Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October 2017 Updates

Hey friends! We know it has been super quiet on our blog, but I want to pop in to say hello and Happy October! This is our group’s favorite season for many reasons, cooler weather, colorful leaves but also, it’s that time of year when all things spooky and scary are lurking around the corner to try to scare you. Halloween is a fun time for us, and while we have not been doing any paranormal investigating in a while, we always get together in October and November for ghost tour season.

TOUR UPDATE- We are working on plans for our upcoming tours on Oct 28th and Nov 4th, there is always lots of work to do but in the end, we always have an enjoyable time. What keeps us coming back year after year to continue our tours are our tour guests. Each year we see some of the same faces we have seen coming since we began in 2008, that's 9 years guys! Each year we also introduce our tours to new folks and we have met people from far and wide who have come to visit us just to take a tour.

Our tours are a mix of history and haunts, we have a small area that consists of several blocks that is just packed full of history and with the kind of history that Guyandotte holds, there are some creepy legends that have come from all of the events that have taken place there in the past 207 years. Guyandotte was established in 1810, but it's history did not just begin at that time. Years before, the Native Americans and early settlers inhabited that little bit of land at the mouth of the Guyandotte river where it meets the mighty Ohio River. Stories have emerged from way back before Guyandotte was ever a town, and we have a treasure trove or stories to share with you. We hope you make plans to attend.

11th ANNIVERSARY - Our group began in the summer of 2006, this year marked our 11th year as a team.  Over the course of 11 years life has changed for most of us, and while our passion is still there, we have many things in our daily lives that have just taken priority. It may not be as easy to get together like we once did, we hope to keep it going in one way or another and hopefully we will have some projects on the horizon.

WEBSITE/BLOG UPDATE - If you see a bunch of blog posts with past investigations on them, I have been working on transferring our old data from our website over to the blog. Its been slow going, and there are a bunch of missing links to audio and video but in time, I hope to have it all pulled together sooner rather than later. But it is a lot information to move over. We decided to drop our website because the site itself just wasn't popular anymore. More people have migrated to social media and blogs for their information so we are just trying to keep up with what interests our followers. The same is true for our ghost tour site, we reach many more people through social media than our website so we dropped that site as well. Everything you need or want to know about HPIR or Haunted & Historic Guyandotte Tours now lies within the pages of this blog and our related Facebook pages.

Anyway guys, that is our current updates and hopefully it won't be so long before our next post. See you soon!

Haunted & Historic Guyandotte Tours 2017




Guyandotte Ghost Tours 2017














Our popular Haunted & Historic Guyandotte Tours are returning this month for our 9th year! Our ghost tours bring out hundreds of people who are interested in the history and of course the legendary ghost stories of this once thriving town of Guyandotte. Guyandotte is currently a neighborhood of Huntington, West Virginia. Guyandotte was established in 1810, many years before Huntington but eventually was annexed in the early 1900s. With over 200 years of historic as well as tragic events that took place here, the community of Guyandotte is alive with many spooky tales and ghostly encounters. Two-hundred-year-old homes and buildings still stand in this little neighborhood, and many of them are believed to still alive with remnants of their past. Come join us on an upcoming crisp fall evening as we walk through the streets of Guyandotte and get an up-close look at the locations where current residents say the spirits of Guyandotte still roam. 



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Cemetery, River & Rail Trail Haunted Tour

Description - This is a 1 hour walking tour that will cover approx. 1/2 mile from the Guyandotte Cemetery on 5th Ave through parts of the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health along the Guyandotte river's edge. 
Date - October 28, 2017

Cost- FREE!  Tickets are free, but you must reserve your spot on a tour. Ticket reservations are required through our online ticket site with Eventbrite. Because the tours are free of charge, we will be limiting the number of tickets available each night. Tickets are also limited to 5 per person. Ticket reservations will run from Wednesday October 25th at midnight through Saturday October 28th at noon. Very limited walk-on spots will be available, so be sure to reserve your space in advance so that you don't miss the tour! Be sure to arrive about 15-minutes early for your tour to check-in. Just show us your reservation on your smartphone to check-in!

RESERVE TICKETS - OCT 28th TOUR

Tour Location - 305 Main St. Guyandotte. (Guyandotte United Methodist Church Parking Lot

Time - 6:30PM-10:00PM

Parking - Street Parking Only



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Ghostly Encounters of 1861 Haunted Tour


Description - This is a 1.5-hour walking tour through the main historic section of Guyandotte. During this tour, you will hear the story of the civil war battle that took place in Guyandotte and learn of the ghosts that are believed to still inhabit the town more than 150 years after the battle. This tour also takes place during the annual Guyandotte Civil War Days event that re-enacts the events that took place in Guyandotte in November of 1861.





Date - November 4, 2017

Cost- FREE!  Tickets are free, but you must reserve your spot on a tour. Ticket reservations are required through our online ticket site with Eventbrite. Because the tours are free of charge, we will be limiting the number of tickets available each night. Tickets are also limited to 5 per person. Ticket reservations will run from Wednesday November 1st at midnight through Saturday November 4th at noon. Limited tickets will be available, so be sure to reserve your space in advance so that you don't miss the tour! Be sure to arrive about 15-20minutes early for your tour to check-in. Just show us your reservation on your smartphone to check-in!

RESERVE TICKETS - NOV 4th TOUR

Tour Location - 203 Richmond St. Guyandotte. (Guyandotte Library)


Time - 7:00PM-10:00PM


Parking - Street Parking Only


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TOUR RULES & INFO


-Due to the content and length of the tour, tours are not recommended for children under the age of 10.


-All children under 17 must remain with an adult during the tour.


-Flashlights are recommended.

-Cameras are welcome.

-No smoking on this tour.

-No pets are permitted on the tour.

-No person under the influence of any substances such as drugs or alcohol shall be permitted to take a tour



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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Investigation - Old Farmhouse 09/2012

Investigation Location:
1900 Farm House

Huntington, WV

September 2012



Information:

This old farm house is located in Cabell County and was built around the turn of the last century. The old farmhouse was home to several generations of one family until just recently. One of our investigators had the opportunity to visit the house several times , but after a few visits she began having strange experiences while at the house. HPIR was given permission to do a formal investigation of the house after our fellow investigators strange experiences.

Overview:

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did a basic investigation as the house had no electricity at the time of our investigation. Using battery operated handheld equipment we focused mainly on the house itself, and some on the grounds surrounding. The house was very quiet that evening with no personal experiences or unusual occurrences. Upon audio review however, we seemed to have captured several EVP's during our night at the house.  


Investigation Results:
This photo was taken by a visitor to the house who was with our investigator. If you look closely in the top pane of the window, you will see what appears maybe to be head and shoulders of a man. What do you see? 

Investigation - Kelly Family Cemetery 11/2006

Investigation Location:
Kelly Cemetery

Lawrence County, Ohio

November 2006



Historic Information:

Kelly Cemetery is located near Ironton, Ohio. Kelly Cemetery was established on June 22, 1851 by one of Ironton’s most prestigious citizens, William D. Kelly. The original Kelly homestead was located up the hill to the left of the cemetery, and was later renovated into the Deaconess Hospital. The following link contains a list of burials at Kelly Cemetery.  

Overview:
We decided to check out this cemetery when we received a photo submission from someone who had captured what appeared to be plasma lights on some photos at this cemetery. We did not capture any lights in our photographs aside from lights from the nearby road and buildings.  We found no evidence to prove this cemetery to be haunted.



Investigation Results:

We made a second trip to Kelly Cemetery shortly after our first visit. We gathered no physical evidence but 3 out of the 5 people who went that night had a very strange feeling. One investigator reported the sensation of something hitting her forcefully on the back of the leg. A second investigator visibly saw what he believed to be an orb of light or energy in the woods behind the cemetery with his. Unfortunately we can not make an conclusions based on feelings alone.

Investigation - General Jenkins Plantation House 10/2006

Investigation Location:
General Jenkins House

Cabell County, WV

October 2006

Currently Closed to the Public 


Historic Information:
Located in Green Bottom WV, The Jenkins Plantation is a historic site; the plantation house was built in 1835 by Captain William Jenkins. The Plantation was once over 4, 000 acres and ran by up to 1oo slaves. Later the plantation was owned and ran by Captain Jenkins’ son General Albert Gallatin Jenkins. There have been many reports about the Jenkins Home and Plantation grounds being haunted. Some reports suggest that children can be seen and heard in and around the house playing, moving shadows spotted throughout the grounds, faces appearing in the windows of the house, just to name a few.



Investigation Overview:
This Investigation took place inside the Jenkins Plantation House. The evening was mostly uneventful, but we had some reports from various odors and aromas such as pipe smoke, a popcorn scent, nuts, fresh baked bread and the scent of roses were reported in and around the house. One investigator heard what they thought sounded like a bowling ball striking a bowling pin, and this was captured on audio.

We were told by the historian that General Jenkins once had his own bowling alley in the attic of the house and would go up there and bowl quite often. Upon reviewing our evidence that was collected in the Jenkins house we stumbled upon some rather unusual audio.  

Jenkins Plantation (EVP in the Attic) 2007

Investigation - Historic Guyandotte House 09/2011

Investigation Location:
Historic Guyandotte House

Cabell County, WV

September 2011 


Information:
This home has quite a long and colorful history, with many reports of paranormal activity over the years. Claims range from hearing phantom footsteps all the way up to seeing full apparitions.  

Investigation Overview:
This home is one we had planned on investigating for a while now and finally decided the time was right to look into the claims of activity. Overall the investigation was fairly calm with a few of the members reporting some odd feelings of being watched and some unusual sensations. For the first time we chose to try a new technique, after actively investigating for several hours we left the house until the following day to allow the cameras to run the rest of the night in the unoccupied home. We hoped that our presence in the home may have stirred up some activity, and after leaving we hoped that perhaps we might capture something while the house was left sitting empty.  



Investigation Results:
This is by far the longest review we have had to do. This EVP was caught while one recorder was left running in a room while the group investigated elsewhere in the house. There is what sounds like a growl which may be a very scruffy voice, or may even be something else completely. Just after this noise you will hear a voice whisper something and at the end of the audio clip it sounds like another voice making a very abrupt statement. The beeping noises are our team members setting off a motion sensor.

(clicking the link will give you more detailed information about the clip, may take a moment to load) 

Investigation - General Jenkins Plantation Grounds 2006 & 2007

Investigation Location:
General Albert G. Jenkins Plantation

September 2006 & April 2007


Currently Closed to the Public

Historic Information:
Located in Green Bottom WV, The Jenkins Plantation is a historic site; the plantation house was built in 1835 by Captain William Jenkins. The Plantation was once over 4, 000 acres and ran by up to 100 slaves. Later the plantation was owned and ran by Captain Jenkins’ son General Albert Gallatin Jenkins. There have been many reports about the Jenkins Home and Plantation grounds being haunted. Some reports suggest that children can be seen and heard in and around the house playing, moving shadows spotted throughout the grounds, faces appearing in the windows of the house, just to name a few.  

Overview:
September 2006 - Several group members heard what sounded like people talking off in the distance. The voices seem to be coming from the swamp area, it was doubtful anyone was out there without a flashlight although we can not say that there maybe was someone there. Our only other explanation for hearing voices in the swamp a could have been an echo from nearby homes. During the EVP sweep at the front door, one of our investigators was looking inside through the window, and he saw what he described as a shadowy figure pass by the window blocking out the light from the other side, we collected no evidence however.



Investigation Results:

Over several investigations of the Jenkins Plantation and consistently getting EVP's from this property, we feel that something most likely is haunting the house and the surrounding property.