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Bloodlust: Mysteries of Victorian Boston

Boston, United States

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Experience hosted by Michael

2 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

In the late 1800s, Boston experienced a rash of gruesome murders and unexplained phenomena. The “Boston Medical and Surgical Journal” observed, “The increase in the number of the criminally insane has been exceptionally rapid…” Most interesting was the way one community reacted to this – The South End, the country’s oldest and largest Victorian neighborhood.

Not only was there a reawakening of the notorious Witchcraft Trials that happened 200 years earlier, but people were also accused of being vampires and conversing with the dead – all while serial murders and molesters lurked just out of sight.

Explore this quaint post-Civil War suburb, its architectural gems and strange statuary that tourist rarely get to see. Then delve into the concerns of the people who lived here, their art, science, politics and stories of true crime, with demonstrations on Victorian phantasmagoria and the new fields of forensics and toxicology.

Did you know that one of Boston’s wealthiest entrepreneurs was a woman? So was America’s first accused vampire. We’ve also hosted mad scientists, homicidal healthcare workers and psychologists who treated the mentally ill in unsavory ways.

Buried the beneath this neighborhood's eye-catching English gardens and breathtaking brick rowhouses is a unique experience you won’t want to miss, and all within a few blocks of Copley Square and Back Bay.
Other things to note
We will walk outside, about a mile, through the streets and parks of the South End. We will see architecturally significant homes and churches, the background for a number of historic movie and shows. There will be some graphic discussion of violence and murder. Participant discretion is advised.
In the late 1800s, Boston experienced a rash of gruesome murders and unexplained phenomena. The “Boston Medical and Surgical Journal” observed, “The increase in the number of the criminally insane has been exceptionally rapid…” Most interesting was the way one community reacted to this – The South End, the country’s oldest and largest Victorian neighborhood.

Not only was there a reawakening of the notorious Witchcraft Trials that happe…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Hand sanitizer,
    Umbrella (please request)
From $29
/ person
Tue, Dec 1
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
$29 per person
$29 per person
Tue, Dec 1
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
$29 per person
$29 per person
Wed, Dec 2
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
$29 per person
$29 per person

Meet your host, Michael

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 205 Reviews
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Hi, I'm Michael,

As an experienced educator, artist, historian and tour guide, I will provide a wealth of information about my neighborhood and its place in one of the most historically complex cities in North America.
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Where you'll be

Designed to reflect the refined, English sensibilities of the 1800s, the South End has gone through many changes over the years. It was created as a suburban neighborhood for the upper-middle class. In the 1900s, it became a haven for cultural diversity, emigration and women’s rights. Enigmatically, it has also been an urban wasteland, a hotbed of crime and a mecca for artists. Now, it's some of the most expensive real estate in the country.

Rated 4.94 out of 5 from 205 reviews.

Shihyu
November 2020
Michael gave us the best experience we have from Airbnb so far. He knows Victorian English buildings and the history of the surroundings inside out. The stories he shared are amazing and thrilling. Ask him questions about it and he is all up to surprise you! He is a natural storyteller. Definitely recommend the tour!
Michael gave us the best experience we have from Airbnb so far. He knows Victorian English buildings and the history of the surroundings inside out. The stories he shared are amazi…
Lynne
November 2020
Michael was very knowledgeable and engaging. We were exhausted from traveling and he still managed to keep our interest. A bit of history, architecture and some entertaining stories.
Bethany
November 2020
This is hands down the BEST tour I have ever been on. Michael is an incredible story teller- he gets you hooked in and participating by asking you questions about how you think the killer would have accomplished getting away with their crimes. He was also very communicative beforehand on where to meet and how to get there. Overall very personable and nice guy! Highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting Boston!
This is hands down the BEST tour I have ever been on. Michael is an incredible story teller- he gets you hooked in and participating by asking you questions about how you think the…
Diandra
November 2020
If you are staying in Boston and want something cool to do (while exploring a really beautiful neighborhood) I would not hesitate to book this tour. Michael was super friendly and my boyfriend and I had a great time.
Emily
November 2020
This tour was small and intimate, and very thorough! I learned a lot of interesting details that I wouldn't have found many other places. Michael was warm and welcoming, and made it a friendly and fun experience.
Inna
November 2020
Had an absolutely swell time on this tour! Very informative, felt engaged and enjoyed the friendly banter throughout the tour. I felt that Michael has thorough knowledge of Boston's less popularized history and felt welcome in the group.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 11 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Weather appropriate clothing

Comfortable shoes