land that Revenant Acres Farm eventually was built on was purchased in 1826 by
Josiah VanMeter, Sr. which was incorporated into the town of Charlottesville,
Indiana. He began selling parcels of this land to prospective land buyers,
farmers and developers. Josiah VanMeter, Sr. sold a portion of this land to John
VanMeter and his heirs for $2,000 in 1847. The farm today totals around thirty
acres of land.
Hauntings: Previous residents of the building claim to have come in contact with the spirit of an older woman on occasion. Past paranormal teams have encountered poltergeist-type phenomena such as objects being moved on their own or thrown around. Disembodied voices have been encountered in the building including males, females and a small child. Strange noises and sounds have recently been reported. Some have had their hair pulled or the feeling of being touched while in the structure. A number of vulgarities have been heard coming through Ghost Boxes
Equipment setup: There
were some static IR and full spectrum cameras set up throughout the building on
various floors along with REM Epods. Mostly hand-held devices however were used
during the investigation.
The Ghost Research Society investigated the Revenant Acres Farm on July 31, 2015. Team members included: Sandy Weber, Kathie Para and Chuck Williams.
performed: EVP, Ghost Box,
Dowsing Rod and Ovilus sessions were conducted in various rooms of the
building. The barn was off limits due to its instability.
Para: GRS investigated Revenant Acres Farm on July 31, 2015. Chuck, Sandy and I
were the only members able to attend that night.
It’s a small farmhouse set right on a main road
and surrounded by acres of farmland. There was some contamination from cars
passing by but otherwise was quiet.
For the most part it was very quiet on that night
with little cooperation from the spirits. We did EVP sessions in three areas of
the house: the second floor bedroom, the living room and the kitchen.
Sandy and I did a short dowsing rod session in the
second floor bedroom and seemed to connect with a man named Daniel who once
lived there. He died of an accident in the 1880’s. I asked if he was the one
who threw the girl out of the chair in that room (Scott had told us about the
incident) and he replied yes. He didn’t do it because he didn’t like her but
because he was mad at her. I just want to note that while in this room I felt
sick. I also took a picture that may or may not be a shadow person in the mirror
of the second floor.
There was very little evidence I submitted after
this investigation. Spirits don’t communicate on demand and I believe we
happened to be there on an off night.
Sony night shot video camera, Infrared camera (FLIR), dowsing rods, and
Tri-Field Natural EM meter
Phenomena witnessed by investigator
Reverent Acres consists mainly of a small frame farm house on a
couple of acres of farm land. Our
team was small (Kathie Para, Chuck Williams and myself), but given the size of
the house, that was adequate and reduced the risk of contamination.
Upstairs: There is one room upstairs.
There have been reports of an unfriendly spirit in that room.
The wood floor and staircase to that level are uneven—contributing to a
“funhouse” effect. Moreover, the
room was hot, stuffy, and dust filled, which may have contributed to a headache
that Kathie reported. However, I was
unable to find any evidence of paranormal activity with my equipment, and the
spirit box and Ovilus used by other members of the team were quiet. (My dowsing
rods yielded no evidence except for contradictory answers, but when Kathie used
the same rods, she appeared to communicate with something.
I did see some inadvertent movement of her arms, which casts some doubt
on the evidence, although Kathie is very skilled and experienced in using
Downstairs in the “piano” room: Chuck and Kathie used a spirit
box and Ovilus, but they yielded no evidence.
On my video there were some noises while Chuck was setting up the spirit
box, but I believe the noises were related to the set up.
Occasionally there were sounds of cars and what may have been a dog or
farm animal. (Earlier while outside the house, I heard similar sounds that
appeared to come from a neighboring farm.)
Kitchen: The kitchen was quiet, as well.
At one point, Kathie attempted to elicit raps with the “shave and a
haircut – 2 bits” rhythm. The
first time she tried it, I heard one rap which was not heard by her or Chuck.
It was picked up on my video recorder.
However, she tried to elicit 2 raps twice more with no response at all.
There was no evidence collected that I would consider conclusive evidence of
However, our guide reported numerous stories of activity which leads
me to conclude that this may have been an unusually quiet night.
Reports: Scott our host
said “Everything”; touching, inappropriate touching, someone got thrown out
of a chair, objects moving, possession, noises, voices, and footsteps.
I set my Sony Night Shot with 2 UV lights in the master bedroom, where
the evil entity was supposed to reside. I
carried my usual rig of 2 IR lights, full spectrum digital camera, and GoPro
full spectrum camera. Digital
recorder, Mel Meter with shadow detection and Rem Pod functions, Rem Pod, and
Ghost Box were employed.
Experiences: I was the 1st
to arrive, beating our host to the location.
I took some regular and full spectrum pictures of the property.
As I walked by a ditch near the road, I heard a female voice say,
the girls were setting up in the master, I was getting my rig together in the
kitchen. I heard a boy and a girl
walking and talking around the kitchen windows, upon looking, no one was there.
Both times I didn’t have my recorder rolling.
After a walk through, we started in the master bedroom.
A peace and quiet seemed to pervade the entire investigation.
No audible or visual evidence noted.
EVP session, Ghost Box sessions were quiet.
Sandy had some hits on her dowsing rods.
The mirror on the dresser read 0.2-0.5Mg on the Mel Meter.
The host stated there was nothing on the other side of the wall but a
small attic space. Mel Meter was
used as REM Pod by doorway, no hits. REM
Pod left in kitchen, silent throughout night.
we moved to the Living Room, reports of objects moving and the piano playing
itself. Another quiet EVP &
Ghost Box session. I used the shadow
detector function on the stairway leading to the master, no hits.
then held our 3rd and final session in the kitchen.
The same peace was over the house. We
had some light conversation between ourselves, concerning breakfast times with
our families, in hopes this would spark dialogue, still no results.
We resorted to light provoking; “We came a long way…”, “Can you
roll me the ball from the living room?” etc.
Still no results.
wrapped up at 3 a.m., with the hopes our evidence provided more than our actual
Damn revenant.MPG – while conducting an EVP session, Kathie is
heard talking to herself and overlapped you hear a whisper that says,
Dental tech revenant.MPG – while conducting an EVP session, a
partial question was asked, “Is it really…?” A whispered voice is heard in
the background that cannot be made out however the closest thing it resembles
is, “Dental tech.”
Fire revenant.MPG – while conducting an EVP session, a question
was asked, “Was the country pretty wild back then?” A faint whisper is heard
in the background that sounds like, “Fire.”
Hello revenant.MPG – over the sound of a passing car, a very
clear, “Hello” can be heard.
Hey Bob Hey Enough Yeah revenant.MPG – while conducting a Ghost
Box session, several different sounding voices come through that say, “Hey Bob
hey enough and yeah.”
Hi revenant.MPG – while preparing for an EVP session a faint
whisper is heard that seems to say, “Hi.” Chuck immediately looks around for
a source to the sound.
Howl revenant.MPG – while setting up a camera, a strange-sounding
howl in heard in the background.
It’s us revenant.MPG – a comment was made, “Something in the
mirror?” A faint whisper sounding like, “It’s us” is heard.
Kitchen Sandy confirms knock revenant.MPG – while attempting the
spirits to respond to A Shave and A Haircut, a single knock or noise is heard in
the background which was confirmed by Sandy.
Living room ghost box no revenant.MPG – while conducting a Ghost
Box session, a comment was made, “If it’s too hard, I will just shut off the
device.” A little while later, the Ghost Box responds with, “No.”
No be quiet revenant.MPG – a continuation of the Living room
ghost box no, the Ghost Box says, “No” and then “Be quiet.”
Noise revenant.MPG – a strange noise is heard during the sound of
a passing car.
Object wow revenant.MPG – right after Kathie clears her throat,
you can hear a whispered voice what sounds like, “Object wow?”
Satisfied revenant.MPG – the group was sitting around talking and
around the 3 second mark you hear a whisper voice that talks over them, faintly
say what sounds like, and “Satisfied.”
Second floor yell revenant.MPG – during the initial walk-through,
you can hear Scott talking to the group and then a disembodied yell in the
Whistle revenant.MPG – over the talking of the group, you can
hear what sounds like a gasp followed by a whistling sound.
Conclusions: Unfortunately Dale Kaczmarek could not
attend this investigation due to a recent fall down some stairs soon after a
seral nerve biopsy. This sounded like a most interesting but very small and
isolated place to investigate. While not a lot is still known about the past
history of this locale and it hasn’t been investigated that many times by
investigators, it did still provide some interesting sounds, video and audio
clips. Some of these were obviously audible to the group at the time either due
to their reactions on video or audio. I believe a lot of what was captured was
residual while there might have been a few intelligent responses mixed in as
This is probably well worth another investigation sometime in the
future but during a cooler time of the year as researchers indicated it was very
hot and uncomfortable in the building. Perhaps early spring or late fall would
be better seasons to revisit this site.
There were other EVPs and videos that I, either was not able to make out or simply could not hear even with repeated attempts using Audacity to clean up the audio. These clips however will be provided to all investigators and the client for their listening pleasure and opinions.
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