Friday, May 31, 2013

MANSFIELD PRISON-I'm Headed there NEXT WEEK!

 So far, in my ghost hunting career, besides investigating most of Columbiana County, I have investigated
THE BELL NURSING HOME
 SEDAMSVILLE RECTORY
and TWIN CITY OPERA HOUSE.
I have investigated Hill View Manor, in 2011.  And while I didn't investigate it, I did visit Bobby Mackeys!
Next week, my friend and crew member, Laura McCoy, and I will be traveling to Mansfield Prison for yet another ghostly adventure.  I am excited to see this awesome building and all it has to offer the dedicated ghost hunter! 
I am packing light for this one, as I understand it is huge.  Three cameras.  4 digital recorders.  K2. Ghost Box.  And a few other toys to experiment with.  I think it is going to be a great adventure!  I will be posting pics and an account of everything when I get back! 
Tomorrow I am walking some old Railroad tracks to see what remains around it.  Pics will be coming about that by Sunday.  As I always say:
NO REST FOR THE DEDICATED GHOST HUNTER! 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Our Ghost Walk on May 25 at Scenic Vista Park

The Ghost Walk was a great success!  Despite the cold temperatures (33degrees), we had over 50 people come to our ghost walk and it was great.  Here are a few pics from the event.  We were invited back next year!  Already, an event for 2014!








 












Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Boatman Cemetery Widow-Portrayed By Nicki Thomas



This week has been truly busy for me, but everything is coming together for the May 25 Ghost Walk at Scenic Vista Park! Today I was joined by Nicki Thomas, who helped me with props and costumes.  She was also spontaneous enough to model some of them for me for a small photo shoot and she did great!  Nicki is portraying our Boatman Cemetery Widow this weekend.  The Boatman Cemetery Widow legend comes from East Palestine.  It would seem that a dark mass has been seen wandering in the little cemetery, pausing at some of the stones as if reading them.  Many believe it is a young widow whose husband never returned from the Civil War (not actually sure which war as most are represented in the Boatman Cemetery.  Since we are working with a Civil War Re-enactment, we are saying Civil War.)  She wanders the cemetery, looking for her lost love. 
Nicki did fantastic today and I am truly grateful she is working with us on this event! We will be out at Scenic Vista all day on Saturday with a booth, sharing stories and ghostly facts.  We have posters about local legends, Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden, and many other tales. There are also Civil War Re-enactments all day and lots of things to do!  Our Ghost Walk is May 25, 2013 at 10:30 pm at the Scenic Vista Park.  Please come and enjoy a little history and maybe even a scare with us!




"OUR DARLING" COFFIN PLATE

G12P has done many haunted and historical tours of Spring Grove Cemetery.  It is an old Paupers Cemetery and despite its small size, has over 8000 people buried in it.  To have that many in such a small place, they have to be stacking people one on top of another.  Because it was a paupers cemetery, many people buried here do not have head stones.  Sadly, most of those are children.  As I was walking in the older section about two years ago, I noticed a new grave had been put into this area.  Fresh dirt was laying about and in that fresh dirt was pieced of metal and wood.  When I picked them up, I realized they were parts of a coffin.  One of the pieces of metal, which is above, is what is called a coffin plate.  The grave was for a child (no surprise there) and it was unmarked.  Because no records were kept properly for Spring Grove (long story), it does not surprise me that things like this happen. 
Now to the mystery of this little coffin plate.  As I have researched this, I can not find much information about it.  It was meant as a keepsake, being displayed with the child during the funeral, and then removed by the family to keep with them as a remembrance.  I have to wonder why no one kept this coffin plate.  It was buried with the child. It is very ornate with intricate etchings.  Often, depending on how much money the parents had, a name would be put on the plate.  Well, it was a paupers cemetery, so no name.  Still, I find myself wondering who this little one was.  Spring Grove Cemetery guards her secrets well, so I think I am in for a long haul to discover who was buried there.  I am starting with this little coffin plate.  If you have any information about it, please email me at ghosting12@yahoo.com or leave a comment. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Come and See Erastus Eels, The Phantom Bride of Wells Hollow Road, Jake the Night Watchman, and many others!

This is Mike Condon, of Salem, Ohio.  He is playing our Erastus Eels this year.  Erastus was the first undertaker in Columbiana County, in the 1840's.  Legends says he also worked with the Underground Railroad and smuggled slaves out of the country in the coffins he made.  See him at work on our Ghost Walk this Saturday at Scenic Vista Park, near Lisbon, Ohio!  The whole weekend is filled with adventure at the park with the Jackson in the Valley Civil War Re-enactment being held there!  G12P will be out there all day with our booth, telling stories and having a contest!
What contest? 
Your mission, should you choose to accept, is to make the wedding gown of Esther Hale, using only toilet paper and a few things from a box of articles we will have there.  Teams can consist of 3 to 5 people and there is a $3 entrance fee to cover the cost of supplies.  Anything extra after supplies will be donated to Scenic Vista Park.   This contest will start at about 2pm! 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ghost Walk Saturday, May 25

We are nearly ready for the ghost walk at Scenic Vista Park, slated for this Saturday at 10:30 pm!  In association with:
 
We will be telling local legends, as well as civil war tales on the trail.  Please bring a flashlight if you attend this walk as the woods get pretty dark and creepy.  As always, there is no charge for this event or the ghost walk.  After the walk, please stick around for a candle light representation of a Civil War Field  Hospital Amputation.  G12P will be at this event all day Saturday, 9am to well after midnight!  We will have our booth up with lots of stories to tell, pictures, possibly a contest and many other ghostly things!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Was Abraham Lincoln A Ghost Hunter?

I love Pinterest.  I have learned so much in the few short weeks I have been on it.  I have several boards, including Beyond Brave, Unusual Phenomenon, Old and Haunted, Whispers of History, Just Plain Creepy, Just Plain Cute, Animal Royalty, Style, and The Real Story.  My favorite boards to check out are, of course, about history. 
One picture that really has my interest is this one:
 
An extremely rare photograph of President Abraham Lincoln taken during his brief yet memorable stint as a paranormal investigator and eliminator circa 1864.  Now my question is: Is this a real photograph or is it something faked?  I truly hope it is real because this would be so awesome!  I tried looking for it on SNOPES, but couldn't find anything saying it was a fake.  Just another reason for me to love Abraham Lincoln even more!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ghosts From Columbiana County Past


Our first Bigfoot adventure was a huge success for us, even though we didn't find Bigfoot.  While our goal in these events is to increase our skills in the in this area, the places we are going are so full of history, when the Big Guy didn't make an appearance, I went looking for what once was!

One of the places I have been looking for in this area is a small settlement called Island Run.  I don't know much about it, other than it was compared to Hell's Half Acre.  I don't know if this is the place, but finding this old foundation was exciting! 
 
Later that day, we found this sweet....well, I am not sure what it is.  I took a lot of pics and hope to go back to get more this summer.  It turned out to be a tunnel!
 
This is Dennis, Jon, and Amber, exploring the tunnel we found today!  I am not sure what it was used for, but we are wondering if it was something from the Underground Railroad days!  That would be so awesome!
 

 

We left on our adventure Saturday afternoon.  This was our second adventure to this area and we are excited to find more of the area secrets!
We walk, in full packs, along Beaver Creek, to the Ohio-PA line and that is where we camp. 
 This is Lock 53, a lock we extensively checked out last year. Still there. Still beautiful.
 Lock 54.  I actually came here two years ago, from the other side of the creek, following the old P.L. and W train tracks.  I crossed the creek (that was an adventure in itself) and took several pics.  Today, we camped at the mouth of it and I got to explore it from front to back!  It also seems to be haunted by the ghost of a girl, though we don't know much more about her than that.
And purely by accident I found the Culvert for Island Run. I have been looking for this for two years.  I was following old 4 wheeler paths and BOOM!  There is was.  It has the date of 1933 on the top.  Around it somewhere is Island Run.  I will be back here to search more. :)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Look At Pictures Of Unusual Phenomenon Carefully

This was circulating on Facebook recently.  People were amazed as how big this simple house cat was.  I know I did a double-take about it...at first.  Then I gave it a really good look to see if it was faked in any way and something really jumped out at me.  Do you see anything wrong with this picture?  How about her hands?  Her hands are freakishly huge.  Do you honestly think her hands are really that size?  Definitely a fake.  There are some genuine pics out there showing amazing things, but it is pictures like this that cast shadow on them.  Besides, I think, as contrary as house cats are, I'd be wary of owning a cat this size!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Characters For The May 25 Ghost Walk Are Coming Along

Above pictured characters are Jake the Night Watchman, The Phantom Bride of Wells Hollow Road, and Erastus Eels, the first undertaker of Columbiana County.  The awesome people who will be playing these characters are John Ingledue (Jake), Mike Condon (Erastus) and Amanda Vantilburg, who, along with her husband, Jeremy, will be playing the Captain and the Lady of Grimm's Bridge.  In this picture, however, she is the Phantom Bride of Wells Hollow Road in Wellsville.  Some of the other Characters you will see is Esther Hale, played by Brooke McKinely
Starr Huffman will be playing the Phantom Bride of Wells Hollow Road.  More about her on Sunday.  Of course we will have Gretchen Gill, played by our own Sammi Baker.
 Sam plays Gretchen because they share the same birthday, August 12.

 Emily Robinson will be playing our deliciously wicked Lucy Cobb.  We have an awesome video on YouTube she did for us if you want to check it out:
The Mushroom Lady of Sprucevale
It is one of the best videos we have out there!
 
We will be telling about 20 stories this time, including a couple new ones.  There is a ghostly white lady that is haunting the Firestone Memorial Park in Columbiana I am looking into, and a story about decapitated nuns on a bridge we are working on to present.  Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting event, May 25!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Town Once At Grimms Bridge

This is a square indentation in the ground near Guard Lock 16.  I do not
know what building was here.  Maybe the school?
 
 

 . The Grimm's Bridge area is full of mystery.  Locks. Trains and tunnels.  Old Paper Mills.  Foundations of buildings long since forgotten.  And ghosts. 
I have heard tales of The Captain and the Lady, The Lost Girl, a Blue Lady tale, a story about a young man named Brian that was killed diving off of Grimm's Bridge itself and so much more.

Foundation in the Grimm's Bridge Area
 

Information about the Grimm's Bridge area, before the bridge was
ever built.  Spears Mill was the name of the settlement.
I have seen maps that show a general store and a school in the area, over 100 years ago, long before Grimm's Bridge was even there.  There had to be a town.  Some claimed the town's name was Grimm's Bridge, but there was no evidence to support that claim.   My search for the real name took over two years.  Spears Mill was only a settlement for about 40 years, but it left much behind, including some pretty spooky ghosts.. 
Cramer's Navigator was a popular book used by settlers going west. I would love to read some of this book! 
Another foundation further upstream from Spears Mill. 

With so much still remaining of Spears Mill, G12P will continue our investigation of the area historically and paranormally. Our ghostly adventures here have been intense. 
Any questions, stories about the area, personal experiences, would all be appreciated.
ghosting12@yahoo.com