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Take the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia this Valentine's Day

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Are you so in love that you can't imagine life without your soul mate? Well, apparently, neither could some of the couples throughout Philadelphia's history, so legend has it, they stuck around after death!

If you’re looking for a different way to celebrate Valentine's Day rather than just celebrating over an expensive dinner, (and with time running out!) the city has something different to offer -- an adventure into the lovelorn past through the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia. Marquis de Lafayette

Special candlelight walking tours will be held this weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, throughout the city in which special guides will lead couples around some of the landmarks where love stories have taken place.

Tales of love, loss, and betrayal are among them. "It'll be the first year the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia is offering this special February event," said Eileen Reeser, one of the tour guides for the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia.

"It seems to be a really popular topic," Reeser said. "Love…love lost—there are so many stories."

Since 1997, Ghost Tour of Philadelphia has been offering its services, taking city-goers on haunted tours of Independence Park and Society Hill. This one, however, will be a bit different.

The tours depart from 10th and Spruce streets outside of Varga Bar, and will end at 2nd and Walnut streets outside City Tavern. Throughout the walk, participants will get a chance to hear some of the city's historical ghost stories including one about a female apparition at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Legend has it that Stephen Girard  had his insane wife Mary committed there in 1790 against her wishes and she still haunts the hospital long after her death.

"It's a very sad story," Reeser said.

Another story will touch on the saga of romance that allegedly keeps a spirit haunting the Powel House  or one about a fire at City Tavern in which a bride and her party were killed before the wedding. And what love story would be complete without tales of Ben Franklin, Philadelphia's most infamous Casanova? There will be a chance to hear about some of his haunts as well.

"All of them have some type of love twist," Reeser said. "A lot of people enjoy ghost stories that revolve around love, because we all hope there's something more when we pass on."

"Love is one of the classic ingredients to a good ghost story, and it takes many forms, from romance and heartbreak to revenge and betrayal. The Valentine's Ghost Tour will be filled with haunting, atypical love stories, and it gives everyone --- coupled or not --- something intriguing, entertaining, and a little offbeat to do," Reeser said.

Tours will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with an additional tour at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Complete information and tickets for the Valentine's Ghost Tour of Philadelphia are available online or by calling 215-413-1997. Tickets are $15 per person and $8 ages 4-12.

Reservations are required

You can contact Jessica Beym at jessicabeym@gmail.com