The People's Republic of Decatur may just be as popular with those in the hereafter, as it is with residents and patrons in the here-and-now.
So says Boo Newell, the owner and principal of Decatur Ghost Tours, a popular exploration of the city which traces its roots to its founding in 1822.
Since then, the city has borne witness to the Civil War, development of the railroad and on a more personal level, the private tragedies — all of which are highlighted on the tour.
Newell, a psychic medium, has been communicating with the dead since she was toddler.
Now, she takes those with an interest in the supernatural, as well as history buffs, on a tour of the city's Downtown and historic district.
In doing so, she tells the stories, triumphs and tragedies connected to some of Decatur's most famous landmarks — from the old Town Square to the Decatur Cemetery — and why those restless spirits still make themselves known to us today.
Decatur-Avondale Estates Patch caught up with Newell at the Decatur Cemetery to discuss the tour, which meets nightly at 7:15 in the old Town Square. Please click on the video to hear a portion of our interview.