The building was once part of the Underground Railroad and built by George Adams in 1856. It burned to the ground that same year and was rebuilt in 1857. George Adams and his family were among the earliest settlers of Muskingum County. George Willison Adams, the youngest of George Adams came with his family to Ohio in 1808. Mr. Adams died August 31, 1879 and was survived by his wife and seven children from two marriages. The eldest, Anna, is now the wife of William Cox and resides upon the old homestead near Dresden.
12150 Main St.,
story of a little girl who fell from the front portico balcony has existed in
the Dresden area for more than a century. The young girl was afflicted with a fever
and wandered onto the balcony one cold night in the winter. She lost her
footing and fell over the low railing to the hard sandstone steps below.
continues that the girl's body was not buried immediately as the frozen ground
would not allow for the digging of a grave. The body was placed on ice in
the basement in a pit originally designed as a refrigeration system for the
home. Here the child remained until the spring thaw when she could be
given a proper burial. The mother grieved for her lost child and visited
the body daily until the burial.
ghost of the little girl can sometimes be seen on the second floor near the door
to what once was the portico balcony. Other observations of her have been
made in the basement, the ballroom and the Upstairs Parlor (the room in which
she was kept while ill) which is today the guest bedroom. Her image has
been seen standing near the fireplace mantle in that room.
There is allegedly a story of a ghost of a bounty hunter that was hung in the barn and the ghost of Mrs. Adams that haunts the 2nd floor. Satanic worship in the ballroom have lead to that area being a hotbed of activity and the cross painted on the wall today covers up satanic graffiti that once was there. Reports of activity in the well in the basement where bodies were temporarily stored until they could be buried in the spring when the ground thawed sufficiently. Mysterious lights seen on the property resembling lantern lights have been observed in the past. The upstairs barn area have been the scene where shadow figures have been seen and photographed in the past.
The Ghost Research Society investigated Prospect Place on September 18, 2011. Team members included: Stan Suho, Lisa Krick, Nicole Tito, Joey Tito, Lauren Kasmar and Dale Kaczmarek with help from Mike McElhiney.
One static IR camera was placed in the ballroom facing the cross on the wall along with an EM Vortex, Geophone and the G.E.I.S.T. equipment along with the Ghost Microphone. A second IR camera was positioned in the basement and two were placed on the second floor; one facing the men’s bedroom quarters and the other in the first room at the head of the stairs where the picture of Mrs. Adams is hanging.
Experiments performed: EVP experiments were performed in the basement, barn and ballroom.
was an interesting place
to visit for the historical aspect. As far as anything paranormal is concerned,
I did not personally witness anything out of the ordinary while adventuring
through this location, but while watching the Video System at the command post I
did notice a strobe light effect emanating from the basement toward the end
of the investigation. This lighting effect lasted at least 15 seconds and was
also witnessed by Dale at the command post. I hope this was caught on the camera
that was set up in the area. This was indeed the most interesting thing that
transpired while investigating
Prospect Place. I have footage to review that was taken in the hallway facing the 4-bed
sleeping quarters, so if anything of interest was caught I will update the team
with the news.
Stan Suho: This
was a classic investigation with full field crew, a big building, lots of room
to set up, and all the time we needed, all of which we took full advantage of.
A full walk through was made with all
Cameras running, hand helds beeping, and note taking. A
full setup was done in the Dining Room with G.E.I.S.T., Joey's Video System, and
a bunch of Dale's Gadgets. G.E.I.S.T. was setup in an upstairs Ball Room. The
full G.E.I.S.T. was setup using Ghost Camera and Ghost Microphone. The Ghost
Camera was time coordinated with the G.E.I.S.T. System and both systems loosely
coordinated with the Ghost Microphone recordings on a Laptop running Audacity
software. As often happens, once we were setup and running, the house became
very quiet as far as the instrumentation goes. No unusual sounds were detected
in the Ball Room except for the two EVP recording sessions which were both
recorded in full.
Nothing showed up on my pictures or recordings. Since
we made thorough investigation using redundant devices, I don't think this house
requires a follow up investigation.
Kasmar: I, Lauren Kasmar, was partnered with Lisa Krick and Nicole Tito for
We began our first EVP session in the basement of Prospect Place at 10:20 PM. Dale joined us, as well as Mike McElhiney. It was 66 degrees F. Shortly after we began the session, Dale had a battery die out. We witnessed a thumping noise three times, coming from the well room, which was to the right of where we were seated. Shortly after that, we heard another odd noise; it sounded like one of the crates was moved that was sitting on the floor in the same room as us. The Ovilus X displayed “clairvoyant” on the DTD screen randomly during the session. I began to hear what sounded like scratching on the wall behind me down the middle of the wall that continued for a while. We thought that it might possibly be an animal; however, it was still frightening! The three of us experienced a sweet smell that seemed to drift between the three of us throughout the session. It almost smelled of roses. During this experience, Dale’s Ghost Radar program on his phone picked up the word “love.” After the sweet smell dissipated, we all experienced a very foul smell; a smell that resembled body odor. We asked “are you hurt?” and the radio shack hack stated “maybe.” The Ghost Box also produced the word “well” during our session. We ended the session around 10:50 PM.
We began the next EVP session at 11:05 PM in the ballroom. The entire group participated in this session. The room presented itself with a calm feeling. The motion detectors continued to go off without anyone crossing them. The possibility of Joey’s camera interfering with the sensors was discussed. The Geophone also was disturbed a few times. A few minutes into the session, Lisa, Joey and I moved to the other section of the ballroom, which appeared to be quite darker than the other half of the ballroom. I felt slightly uneasy while in this other section of the ballroom. The Ovilus X displayed “pop” and then “soak” on the DTD screen, followed by “her” while Nicole was asking questions. Mike McElhiney’s I-Ovilus X produced “leave,” “met,” and “far.” Lisa and I then heard light tapping, or what could have been small rocks being thrown to the left of where we were sitting. Following that, the entire group heard a louder tap. The Ovilus X said “tall.” Dale asked if they could make another noise, and the I Ovilus X said “correct.” Shortly after that, I heard a single tap on the wall directly across from where I was sitting, followed by a thud in the corner of the room to the right of me. The motion detectors went off again at the same time I heard the thud in the corner of the room. The I-Ovilus X said “world,” “forever,” and “ice.” Lisa and I hear what sounded like the creaking of a floor board between the windows near where we were twice. I did smell something sweet again while in the ballroom towards the end of our session; however, this smell resembled sweet candy.
At 12:13 AM, Dale and Mike McElhiney joined us for an EVP session in the barn. It was 63.1 degrees F. When I first walked into the barn when we arrived earlier in the day, I felt uneasy; I did not feel this way upon entering the barn for our session. The barn seemed peaceful this time around. After I turned on the Ovilus X, It said “orb.” Shortly after that, it said “horse,” and “ran” which was ironic, seeing that this barn once housed horses. The I-Ovilus X said “ride,” “stone,” and “strength.”
When we returned to the house, I watched the command center for a while as Dale went to the ballroom alone to provoke. Mike went to the ballroom as well to do some provoking.
I did not hear
anything after going to sleep that night. I
was woken up at one point in the night, when it felt like something was poking
at my pillow! After smelling the odd
sweet and foul smells in the basement, followed by the sweet smell in the
ballroom, and the unexplained taps and thuds heard during the EVP sessions, and
the personal experience overnight, I do feel that there is something related to
the paranormal occurring in
I did not find any abnormalities in any of the pictures I took with my digital camera.
Nicole Tito: Team
Partner: Lisa Krick,
Equipment Used: Video
camcorder, audio recorder, EM pump, K-II meter, Ovilus, REM E-Pod
Hearing so much information about this location and seeing it on various TV shows, I was extremely excited to investigate this location. However, I became disappointed when I found out that we would not be able to have the entire location as the owner lived on the property.
I did encounter some strange occurrences throughout the night, but nothing definitive that would lead me to believe that this location is truly haunted. Down in the cellar, Lisa, Lauren, Dale, Mike, and I experienced strange scratches noises coming from right behind us. Considering that the walls were made of stone, it was so loud that it sounded like it was coming from right next to us. After this, I sang the Ballard song for the Underground Railroad and smelled extremely foul body odor right next to me which appeared and dissipated several times. We were unable to trace it to a specific location.
Another area that proved to be disappointing was the upstairs ballroom where the alleged portal to hell is not painted over with a cross. There were several times where I thought I saw a shadow darting between Dale and Mike, but it could have been my eyes playing tricks with me. We did hear noises and bangs throughout the location, but I did not capture any video evidence and only had a few audio clips from the Ovilus and Ghost Radar.
Surprisingly, I slept very well
that night even though we were in a haunted location.
I was so tired from the drive that I crashed on the uncomfortable beds.
I think that there may be something in this location, but I would have
liked to spend another day there and perhaps not started investigating after
driving eight hours. I do believe
that the way you feel can affect the investigation and therefore my lack of
energy played a role in me not interacting with any spirits.
Video: Nothing out of the
Still photos: Nothing out of the ordinary captured in both exterior and interior shots.
Krick: PRESENT - Dale, Stan, Joey, Lauren, Nicole, Mike, Lisa
EQUIPMENT USED - Canon Digital Rebel, Olympus
Digital Point and Click, Sony Audio Recorder, Sony Night Shot Video Recorder
We arrived at just around 6pm and took some
exterior shots of the building and grounds before the sun went down.
Then, we carried in all the equipment.
At 7.41p, while bringing in equipment, my cell phone rang.
The area code was an
After we had everything set up, we went to the
basement to do an EVP session. Mike,
Dale, Lauren, Nicole and I went down and sat in one of the long rooms to run the
session. I was able to capture one
disembodied voice when Nicole asked who the president of the union was.
I heard (and captured) a faint "ME".
At one point, after Nicole had sung the ballad, we began to hear
activity: scratching in the
limestone wall behind us, shuffling, dragging, and footsteps over in the next
room called the "pit room". A
few moments after she finished singing, she felt something touch her hand and I
smelled a strong body odor. Immediately
after the body odor dissipated, we smelled something sweet, like roses, but more
sugary. Those two smells seemed to
travel around the room and I think most, if not all of us experienced that
olfactory sensation. I had my camera
set up in the basement and got no evidence from it.
We next headed, as an entire group, to the
ballroom on the topmost floor. This
room was purported to host Satan worship sessions.
We experienced a few tappings and knockings, but nothing else and I got
nothing on audio.
Our last stop was the barn, where legend has it
that a bounty hunter was hanged by the neck until dead, and then taken to the
woods to be buried. Mike, Lauren,
Dale, Nicole and I were sitting in the barn.
I was against the back wall and the rest of the group was about halfway
in the barn, standing in the middle of the room.
At one point, I was expounding upon the legend of the bounty hunter and
telling the rest of the group my theory on it.
I stated, "It could have been none of these things."
After which I heard a disembodied whisper to my side.
I commented on it and no one else had heard it.
I have audio evidence of this. Just
after that I stated, "I just heard a whisper to my right" ... and
there's a whisper response that I didn't hear in real time.
I cannot make out what these whispers are, though.
Dale Kaczmarek: I was in the basement and also encountered the body odor smell that suddenly permeated the area and though there were a lot of people around us. It makes sense when it was used as the Underground Railroad; a lot of runaway slaves might have been crammed into that small space.
During the evening as soon as everyone went to sleep, I suddenly heard a loud crash that sounded like something ceramic had fallen to the floor. It was so loud that I looked around the room and wondered why no one else had awoken to the sound. A little while later I did hear the sounds of gentle footsteps on the stairs and it wasn’t someone getting up in the middle of night to use the restroom.
I did some provoking in the ballroom to try to stir up the ghosts. Apparently nothing amiss happened immediately and a review of tapes would be required to see if anything showed up on audio or video. The dog outside did several times look towards the barn and begin barking for no apparent reason.
I also heard a number of unexplainable sounds while upstairs in the ballroom when we were conducting a group EVP session. It even sounded at one time like someone had sat down on the bench directly in front of Mike and me.
whisper.MPG an EVP session in the barn when a whisper was captured.
whisper2.MPG an EVP session in the barn when another whisper; either two
words or a two syllable word was caught.
Basement President clip.MPG a question was asked, "Who is the President of the United States?" A whispery voice is heard.
clip.MPG an EVP session in the basement, a question is asked, “Do you know
anybody here?” The Ghost Box responds with, “Ghost.”
an EVP session in the Ballroom a question is asked, “Can you make more
noises like that?” A sound is heard. It was Dale moving in his chair. Nicole
asked, “Was that you Dale?” I said it was the chair I was sitting on that
made the noise and Mike’s I-Ovilus said, “Correct.”
care.MPG an EVP session in Basement, a question is asked, “What do we look
like?” The Ghost Box responds with, “Don’t care.”
clip.MPG an EVP session in the barn, the Ovilus says, “Horse.”
the IR camcorder placed in the ballroom picked up a long bang in the
background when everyone was downstairs in the
A follow-up provocation EVP in the Ballroom a comment was made, “This was
a waste of my trip coming all the way out here. I could have watched TV and got
more entertainment then coming here.” The I-Ovilus immediately responds with,
clip.MPG an EVP session in the barn, a question is asked, “Can you whisper
at me again?” The I-Ovilus says, “Ride.”
cellar clip.MPG an EVP session in the basement, a strange scratching sound
is heard coming from the walls behind the three women in the EVP group.
an EVP session in the Basement, Nicole tags, “Talking over there.” –
meaning the well room. The Ghost Box responds with, “Talking.”
Basement: While conducting an EVP session there the Ghost Radar
application did say the following words: birds, yesterday, basket and cup. The
Ovilus said: clairvoyant which was interesting and the Ghost Box did respond
Ballroom: While conducting an EVP session there the Ovilus in dictionary mode did say: her, tall and let; while the I Ovilus said: seat, doctor, correct, world, forever and ice. The last three words came out in rapid succession within a few seconds.
Barn: While conducting an EVP session there the Ovilus said: orb and
horse which is remarkable. The I-Ovilus said: ride, spin, church, race, land,
maid, old, stone, strength, inches, past and Peter.
Ballroom: A follow-up provocation EVP session in the ballroom produced the most words displayed and said by the I Ovilus of any session. They included some that were very relevant to the topic at hand and some apparently showed some anger and disgust at our provoking the spirits. The words said were: joy, brain, Nancy, counsel, kelt, fear, idea, mouse, barn, fate, grey, Myra, believe, pay, throw, panel, penny, squeeze, hair, mild, knife, blue, captain, Sandy, state, express, find, pattern, race, cheat, cheap, hair, empty, clown, error, did, it, Brandy, limit, living, plastic, Benny, carbon, farm, cheat, possible, bridge, afraid, sky, minute, spud, out, language, cry, catch, shave, shape, hill, brave, thirty, mountain, built, learn, hear, consider, chief, round, switch, draw, hold, fear, hurt, because, jacket and lastly KILL.
During a group EVP session in the Basement a number of people did smell a musty odor followed by intense body odor, then a sweet smell and then body odor again; almost like there were more then a few different spirits that we had come into contact with.
While conducting the group EVP session in the Barn both Ovilus did come up with relevant words corresponding to where we were at: barn, horse, ride, race. This is pretty amazing given all the possible words it could have said or said nothing at all.
I believe it was a pretty amazing event that Lisa got a 911 call on her cell phone from the Indianapolis State Police that didn’t register on her incoming call list.
The dog did apparently bark
several times while looking at the barn area when nobody was outside. Perhaps
she was sensing or seeing something paranormal.
Overall, it was a beautiful location and an amazing investigation. Too bad we didn’t uncover more evidence than we did.
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