Springfield Walks - Premier Tour & Guide Service Company - Springfield, IL

Meet the Guides

 

Garret Moffett - Is the creator and owner of Springfield Walks and brings 15 years of domestic and some international tour guide experience to the streets of Springfield. Originally from Macomb, Illinois Garret now makes Springfield his home.

Garret earned an Associate Degree in Nursing, but always had an appreciation for history of all kinds. After college Garret spent time living in Tokyo, Japan with his college roommate's family and traveling the country.

After several years as a nurse Garret spent several months traveling Europe and eventually began escorting families and small groups through Britain and Europe on short trips.

 


Returning to the states Garret left nursing and served as Vice-President of the Western Illinois Regional Museum in 2004 in Macomb and served as the Chairman of the Historical Task Force under the guise of the Community Quality of Life Advisory Committee 2004-06. He has also written and contributed to numerous local history articles and publications.

In 2002, Garret created Macomb's first haunted history tour which received several local awards over five years. In 2005 Garret's Haunted History Walk took the top honor in the state out of 55 other communities vying for the prestigious "Main Street Award for Historical Development." But with the opening of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Garret's attention turned towards Springfield.

Garret was the first to offer this new form of tourism business in Springfield and Lincoln's Ghost Walk trial tours began in mid-August 2005. Since then Springfield Walks has received accolades in national and international press.

Garret has also published three books; Lincoln's Ghost: Legends & Lore(Author House 2009) Haunted Macomb(The History Press 2010) Haunted Springfield (The History Press 2011).

Garret also plays the character of Ward Hill Lamon for Springfield. Lamon was a close friend and law associate and Abraham Lincoln, He was a U.S. marshal and Lincoln's personal bodyguard, but was away on the nation's business that fateful theater night; a regret Lamon had to live with the rest of his life. During the tour season you can find Garret tending to Lincoln at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, escorting tour groups or walking the streets engaging with the tourists.