Sometimes we have the chance to be a part of history in the making. Perhaps a recent development at the Museum of the Albemarle is one of those times.
Of course it has a strong connection to the past or more specifically to people and artifacts of the past. How fortunate that this is all happening during the fall season when the holiday celebrating all things spooky occurs.
Since the opening of the Museum’s new facility, patrons have questioned the likelihood of the presence of spirits lingering among the artifacts collected from the Albemarle region. So, late in the evening of Sept. 21, a small group of people, including members of Mark Anderson’s North Carolina Paranormal Researchers, entered the museum with staff to begin a search for evidence of spirits.
The group’s adventure was recorded and reported by staff photographers and reporters of The Daily Advance and the Virginian-Pilot.
With exit signs as their only light source, Steve Baker and Jennifer Seymour walked through the reconstructed 1700s Jackson House in the Our Story exhibit. The House was erected for Daniel Jackson Jr. and his wife Elizabeth on a 100-acre tract along Knobbs Creek.
Daniel and Elizabeth raised four sons in the house. Upon his death in 1761 it was willed to one of his sons, Bailey Jackson. There, a photo taken by Seymour showed a face in a pane-less window of the house. Members of the community are searching old photos and files in hopes to find a similar image that matches the face in the window.
An infrared camera placed on the mantel also showed orbs or balls of light believed to be spirits. The team used digital voice recorders, electromagnetic field recorders, and other equipment of the trade.
A program will be held at the museum to make the public aware of their findings, hear the team’s firsthand experiences and audio from the night as well as video. An attempt will also be made to create an actual test in the auditorium in order for the audience to experience an investigation.
Anderson hopes that the audience will catch a glimpse of actual orbs during this demonstration. After the presentation and demonstrations, the team will host a question and answer period.
The Museum of the Albemarle invites you to the Gaither Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., to hear Anderson, Chappell, and Seymour as they discuss the findings of an on-site investigation into paranormal activity in the new museum facility.
For the youngsters and those that have no desire to investigate the realm of spirits, we offer Haunted Albemarle: A Night at the Boo-seum! Bring your ‘trickin-n-treatin’ youngsters for a night of ghostly, yet historical experiences on Oct. 31. “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” will be shown in our Gaither Auditorium at 2, 3, 4 and 6 p.m., with a costume contest at 5 p.m.
The program is planned and presented by the Junior Docents and sponsored by NUCOR Plate Plant and the Guild of Museum Friends.
Charlotte Patterson is the education coordinator for Museum of the Albemarle.