Sunday, January 29, 2017

"THE ROOM" IN THE PAXSON HOUSE

Door to the storage room.
 A little over ten years ago, the Paxson family bought their first home.  As they looked at it for the first time, they loved the layout, the back yard, the kitchen, the enclosed front porch and the roomy basement.  Mr. Paxson  fully planned to change his basement into a man-cave for football games and family fun.
He didn't bother to look in the two rooms in the basement, being told they were for storage.  He took the salesman at his word.
A few weeks after they moved  in and got settled, he finally had a chance to go explore his basement more fully.
Door to THE ROOM.
One room was lined with shelves and there were even some canning jars sitting empty inside.
The second door immediately had him puzzled.  Unlike the other door, this one had two slide bolts on the outside and the door was much better constructed.  A hole in the upper right corner is how the door was opened.  Expecting to see the same type of shelves when he entered this room, he was not prepared for what did meet his eyes.
Backing slowly out of the room, he closed the door and didn't open it again for over a year.  Gone were his plans for a man-cave.  How could he when he may very well have bought the house of a serial killer...
Not long after he discovered THE ROOM, things began to happen in the house.   In the master bedroom, Mr. Paxson began having a hard time sleeping.  He would have episodes of vertigo that got worse and worse.   It became so bad they switched rooms.  After that he was fine.  At this time, it didn't occur to them that they might have a haunting.  Their daughter, who was about 7 at the time was in the room and at first was fine.  Eventually, she began to have problems sleeping also.  She complained of dizzy spells.  She also started talking about her toys coming out of the closet by themselves and getting closer to her bed...  So every morning the Paxson family found themselves waking up in the same room together.
According to the daughter, her toys
came out of the closet by
themselves.


Other things began to happen.  Muffled voices could be heard upstairs.  When they went upstairs to see what was going on, the voices sounded like they were down stairs.  
One evening, while watching a movie on Netflix, the cursor from the laptop started moving by itself across the screen, swirling about, while no one was at the computer.
Objects were swiped off dressers in the bedrooms.  This included a jewelry box and a large jar of coins.
On one occasion an orb was witnessed in the hallway upstairs that disappeared into the master bedroom.
It should be noted that no one in the family ever entered THE ROOM in the basement.  In ten years, they had only went inside a total of 5 times.  The fifth time was a night they opened their house in October of 2016 to give a tour of the place for the Salem Ghost Trolley Tours.
Another time they entered THE ROOM concerned a cat.  They had a cat that suddenly went missing.  They looked for two days and could  actually hear it crying, seemingly in the walls of the house.  On the third day, getting desperate to find it, they were searching the basement when the cries started again.  The cat was in THE ROOM.  It is a room that no one ever entered. There was even furniture and boxes piled up in front of the door to THE ROOM.  They do not know how the cat got inside.
The final mystery for the house concerns the year it was built.  According to records obtained by our research, it was built in 1920.  But the deed says 1927.  While we do have a story about the house, the date discrepancy could indicate that our research may be about the wrong house...
Would you like to spend the night inside and see what you can find?  You will get your chance...
COMING SOON
inside THE ROOM, Mr Paxson saw what appeared to be a
bed against the back wall.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Rogers Fall Festival 2016

 The Rogers Fall Festival was held on October 1, 2016.  The goal for this festival is to help restore the old church that is now the Rogers City Council Building.  It is also an effort to save the history of the town.
To that end, the festival has vendors, local authors you can meet and greet, plenty of food, and a hayride through town that slowly tells the tale of the curse placed on the town over 100 years ago.

The real history of the town unfolds as well on the tour.  One of our stops is the original homestead of Theophilus Gates Rogers, the founder of the town.
 The wagon this year was outfitted with old church pews, making the adventure much more comfortable.
A maximum of about 18 people can fit on the wagon and we were full for nearly every tour.

 The final stop on the tour is the house of one of the Galbreath brothers, who, according to legend, is the one who cursed the town.  Still trying to piece the story together, and hope to have more information on the next tour in 2017.  The tours run into the night.

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We greatly look forward to the tours in 2017.  If you haven't done it yet, this would be a great year to join us on this charming, spooky adventure!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Salem Ghost Trolley Tours 2016

 The Salem Ghost Trolley Tours were a huge success this year. Every tour was sold out, the weather was outstanding, and even the ghosts cooperated to some degree.
This is the 6th year of ghost trolley adventures in Salem, and they just keep getting better.
Getting back on the bus at Cry Baby Bridge
We had several experiences in Hope Cemetery, where sightings of a shadow person were reported while on the tour.

Getting out at the back side of Hope Cemetery.
 Adventures at Cry Baby Bridge off of Egypt Road included a night filled with howls, screams and flashlights coming at us from in the woods.  While you would think that it would have freaked people out, our tourists loved it.
We do not know who did it, but it made the adventure that much more exciting.



There were tours in August, September, and nearly the entire month of October.
Stops included the house of murderer Oscar Gray, the former sight of the Howard Street Cemetery, the sight of a horrific train accident in 1920 that killed 6 young men.
A house that contains a room in the basement that may have had a sinister history and Prospect School are two more stops on the tour.
 There are three different places tour goers get off the bus, to include the front and back side of Hope Cemetery and Cry Baby Bridge.
The average tour lasts two hours.


Several ghost walks were lead through the city of Salem.  
Ghost Walks are also becoming more popular.  The tour leads you through town and you visit historic sights as well as ghostly ones.



Amanda talking to the ghost that resides in the Dale Shaffer
Memorial Library
 2017 promises to be very exciting for the Salem Ghost Trolley Tours.  The whole tour will be different, and may include a tour of a real haunted house.
Kimberly leading the tour at Hope Cemetery, standing at the grave
of Chalky Beans, the first person buried at Hope Cemetery.  He
was only 3 years old at the time of his death.

Every tour ends with the story of Goldie Bell Taylor.  That does
not look change any time soon.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New Legends About Columbiana County Coming Soon

I had the chance to work on a little Floyd History a couple months ago.  I heard several stories just about his little known exploits around this area while encountering local people on his doomed journey to Sprucevale Road.    Every story carries with it a certain integrity about the once Public Enemy #1.
I heard a very old story about lost treasure along route 7 and a story about a woman who fed the local Indians who were starving, also along route 7.  A lost gas station  hidden in a garage, and Route 7 had a lot more twists and turns than it does today.
There are several others and I am excited to bring them to you.  Even a story of lost treasure in East Palestine caught my eye in an old newspaper.  Stay tuned!

Monday, May 30, 2016

LOOK FOR US AT THE POTTERY FESTIVAL IN TWO WEEKS!

This is found at the Carnegie Library.  We will show you
where...
Ghosting 12 Paranormal will be set up at the Pottery Festival June 9-11.  We are offering Ghost Walks around Town Friday And Saturday night.  We will have three or tour different walks so you can take your pic or do them all!  We will also be doing private tours during the day for groups if you come up and ask.  Minimum size of your group should be at least 5.
Find our booth during the festival for more details!