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Nemacolin Castle 1963 West Elevation Library of Congress

Nemacolin Castle (Apr 1963) Brownsville PA Photo: Library of Congress


 

Nov 9-10, 2014: Ghost Expedition Brownsville PA/Nemacolin Castle

 

Nemacolin Castle dates to 1789. Constructed as a trading post by frontiersman Jacob Bowman, it served immigrant settlers making their way to Ohio country

 

The estate takes its name from the Delaware Indian Chief Nemacolin, who was instrumental in helping settlers transit the area

 

Parts of the home were constructed from remnants of the Old Redstone Fort, which was an outpost in the French and Indian War

 

Nemacolin Castle was home to three generations of the Bowman family spanning over 170 years. The estate expanded to its present form in 1840 acquiring an east wing and an octagonal tower

 

Currently Nemacolin Castle is home to the Brownsville Historical Society. The estate was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975

 

The property is considered to be quite haunted and may host up to ten spirits to include the late Jacob Bowman and possibly other Bowman family members

 

Several apparitions reportedly have been sighted on the upper floor. Among them are: an elegant woman in a white dress; a matron in a black dress; a woman in a purple period dress; and a curly-haired girl

 

Male shadow forms and apparitions have been witnessed in the basement. The ghost of Jacob Bowman himself reportedly has been seen in the library

 

Kinetic activity (e.g. object displacements/ movements) have also been reported in the library

 

Given the potential for a elevated levels of activity, the ghost expedition will seek optimize video and audio coverage in all high-interest zones

 

Nemacolin Castle 1963 West Elevation Library of Congress

Nemacolin Castle (Apr 1963) Brownsville PA Photo: Library of Congress

 
 

Mount-Ida Home 1964 Library of Congress

Mount Ida Home (Oct 1964) Ellicott City MD Photo: Library of Congress

 

Oct 24-26, 2014: HallowRead Conference/Ghost Expedition Ellicott City MD

 

Maryland Paranormal Research ® will host a paranormal investigation demonstration at the Hallowread 2014 conference in Historic Ellicott City Maryland. Visit the HallowRead Facebook site to attend this event and participate in giveaways.

 

Proceeds from the three-day conference are donated to charity. The event is promoted by Fangoria magazine. Conference presentations throughout the event will be hosted at the Roger Carter Center.

 

Mount Ida, pictured above, was constructed in 1828 for William Ellicott, son of Jonathan and Sara Ellicott, and grandson of Andrew Ellicott, one of the founders of Ellicott Mills (now Ellicott City).

 

The home was built of rubble stone, stucco and painted old Maryland gold. The architecture is expression Greek Revival blended with Quaker simplicity. William Ellicott’s time in his new home was unfortunately short-lived; he passed away in 1836 at the age of 43.

 

In 1845 Mount Ida became the residence of Judge John Shoemaker Tyson and his wife Rachel P Snowden, who were among Maryland’s more prominent families. After Judge Tyson’s death in 1864, the property passed to his heirs and this is when the ghost legends took form.

 

Rachel Tyson passed away in 1889. The following year, their only son John, an attorney, died tragically in a boating accident.

 

John left behind three maiden sisters (Cornelia, Anna and Ida), all of whom resided in the home for the rest of their lives. Cornelia and Anna died respectively in years 1893 and 1895.

 

The last to pass away was Miss Ida Tyson in 1925. Locals believe her ghost maintains a presence in the house.

 

The elder Miss Ida reportedly kept a ring of keys with her at all times. Workers claim to hear the sound of her keys rattling as she roams the house.

 

“During the last years of her life, Miss Ida was recalled as a lively person who used and ear horn and a cane to move about.” “She is said to have loved the old house and the spirit that she left behind certainly seems to be a benevolent one.”

 

Hallowread 2014

Hallowread 2014 Conference – Ellicott City MD (Oct 24-26 2014)

 
 

Hammond-McDonald Home

Benson-Hammond Home, Linthicum Heights MD. Photo: AACHS

 

Oct 11-12, 2014: Ghost Expedition Benson-Hammond House

 

The Benson-Hammond House dates back to around 1825 where it was home to Thomas and Nancy Benson, and built on land called “Addition to Timber Ridge.”

 

The modest farmhouse was expanded after the Civil War to accommodate the growing family of Joseph and Mary Susannah Benson and their eleven children. Joseph re-named the property Cedar Farm.

 

In 1887, Cedar Farm was acquired by Thomas and Rezin Hammond. Rezin Howard Hammond took residence in the home and operated the land as a truck farm which provided produce to local and Baltimore markets.

 

As was custom with farms in the area, Polish immigrant workers were employed to harvest crops.

 

Hammond family members continued to live there until 1947 when the land was acquired for the construction of Friendship airport.

 

The Maryland State Aviation Administration leased the property to the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society (AACHS) in 1974.

 

AACHS reopened the home as a museum in 1982. The home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

 

The Benson-Hammond home has acquired a haunted reputation having been investigated by a number local area paranormal groups over recent years.

 

The property at one time contained multiple graves that were relocated for the building of Friendship Airport.

 

A historical society librarian who was working in the home overnight reported that she was awakened by a music box that was playing.

 

The upper floor is considered to be very active. One active room was earlier remodeled as a child’s bedroom; it’s original purpose is unknown.

 

In past investigations, there have been consistent audio references to “George” (possibly the late George Milton Benson?).

 

Prior investigations have also obtained regular and sentence-length references in audio to “Benson”, “Mary”, “Tommy”, and “Tom.”

 

The ghost expedition will attempt to clarify potential presences there.

 

Hammond-McDonald Home

Benson-Hammond Home (c 1940), Linthicum Heights MD. Photo: AACHS

 
 

Hammond-McDonald Home

John McDonald Home c1910 Sykesville MD Photo: Sykesvilleonline.com

 

May 24-25, 2014: Ghost Expedition Sykesville Town House

 

Sykesville has been called “The Town That Refused to Die.” During the Great Maryland Flood of 1868 the Patapsco river swept away the town and a fire in 1937 destroyed the heart of its business district.

 

The Sykesville Town House dates back to 1893 where it was home to Sykesville businessman John McDonald, who owned the town’s stone-built general store. Today Sykesville Town House is the seat of the town government.

 

However it has acquired a haunted reputation over recent decades. Most reported activity can be characterized as prankish including odd noises, footsteps, object displacements and doors opening/closing on their own.

 

Locals believe the building is haunted by the late Millard Cooper, who served for many years as the town’s policeman, and had a reputation as a prankster.

 

His apparition and that of an unknown woman have been seen. Millard was also fond of cigars and the faint aroma of cigar smoke can be detected in the attic.

 

A paranormal team captured a phrase-length EVP while investigating the building that said “burned to the ground.” Perhaps a reference to the 1937 fire?

 

Sykesville Town House c1970

Sykesville Town House c1970 Sykesville MD Photo: Carroll County Times

 
 

Leonardtown MD c 1930 EP-130429385 - 468-317Leonardtown MD circa 1930 Photo: Chronicles of St. Mary’s 1980 edition

 

Leonardtown MD: Film Documentary on Moll Dyer Ghost Legend

 

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A local production company is searching for anyone who has had an encounter with the ghost of Moll Dyer for an upcoming television series. If you’ve had an experience with this legendary Southern Maryland witch, contact Laura Rammelsburg via email at lrammelsberg@sirensmedia.com.[Artistic rendering of Moll Dyer legend by Norma Durkin.]

 
 

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Brunswick Heritage Museum c1978 Photo: Maryland Inventory of Hist Properties

 

Oct 12-13, 2013: Ghost Expedition at Brunswick Heritage Museum

 

The Brunswick Heritage Museum celebrates the town’s legacy as a major rail hub for the historic Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad. Brunswick was once home to the world’s largest rail yard upon its completion in 1907.

 

The museum is located in a building dating to 1904 and that once housed the Improved Order of Red Men, a drinking society whose origins trace to the secret patriotic societies before the American Revolution.

 

For many decades the building was owned by another community-oriented secret society called the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

 

According to various accounts, reports of haunted activity include:

 

A woman in a white dress seen walking around the second floor.

 

Instances of strange noises (footsteps/voices) and object displacement.

 

Paranormal investigators recorded a sentence-length EVP “Have a Nice Day“, and “Smith”, a possible reference to the late physician Dr. JGF Smith.

 
 

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Cockeys Tavern c1910 Westminster MD Photo: Hist Society of Carroll County

 

May 25-26, 2013: Ghost Expedition at Cockey’s Tavern, Westminster MD

 

Situated along Falls Turnpike Road, Cockey’s Tavern operated as a hostelry, store and tavern at least up until 1877. The oldest portion of the building dates to circa 1830′s when the building had enlarged beyond a simple log stucture. A thid floor was added to the structure around 1905.

 

During the Civil War, the building may have served as a temporary headquarters for the Confederate general J.E.B. Stuart before joining the Battle of Gettysburg.

 

The building is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a confederate soldier whose bootsteps are heard on the center stairwell. Paranormal investigators have witnessed these sounds and the shutting of a door. The ghost may have a penchant for redecorating and has reportedly displaced several paintings.

 

UPDATE: The expedition concluded successfully on the morning of May 26 2013. Equipment worked well in the field; all expedition objectives were met.

 

Collection amounted to 20 hours of video, 20 hours of audio and 15 hours of sensor data from data acquisition sensors.

 

Preliminary findings were provided to the Historical Society of Carroll County.

 

The findings may have provided potential indications on the identity of Civil War soldier (“Take Them to Private Gruber”).

 

 

Savage Mill

Historic Savage Mill c1900s Savage MD Photo: Maryland Historical Society

 

Oct 13-14, 2012: Ghost Hunt/Expedition at Historic Savage Mill

 

Savage Mill operated as a working textile mill from 1822 to 1947. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the mill now houses a complex of restaurants, antique and craft shops, artists-in-residence, and high-tech professional services.

 

The ghost expedition will primarily focus on the oldest structures, the Carding and Spinning buildings which date to 1822.

 

Savage Mill is believed to be haunted by the spirits of former workers, and their children who met their unfortunate deaths there. Paranormal activity has been reported in the Carding Tower and Paymaster’s Office.

 

“One of the deaths was that of Rebecca King, a mill worker in the 1800s, who, while carrying cotton spools and other supplies, tripped and fell to her death in the mill’s tower.”

 

Another Savage Mill ghost is Frances Reeley, “a young daughter of the mill’s last superintendent in the 1940s.” “Little Frances is referred to as a prankster ghost.”

 

She reportedly “runs along the creaking floor boards and laughs and skips in the halls along with other young ghosts.” She is also “known to trip people in staircases and peer through windows.”

 

The SpiritGals paranormal team captured an EVP at Historic Savage Mill containing footsteps and a female child plaintively crying “Ma, Please Come Home…”

 

The expedition will experiment with low-footprint technologies encompassing: data acquisition/tagging, RF spectrum analysis, and four-channel audio/sound stage(s).

 

UPDATE: The expedition concluded successfully on the morning of Oct 14 2012. Most equipment worked well in the field; however, sound stages lost power at times.

 

Collection amounted to 32 hours of video, 24 hours of audio and 8 hours of sensor data from data acquisition sensors.

 

Preliminary findings were presented before the Savage Historical Society on November 19, 2012.

 

The findings indicated support for the haunting legend of Rebecca King (“Rebecca”) and (“Go Find Ms. King”).

 

Historic Savage Mill Ghost Expedition 2012 (“Thank You Martin”)

 
 

Morrill Hall

Univ of Maryland Morrill Hall c1933 College Park MD Photo: Univ of Maryland

 

12 May: Ghost Hunt/Expedition at The University of Maryland, College Park Investigation sites include: Morrill Hall, Marie Mount Hall, and Rossborough Inn.

 

Morrill Hall is among the oldest buildings and some say the most haunted.

 

Marie Mount Hall is said to be haunted by the spirit of its namesake.

 

Rossborough Inn is said to be haunted by a spirit named Miss Betty.

 

Mysterious Maryland

UPDATE: The final expedition report is available online and has been cited in various media.

 

On October 31, 2013, the University of Maryland Archives issued a blog post on the expedition in “Ghostly Encounters: A Night at the Rossborough”.

 

On Oct 15, 2012, the report was featured in the Baltimore Fishbowl article “What’s the Most Haunted School in Maryland?”

 

terrapin-tales-cropped timeline-468-127Oct 31 2013 Terrapin Tales: Ghostly Encounters: A Night at the Rossborough

 
 

30 Apr: Discovery Channel series “A Haunting” has completed taping. The episode aired Oct 19, 2012 on Discovery’s “Destination America” channel. An update of the episode aired on Nov 8 2013.

 

Video courtesy of Discovery Channel “A Haunting”

 
 

 



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