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The Spirits of Summer

Where did the summer go?

School is in full swing and our schedules have become frighteningly hectic.

Spirits don’t scare me.

Trying to find more hours in a day – now that’s scary!

We didn’t get to the next investigation yet, so I’m featuring some investigation highlights.

Spirits of the Summer of 2013

Man and Rob

My father visited us at Whipps Garden Cemetery

Gnome 2

We met a Gnome!

Hell House Face

And a Tree Spirit!

Tshirt

And a real live Goblin!

Peeking Figure 2

Spirits peeked out at us.

Three Faces 2

And some came right out and showed us their faces!

We met three Ghost Dogs:

George Bolton – Paper Mill Guard Dog

Dog

A St. Bernard at Deep Creek Lake

Daschund 1

A Deep Creek Lake Dachshund

Horse 1

And a Unicorn!

We met Fairies:

Fairy and Other Fairy

The Fairy King

Fairy Orb 2

Fairy Orb

And people too!

Man A

Shadow Man

Brewing Man and Child

Man and Child

And then there was the Cat Alien!

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Cat Alien

And lots and lots of Orbs!

Casper the Friendly Orb

St. Mary's Cemetery Orb

St. Mary’s Cemetery Orb

Bright Orb

Bright Orb

Bright Orb

Bright Orb

There were Angels and Mists and so much more! The evidence has been awe-inspiring and I feel as if a whole new Universe has opened up for me. I believed before, but now I know there is so much more than I could possibly have imagined.

We still plan on doing the St. John’s Cemetery investigation next, so here’s hoping that time will stand still and the Spirits will come out to play with us!

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Ellicott City’s Chocolate Vortex

We had a special request this week to investigate Ligon Road in Ellicott City. It seems that a high number of residents on Ligon Road have been victims of cancer.

Could there be a supernatural explanation for this phenomenon?

Robby and I set off to investigate Ligon Road.

As soon as we turned onto the street, we felt a strong energy. Robby said at once that this was the location of an Energy Vortex.

An Energy Vortex is a swirling center of energy coming out of the earth. The energy on Ligon Road and the surrounding area was exceptionally strong.

Since this was a residential street, I didn’t want to take pictures of private residences and properties so I didn’t have any pictures, but we did get some remarkable readings.

As soon as we turned onto Ligon Road, the KII meter started going crazy. The KII meter does not go off lightly and we were getting readings in the red along the entire road. I made a circle by going onto Frederick Road, then going several streets over and circling back several times and each time the KII meter spiked many times, only on Ligon Road.

Ligon Orb 1

Orb

Then there was the Chocolate Factory smell.

On one pass, I stopped the car to get some readings. Robby started sniffing and said it smelled like a Chocolate Factory. I have no sense of smell (thanks to a battle with meningitis as a baby), so I couldn’t confirm this strange occurrence, but Robby said it was overpowering and smelled delicious! We had the windows rolled up in the car, so we rolled them down thinking that perhaps someone was doing some baking, but when we put the windows down, the smell stopped.

On all of the other passes that we made on Ligon Road, Robby never smelled the Chocolate Factory again, so it couldn’t have been coming from one of the homes.

As we drove around, I felt drawn to the street on the other side of Ligon Road and the energy actually grew stronger.

It wasn’t long before I started feeling strange and Robby felt sick, so we had to leave.

Ligon Orb 2

Tree Orb

We were close to Whipps Cemetery, so we stopped in for a short visit. The tranquility of Whipps helped to ground us and I captured a few Orb photos. We felt revived and back to normal in no time at all.

As we were leaving Whipps, I was facing Robby and taking pictures at his direction (he had the Ghost Radar), so I was looking at him and he wasn’t moving. I heard footsteps behind me and I whispered to Robby that maybe the Caretaker was here. Robby asked me what I was talking about. I turned around, but no one was there and Robby hadn’t heard anyone. I clearly heard someone walking on the mulch pathway behind me and I expected to find someone when I turned around.

There was no one.

Ligon Orb 3

Orb

Our findings are that the area around Ligon Road has a powerful energy, but I don’t feel that it is harmful or bad in any way. The Chocolate Factory smell tells me that the energy is good – just like you would welcome a visit to a Chocolate Factory! The energy extends to Whipps Cemetery, which is why we had so many amazing paranormal happenings on our prior visit. (See the Angel Garden or Alien Sanctuary post). Perhaps the energy is too strong for some people to handle and it can become harmful, but I don’t think it is intentional, if that is the case.

Ligon Road is named after Thomas Watkins Ligon who lived from 1810 to 1881. He was the 30th Governor of Maryland, a Congressman for Maryland and a President of the Patapsco Female Institute. He was buried at the St. John’s cemetery, which is across the street from Ligon Road.

I think this means that our next investigation should be to check out Mr. Ligon and the St. John’s Cemetery.

Ligon Mist

This looks like a mist and something was trying to form. I’m not sure what it is, but it’s something!

Ligon Road Ghost Radar Conversation

Words From the Other Side:

Perfect Mark Cowboy Japanese Eaten Jeff Or Dirt Guide Pleasure Principal Constant Nose Character Main Research Hello Fought Common Tribe Chemical

Perfect is the word that describes Ellicott City. People from all over the world have travelled here, and many have been drawn to make this beautiful city their home. Mark was a cowboy who settled here with his Japanese wife. Their Inn became a popular travel destination and their guests raved that the meals were the finest that they had ever eaten. Jeff, or the famous “Dirt Guide“, claimed that his greatest pleasure was when he travelled to Ellicott City and stayed at the renowned Inn.

The Principal of the Patapsco Female Institute was a constant visitor to the Inn. He had a nose for good food and wine and he relished the fine character of Main Street’s Inn.  He claimed to be doing research for his students cooking classes and his hearty “Hello” was as regular as the noon school bell. He fought rumors that there was a woman who drew him to the Inn, but the simple truth was that it was the food, company and ambiance that he loved so much. His presence was so common that upon his death, a local Indian tribe declared his usual seat at the Inn to be sacred ground.

Ellicott City’s attraction is like a chemical reaction that can’t be denied.

Just like a kid in a Chocolate Factory!

The Next Investigation:

St. John’s Cemetery

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How Did I Miss This One?!!!

After reviewing my photos, I came across something that I missed when I reported the Ellicott Family Cemetery investigation.

It was the “Give A Little And Get A Magical Gift From A King” blog.

Understandably, I was blown away and in a daze from the photos and events surrounding that investigation. I’m still in love with my Crabby Guy, then there was the Fairy King, two more Fairies, the Peeking Figure and a Horse, which may be a Unicorn.

I have a Unicorn that sits on my desk at work, and I realized that the Horse on the wall, looks exactly like the Unicorn on my desk.

Can  you see where I’d be freaking out about now and a wee bit distracted?

I was also doing research about the Crabby Guy, trying to figure out who he is. I’m convinced that he’s a Goblin. I couldn’t find any “real” goblin photos like him on the web, so I think he’s pretty priceless.

Then I came across these three faces in one of the photos from the Ellicott Family Cemetery…

Three Faces 2

Three Faces

The face on the left is on the edge of a stone wall, then there are two other faces to the right. The two outer faces are female, and the middle face is male.

Here is the original photo so  you can see why I missed it. Robby and I were too far away for it to be a reflection of us. Besides, there were only two of us in the cemetery the entire time.

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Original Photo

When I zoomed in, I saw the Peeking Figure and I was so excited about that find, that I missed the Three Faces!

Here is a close-up showing the Peeking Figure and the Three Faces in the same photo:

Three Faces 3

The Peeking Figure is on the left and the Three Faces are on the right

I also found another photo, but at the time I questioned it. It looked like a face in profile, but I wasn’t sure. Besides, there was so much else to report! But now that I’ve found the other faces, I’m convinced that this is a man’s face.

Single Face

Man’s Face in Profile

This past weekend we visited family and enjoyed the beautiful beaches in Calvert County, Maryland. I love to dig for shark’s teeth in the sand. I find it extremely therapeutic.

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Calvert County Beach

Later, we went to my niece’s house and she asked Robby and I to do an investigation because she thinks her house is haunted.   We captured several Orbs and one of them was extremely bright. The Orb photos were taken exactly where the main activity occurs in the house. The Ghost Radar provided us with some interesting conversation, and a few clues, but we haven’t determined the identity of the Spirit yet.

They suspect that it is a child’s Spirit.

Bright Orb

Bright Orb

Bright Orb 2

Bright Orb

Calvert County Ghost Radar Conversation

Words from the Other Side:

Garden Obtain Asia Represent Real Sudden Invented Enjoy Them Pole Papa Joe Appropriate Design Feature Couple Nearly Dull Applied Temperature Stock Stream Pound Just

            Calvert Child Spirit 

In my beautiful garden, I strive to obtain treasures from around the world. If exotic plants from Asia and other foreign places can’t be found, I try to find objects to represent real places. Sometimes people disturb my creations and sudden changes are unsettling, so I have invented ways to relax and I try to enjoy them and their changes. I dream about the North Pole and the happy memories with my Papa Joe. He always behaved in an appropriate manner, except when he acted out stories for me. He would design elaborate sets to feature his plays. A couple of them nearly overwhelmed my mother – they were outrageous! She was considered a “dull” person, but sweet, and her skills were restricted to making costumes.  I applied all of my time and energy to being a raptured audience of one, except when my temperature got too high and the sickness got worse…

I prefer to dwell in my garden as I take stock of my collection.  I run through the garden stream as I chase the bad memories away.  I follow the sound of the waves pounding upon the shores of the bay.

If only I could just see my Papa Joe again…

The Next Investigation:

I have a referral to check out in Ellicott City, so Robby and I will investigate an unusual site and we hope to have another interesting tale to tell next week!

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Dog Days of Summer Bring Out the Ghost Dogs

We took our dogs on vacation with us this year, and we were rewarded with a visit from two ghost dogs!

We spent a glorious week at Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County, Maryland. Having lived in Maryland all my life and after travelling all over the world, I had never been to Deep Creek. It was a wonderful vacation spot and I can’t wait to go back.

Before leaving for vacation, I searched the web for ghost stories or hauntings anywhere near Deep Creek but I couldn’t find a single story. While horseback riding at Western Trails, I asked our trail guide if there were any haunted places to explore in the area. He said he had lived at Deep Creek all his life and he’d never heard of a single ghost story in the area!

Robby and I would just have to find the Spirits on our own.

We passed several cemeteries, so in-between our days of boating on the lake, riding a mountain coaster and chairlift, fishing, swimming, going to movies, zip lining and horseback riding – Robby and I visited some cemeteries and the Spirits seemed happy to see us. I say this because we had very little time to do an investigation, but we captured some amazing photos in a short span of time and the Spirits were talkative, as always.

We visited the Ferndale cemetery first.  We had to return the next day for verification because of the amazing Spirits that revealed themselves to us! We always double-check to look for any possible explanation when potential Spirit evidence is discovered. We could find no Earthly explanation for these photos.

St. Bernard Ghost Dog

Sitting atop a tombstone was a dog that resembled a St. Bernard. He sits next to a grave that was new this year, with the same last name of the tombstone that he sits on. I was guided to take this photo when the Ghost Radar said the word, “Orange”, and there was an orange ribbon on the flowers by this tombstone.

Ever faithful, ever guarding, ever loving, he remains by their side.

St. Bernard Outline

St. Bernard Ghost Dog

St. Bernard Face

St. Bernard Ghost Dog Face

Dog

St. Bernard Ghost Dog

Dog Outline

St. Bernard Ghost Dog Outline

A Man and His Dachshund

Sitting at the edge of the cemetery, along the tree line, was a man and his dog – a dachshund.

Man Outline 2

Ghost Man Outline

Man A

Ghost Man

Man 2

Ghost Man

Daschund Outline 1

Ghost Dachshund Outline

Daschund 1

Ghost Dachshund

And then there were two Orbs, and one of them had a Fairy in it!

Fairy Orb Outline 1

Fairy Orb Outline – the Fairy is in profile, like “The Thinker”

Fairy Orb 1

Fairy Orb

Orb 1

Orb

And in two other photos, there were two more Orbs:

Orb 2

Orb

Orb 3 Arrow

Orb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         And finally, at another cemetery on the way back, we found this Scary Guy:

Orb with Face 2

Scary Guy

Orb with Face

Scary Guy

Although Deep Creek Lake may not have any ghost stories, they do have Spirits and they were eager to show themselves. Robby and I felt positive energy at the cemeteries, and at Deep Creek Lake, and we look forward to returning again soon.

Deep Creek Lake Ghost Radar Conversation

Words from the Other Side:

Mixture Allow Thank Breeze Tightly Bar Ocean Tropical Repeat Both Command Is Grow Tool Sense Massage Orange Operation Regular Kitchen Am Bite Can Grow Pictured October Chemical Shoulder Student Art Pair James Egypt Cup Determine Show

A Message from the Spirits at Deep Creek Lake

We get such a mixture of visitors here. We allow anyone to visit, and we are thankful for their company, but having newcomers who acknowledge us is like a breeze blowing fresh life into our tightly knit community.

We would never bar anyone from communing with us. We are aware that oceans and the lure of tropical settings keep many people from enjoying our summer activities, and from bringing repeat customers year after year. Lakes and oceans both command respect as luxury vacation spots, but our goal is to grow in Spirit. Making our presence known will be our tool and we will show ourselves to those who sense us. We will massage these feelings and we’ll turn a burning desire, glowing bright as an orange flame, into a major operation. Our kitchen will be photographs where non-believers will see our creations come to life. If you ask, “How am I to believe?”, you only need to try a small bite of belief and you will be amazed at what can grow!

We are pictured here for you to make you see that we exist! Robby’s October birthday party was the beginning and look how things have changed, like a chemical reaction! We appeared on his shoulder, and although he is still a student, he has mastered the art of seeing. A worthy pair, these two have added us to their discoveries and we are grateful.

A messenger, James, brings knowledge from Egypt. He asks that you drink from the Cup of Awakening that we offer.  You will determine if our proof is enough to convince you that we are real, and if not, we’ll keep showing you more, until you finally believe.

The Next Investigation:

School begins next week so the next investigation has yet to be determined, as we prepare for the new school year. We’ll let the Spirits  lead us to our next amazing journey.

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Angel Garden or Alien Sanctuary? How About Both!

Nestled amongst a beautiful community on St. John’s Lane in Ellicott City, the Whipps Garden Cemetery is a one-acre sanctuary full of life.

Started in 1855, it was used as a cemetery until the early 1900’s. When the cemetery became inactive, it was overgrown, damaged and nearly destroyed, until it was saved and restored in 1987. There are a variety of native plant species, pathways, benches and old tombstones making it a garden paradise.

But plants aren’t the only thing alive in this garden!

Rob and I could feel the energy before we got out of the car. What we found left me speechless.

During the investigation, Rob said he felt as if someone had their hand on his heart. When we reviewed the pictures I found…

Man and Rob

That is my father looking down on Robby. It is my father’s brow, nose and mouth.

My father. He was the one holding his hand on Robby’s heart.

In a few days it will be the anniversary of my father’s death. Coincidence? I don’t believe in them.

My father was the Angel, then I found the Alien. Here’s what happened.

I took this picture…

Arms and Figure

On the left it looks like arms and a head tilted to the right. On the right it looks like a small Alien.

I couldn’t figure out who these two were, so I went back the next night and tried to take the same picture. I didn’t have much time and I was getting ready to give up finding the exact spot when – Plop! A huge raindrop fell on the top of my head. It hadn’t rained in eight hours. I looked up and realized that I was in the right spot. It was as if they smacked me on the top of the head to make me see.

I took a picture and I couldn’t believe what I saw. Remember, this was the next day, in the same spot…

Figure 1

Cat Alien

So I said, “Did I really see that?” And I took another picture in the same spot, and I got…

Figure B

Cat Alien Orb

It was as if they were saying, “Duh!” The Cat Alien was still there, but this time there was an Orb at his feet.

Then I asked, “What about the figure with the arms?” I took another picture in the same spot. The Cat Alien was gone, but now there was an Orb where the figure with the arms was.

Arms Orb 1

Arms Figure Orb

I then asked for a picture with no Cat Alien, no Arms Figure and no Orbs to show that they were really there, and I took another picture and…

They were all gone.

An Angel, an Alien, and still we got more.

This was a face that was in one of the collection boxes. I went back the next night and took the same picture, but there was no face and no way that I could recreate it.

Face in Box

Face in the Box

There there’s the Kneeling Man.

Kneeling Man                              Kneeling Man Outline

I went back the next night and I found that the “body” is a bench, but the way that the man’s head is tilted, and considering the other amazing encounters in this garden, I believe this is a man kneeling in the cemetery.

Then there is this Tombstone Spirit. He’s just hanging out as he rises out of the tombstone…

Tombstone Figure

Tombstone Spirit

And more Orbs…

Orb 2

This is a very light Orb, to the left of the yellow flower, but it was one of three Orbs in one picture.

Orb

Bright Orb

Two Orbs

The other two Orbs from the same picture

The KII meter was going off the entire investigation like we’ve never seen – flashing red and going crazy, and the Ghost Radar was talking up a storm.

The Whipps Garden Cemetery is truly a wondrous place that I heartily recommend.

You will be enchanted with all of the life, both Earthly and from the Other Side.

Whipps Garden Cemetery Ghost Radar Conversation

Words from the Other Side:

British Growth Bound Done Leg Under Sell Division Weak Mark Generally Factor Buried Shot Involved Deal Coast Wheel Market Given Found Company Pig Circle Appropriate Smell Mad

The Whipps Spirits

“I’m British!”

There are no shy Spirits here. We promote spiritual growth and we are not bound by Earthly ties. We choose to remain until our job is done. We touch your leg, we hide under your bench, and we try to sell you on the idea that we are here!

We know there is division amongst you regarding your opinions about us, but don’t be weak! Stand your ground and leave your mark on this world while you can. Generally, there are many factors to prevent you from obtaining your goals, but soon you will be buried like us so take your best shot and get involved! Deal with life as it comes at you. Don’t coast through life! Take the wheel in both hands and market your talents. Not for money, but for the growth of your soul. You have been given the great gift of Life and you have found your way to us, so know that you are in loving company.

Are you acting like a pig with your life? Are you making a mess of it?

Look at the Circle of your Life Cycle and consider how appropriate your actions are. Does your life pass the Smell Test? Do your actions make you mad?

Come and see us. We’re here for you. You don’t have to believe.

We’ve given you proof!

The Next Investigation:

Robby and I will be on vacation next week, but we’ll continue to explore and investigate. It won’t be in Ellicott City, but it will be in Maryland.

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Give A Little And Get A Magical Gift from a King

I didn’t think it was possible to get another picture that would equal a picture of a Gnome, a Tree Spirit or a Ghost Dog, but…

We did.

When Robby and I started our investigations, I began secretly asking the Fairies to let me take a picture of them. I’ve had glimpses of them out of the corner of my eye and I’ve felt them – ever so fleetingly, but I’ve never actually seen one.

I kept hoping and unbelievably, my wish was granted.

Here’s how it happened.

This week’s investigation took us to the Ellicott Family Cemetery. Just off Main Street, on Old Columbia Pike, a Maryland Historical Society Road sign says: “Friends Meeting House and Graveyard”. The Ellicott brothers created this burial ground around 1775.

We always visit our investigation sites twice and on our first visit, not only did we get very little activity, but I was eaten alive by mosquitoes and we left pretty much empty handed.

Except for a picture of a Crabby Guy.

The picture is pretty cool, but this guy doesn’t look too happy.

Crabby Guy

Crabby Guy

The next time we visited the cemetery, I had an idea.

We took our fantastic Gnome and Tree Spirit picture after we had delivered a few gifts to the Ghost Dog, so I thought maybe we could sweeten the Crabby Guy with a few flowers for the graves, and maybe a little laughter.

I was humbled by the gifts we were given.

I picked flowers from my yard and I didn’t have enough flowers for all the graves, but I spread them around as best that I could. Robby and I also had fun.

Well, I had fun and Robby was embarrassed by his crazy mother.

I used the voice recorder and KII meter and I “interviewed” the spirits as if they were on a talk-show and I was the host. I went up to the tombstones, put the microphone up close and said,

“So John, tell the audience what you have to say for yourself.”

Silence.

“Oh, your wife is the talker in your family? Now, that’s not what she said. You’d better speak up and defend yourself.”

Robby’s response was, “Mom! This isn’t a TV show!”

Maybe not, but the activity on the Ghost Radar increased exponentially from the time before, and I would later find out that we captured incredible photos from the Other Side.

Flowers and laughter chased away the Crabby Guy and brought us magic.

Here’s what we got:

I got a picture of someone peeking out at us from behind a gravestone. Not a shadow – this spirit is in full color.

Peeking Figure 2

Peeking Spirit
The tombstone was Ephraim Haines, born 1839, died 1873

Peeking Figure

Peeking Spirit

I got a picture of a colt – lounging on the cemetery wall. Or could it be a Unicorn?

Horse 1

Colt Spirit

Horse Outline 1

Colt Spirit Outline

I got a picture of three Fairies. One of them is the Fairy King, complete with a crown!

We got the word “Bronwen” on the Ghost Radar, so I’m calling him King Bronwen.

Fairy and Other Fairy

Fairy King, Partial Fairy and Tiny Girl Fairy

I know this one is hard to see, so I’ve done some extra outlines. Please forgive my outlines!

Fairy King Outline

Fairy King, Partial Fairy, Tiny Girl Fairy

Fairy

Girl Fairy

Fairy Outline

Girl Fairy Outline

Foot and Ball

Fairy King Foot and Ball – Notice the Shoelaces!

Foot and Ball Outline

Fairy King Foot and Ball Outline

King Bronwen was sitting on top of one of the founders of Ellicott City’s tombstone: Andrew Ellicott, which is right next to his brother and other founder, John Ellicott.

John and Andrew Ellicott

John and Andrew Ellicott – and Fairies!

My belief in fairies, gnomes and nature spirits didn’t require photographic evidence, but now that I have been given his incredible gift, I feel as though I’ve been touched by magic. The small bouquet of flowers could never begin to equal the Kingly gift that I was given, but I will be forever grateful for their generosity.

Ellicott Family Cemetery Ghost Radar Conversation

Words from the Other Side:

Soft Differ Position Mental Worried How Early Listen Here Part Trip Gold Rapidly Body Season Older Quick Definition Courage Frog Keep Shout Worry I’ll Bronwen Too Yesterday Whom Limited Above Hand Child Cut Important Poor Familiar Got Life Everything Sun Poetry Atom Engine

King Bronwen’s Sonnet

Tread softly on this hallowed ground.

Travelers from near and far may differ in their positions on the mental state of those who visit us, but for the worried, fear not.

How we came to be here is no mystery. Come early or late and listen, for those of us who dwell here stay because a part of us enjoyed the trip that was our life. Gold can fly rapidly from a physical body, but seasons pass as we get older and we quickly learn the definition of life and the courage to live it.

Learning to delight in the joy of a frog will keep you grounded.

Learning to shout your joy will keep worry away.

I’ll be here, King Bronwen, too and I will be with you yesterday and tomorrow. Whom you chose to come with is limited only by your imagination so rise above your doubts and give me your hand, as a trusting child to a loving parent. Cut loose and live for every day is important! Poor is the soul who grows familiar with failure and forgets how he got there. Live life as it is, where everything is precious and kissed by the Sun.

See poetry in an atom and it will fuel your soul’s engine giving you the power to live!

The Next Investigation:

Robby enjoyed the Ellicott Family Cemetery so much that he wants to do it again! He’ll be at Karate camp next week (he’s a Brown Belt), so I’m going to take this time to work on my novel, Both Sides.  We’ll be looking for another site to investigate as soon as Robby returns from camp.

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How About A Little Ghost With Your Wine?

Leisurely strolling down Main Street, stopping for a sip of wine, hearing ghost stories.

What could be better?

Unfortunately, Robby couldn’t go with me for this week’s investigation. I went on the Spirits Tour and you must be at least twenty-one years old to attend the tour. The walking tour takes you to four of Ellicott City’s establishments that sell alcohol and participants are invited to have a drink at each stop.

The Wine Bin: Formerly the Ellicott City Fire Station

The Wine Bins’ owner, Dave, was kind enough to tell us some ghostly tales about Captain Harry Shipley, the resident ghost.

I could feel the Captain as soon as I entered the store. I felt that he was far from threatening, in fact, from the stories that I heard on the Spirit Tour, the Captain seemed quite playful. It is obvious that the Captain loves his Fire Station home and he shares it with the current owners.

I didn’t need any validation that Captain Shipley was present, but I got it anyway. Dave talked about the movies that he shows outside on the wall of the Wine Bin and he mentioned two Jimmy Stewart movies. Jimmy Stewart is my cousin so I knew that was a sign to me that that Captain was present. I captured a photo with four Orbs so obviously Shipley is not alone. I’m certain that one of the Orbs was a former firehouse dog.

Wine Bin 2

Four Wine Bin Orbs

Ellicott Mills Brewing Company: Formerly the Talbot Lumber and Supply Building

I took one of the best photos of the night here. I didn’t see it until the review, but in one of the photos there was a Shadow Man and a Shadow Child standing next to him. The figures seemed too clear, so I went back to the Brewing Company a few days later to see if it could have been a reflection of someone in a window.

There was no window.

When I showed the picture to the Brewing Company story-teller from the Spirits Tour, he said, “Of course it’s him. We get that all the time.”

He was referring to the resident ghost who hung himself in the building during the Great Depression.

Obviously, the Shadow Man had been watching us from above and even did a bit of posing for the camera.

But who is the smaller person next to him?

The Shadow Man used to have a family, so is he telling us that he has been reunited with them? Is this his child?

I certainly hope so.

Brewing Man and Child

Shadow Man and Child

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Shadow Man Original Photo – Upper Left Corner

Brewery Orb

Brewery Orb

The Diamondback Tavern

Tales of Davey Crockett and a Ghost Girl with long brunette hair made this former livery stable a tavern rich with ghostly history.

I took several photos in a hallway where the Ghost Girl has been seen. In one photo there is a clear Orb and in the next photo, taken immediately after, the Orb is gone.

The Tavern was full of patrons that night, and I’m certain that the resident ghosts were also in attendance.

Diamondback Tavern Orb

Diamondback Tavern Orb

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Rumor Mill Alley Mist

The Rumor Mill

Not to be outdone, The Rumor Mill has a Man in the Bowler Hat spirit who makes believers out of skeptics. Our Rumor Mill tour guide that night admitted to being a former skeptic, but not after his encounters with the Man in the Bowler Hat.

It’s no wonder. The Rumor Mill building used to be owned by an undertaker!

Just outside, before we entered the Rumor Mill, I took two pictures. I took almost the same shot twice, but the first time there was a strange mist in the photo, and in the shot immediately after – no mist! I took the pictures one after the other and there was barely a second between the shots so if it was fog, (which we didn’t see that night) it was the speediest fog that I ever saw!

Then I took another photo that bothered me for days. I knew there was something about the photo that I needed to see, but I couldn’t figure it out. As with the Brewing Company, I went back to the Rumor Mill a few days later and I asked to take the same shot. They were kind enough to oblige and I got a picture in daylight for comparison.

I was about to write it off as nothing, but in two other photos of the same room, I found a very bright Orb and in another picture, I saw two very light Orbs, right in the area that I was questioning. I took another look at the first photo…and I found it. It was close to where the Orbs were. They were obviously showing me where to look.

It was a Bowler Hat!

On a chair, there appears to be a large Orb, with a brim, sitting on the chair seat.  The Man in the Bowler Hat is said to be seen sitting at the tables.

He let me take a picture of his hat, and he bugged me until I saw it!

They do that sometimes.

Bowler Hat

Bowler Hat

Bowler Hat Larger

Bowler Hat

Bright Orb

Rumor Mill Orb

Bowler Hat Outline 1

Bowler Hat Outline

Spirits Tour Ghost Radar Conversation

Words From the Other Side:

Flight Stranger Factor Combine Father Thread Halfway Ben Forth Stuck Dutch Facing Mixture Relationship Path Level Package Wide Party Beginning End Car Quarter Object Characterization Somebody Age It Score Drove Surprise Metal Drive History Only Imagine Advice Mud Kind Help Buffalo Parent Push Probably Love Riding Cannot Mr. Except Raise Kristin Primitive Find Star Property Stepped He’d Mood

Wandering Souls

Take Flight ye Strangers of fear and gloom! Our factors of history demand that you to combine our Father with yours! Never forget that we are woven together with the same Spiritual Thread and you exist halfway between Heaven and Hell! Ben, the scoundrel, brought forth treasonous tales and he was doomed to remain stuck in his Dutch attire, facing a mortifying mixture of shame and everlasting woe! His relationship with non-believers led him down a path of blindness and took him to a terrifying level of morbidity. Tragedy was like a package, delivered to his door, and when opened, it laid wide his weakness for being misled.

The party was a ruse and the beginning of the end for him. Better that a car had run him over than to meet his end of being drawn and quartered. Always the object of scorn and envy, such characterization could only lead to somebody eventually cutting his life short at such an early age. It was a score for the Grim Reaper that drove the town to feign surprise as the undertaker hammered away at his metal and wood sarcophagus. The horse drawn hearse was a drive into history down the only path that one could imagine as doomed for eternity. No advice was heeded and when the mud-slinging began, not a kind word was said to help the former Buffalo Soldier and parent of sorrow on his ghostly journey. The push from a neighbor was probably the only love that he could expect. Riding away cannot stop Mr. Lonely from finding anything except a broken heart.

Raise a glass to Kristin! Her primitive nature is a welcome find in this wretched life. She is our shining star who guards our property that is stepped in blood.

If he’d only known the mood of the city, he would never have come.

Now he was doomed, never to leave.

The Next Investigation:

The Ellicott Family Cemetery

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Do You Have A Gnome On Your Shoulder?

Robby does!

Here’s the picture to prove it. That’s Robby holding the equipment and I took the picture.

Gnome 1

Gnome on Robby’s Shoulder and Tree Spirit

Gnome 2

Gnome Close Up

Gnome and Tree Spirit Original Photo

Gnome and Tree Spirit Original Photo

Gnome and Tree Spirit Outline

Gnome and Tree Spirit Outline

Hell House Face

Tree Spirit Close Up

Here’s the story:

I wasn’t certain that I could find the legendary “Hell House” because the buildings no longer exist, so that’s why I didn’t commit last week to where the investigation would be.

But even without buildings, it was an extraordinary investigation!

The Hell House began as a tavern on property purchased by the founders of Ellicott City. The tavern was not successful due to inconvenient railroad access, so the land was sold to the Redemptorists, which later became the St. Mary’s College for boys. The college thrived and operated for over a century until declining interest forced it to close in 1972.

That’s when the abandoned college became the Hell House and the ghost stories began. Fires destroyed the buildings and they were eventually torn down, so the location of the college was difficult to determine.  Part of the property was sold and added to Patapsco State Park, so that’s where Robby and I went, to the overlook where the Hell House used to be visible.

As I was climbing Buzzards Rock Trail, I asked the spirits from the St. Mary’s College to join us at the overlook. As it turned out, we got more than we could possibly have hoped for.

These spirits weren’t as talkative as most, but it’s probably because we were communicating with Elementals, as well as spirits from the Other Side. Elementals are Nature Spirits: fairies, gnomes, sylphs, etc.  We didn’t know it at the time that a Gnome was sitting on Robby’s shoulder and a Tree Spirit was looking on!

We also got a name: Joe.

Joe and the Elementals were friendly and warned us to be careful on the steep and rocky paths. It was also getting dark so the footing was tricky. At one point, as we were descending to the main trial, I felt a strong urge to turn around and take a picture. The picture that I took shows an extremely bright light in the lower right corner. I don’t believe that this is a bug. I took hundreds of shots and I captured plenty of fireflies, but they were never as bright as this. I was told to take this shot and I believe that it is an Elemental, especially since Robby had just mentioned them a moment before. He was walking ahead of me on the trail and he asked me why I stopped and turned around to take that picture. He had the Ghost Radar and he would tell me when we got a “Blip” and I would take a picture. We captured many great Orbs this way. I told him that I was directed to take that shot and I’m glad that I listened.

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Elemental – Bright Light

As always, I researched the history of the location after the investigation and I found that Father Joseph Hempraecht signed the contract of sale for the property on June 12, 1866 with George Ellicott, Jr.

That was Joe.

The Gnome said his name was Gerry, and he specifically said, “As in Jerry Garcia, but with a “G” (for Gnome).”

Our investigation exceeded my wildest expectations and it was worth the climb in near 100 degree heat and humidity.

The Hell House investigation was as hot as Hell, but for us it was an Elemental Wonderland.

St. Mary’s College Ghost Radar Conversation

Words from the Other Side:

Parallel Steam Bridge Trade Vessels Careful Duty Position Cut Greatly Report Hurt Joe Else

Gerry’s Story

In this parallel universe that we live in, we (the Elementals) can choose to be seen, or not. On this particularly steamy day, I received a message from an interesting pair as they crossed the bridge into the park. They peaked my interest because they had just visited the Paper Mill across the river where they left a toy and treat for George Bolton, the Ghost Mill Guard Dog. Since this is highly unusual behavior, to acknowledge one of us, I decided that a trade should be made for their kindness. I would honor their request with our presence.

We warned these two Earth Vessels to be careful on their steep trek towards us. It is our duty to protect everyone within our realm and we were in a precarious position as their journey was difficult.

With our help, they ascended to our outlook hot and tired, with only a minor cut to show for their trial. We were greatly relieved since we were anxious to see them.

They asked us to communicate with them but we don’t do well with reports, so I allowed my picture to be taken. I was a bit disappointed and hurt at the time because they were focused on Joe, but their enthusiasm upon seeing us in the photographs made up for any bruised feelings.

What else can you do but forgive them when they made such a fuss?

Hell House Orb 3

Comet Tail Orb

Hell House 2 Orb

Blue and Green Orb

Hell House Orb 4

Bright Hell House Orb

Next Week’s Investigation:

Main Street Spirits Tour!

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