Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Haunted Travels: Spooky Weekend Getaways

One of my favorite things to do in my spare time (besides investigating the paranormal of course!) is traveling. I enjoy traveling to different states and cities exploring historic and often times, haunted locations. There are many places still on my historic and haunted “must visit” travel list, but I have been lucky enough to have been to a quite a few places so far. One of my favorite forms of travel is the weekend road trip; I try to take three to four a year when I have the chance.

Lucky for those of us who live in the WV, KY and OH region, there is no shortage of history and hauntings within a few hours of home. Even if you don’t want to take a whole weekend, there are many day trips that are just as much fun. Here is a few of my personal favorites:

Lewisburg West Virginia, Droop Mountain and the Greenbrier Ghost:

Lewisburg is a historic town and a nice getaway for a day trip or a weekend. Lewisburg offers lots of history and plenty of hauntings, and even offers a ghost tour. Lewisburg is a Civil War battle site and is within 30 minutes of another Civil War battle site said to be haunted; Droop Mountain. Droop Mountain is quite a lovely place and it is said that ghosts from that battle still linger. A rather famous local haunting is within about 25 minutes of Lewisburg, the gravesite of the Greenbrier Ghost. If you are not familiar with this story, check out our haunted places listings for all the details!

Point Pleasant, West Virginia:

Point Pleasant is most likely West Virginia’s grand paranormal central. Not only do you have the famous Mothman to search for, Pt. Pleasant offers many other hauntings as well. Spend the night at the Lowe Hotel, visit the site of the Silver Bridge collapse, Chief Cornstalk’s monument, the River Museum and the State Theater and one may just be in paranormal heaven!

Maysville Kentucky:

Maysville is a very nice historic town that totally caught my attention on a "taking the long way home" drive from Lexington. Maysville is beautiful with lots of lovely old buildings, a very quaint little town indeed! One of Maysville’s paranormal hot spots is the old and very ominous looking Hayswood Tuberculosis Hospital that still sits in the shadows of the town. Another local haunt is the Washington Opera House which located just a few blocks from the old Hospital. Taking a stroll down these streets on a cool fall evening would make any history buff or ghost enthusiast feel right at home.

While I have many other places that I could share, these are some of my favorite local hauntings and I would recommend for anyone to check them out!

Melissa – HPIR Founder

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Paranormal TV: "Reality Check"

I have a confession to make: Back in 2006 when our group had our first meeting some of the people were talking about a TV show called "Ghost Hunters", and quite frankly I had no idea what they were talking about. I was too embarrassed to ask them about this TV show they were all discussing, so I just listened and nodded. Of course I quickly found out what the group was talking about, obviously this was a well known show on television.

I think I began watching paranormal related TV shows before they were so popular, I was a regular viewer of Unsolved Mysteries and would stay up late to watch Sightings. I loved those shows, especially the segments on ghost stories. I equally enjoyed the shows that showed ghost footage caught on camera, one in particular that comes to mind is the Ghost of Hampton Court, I thought that was pretty spectacular catch although I'm sure that one has long since been explained. I still enjoy watching shows on TV about haunted places, ghost sightings and ghost hunting, but I don't typically go out of my way to catch a show. In fact, I watch these shows very few and far in between these days especially since so many paranormal reality shows have sprung up over the past few years.

Today’s shows are all full of drama, excitement, and most of all….ghostly encounters! Television programs are generally meant to entertain the viewer and reality shows are generally staged, edited and I am sure many “suggestions” are made as to the content of the show. The reality is that all people on television shows are getting paid, and if they hope to have a show to get paid for, that show needs to have good ratings. I have watched many of these shows and I think the term “too good to be true” often comes to mind. I think we as an audience watch these shows and assume everything that we see before us on the screen is the absolute truth. We believe that every little noise the investigator on TV hears is a ghost, because they say it is a ghost.

Just like with paranormal investigation, you need to look at every single piece of evidence you collect with a healthy dose of skepticism, same goes for what we are watching on television paranormal reality shows. Whether you are an investigator or a fan of ghost hunting/paranormal reality, I think a “reality” check is in order. I personally do not look at the personalities on these shows as leading authorities on everything paranormal. I think television personalities are experienced in what they do, but really there are no true experts in this field of the unknown.

Melissa - HPIR Founder

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

HPIR Blog Returns!

We have decided to bring back our website blog after taking it down some time ago. We hope to post on a fairly regular basis on all sorts of paranormal topics, group news and even share some stories with you. Please check back often for new posts! We hope you will enjoy.

HPIR Founder - Melissa