[NH] Spalding Inn, Ley Lines (Whitefield, NH)

Update: The Spalding Inn has new owners, and — as far as I know — is not highlighting its haunted past.

Original article:

In April 2013, I visited the Spalding Inn for a ghost hunting event hosted by Jason Hawes. It had been about two years since I’d investigated the hotel, and things had changed.

nh-spalding-side1My April 2013 experiences:

  • The upper floor of the Spalding Inn’s carriage house seemed just as strange, but more had more focused energy.  That is, many of us (including me) didn’t encounter the usual off-the-wall weird energy there.  However, some investigators experienced profound encounters and confirmations.  Those seemed to be very quirky experiences, with a lot more personality than the generalized activity I’d experienced, especially in and near rooms 15 and 17.
  • The spirits (ghosts, energy, whatever) at the main level (ground floor) of the Spalding Inn’s carriage house were a lot more responsive to the various electronic devices in use.
  • Jason Hawes’ wife, Kris, shared many stories.  They were fascinating, because she was describing encounters that complemented mine. (I’d visited the hotel in 2008, after the Ghost Hunters International team investigated, but before the hotel was officially opened).  However, it’s like the ghosts are learning and their responses are more specific, more consistent, and involve more senses so this has become a more useful research location.
  • In the main building, the dining room felt like more of a “safe haven” from intrusive ghosts — for those who want to get away from them — but the perimeter was a little more odd.
  • The extended corridor (where the sleeping rooms are) is far more active than it had been.  Previously, I’d categorized most of the activity there as fae and perhaps Native American.  Now, several ghosts seem to have increased their presence there. (I’m not sure what words to use for that, because I’m not sure if those ghosts were there all along, but fairly silent… or if they’ve migrated to that part of the hotel, since they have a bigger audience.)

Update: Since I first wrote this article, the hotel has been sold. It’s no longer owned by Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson, and their families. I’d heard it had been bought by the Weathervane, but — on a map — their inn is closer to their theatre. So, I’m not sure who owns the hotel now.

NH ley lines mapFor the 2013 event, I’d created a special information sheet that featured some of the ley lines at and near the Spalding Inn, and northern New Hampshire in general.

The ghost figures indicate locations where ghosts have been reported. The star-in-circle marks indicate other paranormal reports (UFOs, etc.) and anomalies.

If you’re interested in ley lines, you can compare the NH info with a similar sheet I’ve updated from my Guest appearances at Dragon Con. (See “free downloads” at my FionaBroome.com site.)

[MA] Salem – GhoStock 7 Reports – 2009

ghostock7-smIn 2009, I was one of the featured speakers at GhoStock hosted Patrick Burns.

Here’s my preliminary report:

What a great event!  All of the panels, workshops and lectures were fascinating.  I especially enjoyed the talks by two demonologists: the late Father Andrew Calder, and John Zaffis (from the “Haunted Collector” TV series), since they delve into realms that I generally avoid.

I presented information about my research into paranormal patterns, including my discovery of the Salem “Judges’ Line.”

U.K. psychic/entertainer Gavin Cromwell and I talked about fact and fiction in ghost hunting. We offered opinions on how legends and preconceived ideas affects our results — and our reputations — as paranormal investigators. Then, we took questions from the audience.

Since Gavin is involved in entertainment and I’m from the research side of paranormal studies, we were able to share different (but sometimes complementary) views on ghosts and haunted places.

THE SALEM INN

saleminn2-illusOn Friday night, Gavin and I led a team of investigators as we explored the magnificent Salem Inn.  Not only is it a great place to stay, it has some colorful ghost stories… and it’s very active.  It’s also on the “Judges’ Line” that I’m researching.

(Note: We checked with the staff and the Inn’s ghosts do not disturb the guests.  We feel that, since we were eager to contact the ghosts, they responded to us as researchers.)

In Room 17, we encountered measurable activity with the K-II meter as well as the Ovilus.

This was my first chance to use the Ovilus, and I was very impressed when it said my full name, plus the full name of another researcher as well as the full name of someone who —  according to my later research — had lived in the house in the 19th century.  (That early Ovilus was not programmed with names, just random words.)

Note: We were confused — and amused — by how frequently the Ovilus seemed to shout, “Dick!”  Following just a few outbursts, this became embarrassing. After the investigation, we learned that the Salem Inn’s owners are Diane and Dick (Richard) Pabich.

While the Ovilus’ performance somewhat overshadowed the use of the K-II meter, both tools work well together to comfirm results.

When we were joined by members of Mass. Paranormal, we saw that the K-II meter readings spiked each time, just a split-second before the Ovilus “talked” to us.  (Yes, they checked the K-II with the Ovilus next to it.  The EMF surges were not from the Ovilus’ activity.)

It was a great investigation during a fun event weekend.

[NH] Wentworth by the Sea – Ghosts Revisited

On the northeast side of Portsmouth, at New Castle, a grand Victorian hotel overlooks sailboats, fishing boats and yachts.

For generations, the Wentworth Hotel, also called Wentworth-by-the-Sea, was a summer destination for wealthy families.

Built in 1874, this hotel was synonymous with ‘opulence’ through the 1960s. However, times changed and — by the late 1970s — the next generation showed less interest in their parents’ vacation choices.

As a guest during the waning days of the Wentworth’s popularity, I encountered some of the hotel’s ghosts.

At that point, the fourth floor was dusty and abandoned. It had once housed servants who’d arrived with families staying at the hotel.

By the late 1960s, the fourth floor was strictly off-limits to small children… which was exactly why I went there. I’d sneak off when my parents were busy with golf lessons, formal afternoon tea, or swimming laps at one of the hotel’s pools.

My first trip to the fourth floor wasn’t an idle visit. I’d seen a woman in a long dark dress, and a white apron and cap, dash up a narrow staircase from the third to the fourth floor. After waiting until she was near the top of the dusty stairs, I followed her.

At the top of the stairs, she’d vanished. I thought she’d slipped into one of the tiny servants’ rooms on that floor, but I couldn’t find her anywhere. I roamed from one room to the next, noting torn floral wallpaper, rickety wooden chairs and sagging cots.

Eventually, I realized that the only footprints in the dusty hallway were mine.

That was the first of many encounters with the ghosts on the fourth floor and the turrets of the Wentworth Hotel.

In February 2008, I returned to the Wentworth. I was taking pictures and double-checking my stories for Weird Encounters, the sequel to the book, Weird Hauntings. (As I did in Weird Hauntings, I’ve described some of my favorite first-person tales of real ghosts.)

Because I’d spent so many childhood summers at the Wentworth, I had no trouble finding my way back to the fourth floor. Since the Wentworth became a Marriott Hotel in 2003, they’re not dusty little rooms any more; the fourth floor is as opulent as the rest of the resort.

In February 2008, entering the front door of the Wentworth hotel was like returning home. It took me a minute to get my bearings since the entry had been remodeled, but I soon remembered the floor plan and found my way to the elevators.

On the fourth floor, I could feel that familiar, homely ‘ghost feeling’, especially at the staircase landings near the hallway ends. Twice, I saw figures appear and vanish, but perhaps that’s because I expected them. One was a man dressed in black tie formal attire… or he may have been a butler or valet.

The other figure seemed female, but I didn’t see more than a filmy outline that disappeared in a split second.

In addition, it may have been coincidence that the door to one of the most haunted rooms was unlocked and unoccupied during my visit. To me, that suite of rooms feels happily haunted, perhaps by a man of the sea. He’s a loner, and not likely to bother anyone who won’t welcome his presence. I had the idea that he was pleased that I remembered him, and left the door open.

I didn’t see anything, but I smelled the faint aroma of good pipe tobacco.

My visit was brief, but I’ll be back at the Wentworth when the weather is warmer. On this short tour, I was able to confirm that the ghosts are still there. There’s something very comforting about that.

[UK] Stratford-upon-Avon – The Falcon’s Haunted Bedroom

The Falcon Hotel (Stratford-upon-Avon) is haunted. It’s one of England’s most charming hotels, with 20 rooms in its haunted 16th-century wing, and 64 rooms in the more modern wing.

In June 2007, several Hollow Hill investigators spent the night in the haunted wing of the Falcon. It was comfortable and quiet, even though our rooms overlooked the street.

Though we had a good night’s sleep, we encountered a variety of low-level paranormal phenomena. Odd noises, unexplained chills, creaking floorboards with no one there… it was routine for a cozy, haunted hotel. And, it was fun!

However, we’d heard that one room at the hotel is especially haunted. It’s a corner room in the 16th century wing.

It was one of the silliest hauntings I’ve seen in awhile… but, the UK is like that. It has the widest possible range of ghostly phenomena.

We were lucky to have access to the room.

Our adventure began when I was in the lobby and overheard a guest talking about how chilly his room had been. He said he couldn’t find the air conditioning controls. He moved to another room, and his previous (chilly) room had been prepared for new guests.

We rushed to see if the door to that room was still vacant, and if the door had been left open.

It was.

Our team had just a few minutes to explore the room. It seemed elegant and very comfortable.

Haunted bed, Falcon hotel, SuAOur EMF readings and pendulum work — as well as our ‘gut feelings’ — indicated that the bed was the focal point of the hauntings.

The bed seemed to have a ‘hot spot’ over the center of it. It’s unlikely that the bed itself is haunted. (If anything tragic happens in a bed, such as a death, hotels generally replace the bed immediately. Some even close the room for a week or so, as a precaution. The Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas went to extremes with one room they sealed up for years.)

However, in Stratford-upon-Avon’s Falcon Hotel, an earlier bed in the room might be where something — or several events over the past 400+ years — left an imprint.

Just as ghosts don’t always realize that time has passed, they may not realize that the current bed is different from the one that they slept in, centuries ago.

We each took photos of the bed. I took several with my film camera and at least a dozen with my digital camera.

That’s when this story turned silly.

Only one of my digital photos of the bed shows the bed. All the rest show random corners of the room… the kinds of photos I’d never take. The following are two of them.

Falcon Hotel, another corner of the haunted room

Falcon hotel - one corner of the room

Although I took five or six photos of a team member using a pendulum, and at least one with my own hand (holding the EMF meter) in the frame, the camera recorded everything but the bed.

I know that this sounds odd, but the other investigators will tell you the same: I took many photos of the bed. When I looked at the images, later, only one photo shows the bed. The rest are photos that I didn’t take.

It’s not a malicious haunting. I wouldn’t hesitate to spend the night in that room, and I’m fairly sure that I’d get a good night’s sleep.

However, I’d be sure to have enough blankets on the bed, in case the room seemed as chilly as described by the previous guest.

That guest’s innocent comments about the air conditioning convinced me that the room is haunted.

The reason is simple: In early June 2007, the Falcon Hotel didn’t have air conditioning. He was describing a large ‘cold spot’ around the bed.

(Of course, if it’s a sultry night, that’s probably the room you’ll want to be in.  Ask the concierge for information about the hotel’s most haunted room.)

To learn more about the Falcon Hotel in downtown Stratford-upon-Avon, England, or to reserve a room, visit their website: The Falcon Hotel. (Site will open in a new window.)