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Haunted history permeates old campus buildings Posted on October 31, 2018 by Bailey Tietsworth

Posted on October 31, 2018 by Bailey Tietsworth

Check out the interview we recently did with Bailey from New College.

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A quick peek into the basement in College Hall.

As the night of fright looms ever closer, people crave the adrenaline which accompanies the haunting sensations of Halloween. Ghost stories provide the perfect outlet for that feeling, as they allow for the listeners to immerse themselves in the suspense while in the safety of their own comfort blanket. Haunted mansions and spooky corridors exist in the realm of narration and lie far away from the safety of our own beds … or do they? The shadows of unknown figures lurk in the windows of buildings just around the corner. Come along on a journey around campus and explore the stories of paranormal interactions from days gone by.

College Hall, a majestic mansion whose pink exterior complements the colorful Sarasota sunsets, stands on the bayfront side of campus. Built in 1926, College Hall served as the Florida residence of Charles Ringling and his family. Charles did not live in the building that long after construction finished; unfortunately he died on Dec. 3, 1926. His wife, Edith Ringling, maintained residence in the mansion with their children, Robert and Hester, after he passed. Edith carried on in Charles’ administrative responsibilities to manage the progress of the circus. Edith’s notable impact on the circus’ continuous success earned her the nickname “Mrs. Charlie,” after a similar epithet, “Mr. Charlie,” affectionately given to Charles.

Faculty, staff and students now use College Hall as a place for work and study, but the Ringlings are not as absent as they seem. Liz Reed, one of the co-founders of the Paranormal Society of Bradenton FL (PSOBFL), along with PSOBFL members and volunteers from New College, investigated Old Caples and College Hall on Aug. 25, 2015. Both buildings received “haunted” certifications. Reed has extensive knowledge of the history of the Ringling family, and always greets Edith and Charles whenever she and her husband enter the front entrance.

“We always walk in now, even when we’re just visiting the property, into his house, and we always say, ‘Hello Mr. Charlie and hello Mrs. Charlie,’ because of the story of her saving the circus after Charles died,” Reed explained.

The investigation unearthed multiple pieces of evidence of paranormal activity, some of which occurred in the Music Room in College Hall. Aside from interactions with Edith, Hester and Robert, Reed reported some supernatural findings from the organ.

“We’ve picked up someone sitting at the organ, and activity going off on our meters, but you know that’s in plexiglass, nobody can be sitting there and nobody can be playing with it, and that has no power to it,” Reed stated. “So it wouldn’t set off any equipment because it has no power. So it’s still being used by somebody.”

At one point, the equipment caught two shadows upstairs, one smaller in size than the other, which they assumed belonged to one of the parents and one of the children.

“The little one went by and then the bigger one went by,” Reed said. “Maybe they were tucking them in for the night.”

The spectral forms of the Ringlings live on in their mansion, according to Reed, because they enjoy the time they spent there and want to remain in their home.

“I think that they just love it so much that they don’t want to leave it,” Reed said. “So they’re just going to continue enjoying it. That’s the feeling that we get from it, that it’s not harmful. They just enjoyed their house so much that their energy and everything is going to stay there.”

Along with College Hall, Reed investigated Old Caples with the same group of people that night. Old Caples has attained a notoriously frightening reputation since students and alums have spread stories about their night-time scares. The Caples building, along with the Carriage House, was built in 1930 for Ralph and Ellen Caples. Ellen passed the estate on to New College in 1962 and lived there until she died in 1972 at 98 years old.

“We communicated with Ralph Caples,” Reed stated. “You could actually feel the change in the room when he entered; a chill went through the room. [He] was a very business, stern-type man, but he was joke-y. It was only in his office.”

She also described an interaction with an unknown presence when she was sitting with one of the volunteers, former New College employee Andrea Knies.

“We were sitting in a room that’s downstairs, I think it used to be the dining room in Ralph Caples’ house, and I was sitting on one side and she was on my left side and neither one of us realized that we were messing with ourselves, because I felt like my necklace was falling off and actually what happened was it was being pulled outward to the side. At the same time, she felt like her hair was being pulled on that side. So it was like somebody was standing between us. We didn’t know it until I walked out of the room, and I said, ‘It felt like somebody grabbed my necklace at some point, a lot,’ and she said, ‘Something was moving my hair.’ Then we watched the video and you could actually see it happen on video.”

Moving further inland, the Palmer buildings have also generated stories of unsettling encounters. Alumna Shane Donglasan (‘10), former Catalysteditor, spent many nights in Palmer E where the Catalyst office was located in the spring semester of 2012. Donglasan experienced two different events while working in the office on seemingly normal occasions. The first time happened to her while she was alone one night.

I went to use the bathroom, which was right across the hall,” Donglasan explained in an email interview. “I turned the light switch on to the restroom. Normally I turned the lights off as well when I leave the bathroom but knowingly left them on because I knew it was going to be a late night and I would use the bathroom again soon. Next time I went in, the lights had been turned off. I was 100 percent certain no one else was in the building and who would have turned the light switch off? Anyway I turned the lights on again to use the bathroom and that’s when they started flickering. It didn’t spook me too much at the time because it’s an old building and sometimes these fluorescent lights will flicker for a while before turning themselves on all the way. It never stopped flickering. Even when I turned the light switch to off. I flipped the light switch on and off for a while but it just kept flickering. That’s when I hauled ass and left the building.”

Donglasan and other Catalyst members learned after they moved into the office that Palmer E was condemned and that nobody should set foot inside the building.

After hearing these stories, any brave soul that feels compelled to carry out their own paranormal investigation should be prepared. Reed encourages that people bring a friend, cell-phone and a digital camera.

“But don’t antagonize, show ’em respect, always show ’em respect and they’re going to respect you back,” Reed said. “When you leave the area say, ‘Thank you,’ and ‘Goodnight, I enjoyed talking to you.’ Whether they get a response or not they should always do that because there’s someone there listening. I don’t care what anybody says, there’s always a spirit around.”

Information for this article was gathered from wikipedia.org, sarasotahistoryalive.com and NCF Admissions staff member Cliff Lundin.

Appearance on Suncoast View – ABC 7

Liz Reed appeared on our local station in Sarasota, FL to discuss her new book, Haunted Manatee County, and also talk about her investigation at Linda Carson’s house! Check it out below!

Imitation.

Hello world… last night some of our members went on a downtown Bradenton walk that we heard was identical to ours. We had several of their customers come up and think they were with us but we didnt have them on our list. Come to find out, they were with the other walk. Luckily, these patrons found us later and booked our tour 😁

We are always down for a ghost tour anywhere – but identical to ours? We had to check it out! Turns out, this person is not ONLY using our name and saying they are a part of our group, but saying they did the same investigations we did! Groups can surely investigate the same place, but get the same results, same stories, even when the stories are not public knowledge – no way! This person knows us and they had access to our group before but due to their attitude we had to part ways.

With that being said, please beware of this “ghost tour”. We are the only walk in Downtown Bradenton and Bradenton Beach that is official and that has investigated the old Manatee Players Theatre, Hampton Inn, the bakery and several spots throughout downtown Bradenton and Bradenton Beach.

Want to hear the stories from the people who were really there and did the investigations? Come see us!

Imitation is the highest form of flattery but stealing our information that was from private investigations and using our name during the tour is something you don’t do.

We are NOT in any way affiliated with Hike It Florida – Haunted Hike.

If you have further questions, please message us.

Private Home Investigation Evidence – 3 Knocks!

Check out the sound clip we captured at a recent home investigation.

Let us know what you think!

The Sorrel Weed House in Savannah, GA.

Going through some videos and voice recordings from our trip to Savnnah, GA last November. Check this video out from right outside a very haunted location!!

Signs Your Psychic Gifts are Awakening

Every now and then we have a guest blogger write an article for our site. Jenny has written for our website before and has been kindly enough to write another article! Check it out below! If you missed her previous blog about Haunted Hikes in New York click here to read it!

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Signs Your Psychic Gifts are Awakening

Psychics are sometimes seen as dark, evil characters. However, this unhelpful stereotype is far from true. From a mother’s intuition to true clairvoyance, everyone has some degree of psychic ability. Yet, most people are unaware of the signs, or simply ignore the symptoms of their awakening. If you want to explore your psychic abilities, watch out for these signs that could indicate your true power.

Powerful and Vivid Dreams

One of the first signs of possessing psychic ability is the ability to have extremely detailed dreams that you remember when you wake up. Every symbol in these dreams have some type of meaning, and if you can understand and interpret these dreams, you can gain great insight into your abilities. Many psychics tend to have recurring dreams that indicate things that are happening in real life, or have spirit dreams where deceased love ones come to visit at night.

Prominent Levels of Intuition

Sometimes known as déjà vu, psychics generally have an affinity for intuition. If you can sense when someone close to you is in trouble, or you feel as though you’ve already been somewhere even if you’ve never been there in your life, then you may be harnessing some psychics abilities. Sometimes you may just have a strong gut feeling that is usually accurate. You should always follow these gut feelings, and if your predictions turn out to be correct, you should start to concentrate on your powers.

Heightened Senses

Clairvoyants tend to have the ability to tap into their senses more so than the average individual. This usually starts with the sense of smell. If you constantly get a whiff of something that seems out of place, then it could be your first sign of clairvoyance. However, you should try to rule out any rational explanations for the smells if you can. Hearing voices and unexplained sounds is the next step. The first time this happens may be quite a shock to you, but you should embrace it and your growing abilities.

With these heightened senses, you may also see balls of light or orbs floating around you. You may also see different colored lights around different people. This is known as an aura, and can help you understand how other people are feeling. If you can see someone’s aura, this is a strong sign that you powers are developing.

We all have some degree of psychic abilities. However, some of us are able to tap into these capabilities more than others. If you watch out for these signs of clairvoyance, you may be able to catch your powers early on, understand them, and ultimately develop into a strong psychic medium.

If you’d like to write an article for our website, send us an email!

New College of Florida Event

We can’t wait to be at New College on Halloween to discuss in depth about investigations and our experiences! See ya there!

Private Home Investigation – May 2017

We’ve been doing a lot of investigations for private homes lately. Normally, we don’t post anything from them but this woman gave us permission to post the evp’s that were caught by the SCD-2 made by Steve Huff of Huff Paranormal as she was so impressed with the out come.

The woman lost her husband, who was a baker and was looking for a recipe. At one point she goes and gets his favorite glass with scotch in it and you hear his reply when we ask him what is Ron holding. These are just a few caught and we did end up getting the recipe on page 12 in little old cook book.

The 10 Most Haunted Hikes of New York

Thanks to Jenny Holt for sharing this story on our website.

The 10 Most Haunted Hikes of New York

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Have you ever tested yourself on a haunted hike? Especially one which makes you camp along its trail overnight? There’s plenty in Florida, but if you want to head north to New York, you will find an array of old, scary hikes to really test your mettle. In fact, there are so many possibilities it has been necessary to make a top 10.

1. Letchworth Village

2. Saratoga National Historical Park

3. Seneca Hill

4. Gray Road

5. Happy Valley Road

6. Lake Ronkonkoma

7. Morris Jumel Mansion

8. Gurnsey Hollow Cemetery

9. Sweet Hollow Road

10. Oakland Cemetery

Have you tried any? On that list you are going to find a great combination of abandoned buildings with a murky past, cemeteries, and haunted hiking paths. Each place comes with its stories and sightings from lonely female ghosts to groups of angry spirits. To find out more about each one before you head north, check out the 10 most haunted hikes in New York.

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