I was recently doing headshots for Saint Augustine based Samantha Stitchberry when I asked her where she works, she told me she had three jobs! One of those being a ghost tour guide in St. Augustine! (Oh and she works on vintage costumes and fixes them.) I had to know more…
How did you get your start?
I started by answering a Craigslist ad! I was looking for a new job and I thought being a Ghost Host sounded like great fun!
What drew you to costumes and the ghost tours?
I grew up in theatre and I always loved playing in the costume closet. It was filled with clothing that I would never be able to wear in my everyday life. I knew that downtown tour guides usually had to dress up in some sort of period costume so I was even more excited about the job!
Anything really funny ever happen while you were out giving a tour?
Oh for sure. I get weird things almost every night. Last week I was interrupted by a guy in a pedicab, playing bagpipes. It was very weird but kind of impressive.
How about scary or crazy?
I always love when people are able to get a picture of a ghost on camera. James at the Tolomato cemetery has been very active and it’s a nice way for people to get that ghostly chill.
How long have you been doing the ghost tours?
What is your favorite thing to do around Jacksonville and St. Augustine?
The beach is always great but I love going to the pirate museum in St. Augustine. It’s so interactive.
When your family comes to town, what is something you guys always have to do while they are in town?
My parents actually live here! We like going out and trying new restaurants.
What’s your favorite movie?
Either Anastasia, Ratatouille, or Harry Potter. I can never pick. They are all very nostalgic
What’s your favorite song?
Currently Necromancer’s Lullaby by Bearfoot Monty. I love the work put into the lyrics. It’s haunting and beautiful.
What’s something you can’t live without (besides your loved ones)?
If my cat Pepper doesn’t count, I would have to say my IPad and planner. My entire life is on both of those things. I do a lot of editing on my iPad and I just love the convenience.
What’s your current obsession?
Kayla Nicholson Youtube video. She has a beautiful aesthetic. They have really been making me consider making some videos myself
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Doing a job I love in a small little beachfront property, surrounded by a variety of animals.
Fruit salad. I know it’s healthier, but it’s something I will never turn down.
Anywhere that makes good Japanese food!
Find her on Instagram.
I don’t know about you, but I want to do a ghost tour now! Go ask for Sam over at Ghost Tours of St. Augustine.