There was an article in the Morning Journal the other day that said the County Commissioners would not be demolishing the old County Home. YAY! Click on the "MORNING JOURNAL ARTICLE" for a link to that story. Thank you to Stevie Halverstadt for her efforts in saving this beautiful building from our history.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Just down the street from the Ikirt House in East Liverpool is the home of Dr. Bartolovich (if that is still who owns it. I am not sure). His back yard is surrounded by a stone wall. I was working on the East Liverpool tour and decided to look in the back gate. Boy did I get an eye full! At the time, I had no idea where the stone carvings came from, though my first thought was something old and English honestly. The faces on the wall looked like something you would see on an old castle. And I wasn't far off!
Those two faces once adorned the entrance to the old Central School that stood for about 80 years across from the Carnegie Library. It is now the site of the alumni building and the clock tower. Dr. Bartolovich even has the large stone pillars that stood in front of the school also. I was delighted to see such large chunks of the school still in one piece and able to be seen, sort of. Thank you Dr. Bartolovich for saving such wonderful reminders of a building long gone. They certainly are greatly appreciated by me.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Ghosting 12 Paranormal was down at Gretchen's Lock for over 12 hours yesterday. We ate a lot of pizza and hot dogs. Drank a lot of water. Walked the trails more than once. And that was before dark!
Everyone was wonderful. We made some new friends and said hello to some old ones.
I had a great crew, including Lindsey, our special guest from the Virginia Chapter of G12. Briana, another new crew member, worked hard all week at her job to get off early for the evening tour. Thanks so much Briana! Will stayed the ENTIRE DAY WITH MIKE AND I. THAT WAS OVER 12 HOURS! Dave also got to come tonight. He works two jobs right now, including being in the Air National Guard out of Pittsburgh. He brought his night vision camera and has already posted several videos of the evening on our face book page!
Gretchen's Lock is absolutely beautiful right now and is worth the walk back. The foliage has almost grown completely around it. When you walk in it is like walking into a cave.
I finally got to meet Ranger Todd Metz, which was a pleasure. The Dustin Huffman Memorial Overlook was cleaned up, clipped, chopped, and sawed to get ready for the Dedication. And the view is breathtaking. It was a somber day that I will always remember. While there was heartache in the air, there was great love too. You couldn't help but feel it. If you were lucky enough to have known Dustin in his life, then you know he practiced a pay it forward life style. I hope that we, as his friends and family can continue that practice with him in mind.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
BECAUSE WE ARE DOING THE DUSTIN HUFFMAN MEMORIAL OVERLOOK DEDICATION , WE HAD TO CANCEL THE THOMPSON PARK GHOST WALK. IF YOU PLANNED ON COMING TO THAT, PLEASE CONSIDER COMING TO GRETCHEN'S LOCK INSTEAD FOR THE EVENING. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.
Friday, June 25, 2010
A future investigation site is this little house. It is owned by my friend Cassidie and located in Rogers, Ohio.
Mike, Will, Briana, and I checked it out last week to make sure it was safe to go inside. We are using it for Midnight Run purposes. I am excited because this place, while small, has several areas inside that offer a good scare and practice for future investigations. There is an opening in the wall of a back room that we will practice turning our backs on. We will also be going inside one at a time alone. Okay in the daytime, but a way different story after dark. Especially when you know there really are things that go bump in the night.
There is a back room made out of cement block and there are several notes written on the wall. The one pictured above is signed by Jewel Reed. She says "For anyone who reads this, I am probably back in jail..."
Of course it lends mystery to the little house, in a sinister sort of way. Why would she be in jail? Is there even such a person as Jewel? Or is it just a prank? This house will make a great practice place for my crew. Even better if it is haunted. We will find out!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
As she entered the area, this is the next picture I took. It seems that the orb came down to check Sammi out a little closer. Is it a spirit? I don't know. But it was trackable in the pics. Personally, I believe this may be something, but that is only my opinion. Unless it is a curious speck of dust. There are also those who think it might be a bug. Sure makes some cool pics though.Who ever takes care of the garden does a nice job by the way. It really stands out in these pictures at night. Looking forward to diving into Wellsville and learning more about it's haunted history!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The new sign for the Dustin Huffman Overlook is in place. It is a beautiful tribute to an amazing young man who lost his life last year on the cliffs below this sign. Even at 17, Dustin had made an impact on the world, not just in school or track, but in his whole life.
Saturday is the Dedication for this sign and the overlook's new name. The sign cost his family $2500 and they could use donations to help them pay for it. It starts at 2pm and will continue into the night. Ghosting 12 Paranormal will be leading two tours, called Legends of the Park. One at 4pm and another at 8pm. We will also be telling stories about other areas in Columbiana County at 10 pm around a campfire. Food and drinks will be available. Please come down and show your support to Dustin's family.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
One of the stories I tell at Gretchen's Lock is of a woman named Hannah Huddleston. She was born in 1825 and died in 1899. Her stone, located at Clarkson Cemetery, says:
Hannah, wife of
She owned property on the other side of Beaver Creek at Gretchen's Lock (about 45 acres) and 20 acres directly beside the Grist Mill. Oh, and she haunts Sprucevale. I do not know why.
This is the corner of an old foundation across the creek from Gretchen's. I believe it might have been Hannah's house. She talks the loudest at what we call Hannah's tree. She has said her name and repeated a sentence we said. But she is a mystery I can not figure out. Why does she haunt the park? What happened to her husband. If he is buried beside her, he does not have a marker, and he isn't in the cemetery books. By the 1870 Census, Hannah is alone and the land is solely in her name. I am still looking for any info I can find about her. Maybe she has relatives around here still. I have often thought of picking up the phone book and just start calling people with her last name. Maybe she made some kind of impression and is still talked about to this day. Or maybe there is a picture somewhere of her. That would be so great to discover! This is a map of Sprucevale from about 1872. Hannah is clearly on here, as well as other names. If you know who might have lived in the house across the creek or anything about Hannah, please email me. I just wonder why she would haunt the park. If it is her, that is. She seemed to live a normal life. She lived to be 74. Someone loved her enough to get her a nice grave stone. Why not her husband? Why were they not buried together? Why didn't she remarry? Was William killed when the Dam broke in 1852? So many questions? I am looking for answers.
I am sorry to announce that I am canceling the June 26 Ghost Walk at Thompson Park. I have another engagement and not enough of my crew available to man both events. The next ghost walk at Thompson's is July 17. Hope to see you there!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
This picture was taken yesterday, June 19 during the Haunted and Historical Tour of East Liverpool for the Pottery Festival. This is the Ikirt House and Sena is telling people about it. Note the ray of Sunshine coming down and touching her. It is just cool!!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
THE GHOST WALK TONIGHT IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN FOR 6PM, MEETING AT THE MASONIC TEMPLE. WHAT IS PRINTED IN THE BROCHURE IS WRONG.(7pm, in front of the ceramic museum). PLEASE PASS THIS INFO ON. THERE WAS A LOT OF CONFUSION THURSDAY NIGHT BECAUSE OF THIS MISPRINT.
HAUNTED AND HISTORICAL TOUR OF EAST LIVERPOOL STARTS AT 6 PM AT THE MASONIC TEMPLE! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!
HAUNTED AND HISTORICAL TOUR OF EAST LIVERPOOL STARTS AT 6 PM AT THE MASONIC TEMPLE! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Here are a few scenes from the June 17 G12 Haunted and Historical Ghost Tour of East Liverpool. My crew did a great job. Special thanks to Will, Briana, and Becky for all the extra hard work in planning and research!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
As I was getting things ready for the Missing Person's Vigil in Wellsville, I ran across this plaque, near the Gazebo. There are lots of interesting historical facts hidden on little memorials like this. The memorials themselves are usually hidden, like the one beside the Masonic Temple in East Liverpool or the one in front of the 1st NC Bank in Lisbon, beside the Lisbon Masonic Temple. Both talk about famous presidents who have been in this area, one of them being George Washington. Which one? You will have to go look. :)
The owners of this property told me they moved this plaque into their back yard, enclosed with a fence, and the citizens of Wellsville demanded their memorial returned, which was done, of course.
Monday, June 14, 2010
This is the River Museum in Wellsville, Ohio. I finally got to visit there yesterday and I was so glad I did. After the Missing Person's Vigil was over, Mike and I went exploring this wonderful old house. It is open every Sunday over the summer. All they ask is a donation when you enter (your choice) and to sign their guest book. Gladly I signed and dropped in a few bucks to the donation jar. This building housed one thing I have been eager to see since last year!
And there it was! The battle sword of General John Hunt Morgan! The sword he actually held in his hand and fought with during the Civil War! Surrounded by pictures, books, and artifacts from the time, I was enthralled. I did a story about General Morgan last year.
I got a close up of the hilt. As you look at it you can tell it was well used. Once General Morgan was captured, he was brought to the Whitacre House as a Prisoner of War. He was treated so kindly by Mr. Tom Whitacre, General Morgan presented him with his sword as a gift for his kindness. The sword was in a safe for many years, but was finally given to the museum for display.
I will be doing a story on the Whitacre House next.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Had a typo on the schedule on the side. The tour tonight is for 6pm. and will be ending in Virgin Territory, so to speak. It should be interesting. The fog has been bad down there, at least last night anyway. Be prepared for mud because we have had so much rain. DO NOT WEAR SHOES YOU WILL WORRY ABOUT RUINING! Also, with the high humidity in that area, expect a lot of breath shots, like the one left. It might be warm out, but in all that moisture, your breath can still come out like this.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
My trip to Virginia has been wonderful so far. This is day three and I have been to several places ghost hunting. The crypt to the right is found in a small grave yard in Williamsburg. We walked around for several hours there and I took 300 pictures.
We also went to a small grave yard that has the remains of a church on it in Surry, Virginia, that was built in 1639. It was burned down in 1868. We did several EVP sessions there and the coolest things happened! As I was looking at my digital recorder, the words SEE YOU came across the lower part of the screen. As far as I know the only word to come across that is HOLD.
Yesterday we went to a place where a small battle occurred during the Civil War. There are many places like it in the area. It isn't marked, nor is a memorial. It is just a place the locals know about. I lost one of my recorders in that area, so I am going back today to try and find it. But, EVP here is great! It is so loud! I was not expecting it. We talked to someone named Anna Currey and Jeff Martin. Anna's name we got from an EVP session. Jeff's name we got from the Ghost Radar application you can get on your cell phone! We have been combining the Ghost Radar application and EVP sessions for some interesting results. I would say at this point that Virginia just might be more haunted than Ohio. Maybe. :)