Posted 5 days ago

theparanormalguide:

Manly Quarantine Station
- Tour Reviews

- The Quarantine Station (or Q Station) in North Head is undoubtedly one of the spookiest places to spend an evening in Sydney, New South Wales.

Set on a picturesque property which, in its heyday, covered 74 acres, the Q Station has a sordid and tragic past.

Initially known as “Spring Cove”, the site was first used for quarantine purposes in 1828, when the Bussorah Merchant ship was detained due to an outbreak of Smallpox.

In time, any sign of sickness on a ship would make the vessel diverge from its intended path, to dock at the Q Station. Passengers would be assessed, before either being incarcerated for illness, or released to continue with their journey around Australia. Forty days was the standard period of time that people were incarcerated, and during its 140 years of operation, 580 ships were detained, with more than 13,000 people being quarantined.

The Quarantine Station was entirely self sufficient, containing a post office, water reservoir, hospital, morgue, power supply and residential areas.

The most famous of the ships Quarantined was the Lady McNaughton, which arrived in Sydney Harbour in 1837, riddled with Typhus. En route, 54 passengers had lost their lives, and many more were sick. When they were unloaded at the Q Station, 13 more passengers passed away, in what was described as “truly appalling conditions with a sense of misery, wretchedness and disease present everywhere.”

The Q Station closed for quarantine purposes in the 1984, as the advancement in modern medicine made it obsolete. It is now a popular place for people to visit for ghost tours and a five star hotel with a highly graded function centre.

But naturally, what we want to talk about here are the ghost tours.

The Q Station run several different levels of tours. The Adult Ghost Tour is exactly what it sounds like. Only those deemed ‘adult’ are welcome, and stories are a little grimmer than they would be on the Family Tour – a tour appropriate for all ages, not covering quite so many deaths and debauchery. This tour looks more at the legends and the history. The Spirit Investigator tour allows participants to play with equipment. The blurb on their website states: “Learn how to detect and record paranormal activity using a variety of equipment to “make contact” with the spirits!”

The Extreme Ghost Tour is definitely for the grownups! This tour differs in that it speaks of the malevolent spirits who have been detected, and of experiences which have been had, that are not quite so pleasant. Rape, murder, betrayal… all are covered on this tour.

Finally, they offer you a ghostly sleepover. This offers all of the above, but with the added bonus of sleeping in a spooky venue – and you need to be over 18 to do it.

There are always mixed reviews when it comes to ghost tours. Many people think that if they are paying good money, they should be entitled to an experience. Unfortunately it is beyond the tour guides control as to whether a ghost decides to pop out of the showers and say boo.

Ask anybody who has been to the Q Station, where the spookiest part that they went was, and they will tell you the Shower Block. Rows upon rows of showers, sectioned off with corrugated iron, and a peep hole in each, for the attending guard to look through (to ensure nothing was smuggled in apparently). Added to this, the guides let you enter in twos, to roam the isles, peering into darkness, wondering what is looking back at you.

The second spookiest would have to be the hospital. The images it conjures up with its almost medieval equipment and ancient looking hospital beds do nothing to dull the imagination.

On the whole, I enjoyed my trip to the Q Station, during which I was a part of the “Extreme” ghost tour. I found some of the parts a bit corny, such as the guide literally kicking the bucket in the old morgue for a chill effect, and the use of torches with red cellophane wrapped around them (because according to our guide, you should never use white light when communing with spirits… huh?). The history was amazing, and to see what life was like for the poor unfortunates who travelled so far, only to be detained in squalor, it made the ticket price worthwhile.

I’d definitely return.


Experienced and written By Peet Banks 2013
Put together by Ashley Hall

Photos: Shower Block where a majority of activity is experienced
Inset Upper: One of the beds in the hospital
Inset Middle: The old kitchen
Inset Lower: Peet Banks and Nic Hume from APPI - Australian Paranormal Phenomenon Investigators

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Posted 5 days ago

spookylittlepickle:

Ghost of the Chislehurst Caves, Kent, UK

The caves stretch some 20 miles and are entirely man-made. Some of the oldest parts date back 8,000 years. They were excavated by prehistoric man in order to extract the chalk and flint. During World War II, the caves were used as both an air-raid shelter and an underground hospital. Now they are often used as a location for horror and science-fiction films.

The Chislehurst Caves ghost is a lady in white who is sometimes seen ‘floating’ across the water of the caves Haunted Pool. There is a tradition that she must have been murdered there by her husband. However, there does not appear to be any tangible evidence that this is the reason for her appearance.

There used to be a challenge that anyone who spent a whole night in the caves would win £5, quite a sum of money in those days. One man did succeed. However, in 1986 two cave guides attempted the challenge and one of them had to be hospitalised after having what appeared to be an epileptic fit. This was odd as he had never had a fit before. And from that date, the challenge was withdrawn.

A section of the caves can be visited. But visitors are only allowed to enter in small groups accompanied by a guide.

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Posted 6 days ago

spookylittlepickle:

Ghosts of The Bell Hotel, Thetford, Norfolk, UK

Killed in 1750 by her lover, Betty Radcliffe now walks the corridors at night checking guests comfortable; guests may hear her heavy skirt swishing as she passes the doors and spot a flickering light like that of a candle. Other ghosts reported here include a young girl seen looking from the windows of the staff quarters, a dog lying in front of what would have been the original fireplace in the bar, jangling keys, a pair of old fashioned suede boots coming through the ceiling, and a monk.

Posted 1 week ago

howstuffworks:

6 of the Scariest Abandoned Mental Asylums in America

There are abandoned mental hospitals across the U.S. and horror took place in all of them. Here are six of the scariest of them all. See the whole gallery at Stuff You Should Know.

Posted 1 week ago

Union Cemetery in Easton, Ct. This cemetery is an oldie dating back to the 1600s, so it’s easy to believe that it could be haunted. The graveyard is also known as the White Lady Cemetery because of the famous ghost that reportedly haunts it. As you might suspect, a mysterious ghost adorned in white roams the grounds of the cemetery and sometimes even ventures beyond the gates a bit and into the road. Like Resurrection Mary, drivers have reported “hitting” her when she appeared out of nowhere in the road. Other people have told stories of a set of red eyes peering at them from the confines of a bush or a tree.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Cemetery Hill, Gettysburg, Pa., might be one of the only places where you can experience a ghost smell. Because so many died at the Battle of Gettysburg, it was impossible to clear the bodies and get them buried in a timely fashion. As you can imagine, the stench would have been awful. For quite some time after, people couldn’t walk near Cemetery Hill without something to mask the stink of death, so they dipped handkerchiefs in peppermint and vanilla and held the cloth to their noses. To this day, some people report smelling peppermint at Cemetery Hill.

Posted 2 weeks ago
Howard Street Cemetary, Salem, Massachusetts. With its witch hunt history, it seems safe to assume that Salem is probably one of the most haunted places in the U.S. The oldest cemetery there is no exception. In fact, one famous resident of the grounds wasn’t just buried there - he died there too. Giles Corey was the only person to die by torture during the Witch Trials. Corey refused to admit guilt or innocence regarding his use of witchcraft, because either way he answered would allow city officials to take his property. So the sheriff made Corey lie down in a hole in the middle of the field and then added stones to a board placed across his chest. More stones were slowly added until Corey was eventually crushed to death two days later. Now Corey is said to appear in the cemetery right before tragedy strikes the town; he was supposedly seen just days before the Great Fire of 1914.

Howard Street Cemetary, Salem, Massachusetts. With its witch hunt history, it seems safe to assume that Salem is probably one of the most haunted places in the U.S. The oldest cemetery there is no exception. In fact, one famous resident of the grounds wasn’t just buried there - he died there too. Giles Corey was the only person to die by torture during the Witch Trials. Corey refused to admit guilt or innocence regarding his use of witchcraft, because either way he answered would allow city officials to take his property. So the sheriff made Corey lie down in a hole in the middle of the field and then added stones to a board placed across his chest. More stones were slowly added until Corey was eventually crushed to death two days later. Now Corey is said to appear in the cemetery right before tragedy strikes the town; he was supposedly seen just days before the Great Fire of 1914.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Of course, can there be any place more eerie than a cemetery? Wayne Schaumburg leads tours of Greenmount Cemetery, located at North and Greenmount Avenues, a good bit to the Northeast of the downtown area. He has a wealth of information on the famous and the infamous interred there. John Wilkes Booth rests at Greenmount, but his grave is not marked.

“He’s in the family plot,” Schaumburg says, “No pun intended.”

The Greenmount Cemetery has its share of strange phenomena, both confirmed and unconfirmed. For instance, Allen Dulles, who headed the Central Intelligence Agency, is buried there.

“I always say the grave is bugged,” claims Schaumburg.

In addition, Jacques Kelly, a local historian and writer, is rumored to have once been locked in at the Greenmount Cemetery, which is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (The entrance is actually at Greenmount Avenue and Oliver Street). The cemetery is a short bus ride from downtown Baltimore.

You can contact Schaumburg at 410-256-2180 for tour information. He’ll be happy to share stories of the cemetery with you as well.

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Down at the Inner Harbor, you can feast your eyes on Harborplace, have a snack, cool off by the water, and indulge in a bit of ghosthunting. The USS Constellation, which saw service from 1854 through the Civil War and until World War II, has been restored and is open again to the public for tours. While you’re walking around this magnificent ship, which helped to break up the slave trade and transported food to help famine victims in Ireland, keep a lookout for apparitions.

Back in 1955, a photograph, taken by a Naval lieutenant commander and published in Baltimore’s local newspaper, The Sun, seems to show a figure standing on the deck - perhaps the spirit of a young Naval officer or seaman who lost his life in service to his country. Those who’ve followed the Constellation’s history tell a story of a priest who went on the ship by himself and was guided around by an older man with a great knowledge of the ship. He later found out that no such person worked as a guide.

Other folks have reported hearing “strange noises” and seeing “strange shapes.” Two great scholars of the supernatural, Hans Holzer, ghosthunter, and Sybil Leek, self-proclaimed witch, both visited the ship to commune with the spirits. You can do the same or just enjoy walking the deck of this ship, which has survived pitch battles and the ravages of time. Bring your camera and see if you can catch a glimpse of the spirits on film. The Inner Harbor is accessible by bus and close to a stop on the Metro Subway. For information on touring the USS Constellation, call 410-539-1797.

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Western Burial Ground, Westminster Presbyterian Churchyard, Baltimore, Maryland. It’s fitting that the cemetery Edgar Allan Poe now calls home is considered one of the scariest in America. Poe’s ghost has been spotted, of course, but another freaky story is that of the Cambridge Skull. A minister was murdered, you see, but his head never stopped screaming, even after he died. The murderers finally gagged the skull and buried it in a block of cement to attempt to muffle it, but if you listen closely, it can still be heard. If you’re one of the lucky ones to hear it, the story goes, you’ll never get the sound out of your head and will likely be driven insane.