Friday, February 3, 2017

Investigation - Buffington House 1 6/2010

Investigation Location:


Historic Buffington House built 1816

Huntington, WV

June 2010 


Information:
This home is one of the oldest in the county, it was built in 1816. Prominent owners included Dr. Thomas Buffington and Dr. McGinnis and his family, Dr. McGinnis' son died at the age of four years old while living in the home.

Activity reported in the home included the sounds of children playing and unusual temperature fluctuations.



Overview:
The night of our investigation was mostly quiet and uneventful, however after reviewing our recordings we found we had caught several EVP's.

The following week after our investigation was the weekend of our first ghost tours of the season. During the tour we had a member of our team inside the home portraying a historic figure from the home's past. The home's owners graciously allowed us to bring our tour groups inside for a small presentation by our group member.

During the hours our member was there, he and a friend who came along, had a not so quiet night as they were waiting in between tour groups. They reported the sounds of bells that were on the door, jingling on their own. As one group was inside a tour guide and group member both heard someone walking on the stairs behind them. The stairs had been blocked off by a large table to keep guests from wandering up them. Late in the evening as the home's owner and our team members were finishing up getting ready to leave, a piece of peppermint candy (from a bowl on the table blocking the stairs) was thrown across the room and hit our guy.  


Investigation Results:
We obtained an audio clip that came from a bedroom in the home, and is the voice of what we believe is a child.  



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

Buffington House (EVP Child) 2010

https://soundcloud.com/huntington-paranormal/sets/buffington-house-evps

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Investigation - Bobby Mackey's Music World 5/2007

Investigation Location:
Bobby Mackey's Music World

Wilder, Kentucky

May 2007

Historic Information:
Bobby Mackey's Music World located in Wilder Kentucky was originally built in the 1850's. This building has been everything from a Slaughterhouse, to a Casino to the present day country music night club. Many deaths have been documented that occurred within the walls of now Bobby Mackey's Music World over the years. Several ghosts are rumored to haunt this night club including a lady named Pearl who was said to have been decapitated as a sacrifice for a group of Satanists.

One of the original features of this building is still intact, a well that resides in the basement of the building still remains. During the time that this building was used as a Slaughterhouse the well was used to drain the blood of the animals into the nearby river. This building has been nicknamed "Hell's Gate" and has even had a book written about it's ghosts and it's story has been featured on the Discovery & Travel channels.



Investigation Overview:


This building did not live up to our expectations. We expected more than a quiet night after reading all the stories of "Hell's Gate". We were let down by the lack of activity that occurred that night. We had no personal experiences to report during our investigation of Bobby Mackey's Music World. However the group did enjoy exploring the basement of the building, with many hidden rooms the infamous "well" and even a jail cell.  

We believe that some of the stories from Bobby Mackey's could possibly be alcohol induced being that it is a bar. The higher than normal EMF readings throughout the entire building of course can cause hallucinations among other things. In all we feel that  the haunting allegations of Bobby Mackey's quite possibly could be an exaggeration. There are several confirmed deaths that have taken place during this buildings lifetime, not to mention it was once used as a slaughterhouse but we do not feel these stories are enough to prove it's title of "Hell's Gate". 


Investigation Results:

No evidence of paranormal activity was found during this investigation. 



 

Investigation - Bruce Chapel 2/2012

Investigation Location:
Bruce Chapel

Mason County, WV

February 2012




Historic Information:
Bruce Chapel is a small, historic church located near the Apple Grove/Gallipolis Ferry area, in rural Mason County. The church was built around 1842, and the small adjoining cemetery contains graves dating back to the early 1800s. The Moore Family of the Mai Moore Mansion fame are buried in the cemetery, which is now located on private property.

The chapel itself was the first Episcopalian Church in the area, and was built on land donated by Mr. and Mrs. George Moore. Funding came from a variety of sources, including the Diocese of Virginia, but more importantly, from the Bruce Fund, a fund set up by a Miss Bruce from Halifax, VA. Miss Bruce had family in the area, and was instrumental in the church's completion, thus, it was named Bruce Chapel in her honor.

The chapel was consecrated in 1843 by Bishop Johns, and was used by other area faiths until they could build their own places of worship. By 1879, Bruce Chapel boasted the area's first Sunday School, and by 1938, the back addition was added for use by church and community alike.

This site has been featured on many haunted places listings due to the reports of light anomalies, strange noises, and other paranormal occurrences. 

In tri-state ghost-lore, Bruce Chapel’s haunted history is often tied in directly with the haunted history of the Mai Moore Mansion. The Mai Moore mansion was once the home to Charles Page Thomas Moore, his wife Urilla Kline, and four daughters, Ida, Rebecca, Lauretta Mai (often referred to as May, Mae or Mai), and Elizabeth V. It was located in the Mercer’s Bottom/Apple Grove area of Mason County.

The Mai Moore Mansion was built around the time of, or shortly after the Civil War. It was originally believed to have been a later residence of George Moore who died in 1880 while in residence. George Moore was the uncle and adoptive father of Charles Page Thomas Moore.

Charles, who was born in February of 1831 in Greenbrier County, came to live with his uncle shortly after the death of his mother when he was 14 years of age. His father, Thomas, died when Charles was just an infant. Charles would go on to attend Marshall Academy, and several other institutions of higher learning in his quest at obtaining his law degree. While at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, PA, Charles co-founded the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity in 1852. He was admitted to the bar in 1856, and served with Union forces during the Civil War. After serving in the war, he returned home to practice law. He went on to become a justice of the WV Supreme Court of Appeals, retiring in 1881 to live in Mason County in the Mai Moore Mansion. Charles Page Thomas Moore died on July 7, 1904. He is buried in Bruce Chapel Cemetery.

After the death of Charles P.T. Moore, the mansion remained in possession of the Moore family.  It was located near a small Adena Indian mound, named the Mai Moore Mound after Charles' daughter, Lauretta Mai. Mai, as she preferred to be called, remained in the home after his death, and the mansion thus became known as the Mai Moore Mansion. It was consumed by fire in 1959. Vandals soon stole or damaged what was left, and by 1968 another fire had completely gutted the structure, leaving nothing but ruins. Lauretta Mai, born on January 19, 1873, never married. She passed away on March 12, 1965 and is also buried in Bruce Chapel Cemetery, along with her mother, and two sisters who also never married. 


Overview:
In August of 2006, Bruce Chapel was the site of one HPIR's earliest investigations. At that time, we were a brand new group and we were looking for some local reported haunted sites to investigate. Almost hidden away and nestled upon a hillside overlooking beautiful farmland, we found Bruce Chapel and Cemetery based on Internet searches for haunted locations in our region. During an investigation on the grounds surrounding the Chapel, HPIR obtained one of it's first and finest EVP's. Our group has not returned to this site since the late fall of 2006. Last fall we were contacted by the new owner, who also happens to be a descendant of some of the Church founders, invited us to return to investigate the chapel.

The entire group was thrilled for this investigation opportunity despite the fact that we knew the weather was going to be snowy and very cold, as the Chapel has no heat. We all bundled up and prepared ourselves for a frigid night of spirit seeking. We found out early on that there were a few little critters running around in the Chapel, the Chapel has sat empty for several years so this was no surprise. Throughout the night we heard a number of noises, most of which was contributed to the mice however a few unexplained thumps were heard. At one point, we heard what we believed was a few footsteps followed by a crackling pew, as if someone was sitting down to join us. Some of the team members sang hymns and other songs that would have been sang in Church in the 1800's. We were given a tip by the Mason County Paranormal group that was based on a sensitive's impressions (who investigated the Chapel with them), that the spirit of a young slave woman would stand outside the church window to listen to the singing and music. We enjoyed our time spend inside this beautiful old Chapel, although we didn't have many personal experiences to report, the cold night we endured to take on this investigation was totally worth it.

We have an unusual photo (posted below) from our investigation at Bruce Chapel. This was taken as we were breaking down our equipment. Notice the investigator to the left, there is an oddity in the photograph just below her head. Three of our best de-bunkers have analyzed the photo, and we can’t determine what it is exactly. There was nobody standing next to her, we can tell that it is not her shadow, and it is not quite consistent with motion blur (which can be seen with the cord). So at this point we can’t say this for certain is something paranormal, however we are not positive what exactly it is. If we return to Bruce Chapel in the future we will attempt to re-create it.

We have also posted this photo on our Facebook page for public input, you will find many comments on the photo and many opinions of what people believe they see in this photograph. There is also additional de-bunking info and efforts in those comments. As of present time, this photographic anomaly has yet to be verified one way or the other.  

 

 


 


 


Investigation - Guyandotte 1880's House 5/2012

Investigation Location:
1880’s Home

Huntington, WV

May 2012





Information:

This home was built in the 1880's and has been subject of some pretty serious haunting allegations. The home has seen a number of tragic events over the years and we were lucky enough to get the opportunity to investigate the claims.  



Overview:

Our investigation of this home remained mostly quite throughout the night. We did not experience any of the claims from the home which over the years have involved physical contact and harm to residents living there. We did however have a rather unusual experience with some dowsing rods. We do not normally use dowsing rods as a tool for investigations, however one investigator brought a set to try out that night. As she was using the rods, we were asking questions and the rods were crossing seemingly to answer the questions we were asking. Of course we can not base any findings on our experience with the rods, but it was something different than our usual experiments.

 
Investigation Results:
After a review of audio, one of our investigators had a number of voices on her recorder. As she listened, she began to believe that the voice she was hearing on the recorder was not of one of the house spirits, but one that may have followed her there.

Listen to the audio files from the 1880's House below: 
(clicking the links will give you more detailed information about each EVP, may take a moment to load) 







Investigation - Harveytown Elementary 7/2013

Investigation Location:

Harveytown Elementary/ Huntington Radio Museum

Huntington WV

July 2013



Information:

From Theresa’s Haunted History of the Tri-State (article from 2011)

This past February, I had the chance to represent HPIR's Haunted and Historical Guyandotte Tours at the annual History Day at the Legislature. In this yearly event, historical societies and organizations from all over the state meet in the capitol rotunda to share information and present displays of historical significance to the state.

Among many of the wonderful people I met and chatted with were several members of the Museum of Radio and Technology, located in Huntington, WV. Seeing that I was representing a tour business offering ghost tours and ran by a paranormal investigation group, the wife of the former president shared with me some interesting information about the museum.....It seems that the museum may house not only decades worth of radio and technology history, but also a ghostly imprint or two!

The museum is housed in what was once the old Harveytown Elementary school, located on Florence Avenue in Huntington, and butted right up against the Harvey Cemetery. Although I haven't verified it, I believe the school was built either in the late 1920s or early 1930s, and was still operating as a school at least into the early 1980s (based on yearbook photos I found online!).

The many years of children passing through these halls has possibly led to a psychic imprint, sometimes picked up on by more intuitive guests. The main "hauntings" of this building are auditory, and consist largely of an incident where several people at one time witnessed what sounded like the voices of children singing together. This sound was coming from the auditorium, possibly from the loudspeaker. However, there was no one present in the building, and no electronics turned on that could account for the sounds heard.

Another incident may have been slightly more intelligent in nature. Witnesses felt a cold breeze blow past them, among various other bits of oddness. Nothing has ever felt scary or malevolent, and years ago an investigation of the property yielded the conclusion that nothing there was out to harm anyone. Are these the voices from a period long ago bleeding through into our realm? Does the collection of antique radios and equipment attract those from another time? Visit the museum some weekend, and find out!



Overview:

Reports of activity from our investigation consist of hearing children in the gymnasium, and seeing a figure in the kitchen area.


Investigation Results:

Our investigation did not yield any conclusive evidence to support the reports of haunting's in the building. It seems that largely any activity that may be present could be the residual energy from the days this museum was once a busy and active school.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investigation - Campbell-Flannagan-Murrell House Museum 7/2013

Investigation Location:

Campbell Flannagan Murrell House Museum

Hinton, WV

July 2013



Information:
This home, which today serves as a local museum was built in 1875 by Edgar Campbell and his wife Elizabeth.

Overview:
Reports from this old house include full body apparitions and unexplained noises. This house has also inexplicably been saved from being burned down several times.

Investigation Results:
Our investigation was rather quite until two of our investigators walked into an upstairs bedroom, one of the investigators was quite started when she heard a strong male voice speak right behind her. We caught this incident on camera and audio, the video is below and shows the investigators reaction to the voice and a split second before her reaction you can hear a male voice come across the audio. The remainder of the evening was quiet minus this one audible EVP.   

 

 

Investigation - Bruce Chapel 8/2006

Investigation Location:

Bruce Chapel

Mason County, WV

August 2006



Historic Information:
Bruce Chapel sits on a hillside in rural in Mason County. The Chapel was built in 1842, and there is a cemetery surrounding the chapel with graves dating back to the 1800's. We have not gathered much history about Bruce Chapel, although in the cemetery surrounding the chapel lie the graves of Mai Moore and family.

Information on the Mai Moore Mansion:
The Mai Moore mansion was once the home to Charles Page Thomas Moore, his wife Urilla Kline, and four daughters, Ida, Rebecca, Lauretta Mai, and Elizabeth. Charles was born in February of 1831 in Greenbrier County.

After his parents died when he was 14, he was adopted by his uncle George Moore and moved to Mason county. While at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, PA, Charles co-founded the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity in 1852. He went on to become a justice of the WV Supreme Court of Appeals and died on July 7, 1904.

He is buried in nearby Bruce Chapel Cemetery. The mansion is located near the Adena Indian mound, named the Mai Moore Mound after Charles' daughter, Lauretta Mai, and thus the mansion became known as the Mai Moore Mansion. It was gutted by fire in 1968 and not much remains as of today.  


Overview:
We explored the grounds of Bruce Chapel and cemetery, letting our voice recorders run while we were looking around the area. We did an EVP session on the front steps of the chapel in hopes of capturing something. Vandals had recently broken a portion of the door down, so we were trying to snap a few pictures through the broken door of the inside of the chapel. As we were trying to take photos inside the chapel we captured an EVP. Below is the EVP we captured on the steps of Bruce chapel. 

Investigation Results:
We obtained an EVP while standing on the front steps of the building. 


 

Investigation - Private Residence #3 08/2007

Investigation Location:

 Private Residence 3

Huntington, West Virginia.

August 2007

Historic Information:

This 12 room home was built in 1910 and is located near downtown Huntington West Virginia. The homeowner reports the sounds of men and women talking in the upstairs foyer, doors slamming and opening on their own, objects disappear and the reappear, children can be heard playing in the basement, seeing orbs with the naked eye, front porch light flickers on and off in response to questions, and reports of a shadowy apparition. Also reported are sighing sounds, cold breezes, and growling sounds.

It is thought that the suicide of a former homeowner took place in the bathroom of the home approximately 10 years ago. There was also a recent death of an occupant of the home, although it was never stated whether the occupant died in the home or elsewhere.  

Overview:
We believe that there may be many factors as to the activity of this home, it is an older home with many antique furnishings, there are occult items in the home which the owner admits his interest in, and their has been a recent death of a former occupant.

During our investigation it was noted that several investigators felt a sensation of being dizzy, the porch light flickering was witnessed by the two investigators who were conducting the interview, one investigator felt as though something had grabbed onto and was twisting her thigh as she was descending the stairs, another investigator had the sensation of a sharp shooting pain in his arm as though a needle had stuck him, and finally a guest of one of our investigators reported that something unseen touched his leg while he was in the attic. Although there were many reports of personal experiences this night, but in the end we had no evidence to show for it. 

Investigation Results:
Much of the personal experiences that happened were in areas with documented higher than average EMF readings, which could factor into so many personal experiences. We feel that much of the activity that has been reported is centered around the client and a stressful time in his life.