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Brunswick Rail Yard Workers (c1890s) Photo: Brunswick Heritage Museum


Fall 2017: Brunswick Heritage Museum Ghost Expedition Frederick County/Brunswick MD


The Brunswick Heritage Museum continues to celebrates the town’s legacy as a major rail hub for the historic Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad. We are returning there to build on findings from the 2013 ghost expedition


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 a chapter of international fraternal society called the Fraternal Order of Eagles.


It is unclear when haunting legends took form at the Brunswick Museum. Haunted activity had been described as occasional since the museum was established in 1980. Activity appeared to escalate in 2010 during construction on an elevator; various encounters reported 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


Our 2013 ghost expedition experienced audio reflections that seemed suggestive of a friendly non-corporeal curator, and this was consistent with encounters reported in other paranormal investigations.


There were several instances where audio reflections correctly identified exhibits investigators were viewing on the second floor


Electromagnetic Field (EMF) meters alarmed near the Red Men exhibit. However no source of elevated EMF could be found with industrial meters


The third floor of the museum was once a speakeasy and contains a small theatrical stage. Late in the night, the speakeasy buzzer had inexplicably activated itself. There was no one on the floor at the time


The 2017 ghost expedition will attempt to build on earlier findings using a more advanced suite of audio equipment to include compressors, vocal processors and equalizers along with preamplifier-mixers


The expedition will also seek to obtain electronic voice phenomena via several methods to include: direct voice (DV); direct radio voice (DRV) and direct electro acoustic voice (DEAV)


The investigation team will be joined by reporter Andi Hauser from WUSA9 (Washington) and her television crew



Berlin Maryland (1862) Photo: Library of Congress



Andi Hauser Photo: WUSA9



Lexington Market Underground Photo: Reprinted with permission of The Baltimore Sun


Fall 2017: Lexington Market Underground Ghost Expedition/Baltimore MD


Founded in 1782, Baltimore’s Lexington Market is the oldest market in America, and among the oldest in the world. The market remains on the same site donated by Revolutionary War hero, John Eager Howard, who commanded the Maryland Line Regiment of the Continental Army.


Construction on the market began in 1803 with a covered shed on Green street for Howards’ Market. In 1818 the site was renamed the Lexington Market in honor of the first battle of the Revolutionary War.


Additional buildings were erected for market merchants in 1826 and 1856. By 1860, the market was drawing around 60,000 visitors a day, making it the largest market in the world. After visiting Lexington Market, famed essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson proclaimed Baltimore the “Gastronomic capital of the world.”


After the Civil War and into the next century the market transformed into a social hub for city residents to engage in news and gossip, soapbox politics and street entertainment. Waves of immigration brought expanding varieties of foods and cultures into the marketplace, a defining character of Lexington Market today


As Baltimore entered the automobile era, traffic around the market was becoming an issue. “Lexington Market must go,” declared Baltimore’s mayor in 1912, “whether the tenants desire it or not!” Lexington Market remained, as did also political battles over the market’s future.


The Lexington Market Authority was formed in 1946 to manage the affairs of the marketplace. The authority was formed following political protests led by market vendors over the forced closure of street stalls that year.


On Friday morning, March 25 1949, a fire destroyed Lexington Market resulting in $5M in damages and lost goods that were stocked for the shopping weekend. Lexington Market was rebuilt in 1952 and this is the structure that stands today.


As the ground was excavated for the new market in 1951, construction workers uncovered a large L-shaped underground chamber that was three stories high. The chamber connected to a 100 ft tunnel that led to six smaller vaults.


The vaults reportedly belonged to the former Schaefer meat company and were used for curing pork. The vaults were reportedly raided during Prohibition for illegal whisky production and again in the 1930’s for harboring suspected Communist activities.


The Lexington Market Underground is now accessible through an abandoned, and reportedly once-thriving underground nightclub formerly known as Tubbs and as the Sugar Shack. The restaurant was abandoned in 2003with the tables cleared off, the lights shut down and the plates on the floor.”


In 2016, the Lexington Market Underground was opened for historical tours.


Haunting legends have not been established there. Limited press reporting has mainly conveyed personal impressions and atmospherics. While haunted experiences are possible, contextual clues from the abandoned setting could be creating perceptions of paranormal activity.


The ghost expedition will make attempts at trans communication experiences using mediumistic and technical means.


Lexington Market (1903) Photo: Library of Congress



Dundalk Library on Shipping Place (1954) Photo: Baltimore County Public Library


Fall 2017: Dundalk Historic District Ghost Expedition Baltimore County/Dundalk MD


Dundalk Maryland is celebrating its centennial year. Named for Dundalk Ireland, the town was the first planned community in Baltimore County. It’s history as a company town dates to 1917, as the area was developed to provide housing for steel and shipyard workers of Bethlehem Steel at nearby Sparrow’s Point.


The Dundalk Company, a subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel, was chartered to oversee the town’s development. Today the former Dundalk Company office is home to the Dundalk and Patapsco Neck Historical Society (DPNHS) and Museum.


The history of the Patapsco Neck area goes back to 1664 when the British ship captain Thomas Todd purchased a tract and build the first house in the area called Todd’s Inheritance.


Patapsco Neck was also the site of the Battle of North Point on Sep 2 1814, which arrayed the Baltimore City Brigade of the Maryland Militia against Royal Colonial Marines. The British prevailed in that battle but took heavy losses to include Major General Robert Ross. The Battle of North Point was pivotal in delaying the British advance on Fort McHenry. The more celebrated Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry forced the British retreat, ending the War of 1812.


The area remained largely rural in character until 1856 when Irish immigrant Henry McShane established a successful foundry north of Baltimore for making church bells. When asked to identify the area for a rail station, McShane’s son provided name the “Dundalk”, which was his fathers birthplace in Ireland. In nearby Sparrows Point, the Maryland Steel Company had established a plant in 1889 bringing the steel industry into the area.


Present day Dundalk took shape with the arrival of Bethlehem Steel and the need to support emergent industrial demands of World War I. The government temporarily assumed control of steel production in the area. The Emergency Fleet Corporation (EFC) provided subsidies to the Dundalk and Liberty Housing companies to accelerate the construction of units in the Old Dundalk and St Helena communities.


The first units comprising present day Dundalk appeared in 1917 with “62 houses, two stores, a post office, and a telephone exchange.” Streets were planned around a garden city concept developed by urban planner Edward H. Bouton, who was famed for designing the Roland Park area in Baltimore. The town formerly hosted military facilities at Camp Holabird and Logan airfield.


One of Dundalk’s immortal residents in the literal sense was the late Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cancer cells were the source of the HeLa cell line, the first immortalized cell line in medical research. She was an unwitting source of these cells. Neither she nor her family were compensated for their use.


The Dundalk Company Office was closed by 1953 and the facility was rededicated as the Dundalk Library in 1954. The Dundalk and Patapsco Neck Historical Society was formed in 1970 and had established offices in the building. The facility sits firmly in the center of the Dundalk Historic District which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.


There are no haunting legends in connection with the facility. However, its centrality in Dandalk’s history and formation may carry some potential for transcommunication experiences. The ghost expedition there will focus on obtaining indications of communication and not on evidence for a haunting.


The ghost expedition will participate in National Ghost Hunting Day (NGHD), an event sponsored by Haunted Journeys magazine. Connectivity and livestreaming will be provided by ONSTREAM. The event will attempt to build a global “consciousness bridge” an experiment that will last two hours.


Data from random event generators (REGs) belonging to the Global Consciousness Project that are in proximity to participant locations will be monitored over the event. Results from NGHD 2016 noted a marked shift in random walk trending generated by REGs at the outset of last year’s event. Similar patterns were observed in back-to-back MPR investigations in 2016.



Old Dundalk Shopping Center (1940) Photo: Pinterest


Somerset County Jail [Grey Eagle Post] (c1910), SOUTHEAST EAST ELEVATION

Somerset County Jail (c1910) [Grey Eagle Post] Photo: Maryland Historical Trust


Fall 2016: Somerset County Jail Ghost Expedition Somerset County/Princess Anne MD


The Somerset County Jail (historically known as the Grey Eagle) was built in 1857-1858 and served in that capacity until 1987 until it was replaced by a more modern facility. The jail sat vacant for nearly a decade and the town considered demolishing the facility in 1999.


The jail is the only stone building in the county and was constructed of formed stone obtained from Port Deposit MD. Preservation-minded citizens advocated for the jail’s restoration.


With funding from the Maryland Historic Trust and others the old jail was renovated. The building reopened in 2008 where it now serves as the headquarters for the Princess Anne Police Department.


Haunted legends connected with the jail are believed connected to the town’s troubled racial past that area residents would prefer to forget. Princess Anne has the regrettable legacy of being the site of the last lynching in Maryland history.


In 1933, a black man named George Armwood was accused of assaulting an elderly white woman. “He was removed from the Princess Anne jail by a white mob, dragged around town by a truck”, and eventually hanged and his body was tossed into a bonfire. “After his death, the rope that formed the noose was cut up and distributed as a souvenir.”


George Armwood was considered a “hard worker, uncomplaining, quiet, and generally well-liked.” He was also mentally-impaired, described as “feeble-minded” in those times and should have received care in an institution. According to the Afro-American newspaper, he and other cognitively-disabled African-Americans were held in peonage, considered a polite term for slavery.


Thirty six years earlier in 1897, a local African American laborer, William (aka Cuba) Andrews, was lynched immediately after he was tried and convicted of assaulting Mrs. Benjamin T. Kelley. He had been held for trial in Baltimore City Jail for his safekeeping.


At his trial in the Princess Anne Courthouse, Andrews confessed to the crime without any defense and the judge ordered him to be executed by hanging. After the sentence a large crowd overpowered officers who were attempting to transfer the convicted man to jail. Andrews was beaten with bats and clubs and cut with razors until unconscious; he was later lynched on a walnut tree.


Seven of Maryland’s 25 to 30 lynchings took place on the Eastern Shore with four occurring in Somerset County. No one in Maryland was ever convicted in connection with these crimes. The Eastern Shore lynchings were forcefully condemned by the Baltimore Sun in a series of blistering editorials penned by columnist H.L. Mencken, an example of which is “The Eastern Shore Kultur.”


The Grey Eagle Post has haunted reputation with reported activity consisting of apparitions, displacements of objects and inadvertent captures of electronic voice phenomena. Local ghost legends point to Armwood and Andrews as sources of the haunting. Image findings lend some support to this notion. However, presences could as well include former residents who participated in mob justice.


Somerset County Jail [Grey Eagle Post] (2003), EAST ELEVATION LOOKING SW

Somerset County Jail [Grey Eagle Post] (2003) Photo: Maryland Historical Trust


St James School (c 1850), NE ELEVATION FROM NE

St James School (c 1850), Photo: Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh


Summer 2016: St James School Ghost Expedition Washington County/Hagerstown MD


The Saint James School in Hagerstown Maryland is a coeducational college preparatory school founded in 1842 by leaders of the Oxford Movement in the Episcopal Church.


The story of St James begins in 1792 with the construction of the Fountain Rock mansion on the Conococheague Manor estate owned by General Samuel Ringgold.


The name Fountain Rock is an translation of Indian phrase “Bai Yuka.” According to legend, an Indian princess who had fled her captors discovered the fountain spring. When she returned with her tribe she named the water source Bai Yuka.


After the death of General Ringgold in 1829 the Conococheague Manor estate was sold at auction to service debts. The 20 acre portion containing the Fountain Rock mansion was acquired in 1841 by Washington county Episcopal clergy to build a preparatory school and college.


Fountain Rock was repaired and renamed Claggett Hall and the school officially opened in October 1842. Claggett Hall was named for Thomas John Claggett, the first bishop of the American Episcopal Church. The school obtained a charter as St James College in 1844.


The first building constructed by St James College was Kemp Hall in 1851, named for Bishop James Kemp the successor to Bishop Claggett. Kemp Hall was destroyed by fire in 1857 and was rebuilt in 1869.


During the Civil War, St James College was closed in 1864 when Confederate soldiers briefly arrested the headmaster Rev Dr John B Kerfoot.


After Reconstruction, she school reopened in 1869 as a college preparatory school for young men under the leadership of Henry Onderdonk, a former president of the Maryland Agricultural College (presently the Univerity of Maryland). Claggett Hall was destroyed by fire in 1926 and was rebuilt in 1928.


Enrollments at the school expanded over the years under distinguished headmasters such as Adrian Onderdonk and Rev John Owens. The school became coeducational in 1978. female dorms were instituted in 1990.


Most haunting legends at St James School seem to be attributed to the late General Ringgold whose apparition is said to appear on campus as a masked ghost rider or with a phantom horse-drawn coach. Some legends concern apparitions of the Indian princess. Poltergeist activity has been said to occur in the dining hall (Kerfoot Rectory) and the Alumni Hall.


A paranormal investigation was conducted at St James School in 2013. Our expedition in Aug 2016 obtained several instances of including strikingly a clear response “Claggett” to the standard control question for location identification.


St James School, Claggett Hall (1973), NE ELEVATION FROM NE

St James School, Claggett Hall (1973), Photo: Maryland State Archives


Belle Grove Plantation (c 1934), NE ELEVATION

Belle Grove Plantation (c 1934), Photo: Library of Congress


Summer 2016: Belle Grove Plantation Ghost Expedition King George County/Port Conway VA


Situated overlooking the Rappahannock river, Belle Grove Plantation House sits on the site of the birthplace of President James Madison.


The original home in which President Madison was born, the Conway House, no longer exists but it likely stood just to the south of the present day plantation house.


In 1790 the 700 acre estate was purchased from Francis Conway III by Bernard Hipkins, who later conveyed the property to his son-in-law William Bernard.


It is unclear when the Belle Grove house was constructed. Tax and insurance suggest the plantation home was constructed between 1791 and 1796.


In 1839, the home was purchased by Carolinus Turner and considerably enlarged with additional wings, porticoes and colonnades forming a five-part complex. During the Turner years the plantation estate owned 92 slaves.


During the Civil War Port Conway and the Belle Grove estate served as a Union supply depot. On April 24 1865, presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth attempted to made his escape across the Rappahannock using the ferry at Belle Grove. He was caught and executed by Union troops two days later.


After the death of Carolinus Turner in 1876 the estate passed to a succession of owners. By the early 1900s, Belle Grove was operated as a dairy farm.


In 1929, the estate was sold to real estate broker John Hooker and his wife Mary. The home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. John Hooker passed away a year later and Mary in 1981.


In 1997 the estate was acquired by the Haas family from Austria who completely restored the home preserving it for future generations. It was acquired by the present owners in 2011 who operate the historic estate as bed and breakfast.


It is unclear when haunting legends began. Apparitions reported at Belle Grove include a lady dressed in white, an African–American woman in a yellow dress wearing a turban and a Union soldier.


The estate is also believed to be visited by members of the Hooker and Turner families, decedent slaves and possibly pets. The SyFy channel paranormal television series Ghost Hunters aired an investigation of the home in 2014.


Belle Grove Plantation (c 1901), NW ELEVATION

Belle Grove Plantation (c 1901), Photo: Belle Grove Plantation


Oakland B&O Railroad Station (June 1970), SE ELEVATION

Oakland Maryland B&O RR Station (1970), Photo: Maryland State Archives


Fall 2015: Ghost Expedition Garrett County/Oakland MD


The B&O Railroad Station in Oakland was described in a postcard as “the oldest railroad station on top of any mountain in the world.” The Oakland Railroad Station is considered one of the finest remaining architectural examples of a Queen Anne style railroad station.


The original Oakland B&O rail station was built in 1851 and it played an important role in the economic development of the region, particularly for the delivery of timber to eastern markets. It was later destroyed by a fire in 1874.


After the Civil War, John Work Garrett, influential president of the B&O realized the growth potential of the area as a luxury resort. The B&O built the Deer Park Hotel in 1873 to stimulate tourism to the nearby luxury mountain resort area of Deep Park. The hotel was host to many prominent visitors to include Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, and William McKinley.


John Garrett passed away in his cottage at Deep Park in 1884 and was never able to witness the dedication of the present day railroad station that year. The station’s landmark architectural prominence reflected the importance that John W Garrett placed on the town and the area. The station was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1974.


The Oakland B&O Railroad station has undergone a series of renovations to restore it’s historical appearance and to host museum quality exhibits.


Initial restoration work occurred for the centennial of rail station in 1984


Subsequent to its acquisition by the City of Oakland in 1998, the station’s slate roof and stained glass windows were restored in 2000


In recent years, extensive upgrades have included a central air system, ultraviolet light filters, humidity controls and security systems


It is perhaps during these renovation periods that nascent haunting legends began to form. However, it is unclear whom haunts the station. Many B&O rail workers died in industrial accidents and such persons could perhaps be among the potential sources of the haunting.


A paranormal investigation in 2013 reportedly encountered unsourced footsteps. During that investigation, a confused male voice was captured in electronic voice phenomena (EVP) that had queried “Is this Hell?”


Poplar Hill 1936 SW Elevation Library of Congress

Train Departing Oakland B&O Station (c1930s) Photo: Oakland Visitors Guide


Poplar Hill 1936 SW Elevation Library of Congress

Poplar Hill (1936) Salisbury MD Photo: Library of Congress


Fall 2015: Ghost Expedition Wicomico County/Salisbury MD


Poplar Hill Mansion is the oldest building in the city of Salisbury. Construction on the manor home began in 1795 on a plantation estate called “Pemberton’s Good Will” owned by Major Levin Handy.


Major Levin Handy was never able to complete construction on the home. He lost the estate due to debts and declining health. He died in 1803.


In 1805 the home was acquired by Dr John Huston, a prosperous physician. His family held the home throughout much of the 17th century. Dr Huston performed many surgeries in the home, some of them on soldiers during the War of 1812. Dr Huston died in 1828 and the estate was left to his wife Sarah.


His family continued to reside in the mansion as the town of Salisbury grew. The estate was subdivided around the 1840′s and by then had acquired the name Poplar Hill.


Two streets near the mansion were named for the youngest Huston daughters, Isabella and Elizabeth. Sarah Huston died in 1853.


Her daughter Elizabeth Huston sold Poplar Hill to George and Caroline Waller in 1882. The Waller family held the estate through 1945. The home contains numerous items of memorabilia acquired by the Waller family.


During parts of Huston and Waller family tenures, Salisbury experienced two disastrous fires in 1860 and 1886 that both destroyed the downtown business district. The 1886 fire destroyed over 22 acres of property and claimed 209 buildings. The estate survived both fires due to its location at the edge of town.


The estate was briefly held by Fred Adkins who attempted to restore the home as a Masonic temple. In 1948 the home was acquired by the Garber family who operated an 18th century antique shop downstairs.


The home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and acquired by the city of Salisbury in 1974 who operates the home as a museum.


Haunted legends were formed during the Huston years. The home is believed to be inhabited by multiple spirits.


One of them is possibly a house servant named Sarah, who died tragically when her clothes were quickly engulfed in flame from fireplace embers.


According to multiple accounts, she is said open dressers and drawers, and pull linens as if she were still in service.


Additional spirits could include the late Dr Huston and possibly another servant named Samuel.


Poplar Hill 1968 Maryland Historical Trust

Poplar Hill (1968) Salisbury MD Photo: Maryland Historical Trust


Nemacolin Castle 1963 West Elevation Library of Congress

Tudor Hall (Dec 1936) Leonardtown MD Photo: Library of Congress


Spring 2015: Ghost Expedition St Mary’s County/Leonardtown MD


Tudor Hall is one of the oldest buildings in Leonardtown MD dating to around 1745. It was constructed on a large estate called America Felix Secundus


The home was built by Abraham Barnes, a successful tobacco farmer who organized militia for the French-Indian and Revolutionary Wars. He died in 1778 leaving the estate to his son Richard


A long-term tenant of the home was John Thompson Mason, who was Richard Barnes’ brother-in-law and brother of George Mason, author of the Bill of Rights. In 1804, John T Mason Jr inherited the Barnes estate


Before 1817, ownership of the home was transferred to Philip Key, an uncle of Francis Scott Key, the author of the national anthem


Another relative, Eliza Key, had helped to save the home when the British attacked Leonardtown in 1814


In 1818 Henry Greenfield Sothoron Key inherited the estate from his father, which by this time had been renamed “Tudor Hall.” In 1820 the estate underwent extensive remodeling


The property was subsequently passed to his son Joseph Key who lived there until his death in 1917. The property remained in the possession of heirs of Joseph Key until 1949


By this time the haunted legends in connection with Tudor Hall and their possible connection to the Key family appear to have been established


According to local legend, the bell of an old, broken clock within Tudor Hall would toll whenever a member of the Key family died


In 1949, Mary Patterson Davidson purchased the estate, saving it from demolition. She would later suffer an untimely death


In accordance with her wishes the estate was deeded to the St Mary’s Library Association for use as a public library and memorial to men from the county who had died serving in World War II


In 1968, the estate was restored to its 1830 condition and the estate was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973


In 1984, the Saint Mary’s County Historical Society (SMCHS) purchased the building which currently houses the SMHCS library


Tudor Hall Slave Quarters (c 1920), Leonardtown MD Photo: Library of Congress


The nearby Old County Jail was constructed in 1876 and currently serves as SMCHS headquarters


In 1972, a large rock was transferred outside the facility that is believed to be associated with the ghost legend of Moll Dyer


Moll Dyer emigrated to Maryland 1677. She lived alone on the outskirts of a settlement that preceded present-day Leonardtown. She was viewed as an eccentric due to her old world ways. She had been regarded as a witch and was feared and hated by superstitious townsfolk


Without a trial she was accused by townsfolk as responsible for a series of misfortunes to include an epidemic in 1697, a flood and crop failure


According to accounts, Moll Dyer fled into the woods in winter after a mob had burned her home to ashes. Days later her frozen corpse was found kneeling upon a large stone with one of her hands affixed to it


Local legend says “if you place your hands were Molls’ hand had shaped the stone, you’ll feel a second icy pair, gripping your own”


Nemacolin Castle 1963 West Elevation Library of Congress

St Mary’s Old County Jail, Leonardtown MD Photo: Maryland State Archives


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


Abel Colley Tavern SW Elevation 2011

Abel Colley Tavern SW Elevation (2011) Smock PA Photo: FCHS


Nov 8-9, 2014: Ghost Expedition Smock PA/Abel Colley Tavern


Constructed circa 1840 Abel Colley Tavern was the home of Abel Colley who earned his fortune from operating taverns along the Old National Pike


Although the property was built as a tavern house and contains a bar room and a ballroom/dance floor, it was used primarily as a residence by Abel Colley in his retirement years


From 1872-1884, it was the residence for the family of Searight W. Colley, himself a prosperous farmer and buinessman, and the youngest son of Abel Colley


In the 1930’s the home was acquired by the Dulik family, who was the last family to live in the home


In 1995, the Abel Colley Tavern was added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of wider effort to preserve the history of nineteenth century commercial development along the Old National Pike


Dulik family heirs transferred the home to the Fayette County Historical Society in 2009. After a brief restoration effort the home was opened to the public as a museum the following year


The first accounts of haunted activity in the home were from the Dulik children.


While growing up in the home, the Dulik sisters often heard the sounds of laughter and music coming from the upstairs ballroom.


One of the Dulik sisters also reported seeing apparitions (what she termed “phantoms”) also in the upstairs ballroom


Museum staff reported hearing the distinct sound of bootsteps coming from the upstairs ballroom. The bootsteps were so heavy it caused the chandelier on the floor directly below to shake


The ghost expedition will attempt to obtain clean audio and environmental data to confirm these accounts


Abel Colley Tavern SE Elevation 2011

Abel Colley Tavern SE Elevation (2011) Smock PA Photo: FCHS


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:


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[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.



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 during the Battle of Westminster 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”).



Cockeys Tavern 2006 Westminster MD Photo: Maryland-Historical-Trust


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.


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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?”


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