- In my hometown, there is a haunted house called Selma house. The story goes that a Union soldier chased a Confederate soldier into the house and shot him. No one can cover the blood stains on the floor, and many have reported seeing the ghost. It's been said he's a helpful ghost, helping residents carry laundry up the stairs. :) The true Southern gentleman.
- I enjoy taking a ghost tour of Old Town Alexandria, VA every year for Halloween, it's really fun, and the tour always ends in a graveyard. Mwah-ha-ha!
- Gadsby's Tavern is one of the stops on the tour. A young man brought a woman to the hotel, where she fell ill. The man had asked that no one know her name. When she died, the man left money for her care, but disappeared, and still no one knows her name. There have been reports of a candle burning in an empty room, and several "sightings"
- It seems that the Old Town Alexandria Visitor's Center is haunted as well. No one is allowed to work there alone after dark, after "strange happenings" were reported.
- I took a ghost tour of New Orleans when I was there as well. There was the obligitory vampire story, but it wasn't really scary.
- The scariest story was about the Lalaurie House - it's a ghost story, but the actual happening that inspired the ghosts is scarier. One evening, while Ms. Lalaurie was having a party in her grand hall, the house caught fire. When firefighters went into the house, they found a hidden room where she kept - and tortured - her slaves. It is said that some of the firefighters fainted at the sight of some of the tortures.
- When I was in New Orleans, I also visited one of the cemetaries. Most the tombs are above ground (crypts), as those that are buried would float away with a strong rain. There are a few buried underground - (mostly in the protestant areas of the cemetary). They are held down with very heavy stone tablets. When it floods, you can hear the coffins hitting the stone - they're floating.
- In New Orleans, when someone in the family passes away, their bodies are put into the family crypt. The heat and environment "cremates" them over the next year or so. When the next family member is put in the crypt, the old bones are pushed back, and fall into the bottom to make room for the new person. Hope you REALLY liked your relatives. ;)
- This year, I took a ghost tour of Leesburg, VA. It was led by a parapsychologist researcher. It was neat to see the equipment they use to "ghost hunt." They scientifically approach the paranormal, trying to debunk it. There are 48 stories from Leesburg that they can't debunk.
- There are different kinds of paranormal, according to the Leesburg researchers. There are "residuals", which is where someone has a strong experience, and the chemicals from our experiences (both good and bad) are left behind. These are like "memories" left behind. The "sentients" are ghosts that show reasoning.
- Every person has an electromagnetic field around them. There are also electromagnetic fields without a person in them. :) The tour leader told us about a military project where they designed special goggles to see electromagnetic fields of their soldiers. They abandoned the project, because not only did it pick up the soldiers, but other spots that weren't there when they took the goggles off!
- We "touched" a ghost. Funny enough, before the tour leader stopped and told us that we were in a spot with a lot of residuals concentrated in one place, the hair stood up on my neck. I got the chills. She said she could feel that I could sense the energy. She also sees dead people, but then, maybe I do too . . .
- I've had several dreams of someone standing over me, and then I wake up, and there's actually a form standing over me. I threw my teddy bear at it once - that was a big help. But I haven't had the "dream" since moving out of that apartment. Hmmmmmm
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