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October 24, 2019

Not everyone gets to see a ghost (spirit, apparition) in his or her lifetime, but if you do, there are 5 times it’s most likely to happen.

An earlier study by Greeley (1976) found that 31% of people surveyed in the U.S. felt that they had been in contact with someone that had died. In Europe, the number was 25% (Haraldsson & Houtkooper 1991).  

This left Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson (2012) wondering how many people today believed that they had see...

November 7, 2018

For this adventure, we will return to Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Virginia. The story comes to us from a veteran National Park Service employee and friend. On the date of this incident, nothing seemed out of the ordinary, until the appearance of the “Lost Visitor” Ghost.

Photo: Prince William Forest Park sign (National Park Service)

The Turkey Run Environmental Center (TREC) is centrally located in the park. It includes the Oak Ri...

October 28, 2018

I  was very fortunate to get to explore Fort Washington, MD, a unit of the National Park Service, and meet some really interesting spirits! Today, I want to talk about my experience at the Guard Room, better known as the Fort Jail or in sailor's terminology, the "brig." 

 Upon entering the Guard Room/Jail, I definitely felt a presence. Not actually knowing the purpose of the room in advance, I noted the metal doors, one of which looked...

September 26, 2018

I'm sitting here during a raging summer thunderstorm and a thought comes to mind - why do we believe all lighthouses are haunted? An interesting question, isn't it?

I say "we" here, because I have spent a great deal of time around lighthouses, starting with my first job in the National Park Service (NPS) at Gateway National Recreation Area (Sandy Hook Unit, NJ) and continuing throughout my NPS (38 years) and US Coast Guard careers (33 years)...

September 4, 2018

Our latest Haunted National Parks trip takes us to a park that has so many spirits, I suspect we'll have to visit it more than once! That park is Prince William Forest Park, located near Triangle, Virginia. I worked in this park between 1994 and 2001 and was responsible for completing the Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine Reclamation Project in 1995. The Cabin Branch Pyrite Mine has an interesting history and is directly related to the first spirit...

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