Ghost children are quite possibly the saddest images of the human soul that are left behind, perhaps because we are reminded that they have been robbed of a full life that was stopped short and in death they are attempting to ask for our help and guidance by appearing to the living in the only way that they know how. The Museum of the Albemarle, located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina is no stranger to a ghostly childlike image that peers at you from the window along with a protective adult spirit that hovers close by. The face of the child comes as no surprise as all children love the Discovery Room located in the museum more than likely because it comes complete with period clothes for playing dress up, themed exhibits, artifacts and activities designed for young minds. North Carolina is rich in history, so the museum offers pieces of those significant events from thirteen of the states one hundred counties on everything from Native Americans, trading and craftsmen to evolution, the American Civil War and culture.
Founded in 1794, Elizabeth City, North Carolina is unique in that it sits within the two counties of Camden and Pasquotank. The cities waterway has been dubbed the “Harbor of Hospitality” that comes by way of the warm and cordial merchants located along the Dismal Swamp Canal that welcomes prospective buyers to purchase goods and keep the local economy booming. Also found on the waterfront is a full array of arts and culture where you will find the Museum of the Albemarle, known for revolving exhibits and for being one of the most haunted buildings in the city. In fact the museum has had so many ghost sightings that it was brought to the attention of the North Carolina Paranormal Researchers to conduct an investigation to find out why the ghosts feel the need to walk along the halls of history, or to debunk the notion that it is ghosts at all. With an open-mind and an arm load of equipment, the team set up video footage on the third Saturday in September of 2013 and divided up into two groups. The results were nothing short of miraculous where ghost hunters are concerned. The entire museum proved to be bursting with action as the spirits openly showed themselves on camera.
During the investigation, infra-red cameras picked up ghost after ghost. Whistling was detected and disembodied voices came through clearly via electronic speech synthesis devices. Random words could be heard, but not entirely understood while the words theater and act came through clearly while investigating the auditorium. Considering the location, the interpretation was a no-brainer despite the source. Ethereal visions of apparitions were startling but undeniable even though the electromagnetic field tester never once lit up. The paranormal group is clear in that they do a baseline test that eliminates the possibility of false readings that can come from electrical devices, and even though no electromagnetic fields were detected from spirits, investigator Jennifer Seymour caught the image of a ghost child peering through a window with her cell phone.
Evidence of paranormal activity comes from one of the most photographed and physically seen spirits found in the building which is the ghost of former museum supporter and caretaker believed to be continuing his duties even after death. Local historian Fred Fearing, passed away in October of 2007 at the age of 93, but before his passing had promised to watch over the museum even after his death. He is buried behind the Museum of the Albemarle in the Episcopal Cemetery on E. Ehringhaus Street. Founded in 1828 despite having headstones that read from the early seventeen hundreds, the century’s old cemetery is listed on the National register of Historic Places. Many visitors claim that they have seen Fred walking the halls and grounds, and a few state that they have even talked with Fred since his passing.
Haunted Albemarle: Children and parents are invited to enjoy the Halloween festivities at the museum with ghostly, historical and creative activities on Thursday October 31 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Junior Docent’s present treats and the classic Halloween movie “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” will be shown from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Other holiday events include a costume contest and treats for the trick or treaters. Cost: FREE. For more information on this event, go to: http://museumofthealbemarle.com/calendar.html or https://www.facebook.com/MuseumoftheAlbemarle
Location: 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Phone: 252-335-1453. Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Closed: Sunday & Monday.