The Chestnut House

Recently I had the opportunity to observe my second official “ghost hunt”. This one made even more enjoyable by being accompanied by the source of so much inspiration in my life, in that I say thank you Mae-Apple.

While this was indeed a ghost-hunt outing, that was not the only or even primary reason for our attendance. This was a joint venture between Luke from “hauntedkentucky”, Michael from “Old Dominion Paranormal Research”, and Kevin current owner and restorer of the Chestnut house. The restoration efforts was defiantly a big plus for us, and cemented the deal. 

The house, dated from the pre-Civil War area has been a landmark from the time of its construction and sadly has fallen into a state of disrepair. Being in this condition may lend to the atmosphere of ghost-hunting, but it was nonetheless sad knowing the home had seen so much history and now stood on the edge of its own oblivion.

Having been on the hunt before, and being somewhat familiar with the trappings in general I focused mainly on Mae’s and others’ in attendance reaction to the various bells and whistles as they were deployed. Luke was very accommodating, explaining the function of each device, and the theoretical meaning of their various notifications. This along with the hodgepodge history given by the property owner made the minimal cost will-worth the evening. From the earnest attention paid by those present to the evening’s affairs, I feel safe in saying all in attendance were well satisfied.

On a personal note, considering this exercise in itself is age old in one form or another, from sharing folktales around the campfire to cruising the backroads in search of the local “haunts”, I find the modern implements distracting. Although I do understand the “need” for such equipment (in theory) it takes away from the real feeling of the event. That and considering any “evidence” actually captured could easily be written off (understandably) by skeptics as, hoax, camera artifact, etc. I see little point in having such equipment past the gathering of “content” of course. Of course this is only a personal opinion, and I fault no one on how they prefer to send their time and money.

Sadly, we had no paranormal experience, but it was an enjoyable evening and what more could be asked for the living?

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Having a lifelong interest in all things paranormal, especially in the beliefs and experiences of the Appalachian region, it is my desire to share my own and those related to me by friends and family over a lifetime. As well as collect and record those of others.