“I love skeptics—my husband is one,” Haas said. “Come on my ghost walk; I’ll make you a believer.”
Haas said she started giving ghost tours on the back of her husband’s truck in 2013. They would park in front of the Treasure Hunter’s Gallery off Morton Street and take fellow ghost tour lovers on a walk through the town, highlighting Richmond’s deep history.
“Richmond’s really got a lot of history, and it’s really haunted,” Haas said. “[I have] found so many creepy things along this street [Morton Street] that have happened, and I wanted to share that with people. ”
After witnessing the popularity of her ghost tours, Haas leased the upstairs building at 308 Morton St., formally known as the 1885 Exchange Hotel, in 2015. The hotel resides over her one-year-old antique business, Jay-Wood Trading Co., and extends across Treasure Hunter’s Gallery and the Italian Maid Cafe.
For $20, Haas offers ghost tours mostly year-round, except for when the Texas summer heat proves unbearable. She said she has customers who come from all over.
“I even have people that have guests and family [come in] from out of town during Christmas,” Haas said.
Haas is familiar with the alleged spirits she said still haunt the upstairs hotel. One of her regulars at the antique shop is a ghost named Michael, who Haas said refuses to tell her his last name.
“I can’t guarantee they are going to see anything; most people are touched, [physically],” Haas said of the ghosts. “Michael is partial to blondes.”
Haas said she is unsure what the future holds since her landlord might turn the upstairs property into an office space, but she will keep offering tours until her lease is up in February of next year.
“It’s more history than haunts … if the paranormal stuff shows itself then, hey, it shows itself,” Haas said. “Have an open mind, come and have fun.”
History and Haunts of Richmond, Texas
308 Morton St., Richmond
Tours are given every Friday and Saturday night in October.