From ghost walks to getaways, county steps up its promotions Tourism Office highlights history, accommodations

July 21, 1996|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Whether it is for Civil War memorabilia, hauntings or a country getaway, Carroll is becoming the county to tour.

The county's Office of Tourism has put together several package tours and is willing to customize theme tours. Local sites have become so popular with visitors that the office is advertising for on-call tour guides.

Three tour buses have made reservations for a fall ghost walk among purportedly haunted sites in Westminster. The tour also will stop at the Carroll County Farm Museum for a Victorian funeral, chilling stories and a wagon ride.

Several hundred visitors have signed up for a New Year's tour that will take them through holidays past and present. Stops include the Antrim Inn in Taneytown and the Farm Museum, both decked in holiday splendor. Guests will ring in 1997 at a Westminster restaurant.

By next spring, the staff hopes to have a museum tour scheduled and is expecting the doll exhibit at the Historical Society to be one of the most popular stops.

The Tourism Office hopes to keep visitors coming with "Just Around the Corner," a visitor's guide that will encourage more travelers to see Carroll.

"It is a tickler piece with accommodations lists, camp grounds, golf courses and more," said Sharon Kirk, a tourism employee.

The office will distribute 100,000 copies of the brochure featuring descriptions and photos of a county "centered in history and surrounded by charm."

Among the first to receive the brochures will be Ravens fans. The tourism staff is operating a booth overlooking the practice field at Western Maryland College during the NFL team's stay in Westminster.

Pub Date: 7/21/96

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