Monday, March 21, 2016

Our Ghost Investigation at Belmont Manor

Some of the people on the ghost investigation
This weekend we were 2 of 9 members of the Inspired Ghost Tracking team to lead 3 groups of people from the general public through the historic Belmont Manor in Elkridge, Maryland on a paranormal investigation.
(For Information about Inspired Ghost Tracking, visit: www.meetup.com/inspiredghosttracking/ or inspiredghosttracking.webs.com/)

    The Belmont Manor started a paranormal program in 2015 with IGT members, where we give lectures and hold public ghost investigations. This was the third investigation we've done and there were about 26 people that paid for the event. All proceeds go directly to maintain the historic mansion and we do it because we want to educate the public and allow them the chance to investigate.
Belmont Manor
  The IGT Team included Margaret, Ronda, Dana, Amy, Jimmy, Greg, Randy, Tom and Rob (me). The event was about 3 hours long and started with an introduction to the types of equipment used in a paranormal investigation from basics like a flashlight (used to navigate in the dark, and also something that ghosts can turn off or on, because they're beings of energy), to a digital recorder, camera, electromagnetic field detector (to detect energy/ghosts), an infrared camera that shows temperature changes (ghosts absorb the heat energy from the atmosphere and create cold spots), and other equipment.

   We split into three groups. Ronda, Tom and I led one group and we had a LOT of experiences. Here's what we found:
 1) The Ghostly Little Girl -  In one room (we won't say which) we sensed a little girl. Tom and I have sensed her before. Last time she told me her name was Amanda or Amelia and that she died at 6 of the flu. The ghostly girl also told me last time she loved to hear tof those things.
Ballroom that used to have the piano Amanda enjoyed hearing
   How did we get details on this ghost? Ronda brought a small ball with lights and a battery that light up when touched. She placed it on the bed in the room and it sat unlit until we started asking the ghost questions. Ronda asked the little girl's ghost if her name was "Amanda" and it lit up. Then asked if her name was "Amelia" and it didn't light up. Ronda then asked if she was 14, and it didn't light up. She asked if she was 6 years old and it lit up. Next, Ronda asked Amanda if she died of the flu and felt pain in her chest. The ball lit up. Other questions were asked, but there was no response. When Ronda asked if she liked hearing piano music the ball again lit up and stayed lit for some time.

2) The Portal - A portal is a doorway of energy to another place. In one of the bedrooms during a previous investigation many of us on the team sensed a portal, and we learned that it went out to the cemetery in the backyard. What's interesting is that those who are sensitive (not mediums) can stand where the portal is located and feel tingling in their feet or legs. Several people in the group experienced it.

(Randy (right) and Margaret)
3) The Grumpy Male Ghost - In another room, we previously sensed that a man died of a heart attack, Troy and I both got that impression and Ronda also felt it. During this investigation, people in the group sensed a tightness in the room (the energy). Ronda and I worked together and I was able to channel information about the male ghost that died here. I learned that his name was Andrew Lyons. He was a merchant and he managed the barges that went up and down the Patapasco River. Horses were then used to drag the lumber to the mansion. He came to the Belmont Manor to sell timber as they were building a barn, That's where he experienced a heart attack and was brought up to that bedroom where he passed away. However, his ghost never left and remains griumpy because he couldn't contact his family. Of course, if he crossed over, he would have joined them by now.
Greg demonstrating the Ghost Box

4) Ghost Box - At the end of the investigations the three teams met back in the main meeting room for a demonstration of the ghost box. The ghost box is basically a radio that scans all stations and stops for an instant on a station to highlight a word, in response to a question asked by an investigator. It works because ghosts have the ability to manipulate electronic things to give messages.

There were a lot of great questions from people in our group and it was an amazing experience to get confirmation of details from the little girl's ghost.

For information about the Belmont programs contact:  Cathy Allen at callen@howardcountymd.gov or Mary Venske at mvenzke@howardcountymd.gov. Phone 410-313-4632.

To learn more about how ghosts and spirits  check out the book "Lessons Learned from Talking to the Dead" by author/medium/paranormal investigator Rob Gutro.  Available on Amazon.com in e-book and paperback


 






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