published Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Working It: Ghost Tours guide builds savvy in North Georiga history, acting

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    Connie Scott, director of Dalton Ghost Tours, stands in front of a statue of Brig. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston in downtown Dalton, Ga. Johnston is credited for keeping Union soldiers out of Dalton during the Civil War, and his statue is one stop on Scott's tour. Staff File Photo
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Name: Connie Hall-Scott

Position: Tour operator

Company: Dalton Ghost Tours in Dalton, Ga.

First job: Working at a mall

Best part of the job: “It combines a lot of the things I enjoy. I love to write. I had to do research to come up with the story that we talk about throughout the tour. During the month of October, we use actors. So I also get to direct, and I love to direct. So I get to write and direct and plan, do event coordination as well. I get to plan events sometimes and try to keep things fresh and interesting instead of doing the same thing every single time.”

Worst part of the job: “When we are using actors, if someone can’t do it at the last minute, trying to find someone else to fill that position. Then I have to get someone else to do double duty, disappear behind a building, change costumes and go do another scene. And the cold months, it’s too cold to do tours.” 

Challenges: “Keeping it interesting and not repetitive. So one week I might choose a set of stories and the next week a different set. That’s also good when you have several tours in one night, so you don’t feel like a robot.” 

What she’s learning: “It has taught me to be open minded, for sure. When you’re dealing with the paranormal, you kind of have to be. When I first started doing this, I was a lot more careful of how I presented myself. My mom said to me, only half-joking, ‘Connie, it’s embarrassing when people think you’re crazy.’ But over time I realized the drama is really what people want. I’m not as concerned about how I’m coming across as the product I’m representing.” 

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lenee3811 said...

After reading this article I googled about the ghost tours and found a website with the info. She says she does tours Fridays and Saturdays in October at 7 and 9 and where to meet in downtown Dalton. I showed up this past Friday at 7 and a man was waiting to see if any one showed up. I told him my friends and I wanted to go on the ghost tour and he said "Oh she didn't think anyone would come tonite, I'll call her." At 7:15 he tells us she won't be there till 7:30. At 7:30 she still wasn't there and we left. We were very disappointed since we rushed through dinner to be there on time. This is NOT the way to run a business!

October 11, 2011 at 10:46 a.m.

I just saw your comment regarding Dalton Ghost Tours for the first time. I operate the tours and want to apologize for the inconvenience you experienced. For two weeks in October this year I had to be out of town and had someone else acting as guide, I can only assume your experience occurred during one of those weeks. If you are still interested in attending a tour, I'd like to offer you a pair of complimentary tickets to any tour we have throughout the months of August through September - just send me an address to send them to or facebook message me. The best way to keep up with special, or out of season tours, is to watch facebook. Again, I apologize for your bad experience and hope you will allow us to make it up to you!

January 22, 2012 at 3:27 p.m.
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