Category: paranormal

Watch: Eerie Figure Stalks Moose? A strang…

Watch: Eerie Figure Stalks Moose?

A strange piece of
footage from Canada shows a moose lingering by the side of the road as what
appears to be a figure of some kind stalks towards it. The eerie scene was
filmed by a woman named Audree Frechette and took place in a forested area of
Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula [during the last weekend of August 2018]. As is often
the case with such incidents, she didn’t notice the odd interloper at the time,
but later spotted it when she looked at the video.

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Ghost Expedition Jefferson County, Shepherdstown WV: Entler…

Ghost Expedition Jefferson County, Shepherdstown WV: Entler Hotel/Historic Shepherdstown

Shepherdstown is considered the “oldest city in West Virginia” with a history predating the French-Indian War.  

The town was chartered in 1762 by the royal Virginia governor as Mecklenberg, named for Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz, wife of King George III. The name of Charlottesville had already been granted to another town in the colony. Thomas Shepherd was named the trustee of the town of 222 acres which had been granted to him in 1734.  Eventually the town would be named for him in 1798

Shepherdstown is also known by the nickname of “The Old Unterrified” due to its contributions to the nation’s wars. Shepherdstown was said to have provided more soldiers in the American Revolutionary War than any other town of its size in Virginia. In response to General George Washington’s call for volunteers in 1775, the Mecklenberg company of 97 men commanded by Capt Hugh Stephenson made the famous “Beeline March“ from Morgan Spring to Cambridge Massachusetts, ranging 600 miles in 24 days

According to the Shepherdstown’s Register in 1850, the town ”sent nearly three complete companies to the field“ in the War of 1812 and contributed to ranks of several other companies.  Troops from Shepherdstown, led by Lieutenant Bennett Riley, repulsed the British attack at the Battle of Plattsburgh.  During the capture of Fort George, a Shepherdstown resident, Michael Durnhoeffer, leapt upon the wall of the fort amidst a barrage of artillery fire, and yelled out, “HURRAH FOR OLD SHEPHERDSTOWN”

During the Mexican War, Colonel John Francis Hamtramck led the 1st Virginia Volunteer Regiment.  He was mayor of Shepherdstown from 1850 to 1854, and from 1853 to 1858 served on the Jefferson County Court. He died at his home in Shepherdstown in 1858.  The Hamtramck Guard (The Shepherdstown Light Infantry) was sent to Harpers Ferry to quell John Brown’s raid on the federal armory in 1859.  In the Civil War, this group became Company B, 2nd Virginia Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia

Battles took place all around Shepherdstown throughout the Civil War due to its proximity to Pack Horse Ford, a crossing of the Potomac River.  After the Battle of Antietam in 1862, Shepherdstown became a giant makeshift hospital for thousands of confederate wounded  

A Confederate rear guard, led by General William Pendleton, repulsed Union attacks on forces withdrawing from Sharpsburg in the Battle of Shepherdstown.  The 118th Pennsylvania, known as the Philadelphia Corn Exchange Regiment, suffered heavy losses against battle-hardened confederates, amounting to 269 casualties from 737 men

The properties making up the Entler Hotel were built in 1786 by Philip Adam Entler Jr and expanded in 1790 by Daniel Bedinger. The hotel returned to Entler family ownership in 1824 and was managed for many years by Daniel Entler and his wife Margaret, and later by their oldest son son Jacob.  

The Entler Hotel was a societal hub for Shepherdstown. However, the hotel suffered losses from caring for confederate wounded in the Civil War. After a devastating fire in 1912 which destroyed much of downtown German street, Entler family heirs sold the property, which after renovations opened as the Rumsey Hotel

In 1921, the property was acquired by Shepherd University and renamed Rumsey Hall where it served as a student dormitory, faculty housing and later as storage.  In 1973 the hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places.  In 1978, the city acquired the building and renovations were begun by Historic Shepherdstown in 1979.  The property reopened as Historic Shepherdstown and Museum in 1983

The Entler Hotel is thought to be haunted by the ghost of Peyton Bull Smith.  He was killed in a duel by his business partner Joseph Holmes on Tuesday, Nov 3, 1809 at daybreak. Smith was carried to the hotel where he died.  Noises, moans, and footsteps haunt the hotel.  Other folklore legends include a gambler shot himself after losing cattle money and the daughter of the hotel manager died in the 1910 fire within the hotel

Though less widely known, haunted activity in the form of imitative noises is also said to occur in the vicinity of the Schomaker & Co piano on the first floor.  The piano was originally owned by John Henry Schau and his wife Elizabeth Catherine Cookus-Schau (she was also called “Aunt Betsy”). The couple resided on German Street in Shepherdstown.

The paranormal television show Ghosts of Shepherdstown featured a series of haunted locations that were loosely clustered around the Town Run, a tributary of the Potomac river that runs through the center of the town

The ghost expedition sought “drop-in” communications in connection with the history and legacies of the Shepherdstown

REFERENCES:

Civil War Trust. An Interview with Nicholas Redding. American Battlefield Trust

Dandridge, D. (1910).  Historic Shepherdstown. The Michie Company Printers, Charlottesville, Virginia

Digital Exhibit: Schomacker & Co. Piano. (2016). Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

John Francis Hamtramck. (2018). Digital Exhibit. Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Langmyer, M. (2016). The Entler Hotel – Restoration. Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Langmyer, M. (2016).  Shepherdstown and the American Civil War.  Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Langmyer, M. (2016). The Battle of Shepherdstown.  Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Lehman, M.C. (2016). The Entler Hotel – History. Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

McGee, T. (1972, Oct 6). National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Rumsey Hall (Entler Hotel). National Park Service

McGee, T. (1973, Apr 2). National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Shepherdstown Historic District. National Park Service

Norris, D.A. (2018). Battle of Shepherdstown. American Battlefield Trust

Our Own Ghost of Shepherdstown. (2016). Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Price, J.C. and Woods, D.C (2016). The Entler Hotel – A Chronology. Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Rogers, J.E. (2013, Jan 13). Daniel Entler (b 1785 – d1866) and Family. Memorial ID 103540248. Find A Grave

Rumsey Hall (Shepherdstown, West Virginia). (2018, Apr 27). Wikipedia

Shepherdstown: Battle of Boteler’s Ford. (2018). American Battlefield Trust

Shepherdstown Gets Over Fire. (1912, Nov 16). The Daily News, Frederick, MD. Newspapers.com

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV “SEMI-QUINCENTENNIAL” 250TH ANNIVERSARY AND CELEBRATION. (2012). Corporation of Shepherdstown WV

Shepherdstown, West Virginia. (2018). Wikipedia

Stoner-Reed, P. (1987, Sep 26), National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Shepherdstown Historic District (Boundary Increase). National Park Service

Thomas, J.B. (2018). War of 1812. Digital Exhibit. Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

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Acroterian. (2008, Nov 29). Entler Hotel (Rumsey Hall), Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Wikipedia

Highsmith, C. M., photographer. (2015). The historic Entler Hotel, now the city visitors’ center, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Shepherdstown United States West Virginia, 2015. -04-29.  Library of Congress

Rumsey Hall, looking north or front view. (c 1925). Rumsey Hall Gallery. Shepherd University

Rumsey Hall as the Entler Hotel, looking northwest up German Street. (c 1880). Rumsey Hall Gallery. Shepherd University

Shepherdstown during the Civil War.  Historic Shepherdstown archives. Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Waud, A.R. (1862, Oct 11). Sketch of the Philadephia Corn Exchange Regiment Fording the Potomac Near Shepherdstown. Harper’s Weekly. p. 652. 

Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

Boteler’s Ford, Potomac River near Shepherdstown. Point at which Confederate Army crossed after battle of Antietam

(c 1861-1865).   Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Ruins of bridge, across Potomac River at Shepherdstown.  (c 1861-1865).  

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Rumsey Hall as the Entler Hotel after the fire, looking west up German Street. (1912, Nov). Rumsey Hall Gallery. Shepherd University

The Entler Hotel when the Town bought in 1979. (1979). Historic Shepherdstown and Museum

The Top Ten Safest Countries during a Zombie A…

The Top Ten Safest
Countries during a Zombie Attack
 

The Zombie Research Society’s analysis of countries most
likely to weather a global zombie pandemic took into account dozens of
different factors, including population density, climate, topography,
gun-ownership rate, military capability, natural resources, and public
infrastructure. It’s important to note that only nations with a population over
5 million were included in this study, and the explanation for each ranking
below is just a brief highlight of what was considered. 

#10: SWEDEN
A favorably small population and many natural defenses
help Sweden capture the tenth spot. Its military is well trained, well
equipped, and solely focused on national defense.

#9: ARGENTINA
The eighth largest country in the world by land mass,
Argentina is sandwiched by the Andes Mountains and Atlantic Ocean. Its
urbanization keeps it from climbing higher on the list.

#8: FINLAND
The Finnish benefit from being surrounded by other
countries strong in zombie survivability, and their low population density of
just 41 people per square mile doesn’t hurt either.

#7: NORWAY
Norway came in second in Gold Medals at the 2010 Winter
Olympics, showing they know how to thrive in icy conditions. A lot of snowy
land and a few hearty people is a recipe for survival.

#6: BOLIVIA
With mountains to protect from their neighbors, and the
worst economy in South America, Bolivian’s are used to managing without modern
conveniences and can ably fend for themselves.

#5: KAZAKHSTAN
Borat made the whole world laugh at this little country,
but Kazakhstan may get the last laugh. The rugged terrain, formidable climate
and an extremely low population density are key survival factors.

#4: RUSSIA
Low population density, huge land barriers, and a
battle-tested people give Russia the number four spot. If the Nazis couldn’t
take Leningrad, there’s no reason to think Nazi zombies will.

#3: UNITED STATES
With over eighty-three people per square mile, the U.S.
is considerably more dense than any other country in the top five, but its
heavily armed citizenship is more ready for battle than most.

#2: CANADA
Though its thirty-five million residents are packed along
a thin strip at the country’s southern border, gun ownership is common, and
there’s plenty of room to head north when the stuff hits the fan.

#1: AUSTRALIA
This vast nation grabs the top spot because of its
population density of just 7.5 people per square mile, and the fact that it has
the world’s biggest moat surrounding it on all sides.

HONORABLE MENTION: NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand’s population of just 4.5 million falls short
of our minimum criteria in this study, but it gets an honorable mention nod for
excelling in several of the same areas as Australia.

Meet Resurrection Mary, the ghost of Archer Av…

Meet Resurrection Mary, the ghost of Archer Avenue:

Just southwest of Chicago, on Archer Avenue in Justice,
Illinois, across the street from Resurrection Cemetery, is a bar called Chet’s
Melody Lounge. Chet’s is a classic roadside tavern, with a pool table, a
jukebox, a popcorn machine, and a large clientele of bikers. But Chet’s has an
unusual tradition: every Sunday, the staff leaves a Bloody Mary at the end of
the bar for a ghost. The ghost’s name is Resurrection Mary, and she has haunted
this stretch of Archer since the 1930s, when she picked up young men dancing to
the big bands at the Oh Henry Ballroom. 

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Delta Queen: The Ghost of “Ma” Greene

The Delta Queen, a paddle steamboat, was assembled at
Banner Island Shipyard in Stockton, California in May of 1927. She was one of
the most luxurious American steamboats ever built at a cost of one million
dollars. 

Mary Becker Greene fondly known as “Ma” was once the owner and co-captain of
the Delta Queen. It is she who haunts the boat to this day. She was the first
female licensed riverboat captain along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. 

While alive, Ma maintained a family atmosphere on the boat—she was a strong
supporter of temperance and did not allow liquor to be served on the Delta Queen. 

In April of 1949 after helping her son dock the Delta
Queen at her homeport on the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ma retired to her cabin
where she passed away at the age of 79. 

After her death a saloon was established on board the
Delta Queen but shortly after the first drink was served a barge crashed into
the Delta Queen. When the crew was finally able to untangle the mess they were
amazed to discover the name of the barge was the Captain Mary B. 

So it appeared a barge carrying Ma’s name had managed to stop the one thing she
never wanted on board the Delta Queen–liquor. After this incident Ma’s ghost
started to appear on the Queen.

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10 Abandoned Buildings in Texas Haunted by Bla…

10 Abandoned Buildings in Texas Haunted by Black Eyed Children:

10) Toyah High School – Toyah, TX
9) Walnut Ridge Mansion – Gonzales, TX
8) The Rig Theatre – Premont, TX
7) Baker Hotel – Mineral Wells, TX
6) El Paso Tin Mine – El Paso, TX
5) Jackson Square Apartments – Amarillo, TX
4) The Cistern – Houston, TX
3) Emhouse School – Corsicana, TX
2) The Hotel Ozona – Ozona, TX
1) Abandoned Asylum – San Antonio, TX

Ghosts in Court: The Historic Lowes Cottage De…

Ghosts in Court: The Historic Lowes Cottage Decision:

Lowes [or Loews] Cottage was purchased in 1994  by Andrew and Josie Smith, when the couple moved into the dilapidated cottage with their children. Because of its condition, the Smiths had gotten the cottage for a low price, purchasing it with the intention to fix and flip it quickly for a hefty profit.  But according to the Smith’s, that dream was broken when they found out that the little cottage was home to more than them. According to the Smiths, a spirit or spirits had already taken up residence at the home, and did not appear particularly amenable to sharing the abode with the family.

[…]

As the Smith’s asked questions and sought counsel from religious and paranormal experts, notoriety about the small cottage began to build. At one point the Smith’s tried to refinance the mortgage on the home, only to have the bank turn down their request. It was at this point that the Smiths did something arguably different from the many other families that report having moved into haunted locations, the Smiths decided to sue the former owners for non-disclosure.

Famous Cases of Real Dopplegangers

Famous Cases of Real Dopplegangers:

Doppelgangers vs. Bilocation

Body doubles, as a paranormal phenomenon, typically
manifest themselves in one of two ways.

doppelganger is a shadow self that is
thought to accompany every person. Traditionally, it is said that only the
owner of the doppelganger can see this phantom self and that it can be a
harbinger of death. A person’s friends or family can sometimes see
a doppelganger as well. The word is derived from the German term for
“double walker.”

Bilocation is the psychic ability to project
an image of the self in a second location. This body double, known as a wraith,
is indistinguishable from the real person and can interact with others just as
the real person would.

Ancient Egyptian and Norse mythology both contain
references to body doubles. But doppelgangers as a phenomenon—often associated
with bad omens—first became popular in the mid-19th century as part of a
general surge in the U.S. and Europe in interest in the paranormal.

Is that a ghost caught on a game cam in a Durh…

Is that a ghost caught on a game cam in a Durham, ME front yard?:

After she brightened the photo with the strange image, the figure popped, appearing to have a full body, standing in profile to the game camera, wearing a thick backpack and a hat.

Wilson asked a neighbor the next day if her 1820s farmhouse had ever been home to anyone who served in the military. She learned a man named John had fought in World War II.

“He came back and proposed to the love of his life. On their wedding day, he showed up, but she didn’t,” Wilson said. “He ended up living in the house and never married. I’m starting to call (the figure) John, because I haven’t gone back any further (in history) than that. It looks like something within the 1900s, so WWII kind of makes sense.”

Second ‘Mystery Sound’ Stumps Upstate NY Commu…

Second ‘Mystery Sound’ Stumps Upstate NY Community –:

The plight of the people of Highland Park made news in late June when beleaguered residents declared to a local newspaper that they were fed up with hearing a mysterious sound that had been tormenting them for months. Since that time, an area expert managed to come close to cracking the case before things took an even stranger turn.