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Night time investigation of the entire Fort Phantom


We started our night investigation just as dusk was settling in until a little after midnight. We figured maybe we might get more activity with the super moon. Almost immediately after entering the grounds there was a heaviness in the air. Joseph had a hard time breathing like there was something or someone pressing against his chest, making it feel tight. As we continued though the weathered fort a feeling of being followed was creeping over me, a feeling of being watched. We took over two hundred photos and did two evp sessions. I have gone over the photos and Here are some of them. A lot of orbs can be seen along with many bugs. ( got to love summer outside investigations ) I myself still haven’t learned how to use my Audacity program very well, so the evps will probably take a while to go through. We hope you enjoy our post and look forward to any feed back you may have. Thanks again for reading and hope you enjoy!


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The photos you see here of the Fort were taken with a Fuji FinePixS700 most with flash.

Please check out the official historical site




Adelphi Hotel not a haunting, but a old beauty

The Adelphi Hotel, A Saratoga Grande Dame, Gets A Little Work Done
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Step into the lobby of the Adelphi Hotel on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, New York, and step back into history.

Built in1877, the Adelphi is the last of the grand hotels that graced the main thoroughfare of this small city nestled among the Catskill, Adirondack, and Berkshire Mountains. Known for the mineral water that courses beneath it, feeding the bathhouses and giving the town its name, Saratoga in the 19th century was the summer destination of the rich, the social, the ambitious, the corrupt, the adventurous.

Already a resort town by 1863, when the first Thoroughbred racing meeting was held, Saratoga Springs has seen its fortunes rise and fall over the last century and a half. A small city of nearly 30,000, it’s currently experiencing something of a construction boom, with modern buildings and condominiums springing up all over town, at times dwarfing the 19th century architecture that is one of Saratoga’s hallmarks.

By this time next year, the Adelphi will, according to one of its new owners, combine the best of the old and the new in Saratoga.

The Adelphi was purchased this spring by Simon Mildé, his son Toby, and Larry Roth. Simon is the chairman and CEO of Richbell Capital (RBC); Toby is its president. RBC has been involved in real estate in the area for the last decade, including building a multi-family development called The Paddocks on the outskirts of town, and owns the Greenwich Group International and Terra Capital Partners.

“My father and I had our eye on the Adelphi for a while,” said Toby recently. “It was originally on the market for about $10 million, but that was at the height of the recession, so it wasn’t the right price or time for us to invest in it.”

They watched the price move down, and when the hotel became available this year for $4.5 million, both the time and the price were right.

“We pounced on it,” said Mildé.

While balking at calling the hotel a steal at that price, he allowed, “It was an opportunity. We can invest back into the hotel, putting $6 or $7 million into renovating it, and end up with a first class hotel at the original asking price.”

The four-story building is located on a prime block in downtown Saratoga. Though locally owned businesses have in recent years given way to some chains, Broadway still has the feel of a Main Street, lined with restaurants, cafés, bars, and shops; wide sidewalks invite visitors and locals to stroll leisurely, as their 19th century predecessors did.

Mildé’s plan for the hotel is to continue to evoke its Victorian past while updating its amenities to appeal to a contemporary customer.

“It’s a very old building and there are certain things that people put up with to stay in a historic property,” he explained. “What is most important is obviously the façade, the hallways, the 11” foot ceilings and the grand staircase. That is what really makes this the grande dame of Saratoga.”

As Mildé described the planned improvements, he stopped himself each time he started to use the word “modern.” A resident of the area for a decade, he’s well aware of Saratogians’ fiercely protective approach to their town’s history and architecture.

“The community definitely gets concerned when a property like this changes hands, but I can tell you one thing: we are not trying to change it. We are trying to turn it into an asset for Saratoga–not just for high-end travelers, but for the community. We want this to be a place that you can go and eat and drink and be entertained, and we’re also preserving an amazing asset that deserves to be preserved and that has been by each owner, going back in time.”

In recent years, the Adelphi has been a seasonal hotel, opening in May and closing in October. It will close this fall as usual, but when it opens next spring, it will be, Mildé says, open for good. Over the winter, the hotel will be emptied and a major renovation will begin.

“Basically,” said Mildé, “our plan is to take out everything in the hotel, put in modern amenities, and shore up the building so that it can last for another 150 years.” He stressed that the current furnishings will be put back after the renovation; each item in the hotel is being catalogued and photographed.

Joining Mildé and his father as they create the next era in the Adelphi’s life will be Glenn Coben, who has designed upscale restaurants Del Posto and Esca in New York, and Small Luxury Hotels of the World, whose portfolio includes the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid and the Cranwell in nearby Lenox, Massachusetts.

Among the innovations guests can expect to find will be an iPad in each room, from which they can make restaurant reservations, order room service, and communicate with the hotel’s concierge.

Traditionalists may begin to tremble as the details of the plans emerge, but Mildé is mindful of what has attracted guests to the Adelphi for more than a century. “The hotel’s gems,” he said, “are the second floor piazza, ground floor lobby and bar, courtyard garden, and pool.”

The piazza recalls the grand hotels that used to line Broadway, all of which, except for the Adelphi, were gone by the middle of the 20th century. Though use of the pool and piazza is restricted to guests of the hotel, the public is invited to take advantage of the lobby, bar, and courtyard.

Guests who stay at the hotel can do more than observe its history; they can also participate in it. One of the Adelphi’s 40 guest rooms belonged, at one time, to John Morrissey, the man who brought Thoroughbred racing to Saratoga in 1863 and who died in the hotel in 1878. An Adelphi habitué, he and Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt would reportedly spend hours talking—scheming?—on the piazza.

As Mildé talked about the future of his and his father’s latest acquisition, he also invoked its past, suggesting that the two are intertwined and will continue to be, even as the Adelphi moves firmly into the 21st century.

“We’re just the next generation,” he said, “to love this asset and take care of it.”


Haunted places in Tennessee

6 Most Haunted Places in Tennessee
patriotgetaways October 28, 2010
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Tennessee can be filled with so much charm that apparently its inhabitants never want to leave, even after death. *Cue spooky music*

There are lots of ghost tales and rumored hauntings to fill anyone with a bit of ghoulish fear this Halloween season. Why not cozy on up with a jug of apple cider (or moonshine, we aren’t judging folks over here) and read up on some of the most haunted areas of Tennessee, either to know where to keep away from or where to explore for the time of your life (or death). Muahahaha!!!
Angry Neighbor

The most famous haunting in America actually took place in Tennessee and is known as the Bell Witch. This phenom struck the unfortunate Bell Family in 1817-1821 and ended with the death of farmer Bell. The spirit was supposedly the neighbor of Farmer John Bell and she’d had bad dealings with him over the purchase of slaves, so apparently decided to torment him and his family, friends, guests from the afterlife. The violent ghost would scratch, poke, kick, slap, and pull the family from their beds, tormenting the adults and children. The haunting was so well-known that even President Andrew Jackson stopped by to see what was going on and she (the ghost was Katie) stalled his wagon wheels. Eventually she tormented Farmer Bell enough that when he was sick he never recovered and was found with a bottle of poison nearby. She was said to have laughed and screamed at his funeral and remained to torment his family for a while longer before finally disappearing and reappearing sporadically. There is now a cave on the property where the haunting took place that is said to still have paranormal happenings. Approach if you dare!

War Rages On

The Civil War left many dead within the Tennessee borders and not all of them went on to rest in peace. Chickamauga Battlefield along with Stones River Battlefield were the sites of many deaths and have a bloody past and haunted happenings. Many dead were haphazardly buried at Chickamauga field after battles and the Native Americans had a bloody history on the land even before the Civil War, so it has always been a rather macabre place to visit. The Civil War also made many homes become the commandeered posts for troops and the Carter House was one such home. Many soldiers died during a battle fought around and in the home, including one of the Carter boys, Tod. Now guided tours throughout the house have visitors speaking of seeing apparitions of Tod near his bedside where he died from wounds, the playful tugging of sleeves by the young sisters of the family, and objects moving in a way that they shouldn’t be when no one has touched them! The Carnton Mansion is a place that is often mentioned if haunted locations are desired and was another house used during the Civil War to tend wounded/dying soldiers. The battle in Franklin, Tennessee literally took place right outside of their backyard and ended up with many soldiers being buried on their property and dying in their home. Now there are reports of ghostly soldiers in uniform walking about the property and even a woman in a long gown who will appear in photos and mirrors.

Ghosts Like Music Too

Ryman Auditorium in Nashville has three ghosts who like to come and take in the shows! Apparently the need for entertainment doesn’t die when we do! Captain Ryman is one such ghost who will walk the property and watch from the balcony as shows are performed; country music star Hank Williams also is said to haunt the auditorium so that he can listen to the music he so loved; a confederate soldier sits in the gallery often, taking in a show whenever he pleases.

Uncle Sid of East Tennessee State University

Surprisingly, East Tennessee State University made our list, so who knows if your college study buddy will even be of this world! The daughter of a former professor committed suicide on campus and is said to sadly roam her last place on Earth. Friendly Sidney Gilbreath, or Uncle Sid, wanders Gilbreath Hall and will be helpful shutting any open doors or windows when a storm is approaching. A librarian dedicated to her job still haunts her beloved library after having a heart attack there and dying. She will watch over the room and put away books into their proper places when left out.

Argument Continues in Death

The Capitol Building in Nashville is said to be haunted by the very men who created it, architect William Strickland and financier Samuel Morgan who would have arguments daily about the project. When they died, they were both interred there and still fight to this day, loudly arguing and disturbing the peace.

Love-Sick Ghost

The sad ghost of Rotherwood Mansion led a very depressing life that led to her ultimate suicide and subsequent haunting. She was a beautiful young woman who tragically lost her young love before they could wed. Rowena then went on to marry someone else, only to have him pass away shortly afterwards too. Upon marrying again, she and her husband welcomed a beautiful daughter into their lives only to have her die. This was all too much for Rowena to take and she committed suicide. A grieving lady in white can now be seen floating miserably around the property.


Newest team member Joseph Kitchens

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