It seems that here in Prince William County, things can definitely go bump in the night. Every once in a while it’s good to set the politics aside and check out what else is going on in the world around us, or in the netherworld around us in this case. What better on a snowy Sunday than a good ghost story or two!
I have long heard people talk about apparitions and strange occurrences happening out in the battlefield. Stories have been featured on the History Channel and other cable spots about ghostly happenings at the Stone House which served as a hospital during the Civil War. It makes sense that war and death might create the perfect setting for specters and paranormal events.
However, today’s News and Messenger takes us to the other side of the county to the Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries for our scare of the week. All sorts of tales from the dark side are supposedly happening over there—so much so that a team of ghost busters was brought in last fall to investigate and document some of the paranormal phenomena.
Unexplainable events sometimes happen almost with regularity at the Weems-Botts Museum, which was the former home of the Merchant family. The home was built around 1750 and was used as a book store and law offices until it was bought by the family as a residence.
Today, windows have been known to open and close on demand, dolls move, books change location, pictures fall off walls and apparitions have been seen of people long since dead. The ghost busters, Supernatural Investigators of Virginia, have declared the house very active.
A group of ghost hunters recently visited the museum to prove what Cardinale and Young and many others already know.
There appears to be something other-worldly about the historic old house, often referred to as the “most haunted house in Dumfries.”
Seven members of the Supernatural Investigators of Virginia spent a night in the building last fall. They came away with what they believe is evidence of the paranormal.
“I would characterize it as a very active house,” said Tracey Burnett, one of the founding members of the Harrisonburg-based group. “It is the first place we have gotten so many EVPs.”
Among ghost hunters, EVPs are known as Electronic Voice Phenomena.
The crew of ghost hunters said they captured 18 voice recordings during their overnight visit. On the tapes you hear: “Hello,” “Get out of my house,” and “Can you hear me? I’m not dead.”
The group will be back in Dumfries on Saturday to present its findings to the public at 7 and 8:30 p.m. in the Dumfries Town Hall Council Chambers. The free lecture is sponsored by Historic Dumfries.
Dumfries isn’t the only site for strange phenomena. While religious in nature, Woodbridge also has had its brush with the supernatural. In 1992, St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Lake Ridge had weeping statues of the Virgin Mary. These religious events brought many people into our area to witness the miracles that seemed to be associated with one of the priests at Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.
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Have any of our posters ever experienced anything that just couldn’t be explained? If you have, please consider sharing. Is Prince William County a vortex for the unexplainable?
[UPDATE: According to Katherine Gotthardt, Bristow Manor is also teeming with paranormal activity.
Her article appeared in News and Messenger a week or so ago. Please enjoy. Click to link.]