Mason County, WV
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.
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.
We obtained an EVP while standing on the front steps of the building.