Paranormal Locations A community for those who love haunted locations <![CDATA[Doctor Who Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 22:27:34 +0000 <![CDATA[Doctor Who Quick Tip by atfmb1]]> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 04:58:41 +0000 <![CDATA[ Like Ghost Hunters, but on a different channel]]>
1. Find "locals" to provide authentic creepy stories about a location.
2. Stay at the location overnight with stacks of infrared cameras and voice recorders.
3. Make dubious claims about hearing things and seeing things that are never recorded.
4. Present the evidence after the fact and have a "paranormal expert" certify it as proof.
5. Go to the bank.

This particular incarnation follows the improbably-named Zak Bagans and his two "researchers" as they physically lock themselves into locations for the night. Zak is very enthusiastic and spends too much time exercising his upper arms at the gym. His ability to connect the dots and make conclusions that would normally require large amount of alcohol is impressive.

One typical example would be the "EVP" sessions where ghosts whisper random words in response to questions, but the sound is only picked up on digital recorders apparently. Zak will hear a slight breeze in the recording, determine that the word whispered was "DIE" and that the seventh circle of hell has opened and they've created a portal that only Zool can close. 

Occasionally they do something that  I would charitably call 'stupid' - such as locking one of the crew in a morgue refrigerator and then wondering off and getting lost while the victim freaks out. If that happened to me, I'd beat Zak to within an inch of his life with his own camera and wouldn't care how big his biceps are. But it's only TV of course.

Overall there's not much to recommend this show. Pretty much all haunted locations on the continent have been exhausted by Jason and Grant from Ghost Hunters, and after thousands of hours of footage, nobody has captured footage that's even slightly compelling. Now, although the format is getting fairly tired, I would be really interested in seeing Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters hosting their own ghost show - talk about revolutionizing the genre!]]> Sat, 15 Jan 2011 00:52:56 +0000
<![CDATA[True Blood Quick Tip by kfontenot]]> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:54:13 +0000 <![CDATA[Ghost Hunters Quick Tip by kfontenot]]> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:46:24 +0000 <![CDATA[ Are we there yet?]]> Destination Truth has caught my Medusa-like gaze, and now they can't make them fast enough for me. It's tragic really, but still better than another BBC Pride & Prejudice.

One recent episode promised the "world's first underwater paranormal investigation", which sounds like the punchline to a politically incorrect Irish joke but they were serious. The underwater EVPs were my favorite part, since they ruled out the fish mumbling to each other and provide incontrovertible proof of aqua-spooks.

Destination Truth is like a travel show with Tourettes syndrome, but fortunately the guy who bleeps out the cursing is always on cue. I have no idea who Josh Gates is or why he's famous, but I suspect he's intensely irritating in real life. Part know-it-all and part bossy-boots, he's also cursed by a terrible grasp of basic science but has a supportive crew who doesn't mind putting up with his crap.

He's also made friends with Jason and Grant from Ghosthunters, who hang around like they're trying to steal his wallet. He flies across the world, stays somewhere one or two nights then flies back with audio clips that Grant can approve ("There's definitely something there!") and Jason can make scientific-sounding conclusions ("We just don't have enough research in the field"). All three of them need a thorough slap.

Invariably, in looking for Yetis and Lochness monsters, they'll make a casting of a recently-made large footprint, or discover a bone in some crazy local's pub. Back in LA, they harass the school of zoology and waste the time of DNA labs to show it was a horseshoe and a half-eaten chicken wing. As for the rest of the evidence, we're back to chasing shadows, making things out of heat camera images, and manufacturing EVPs.

Our host Josh punctuates his investigations with wise-cracks about the crappy technology of people in third-world countries, and feigning health-inspector-like safety tips to his subordinates ("Be very careful!"). He's like the protective Dad, and prefers to scuba dive than ghost hunt - and likes to be the guy who drives rather than a passenger. He probably likes walks on the beach too, but definitely has a penchant for jumping to conclusions.

A recent EVP in Japan said "hai", which is apparently Japanese for 'no' but also English for 'hi'. This meant that it was a Japanese soldier from Pearl Harbor who survived the attack but died while watching a Godzilla movie and his spirit lingers on to warn others about choking on a bone in a spiny tuna roll. While the destination may be Truth, I think it's going to be chance rather than determination that gets us there.]]> Fri, 22 Oct 2010 22:54:07 +0000
<![CDATA[ "I'm John Wilkes Booth!"]]> Oh God I've got to stop watching these shows but this one grabbed my attention because it has two things that Ghosthunters doesn't:

  • A truck.
  • A ghost lab in a truck.
As fans of Ghostbusters will know, it's a very scientific business running around scaring the living brown stuff out of yourselves, and you should never, ever cross the streams.

A PhD in BS

Ghost Lab is run by the Kling-on brothers, who are pair of earnest folk from San Antonio with a truck. I think they're brothers in the blood type sense, not as "close friends". There's also a white haired old dude and a bleach-blonde groupie strapped to them like koalas. I like them as people but Jesus does their science stink.

As you might remember from dull afternoons in high school, science is about burning a peanut and seeing how many kilojoules it gives off. From what I remember, the essential equipment is a peanut and a flame, and a control peanut for eating.

The Kling-on boys have zillions of dollars of toys - I mean, enough equipment to make Halliburton have a seizure. When they're not carrying out "science and stuff" they must be at Best Buy wrestling flat-screens to the ground. Unfortunately, their experiments tend to be less scientific and more like "what happens if we throw a camel at an elephant?"

Their inability to catch anything on camera is like the A-Team's failure to hit anyone with a bullet. But there's always - sans fail - some garbled EVP that 'proves' there's a little ghosty running around. One recently claimed to be John Wilkes Boothe (you know the guy who interrupted a theater performance once). He claimed "I'm John Wilkes Boothe" so it must be true. I thought he said he was Ronald McDonald, but I don't have have a truck full of flat-screens and a groupie.

Let's get a tattoo.

While I was chewing through a control peanut, one of the shows was about a haunted tattoo parlor. What better way to ghost hunt that to get a tattoo? I have nothing more to say about that.

The Kling-on brothers are also good at running after dark shadows that never get caught on camera. Watching them run is like looking at a chihuahua on a Stairmaster.

Recently, there was one about a hotel where all the electrical outlets are unplugged by a electro-phobic ghost. With enough cameras to sink YouTube, they manage to video the house in such a way to miss every single electrical outlet. But they did put the groupie in a bathtub who heard a lamp unplug itself. What are the odds? 

"The door can see into your soul!"

I have to say that I've very skeptical about electromagnetic pulse meters, EVPs and using night-vision cameras to catch ghosts. I'm not sure when these became part of the factual canon of TV ghost-hunting but I'm pretty sure they're confusing coincidence and causality. I also know it would be easy to tamper the evidence on all three and nothing you ever see on TV is real, except for Burn Notice. It's funny how foreign ghosts always leave EVP messages in English - good to see Rosetta Stone has a booming business in the afterlife.

But assuming the Kling-ons are for real, and let's face it they've blown a shitload of denarii on the truck, they must be disappointed that Zuul the gatekeeper hasn't showed up. Instead, there's always some C-list spirit closing a door or hassling the groupie. But they're at least not Grant and Jason, the all-time Kings of ghost-hunting fakery ("What was that? Something just touched my arm!"), and they're from Texas so I like 'em.]]> Fri, 22 Oct 2010 22:11:27 +0000
<![CDATA[ Waverly Hills Sanatorium Truly is the Scary Monstrosity on the Hill]]> Ah, Waverly Hills Sanatorium. I live in Louisville and I'd always heard stories about haunted Wavery Hills: the thousands of tuberculosis patients who died there, the girl with the red eyes, the boy who likes to roll balls down the hallways, the nurse who hung herself outside of room 502 and the death tunnel. I'd always wanted to visit. In 2008 I got my chance.

The hospital that housed tens of thousands of tuberculosis patients for decades (1920s-1960s). Reportedly over 60,000 patients died here. I have always wanted to visit this place. I live less than an hour away. I was excited that I was finally going to go see the place in person.

Outside Room 502 where a nurse hung herself or by someone else back in the 1930s. Also another nurse jumped or was pushed from the window in Room 502 to her death. There are supposedly incidences of people now getting sick after being in this room. Definitely one of the most popular sites on the property.

There is a lot of graffiti on every floor. I wish these white spots on some of my photos were orbs, but alas they are not. They are just dust. Unfortunately, we didn't see anything paranormal.

The above photo is of "The Death Tunnel". This is right outside the main building where the corpses were taken from the building to the awaiting hearses at the bottom of the hill. A ramp on one side and stairs on the other. The stairs were for the employees and the ramp was for the deceased.

The one odd thing that did happen while there was my flashlight went dead after only three minutes in the main building. I later checked the batteries and they were fine. It is the flashlight itself that no longer works. [enter scary music]

I am so glad to be able to go. it is a shame that no one with me saw or heard anything really unique. I would like to go again soon. It is a huge fascinating place that is perfect for anyone who likes history or being scared.

This video is from 1931 about Wavery Hills Sanatorium. It is creepy on its own.

This is more what it looks like today, however it has been "cleaned" up a bit.

For all of the pics from my visit, go here

Waverly Hills official website.]]> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 15:00:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Star Trek: The Original Series Quick Tip by TheJohn]]> Sat, 25 Sep 2010 18:26:42 +0000 <![CDATA[ True Blood is just like Heroes! (And a drinking game...)]]>
Anyway, my prediction - at the risk of a getting flamed - is that next year's season of True Blood will be headed the same way. Think about the parallels:
  • Innocent and naive central female character learns to grapple with supernatural power and the dangers it entails.
  • Plots focus on overlaying supernatural elements on suburban life. (Ha, they tried that in The Sarah Connor Chronicles, but that's another story.)
  • Four-act episodes with major dramatic plot points connecting each.
  • Villains turn out to be heroes.
  • Heroes become villainous.
  • Certain characters' plot lines you'd like to TiVo over completely (Hiro, Tara's mother and Sam's family anyone?)
  • Unbridled use of flashbacks when minutes of screen time need to be filled
  • The background of politics used to move the plot along
  • A growing army of characters with head-scratching supernatural/super-powers
  • Some semi-expensive TV-quality CGI
  • A strong first season that gets diluted which each passing episode
  • Drooling comic-con fanboys
Of course, there are some differences. If you thought DC and Oakland had crime problems, check out Bon Temps, where the local morgue is like Ikea on a Sunday without the hot-dogs. And there's enough soft-porn on this show to make the Internet look like good clean family entertainment. 

I don't want to suggest that HBO is anywhere near as close as NBC was in season 3 to putting the show out of its misery. NBC literally excommunicated Heroes, telling it to pack its shit up and get moving, leaving Hayden Pannetiere with nowhere to go but supermarket tabloids and a future filled with DUIs and sex tapes. HBO is currently basking in its success, with executives buzzing around like someone released itching powder at the petting zoo.

But True Blood is heading into Blake Snyder's well-defined "Double Mumbo Jumbo" territory. Just as I rolled my eyes every time Hiro squinted or Matt Parker looked all confused, hoping the sound effects would paper over the cracks in his performance, I recently paused to laugh out loud when Sookie Stackhouse turned out to be fairy. A what? Isn't it enough to be a telepathic waitress with flashy things coming out of her hands? DMJ, my friends. It's bad news.

So far we've had telepaths, vampires, shape-shifters, werewolves, maenads (don't ask), were-panthers (WTF?), fairies - it's really getting like Buffy the Vampire Slayer had a love child with the second Matrix  - and we're just stopping short of killer cyborgs from the future. Also, I'm starting to suspect that the production team has a long-running contract with dog trainers, since invariably canines feature prominently in the line-up.

Admittedly, the Beswick household has been snorting up episodes of True Blood and enjoying the experience. And even season 3, with it's wild plate-spinning act of balancing vampire politics, melodrama and Glee-style characterization, has had us hooked. But there's a curse around the fourth iteration of anything - just look at the embarrassment of the latest installments of Indiana Jones and Shrek to see the dangers - and if someone doesn't get the reigns back on the screenwriters, we could have Sookie facing aliens and ancient civilizations before you know it. Beware!

The True Blood Drinking Game (Almost Too Easy, I Know)

Note: to avoid fatal-levels of alcohol poisoning, we're changing this drinking game to a points-based system, where you have to accumulate 5 points before taking a shot.

1 point whenever:
  • Major characters appear shirtless and you wonder how many gyms there are in Bon Temps
  • Bill says "Sookie" in that way that sounds eerily like Timmy from South Park meets Elvis.
  • Matt Parker, sorry I mean Sookie, gets plot-pivotal information through mental eavesdropping
  • Cop Andy pulls the one facial expression he was hired for.
  • You think the war vet/cook guy would have been great on Tropic Thunder.
  • Someone gets glamored (and if you realize if you could glamor people, you might not be a force for good).
  • You think Eric is better-looking than Bill (my wife would get drunk on this one alone).
2 points whenever:
  • Jason Stackhouse either kills someone or thinks he's killed someone - more like Jason Slaughterhouse.
  • 20 minutes passes without a random sex scene.
  • Sookie and Bill get it on and you wonder if they're, er, like, doing it for real now they're married in real life. Ewww.
  • Merlotte's faces a business-ending or lawsuit-invoking event 
Special events/exceptions:
  • 5 POINTS: the FBI or some sort of federal enforcement actually shows up.
  • Tara's Mom or Bill's family are thrown a plot line: keep drinking until it's over.
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<![CDATA[ 7 Days]]> A few years ago, I used to fly from London to New York for a week every month or so on business. Sat in business class on my third glass of Champagne, I decided to watch The Ring on the in-seat TV. I broke my cardinal rule about watching horror films on my own, and needless to say spent most of the rest of the week sleeping with the lights on at the hotel.

Then the impossible happened.

On the last day of my trip, my 5.30am alarm unceremoniously dragged me out of bed, and I started packing up the amazing amount of stuff that gathers from a short trip. I sat down to complete the express checkout bill and that's when it happened.

The TV came on. On snow. It had been seven days. I completely froze, waiting for Samara to crawl out of the TV. My heart was pounding, and a cold sweat washed over my face. Then I realized I'd just sat on the remote, and the girl in need of a hair cut and a facial wouldn't be visiting today.

I really shouldn't watch horror films on my own.

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<![CDATA[Winchester House Quick Tip by jbeswick]]> Thu, 29 Jul 2010 21:00:45 +0000 <![CDATA[ Captains log: Damn we're awesome!]]> The effects are awful.

The acting was at times like a plate of nachos ranging from too corny to real cheesy.

The guy with the ears freaked the suits at the studio out.

It rarely turned in good ratings.

Who cares.  it's a classic. 

This shabby little gem from the late 60's and brainchild of creator and writer Gene Roddenberry has so much going for it at the time with innovations in what was done in sci fi, creative ways around budget problems and really making analogies to current issues and themes of the times. 

What was even better was the simplicity of it all.  They didn't need large garish looking sets or complex techno bull s**t babble that brought down a lot of Trek (or WOULD bring down a lot of Trek) it was simple and laid out on the line.

You all know the show.  It's the 23rd century and Captain James T Kirk, ladies man and general bada** of the stars is in command of the Starship Enterprise.  The half human and half Vulcan named Spock is a first officer and a man from two worlds, one of emotion that he tries to keep in check and one of pure logic which he embraces.  The other part of the trifecta is Leonard McCoy, an old country doctor who may have a sour bedside manner but is no nonsense at his duties.  Whenever a problem arises you have the more conservative McCoy with the more liberal Spock and Kirk to take that info and save the day.  They're adventures would take them all over the galaxy, to parallel dimensions and back to Earth again as they looked at new aliens good and bad, spatial phenomenon and more .

The supporting characters in show ended up being window dressing for the most part, but thankfully by the time other shows arrived, the creators made sure to iron out this problem by trying to give the secondary and supporting characters some more personality and even stories devoted to them.  Scotty was largly comic relief as ships engineer.  Sulu and Chekov served their roles as races who were our (US) enemies once (Japan and Russia respectively) coming together in the future.  Uhura a black female, for as little as her role was in the show epitomized this message of races coming together by having a job that put her in the command center and she was in a role on the show that wasn't cooking and cleaning (the style for other shows running at the time.)

The failings as I said above were in the effects largly.  The show got budgeted for an amount during it's pilot run and were miscalculated and ultimtely they ended up being pretty lame even at the time.  While they sometimes found creative ways around the effects by coming up with new solutions.  Recent remasterings to the effects have largely corrected this without taking too much of the charm away.

The acting is well known for being the birth of William Shatner's style of clipped and odd pauses.  It didn't matter that he could outthink everyone and stay a step ahead, it was his intensity that bled through and irked people.  It's part of the show and it helps make it fun.

This little show that didn't even make it 80 episodes helped spawn a franchise phenomenon that still lasts to this day.  There have been ups, there have been downs but it all started here.  Logic clearly dictates that the creators did something right.

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<![CDATA[ Definitely Worth the Visit!]]> The Winchester Mansion was owned by the Winchester family (firearms makers) and built in the 1800's.  It is located in San Jose California, just South of San Francisco.  I visited this site about 15 years ago and writing a review does it very little justice as you really need to experience it to understand it.

I was given a formal tour of the building and the tour guide was able to provide us in amazing detail, so many facts about the mansion.

From the outside it does not seem that imposing but once you inside it can take you more than an hour to go through the entire house.  That is because it is designed in a more crazy fashion than the most difficult maze.  There are hundreds of twists and turns throughout the corridors.  There is a winding staircase made of steps that measure less than an inch in height each.  We are told that there are over 200 total rooms but only one bathroom.  There are staircases that lead to walls and another that leads to a drop. 

Parts of the house are severely damaged and we were told that the damage was caused by the great San Francisco earthquake in the early 1900's and was never repaired.  We were told that the house is haunted and that there is a huge seance that occurs there every Halloween.

Why all the weird things.  We were told that Winchester's wife lived in the mansion and believed that spirits of those who died by Winchester firearms would come from her.  Therefore, she had the house designed to make it so difficult for the ghosts to find her in it.

We were told when the Winchester woman died she donated the mansion to San Jose and required that all furniture inside be removed and sold at public auction.  It apparently took several trucks, working day and night, more than a month to remove everything.

As I took this trip so long ago it is hard to remember all the details but I do remember being way more enthralled than any other building I have toured.   It definitely was the highlight of my trip to San Jose.  It is not that far south of San Francisco so if you are in the vicinity, I highly recommend that you do not miss a chance to see this marvel for yourself!

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<![CDATA[Ghosts of Cape May, NJ Quick Tip by EvilPlunderBunny]]> Tue, 15 Jun 2010 22:23:55 +0000 <![CDATA[True Blood Quick Tip by theKENnection]]> Mon, 31 May 2010 09:50:04 +0000 <![CDATA[True Blood Quick Tip by Esmeraude]]> Mon, 24 May 2010 23:28:37 +0000 <![CDATA[Waverly Hills Sanatorium Quick Tip by Clay_Miller]]> Wed, 24 Mar 2010 04:09:26 +0000 <![CDATA[Waverly Hills Sanatorium Quick Tip by jbeswick]]> Wed, 24 Mar 2010 00:15:28 +0000 <![CDATA[ One of the most fun places for a Ghost tour]]> I've been going to Cape May, NJ for MANY years now and for about half of those years I've been taking several of the ghost tours and reading up on the ghosts of Cape May, New Jersey. Many believe that the shore town is "prone" to ghosts because of the energy from the quartz crystals that wash up all around the shore. Many call these Cape May diamonds and they can be found all around the beach areas. The town has had many traumatic periods in the past as there were at least two large spread fires that forced several lives to be lost and many homes to be lost as well. The town and people there could also be the cause for these "hauntings" as many may not want to leave after death and also the town still contains its Victorian period as many of the homes have been restored to their original grander and the town looks very much as it did back in the day.

Most of the stories I've heard are more of fun and playful ghosts, not really crazy ones like you see in the movies. Its more of people living with spirits rather then them being annoying and forcing people to move out. For instance there is the Macomber where many say they see and feel an old woman called the "bag lady" who stays in one of the rooms. They say they can hear her moving her bags in and out and also feel her in the room. Then there are stories of ghosts that are in several of the bed and breakfasts or children who can be seen at the beach at night, some who may have drowned during early ship wrecks.

Overall I've just enjoyed learning about the ghosts of Cape May, NJ. I've never really seen, heard or felt one there but many say they have. And that's enough for me! It's a great town and has many hidden secrets about it, I believe the ghosts are for now but with so many books and stories being written about the area I'm sure many will flock there in hopes of finding a ghost of Cape May!

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<![CDATA[Red Lion Pub Quick Tip by Bethany_K]]> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 16:32:44 +0000 <![CDATA[ The First Season of this Series Was Off to a Bloody Good Start!]]> Probably inspired by Anne Rice's novels, this new version of vampire lore is far more interesting than Blade, Underworld, Twilight, Buffy, etc.  It takes place in a small town in Louisianna and has a real Cajun feel to it.  The premise is that vampires have admitted their existance so a blood substitute (True Blood) has been developed and sold wherever beverages are sold.

The first season centered on a vampire named Bill moving into a Louisianna town and he fascinates Suki who works a Merlot's, a local restaurant.  Probably the main reason for Suki's attraction is that she is a mind reader and when she lets her guard down she usually hears embarassing thoughts from her male suitors.  As Bill is undead, she is not able to read his thoughts and in her mind, she is able to have a "normal" relationship with him. 

The main themes are that the vampires are seeking civil rights and acceptance while a murderer is loose in the town, preying on women that are on friendly terms with vampires.  Suki's brother Jason always seems to be the prime suspect.

As the season went on we were introduced to a whole society of vampires who mostly congregate at a bar in a nearby town.  It is always dangerous for humans to enter the bar as the story is they don't get out alive.  Of course Suki makes Bill take her there.  The head of the bar seems to be the local "Don" of the vampires and we later find out that he reports to a higher council, which dispenses swift justice with fury.

I am really enjoying the show so far and look forward to the new episodes being launched in June!  This is probably the best drama on cable right now!]]> Wed, 17 Mar 2010 22:21:43 +0000
<![CDATA[ One of the best television programs to come out of the 1960's]]>
One of the best television programs to come out of the 1960's, the brainchild of Dan Curtis was a revolutionary break from what daytime television was and changed the way the soap opera was considered!  It focused around the mysterious, wealthy Collins family.   A family that housed many dark secrets.  An innocent young lady named Victoria Winters arrived to be a governess for a spoiled brat rich kid named David Collins.

His Aunt, Elizabeth is the patriarch of the family and she has her own secrets, forbidding Victoria to enter the Collinwood (the name of the family mansion) basement.  The audience seems to suspect that Elizabeth may have murdered her husband and buried him in the basement and that Victoria may be Elizabeth's illegitimate child.  As the show moved along we have David playing with his father's (Roger) brakes, which almost kills him.  Roger has his own issues and has been blackmailing Burke Devlin.

Curtis was ready to dump the show because at the beginning the ratings were not too good.  He decided to add a ghost to the story (what's and old mansion without a ghost?).  This immediately caused the ratings to go up.  Then Curtis came up with one of the most inovative ideas to daytime tv and that was to introduce a vampire to the plot.  The vampire arrives mysteriously and bears an amazing resemblence to one of the Collins' ancestors as well as the same eerie name of Barnabas Collins. 

This stroke of genious shot up the ratings and with the later introduction of Quentin Collins the show became number one and not only had older people watching but many school kids would rush home from classes everyday so they could follow the show.  The show later became the first tv show to reach the big screen with the movie House of Dark Shadows followed by Night of Dark Shadows. 

In 1991 there was a revival series launched with Ben Cross as Barnabas with a good supporting cast: Jeanne Simmons, Roy Thinnes, and a then unknown Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  This show premiered when the Iraq war started and was constantly pre-empted and its Friday night timeslot was less than ideal.    Needless to say it was cancelled after a half season even though mobs of fans (including yours truly) protested outside of NBC Headquarters in New York and LA.

All told, along with Star Trek, Dark Shadows went on to change what was expected of television and spawned legions of fans and fan conventions many years after the show was cancelled.  Today, Johnny Depp owns the Dark Shadows franchise and it is expected that he will launch a new film with himself as Barnabas Collins soon!
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<![CDATA[ The Ghosts are Mischievous and Friendly at The Olde Bryan Inn]]> Some basic background about the location

The Olde Bryan Inn was at one time an old stage coach stop. Some believe it is the oldest still-operating Inn in America. I have no way of verifying that, but I can verify that it is really, really old, made of stone and beautifully aged wood. The ambiance in the Inn is wonderful with fireplaces. You can get real food there if you ask questions and order carefully.

What was your experience there? I took my best friend there. She is highly sensitive. I told her what I had heard from people, books and workers about the ghosts that inhabit the Inn. She told me she could see the ghosts and clearly said one of them was wearing an old military uniform. She did not sense any danger from the ghosts she saw, which matches the stories that have been told for centuries about the ghosts.

What do the workers say? Things are moved. Things disappear and reappear. Mischief happens, but no one really gets too upset about it. The Inn's ghosts have been a topic of conversation for a really long time.

Did I see any ghosts myself? No. I am not as sensitive as my friend. And, frankly, that is okay by me.


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<![CDATA[Winchester House Quick Tip by MichaelN]]> Mon, 15 Mar 2010 19:20:37 +0000 <![CDATA[Winchester House Quick Tip by devora]]> Sat, 13 Mar 2010 23:50:22 +0000 <![CDATA[ One Creepy Place With a Creepy Tour Guide]]> The Emlen Physick Estate is one of the more well known vintage homes in Cape May, New Jersey. The house sites a little out of the way of the main town and most will pass it on their way into Cape May. It's an old doctor's office where much went down a long, long time ago. Several years after being called a haunted house and being run down, the town saved the home from being bulldozed and restored it to the grander days it once saw. Today, the house is more of a museum and holds several ghost tours a night along with special events such as seances and night investigations.

My trip inside the mansion was after a long trolley tour. We entered the home and were told to not touch anything, but to not be frightened if something touched us! The tour guide was nice, she was very very creepy though. She was for sure a great story teller and did a great job revealing several of the ghost tales from the house. One of the funniest was when a local psychic, Craig McManus, was in the home he saw several dogs. The lady of the house used to let the dogs in from the street and apparently they lined the stairs. According to the tour guide, some guests feel their legs getting pawed at during the tour but sadly nobody did that night.

Many feel that the reason the spirits flock to Cape May deals with the quartz aka Cape May diamonds that wash on sure while others feel it's just they love the town, so they don't want to leave. For me I think this house was opened up thanks to the spiritual activities done there during those time periods. The tour guide took us too a room which was the seance room. She said that they would hold seances there along with using Ouija boards and other more "fake" events. Not saying the Ouija board is fake, but she said that often they would force things to happen as it was a way to gain money.

Overall the tour of the Physick Estate was the highlight of the night. It was a very beautiful home that takes you back to the olden-days but it surely does have a feel to it that just doesn't seem right. Just walking through you got a weird sense that you weren't the only one there. In the one woman's bedroom you could feel the pressure in the room, it was much different then the others but just felt off. I must say I would visit again, maybe even stay the night if I could but surely I can say that was my first haunted house experience.

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<![CDATA[ Ghosts, Ghosts Everywhere]]>
After a nice bus tour around the battle fields and a few stories from our guide about certain places that have seen some spirits, it was time to do some exploring on my own. There are a few cemeteries in the area and one right outside of the main part of town. There you can walk through cement plaques that have stood there since the war. It's an odd feeling to walk around where so many people died and is still the deadliest war town the country. I can't say I saw any spirits on the walk through the cemetery but I did get a few good pictures. Mostly just of orbs but nothing more, but at least it's fun to think it was a spirit!

On to the actual ghost tour. The story teller told us a few good tales about ghosts being seen in the town. One dealt with a women who would make bread for the soldiers in the hospital every day and yet even years later you can still smell the scent of bread wafting down the street. Then there is the story of a creek, which is now under the ground, where people get their ankles grabbed at. Apparently many Confederate soldiers were so weak that when it rained, they washed into the creek and ended up drowning to death. It's a bit strange but apparently true. Several others stories are told throughout the town and I'm sure each tour you go on the more and more you will hear. 

I had fun visiting Gettysburg and would do it again, I just wish I would have seen an actual ghost and had an actual "experience".]]> Sat, 13 Mar 2010 19:37:02 +0000