Street between High and Walnut Streets, Hartford, City, Indiana 47348. It’s
located on the second floor next to Common Grounds.
Owner: Dann Allen
much is known about this building besides its connection with gambling, illegal
liquor and prostitution during the Prohibition Era. Afterwards the rest of the
upstairs, except the large room used as a gambling facility, was divided into
small apartments and offices. Generally speaking, the upstairs isn’t in bad
shape and is accessed through a long steep set of stairs from the sidewalk
Hauntings: Many visitors to this area have heard disembodied voices and even old music. Many have been touched while sitting in the rooms by something unseen. Others hear voices whispering right beside them or in their ears. When they quickly turn in the direction of the voices, nobody is there!
The Ghost Research Society investigated Blackford County Speakeasy on September 26, 2015. Team members included: Stan Suho, Marge Sucha, Kathie Para, Michael Wright, Katherine Meagher, Jim Piscopo, Charles Williams and Dale Kaczmarek
setup: We consolidated our investigation
to the big room used as a gambling venue in the past and set up a few static and
full spectrum cameras along with REM Epods, K-II meters and Melmeters with
performed: We conducted EVP,
Ovilus X and a Ghost Box session in the upstairs and attempted to roleplay as
though we were gamblers, gangsters and visitors from the past in an attempt to
illicit a response from the unseen entities that might be around.
Suho: After an hour of this we packed
up and went down the street to an old 1930s dance hall in an old building from
that era. Seems like every building from that era had a dance hall. We formed up
into another EVP group and sat around the Ballroom listening for the strains of
"Those Fabulous Dorceys". We did pick up some voices, but they seemed
to be coming from street level. I always expect these Ballrooms to be more paranormally active
than they turn out to be. Well we got in about an hour EVPing which Jim
Videotaped and I photographed.
Para: Members present were: Dale, Stan, Chuck, Kat, Jim, Marge and me.
We spent just a short time in this location and were
only able to do one EVP session. We didn’t expect to be investigating there so
we weren’t prepared with any appropriate trigger objects.
We seemed to get some relevant responses but I
can’t say conclusively after reviewing my audio.
The location was interesting and it’s unfortunate
we couldn’t do a proper investigation.
FLIR, Ovilus, SB-11 Sprit box.
When we first sat down to do an
EVP session the Ovilus said “Hey, Hi"
Then one by one we started to
give our drink orders. Ovilus
replied, something here.
Chuck started making a noise like
a horn was playing then several investigators started asking about the music.
Ovilus replied- Mark played out.
After that the room became quiet.
Overall the speakeasy was quiet
that night however; when you did get an answer to a question it was direct.
was a creepy old place and, of course, it looked nothing like the speakeasy of
its time. There were long hallways and many smaller offices, however we decided
to spend our time within the confines of the large room used for gambling and
fun in the past.
I did not feel or sense anything unusual in the
building nor did I have any personal encounters; however we weren’t there that
long and only conducted one EVP session. This was the second of two places that
we investigated in Hartford City; the first being the old jail which was much
Coffee pot speakeasy.MPG – while walking around
the upstairs, a strange male voice sort of echoes in the background saying,
Eight speakeasy.MPG – while conducting a Ghost Box
session, a question was asked, “How much did it cost for a female escort? I
got a lot of money.” The Ghost Box responds with what sounds like,
Hello speakeasy.MPG – while conducting a Ghost Box
session, a clear male voice comes through the device and says, “Hello.”
Help speakeasy.MPG – while conducting a Ghost Box session, a clear
female voice comes through and says, “Help.”
I am speakeasy.MPG – while conducting a Ghost Box
session, a question was asked, “Who’s in charge of this operation here?”
The Ghost Box responds with, “I am.”
I’m hallucinating speakeasy.MPG – while walking
up the stairs, a voice is heard saying, “I’m hallucinating.”
Lights out1 speakeasy.MPG – while walking around
the upstairs a whispery voice says, “Lights out.”
Lights out2 speakeasy.MPG – while preparing for an
EVP session and in total darkness, a voice is heard in the large room saying,
Me speakeasy.MPG – while conducting a Ghost Box
session, a question was asked, “Who is I?” The Ghost Box responds with,
No bon bon speakeasy.MPG – the group was
discussing something when suddenly a male whisper in the background says, “No
bon bon (?)”
No speakeasy.MPG – while conducting a Ghost Box
session, a question was asked, “Are females allowed in the back room?” The
Ghost Box responds with, “No.”
Sex speakeasy.MPG – while conducting a Ghost Box
session, a question was asked, “What do you do in the back room?” The Ghost
Box responds with what sounds like, “Sex.”
Sup speakeasy.MPG – while conducting a Ghost Box
session, a question was asked, “Hey, how ya’ doing?” The Ghost Box
responds with, “Sup.”
Voice speakeasy.MPG – while conducting a Ghost Box session, a
high-pitched female voice come through the device.
Who’s Chet speakeasy.MPG – right after Piscopo
makes a grunt, a whisper in the background says, “Who’s Chet?”
Yes1 speakeasy.MPG – while conducting a Ghost Box
session, a question was asked, “Is there a back room?” The Ghost Box
responds with, “Yes.”
Yes2 speakeasy.MPG – while conducting a Ghost Box
session, a question was asked, “Does a madam own this establishment?” The
Ghost Box responds with, “Yes.”
though we weren’t in the building very long, I believe we accumulated some
quality EVPs, Ovilus and Ghost Box responses as well as a number of unexplained
whispers. The strangest one picked up was (strange voice), as it almost sounds
like that person was in a great deal of pain.
This area probably needs to be thoroughly investigated on a weekday when the outside noise would be at a minimum from nearby pedestrians, neighborhood bars and a nearby Laundromat. If we can limit the amount of extraneous and naturally occurring noises and voices, it would be more beneficial for a quality EVP session.
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