tour.
You can download a copy of the tour map by clicking here.
Date/Time of Tours:
PM to 7:30 PM
to 3:30 PM
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 wet 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 do our best to notify
you by email or text message. We will also off your 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. Although the site uses PayPal, it takes other major credit cards. We will have a list of all guests at the walk, in case you forget your receipt.
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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.
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