Ghosts in the Nation’s Attics?

A major museum in North Carolina is under investigation for paranormal activity.

Like cemeteries, old homes, and sunken ships, even museums may not be beyond the domain of investigators who specialize in detecting and documenting paranormal activity, experiences or events that lie outside the range of normal experience or rational explanation. After all, museums, sometimes called “the Nation’s attics”, contain artifacts that could date anywhere from several millions of years BP to recent history, and it seems, at least based on the literature of recorded events, ghosts and such like to hang out around things old or dead.  

Now, a group of investigators with the North Carolina Paranormal Research Society will be conducting an investigation at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina Saturday evening, Sept. 21. The research team has gained local attention for its video footage of a door at the local Camden County jail that mysteriously closes.

Mark Anderson with N.C. Paranormal Research contacted the museum after learning about stories of reported paranormal activities in and around it. Regional Museum Director Bill McCrea met with Anderson and later with the museum staff to learn more about the reported sightings.

“Many buildings in North Carolina have been studied for paranormal activity, including the historic State Capitol in Raleigh.” said McCrea. “It might be interesting to see if there is any evidence to support local lore,” he added.

With security provided by an off-duty security guard and a museum staff member, the team will use a variety of techniques to see if any paranormal activity can be recorded. In addition to digital cameras, the team will use digital voice recorders and electromagnetic field recorders.

Anderson is looking forward to the evening of field work. “We appreciate the opportunity to record at the museum and hope we can add to the body of evidence on paranormal activity,” he said.

But it might have been better timed if they had arranged the investigation for the evening of October 31.

The Museum of the Albemarle is part of the Division of State History Museums, within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. For more information on North Carolina arts, history and culture, visit Cultural Resources online.

Source: Adapted and edited from a news press release of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

Cover Photo, Top Left: Credit North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources


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