6 Great Historical Site Businesses

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Haunted History Tours | The Undead Extravaganza

Sidney Smith founded Haunted History Tours in New Orleans in 2005. Sixteen years later, the tour company employs 20 tour guides, and has been featured on A&E, History Channel, and the Travel Channel. In addition to spawning a book entitled New Orleans Ghosts, Voodoo, and Vampires, the company hosts several walking tours that take tourists through sites with historical accounts of hauntings, vampires, and voodoo lore. Smith credits his advertising acumen for keeping ticket sales robust in the face of hordes of competition. "I market and promote the heck out of my company, so we stay pretty busy," he says.