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September 25, 2018

Hunting Season is Open… for Ghosts!


div align=”center”a href=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShF0To7RAHI/AAAAAAAAAlE/Hn7HSdBHZOc/s1600-h/Ghost+Hunt+122.jpg”img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337174914163081330″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 224px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShF0To7RAHI/AAAAAAAAAlE/Hn7HSdBHZOc/s400/Ghost+Hunt+122.jpg” border=”0″ //aemspan style=”font-size:85%;” Laurie and her husband Dave posed at the Fort and captured this friendly apparition!/span/em/divbr /Some people hunt for deer, some people hunt for turkey, and some people hunt for… ghosts! This is the case with my co-worker Laurie, who attended a ghost hunting event at a href=”http://www.fortontario.com/”Fort Ontario/a, in Oswego. Since I have never gone hunting for ghosts, I decided to interview the new ghost hunter to gain a little insight on the sport.br /br /img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337173358847041906″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFy5G7BoXI/AAAAAAAAAkM/d36hz3pvUA4/s400/Ghost+Hunt+011.jpg” border=”0″ /br /div align=”center”emspan style=”font-size:85%;”Beginning their tour of Fort Ontario./span/em/divstrong/strongbr /strongMe:/strong As a beginner, where is a good place to start ghost hunting?br /strongLaurie:/strong Older buildings and historic sites, such as the a href=”http://www.fortontario.com/”Fort Ontario State Historic Site/a.br /br /strongMe:/strong What is the best time of day to hunt for ghosts?br /strongLaurie:/strong Usually after dark.br /br /strongMe:/strong What kinds of weapons and ammunition do you use for hunting ghosts?br /strongLaurie:/strong Some things to use for hunting ghosts are: K-II meters (electromagnetic field sensors), digital recording devices for sound, cameras or video cameras and witching rods.br /br /strongMe:/strong Do you need a license to ghost hunt?br /strongLaurie:/strong Only if you’re a ghost buster. Other than that anyone can hunt for ghosts without a license.br /br /strongMe:/strong Are there any calls, grunts or hunting tactics used for hunting ghosts?br /strongLaurie:/strong You can call out to the ghosts if you know their names.br /ulliFor example: We were at Fort Ontario ghost hunting and we knew the name of the Captain’s wife who haunts the Officers’ Quarters. We spoke to her and told her how lovely her home was. Immediately we felt the presence of extreme cold air. Another tactic is just being very quiet and listening. We heard a baby crying in the same room where the psychic felt the presence of sick children from the late 1890’s.br //li/ulstrongMe:/strong What is the proper attire for ghost hunting?br /strongLaurie:/strong You can wear anything you’d like, as long as you wear quiet shoes. The other important thing to do while ghost hunting is avoid anything with scents such as perfume or hair spray. The ghosts use scents to communicate.br /ulliFor example, in the Officers’ Quarters of Fort Ontario, you can frequently smell lilacs when no lilacs or lilac scented things are present. Lilacs were the captain’s wife’s favorite flower.br //li/ulstrongMe:/strong What are the typical species of ghosts found in Oswego County that you are allowed to hunt for?br /strongLaurie:/strong You can hunt for any specie of ghost you want. You can typically find soldiers from different war periods, their families, victims of epidemics of the past and victims of unusual deaths.br /br /strongMe:/strong Can you get a ghost mounted or stuffed once you get it?br /strongLaurie:/strong You can not “catch” a ghost so therefore you can not get one stuffed or mounted. When you hunt for a ghost you simply find evidence that the ghost exists. If you get lucky you can capture a picture of a ghost and frame it and hang it on your wall, next to your deer mounts.br /br /strongMe:/strong Are there any DEC regulations on ghost hunting?br /strongLaurie:/strong No. You can hunt for ghosts year round at any time of day you like. It’s always ghost season!br /br /strongem*Check out pictures from Laurie’s hunting trip at the end of this blog!br //em/strongbr /If you’re interested in ghost hunting on your own, check out the list below. With the help of Oswego City Historian Rosemary Nesbitt, various websites and books by David J. Pitkin, I have compiled a list of some well-known ghost haunts.br /br /strongFort Ontario:/strong There are many stories of different ghosts haunting the fort such as the Lt. Basil Dunbar, who was killed in a duel in 1755. There is also the story of Pvt. George Fykes, who will haunt anyone you ask him to if you perform a ritual above his marked gravestone. Of course there are the stories of wives of soldiers who still housekeep in the quarters, and children who died in an epidemic who can still be heard crying throughout the fort.br /br /img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337174909770588786″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 224px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShF0TYkA4nI/AAAAAAAAAk8/XcuigAtsITQ/s400/Ghost+Hunt+125.jpg” border=”0″ / div align=”center”emspan style=”font-size:85%;”The main sally port of Fort Ontario/span/em/divstrong/strongbr /strongOswego Harbor Lighthouse:/strong Lights can be seen at the Lighthouse at night – supposedly caused by the ghosts of several seamen who lost their lives during a crew change in 1942. a href=”http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM2CAV”Click here/a for more information.br /br /img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337173693710199090″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFzMmYn6TI/AAAAAAAAAks/UWPnTsy4V0c/s400/Lighthouse+1b+-+Mel.jpg” border=”0″ / strongSelkirk Lighthouse:/strong Many employees and visitors of this Port Ontario lighthouse claim to have had ghostly experiences such as footsteps on the stairs when nobody is around. Some say the ghost is that of a woman who spent years looking for her father’s ship which never returned, others say it’s a young girl who fell down to the stairs to her death. Regardless of who the ghost is, many believe that something is haunting the lighthouse. a href=”http://www.salmonriverlighthousemarina.com/”Click here/a for more information.br /br /img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337173699927589810″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFzM9i9w7I/AAAAAAAAAk0/1DE5p1CnMEQ/s400/Winter+08+085.jpg” border=”0″ / strongBattle Island Inn Bed amp; Breakfast:/strong The owner of this historical Bamp;B across from Battle Island tells many stories involving her ghostly tenants; stories of voices, footsteps, things being moved around, alarm clocks going off by themselves in rooms where no one has stayed for days, and tombstones on her property line. David J. Pitkin writes about it in his book, “New York State Ghosts.”br /br /img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337173687755254386″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFzMQM2qnI/AAAAAAAAAkk/T8v4sJLpXa8/s400/Battle+Island+Inn.jpg” border=”0″ /br /strongHappy Valley in Parish:/strong Happy Valley is a Wildlife Management Area now, but long ago it was a farming settlement between Parish and Williamstown. Rumor has it, a plague wiped out the entire town, leaving only a cemetery and a schoolhouse as evidence of the town’s existence. Many people claim the entire area is haunted by the old town’s unfortunate residents. People have claimed to see orbs, faces and other frightening things at night. Other rumors suggest cult activities have taken place. a href=”http://books.google.com/books?id=S_kys9WOsbsCamp;pg=PA187amp;lpg=PA187amp;dq=hauntings+oswego+county+nyamp;source=blamp;ots=7VlU4Mjdy6amp;sig=8tLuQyT7od1qLF8R7eTlSVZgW4oamp;hl=enamp;ei=4-UKSqDgK5uWMbTFrNkLamp;sa=Xamp;oi=book_resultamp;ct=resultamp;resnum=3#PPA187,M1″Click here/a and a href=”http://outoftheordinary.t35.com/happyvalley.html”here/a for more information.br /br /img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337173683481975970″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFzMASBnKI/AAAAAAAAAkc/uExSIZbcjfw/s400/february+winter+385.jpg” border=”0″ / p align=”center”emspan style=”font-size:85%;”One entrance to Happy Valley/span/em/pp align=”left”strongSeneca Hill Ghost:/strong Drive down Route 57 in Minetto, just outside of Fulton, on a night around the 5th or 6th of November and you might see a woman dressed in an old fashioned white gown, with or without a child in tow – running frantically down the road. Many residents have claimed to see this apparition. If it sounds like a typical “back roads” story to you, wait until you hear about the history. Historian Rosemary Nesbitt says that in 1844 a cult called the Millerites inhabited the Seneca Hill area. When they thought the world was going to end on October 22, 1844, a woman locked herself along with her child in her barn. When the world continued she was distraught so she plunged to her death out the barn window. The state police even have records of numerous calls made about a woman running down Rte. 57 at night, wearing an old-fashioned white gown. a href=”http://greeneyezz-reflections.blogspot.com/2006/10/hauntings-in-syracuse.html”Click here/a for more information.br //pstrong/strongbr /strong“Glass Coffin” House:/strong The Tonkin House, as it was called, is a brick house in Oswego. It is the setting for the infamous Oswego legend about young Virginia Tonkin. When she died of Scarlet Fever in the early 1900s, her mother refused to let her go. She placed her in a glass coffin in the big window in her library from November until springtime. She was giving her deceased daughter a chance to see her friends walk to school everyday. Legend has it you can still see the little girl looking out the window. Her grave is in Riverside Cemetery off old Rte. 57. You can visit the Tonkin stone tomb, which has a window on the backside.br /br /strongThe Gray Road Ghost in Minetto:/strong I don’t know much about this ghost story, but a Syracuse.com writer mentions it in his a href=”http://blog.syracuse.com/strangecny/2007/11/the_gray_road_ghost.html”blog/a.br /br /The following haunted places are taken from this website: a href=”http://theshadowlands.net/places/newyork.htm”http://theshadowlands.net/places/newyork.htm/abr /ulliFulton Junior High School/liliGranby Center/liliHannibal Graveyard/lili19th century mansion used for off-campus housing for SUNY Oswego – no address given, just description/liliSUNY Oswego College Theater/liliOswego Players Theater/liliRailroad tracks between the Fort and Lake Ontario/liliRiverside Cemetery/liliRte. 104 amp; Klocks Corners Intersection in Scriba/li/ulpIf you’d rather hear the stories than search for yourself, then come to the a href=”http://www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com/”H. Lee White Marine Museum/a in Oswego on the evening of Aug. 14, when Rosemary Nesbitt tells all of these fascinating stories and more in her program, em“Tales of the Haunted Harbor.”/em/pstrongPhotos from ghost hunting at Fort Ontario:/strongbr /br /div align=”center”a href=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFy5UgQZpI/AAAAAAAAAkU/SMRMXjkdPKs/s1600-h/Ghost+Hunt+010.jpg”img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337173362492860050″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFy5UgQZpI/AAAAAAAAAkU/SMRMXjkdPKs/s400/Ghost+Hunt+010.jpg” border=”0″ //a emspan style=”font-size:85%;”Two Fort Soldiers lead everyone into the Barracks, while telling the story of a murder that took place on that floor many years ago.br //span/embr /br /a href=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFy40p3URI/AAAAAAAAAkE/X5c3upVlyDk/s1600-h/Ghost+Hunt+016.jpg”img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337173353943224594″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFy40p3URI/AAAAAAAAAkE/X5c3upVlyDk/s400/Ghost+Hunt+016.jpg” border=”0″ //a emspan style=”font-size:85%;”The group, waiting to go into the next buildingbr //span/embr /br /diva href=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFy4kMeRSI/AAAAAAAAAj8/dRscwEp0Ywk/s1600-h/Ghost+Hunt+018.jpg”img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337173349524981026″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFy4kMeRSI/AAAAAAAAAj8/dRscwEp0Ywk/s400/Ghost+Hunt+018.jpg” border=”0″ //aemspan style=”font-size:85%;” The bedroom of the Officers’ Quatersbr //span/embr /br /diva href=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFy4WQ23WI/AAAAAAAAAj0/W9nRtpYpdwI/s1600-h/Ghost+Hunt+027.jpg”img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337173345785273698″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 300px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFy4WQ23WI/AAAAAAAAAj0/W9nRtpYpdwI/s400/Ghost+Hunt+027.jpg” border=”0″ //aemspan style=”font-size:85%;” Another view of the bedroom/span/embr /divbr /br /diva href=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFymtXIIuI/AAAAAAAAAjk/Y5ZaMT1ahtM/s1600-h/Ghost+Hunt+037.jpg”img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337173042747941602″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFymtXIIuI/AAAAAAAAAjk/Y5ZaMT1ahtM/s400/Ghost+Hunt+037.jpg” border=”0″ //a emspan style=”font-size:85%;”A Fort soldier tells more haunted tales while the group waits to enter the ramparts./span/embr /br /br /diva href=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFymZ5ectI/AAAAAAAAAjc/xHeSPb7RFho/s1600-h/Ghost+Hunt+038.jpg”img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337173037523301074″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFymZ5ectI/AAAAAAAAAjc/xHeSPb7RFho/s400/Ghost+Hunt+038.jpg” border=”0″ //aemspan style=”font-size:85%;”A view of a building overlooking Lake Ontario.br //span/embr /br /diva href=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFymCWZD4I/AAAAAAAAAjU/xXQ15YNV-Do/s1600-h/Ghost+Hunt+045.jpg”img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337173031202131842″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFymCWZD4I/AAAAAAAAAjU/xXQ15YNV-Do/s400/Ghost+Hunt+045.jpg” border=”0″ //a emspan style=”font-size:85%;”Another apparition appears in this photo taken in the casemate, which was used as a morgue during a flu epidemic in the early 1900s./span/embr /br /br /diva href=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFxyCXwUdI/AAAAAAAAAjE/1IbFY5tTEiE/s1600-h/Ghost+Hunt+085.jpg”img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337172137854652882″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFxyCXwUdI/AAAAAAAAAjE/1IbFY5tTEiE/s400/Ghost+Hunt+085.jpg” border=”0″ //aemspan style=”font-size:85%;”Yet another apparition appears flying up a stairwell/span/embr /br /br /diva href=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFxx-EQmvI/AAAAAAAAAi8/ESkGivbkVhM/s1600-h/Ghost+Hunt+095.jpg”img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337172136699140850″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFxx-EQmvI/AAAAAAAAAi8/ESkGivbkVhM/s400/Ghost+Hunt+095.jpg” border=”0″ //aemspan style=”font-size:85%;”Dave trying out the witching rods, which crossed when he entered the empty parlor, suggesting a ghostly presencebr //span/embr /br /diva href=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFxxtNJhVI/AAAAAAAAAi0/qGJ5WVweIG0/s1600-h/Ghost+Hunt+100.jpg”img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337172132173022546″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFxxtNJhVI/AAAAAAAAAi0/qGJ5WVweIG0/s400/Ghost+Hunt+100.jpg” border=”0″ //a emspan style=”font-size:85%;”The stairwell to the third floor, where the psychic John Michael felt the presence of sick children from the late 1890’s. This is where Laurie and two other’s heard a baby cry./span/embr /br /br /diva href=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFxxZYWqFI/AAAAAAAAAis/Gl3D01SEZWk/s1600-h/Ghost+Hunt+115.jpg”img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337172126851311698″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFxxZYWqFI/AAAAAAAAAis/Gl3D01SEZWk/s400/Ghost+Hunt+115.jpg” border=”0″ //a emspan style=”font-size:85%;”A young Fort soldier leads the group to the Post Cemetery for further investigation, which turned up this photographic evidence./span/embr /br /br /div align=”center”a href=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFxxY2JrwI/AAAAAAAAAik/WR_0VhJ2DWM/s1600-h/Ghost+Hunt+121.jpg”img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337172126707855106″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 224px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFxxY2JrwI/AAAAAAAAAik/WR_0VhJ2DWM/s400/Ghost+Hunt+121.jpg” border=”0″ //aemspan style=”font-size:85%;”The group goes back to the barracks to listen quietly for any signs of spirits.br //span/embr /br /img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5337173026384585746″ style=”DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_acMOr9B2yTg/ShFylwZzJBI/AAAAAAAAAjM/xNf1nLOwfzM/s400/Ghost+Hunt+061.jpg” border=”0″ /emspan style=”font-size:85%;”Laurie and Dave receive an autograph from psychic, medium and spiritual Counselor, Chip Coffey, of the hit show, Paranormal State./span/em/div/div/div/div/div/div/div/div/div/div/divbr //divdiv class=”blogger-post-footer”img width=’1′ height=’1′ src=’https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/5105332335370324127-7377882714662248974?l=outdooradventuresinoswego.blogspot.com’//div

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