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Ghosts in the News for the Week of 5/3/09

Here’s a couple of places I came across in news stories this week that might be fun to take a Haunt Jaunt to.

HISTORIC FORT WAYNE – Detroit, MI

According to an article published on May 4, 2009 by TheTimesHerald.com, Metro Paranormal Investigations (MPI) out of Macomb, Michigan, in conjunction with the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition, will be giving ghost tours/allowing for paranormal investigations of Historic Fort Wayne on the following dates:

  • May 16, 2009
  • June 20, 2009
  • August 16, 2009
  • September 19, 2009
  • October 31, 2009.

The fort is located in downtown Detroit along the banks of the Detroit River. Like many such sights, there’ve been a lot of reports of mysterious forms and unexplained activity. Some of which I presume you’ll learn about during the guided tour that’ll start off the evening. (Investigators with MPI will be on the tours.) Then, afterwards, you’re on your own to investigate where and how you want.

Tickets may be reserved by visiting The Haunted Tours at Historic Fort Wayne site. (Click here.) Cost: $40 per person, with proceeds benefiting Historic Fort Wayne.

Clever idea to raise funds to preserve a historic site!

For more info about MPI, check out their website.

RAMS HEAD TAVERN – Annapolis, MD

I have a special affinity for haunted pubs. Even before my experiences at the Shilo Inn or in St. Augustine, there was the George & Dragon in Phoenix.

It was supposed to be like an English pub. Neat place. We often met coworkers there for happy hour or dinner. It was a waitress wearing a mass of jingling bracelets on her wrist that first alerted me to the theory their may be an otherworldly patron or two hanging about. Like with Harry’s in St. Augustine, this ghost had a penchant for the bathroom, too. (But I never experienced anything like what I did at Harry’s.)

Anyway, so I love when I stumble across haunted bar stories. Which is what I found in a story by Diane Rey on HometownAnnapolis.com from May 4, 2009.

The building that houses the tavern can trace its roots all the way back to 1703. It’s been a lot of things over the years besides a tavern and has seen a lot of people come and go. well, um, er…maybe not so much go.

The most notable lingerer is a spirit known as Amy. Legend has it she died in the building while “entertaining” a male client. In addition to spotting her apparition, some claim to feel a cold chill they believe is her when in the presence of “hot guys.” (From one of he servers.)

But there’s also an old woman some believe roam the tavern, and employees report feeling uncomfortable and spooked by another presence in the cellar.

It sounds like a neat place as is. Food, drinks, music…can’t go wrong. But what sounds even more fun is what the Maryland Ghost and Spirit Association did recently: they gathered in the tavern’s “tea room,” had dinner, then conducted a hunt afterwards.

As Rey quoted manager Scott Haney in the article, “Ghosts don’t have to be scary. If they help sell beer, even better.”

My thoughts precisely!

Courtney Mroch

Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ’s Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she’s not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it’s a safe bet you’ll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

http://www.courtneymroch.com

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One thought on “Ghosts in the News for the Week of 5/3/09

  1. Now what they need in those haunted pubs are unexplicable occurrences of ale mugs refilling themselves! heh

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