Hume-Fogg Ghost Tour Continues Scary Tunnel Tradition
by Chris Cannon
Nashville, Tenn. - Students at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School brought back a Halloween tradition to celebrate the school's 100th anniversary. They will once again open the tunnels under the school for ghost tours.
The tour has not taken place for the last several years.
"And one of the top things the alumni requested to us is that we put on a small version of this. So we didn't stop there, we wanted to put on a really big version next week to keep the tradition going," said Student Government Association president Taylor Pates.
Much of the ghost tour takes place in tunnels that run underneath the school on Broadway in downtown Nashville.
"There were a lot of tunnels because this school is a fallout shelter, there are a lot of evacuation routes. At the end it's cemented off, but you used to be able to use these tunnels to get to different places in the city," Pates said.
The ghost tour is the one time a year the public has access to the tunnels under the school which was built in 1912.
Students are the tour guides and also the actors who portray different events in Hume-Fogg's history.
"There's a history of Cherokee Indians and settlers in Tennessee and on the ground Hume Fogg once settled," according to Pates.
The students also get a real life lesson of the past 100 years the school has been a part of Nashville, and the time before it was built.
"The most interesting thing that I learned is that this place used to, Indians got killed on these grounds before the building was here and I thought that was really interesting," said freshman student Karesse Clemons.
The students will hold the 2012 ghost tour on Friday, October 26th from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The cost of admission is $5 and you enter at the school's main entrance on Broadway.