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2006 Archive:
The Winchester Mystery House - Ghost Chronicles
December 28, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Investigating Jane Doherty - Ghost Chronicles
December 20, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Shadow People - by Lee Prosser
December 16, 2006

Column - regular feature

The Westford Knight - Ghost Chronicles
December 15, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Haunted Real Estate by Richard Senate
December 13, 2006

Traditions Behind Christmas By Vince Wilson
December 8, 2006

The Haunted Dibbuk Box - Ghost Chronicles
December 6, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Have Ghosts? Will Travel: A Ghostgeek's Guide to the RMS Queen Mary By Jen Brown
December 4, 2006

Thanksgiving: A Day of Forgiveness - by Lee Prosser
December 1, 2006

Column - regular feature

America's Stonehenge - Ghost Chronicles
November 29, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC) - by Jeff Belanger
November 16, 2006

Ghost Hunt Seminar - Ghost Chronicles
November 15, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Ghost Photography: Orbs by Robbin Van Pelt
November 9, 2006

Pet Ghosts - Ghost Chronicles
November 6, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Ghosts Haunt the Inn by Richard Senate
November 3, 2006

Japanese Woman Artist - by Lee Prosser
November 1, 2006

Column - regular feature

The Ghosts of the Windham Restaurant - Ghost Chronicles
October 30, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

The Salem Witches - Ghost Chronicles
October 23, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Homan House, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: A Preliminary Report by John Sabol
October 20, 2006

What Does Halloween/Samhain Mean to You? - Compiled by Jeff Belanger
October 16, 2006

That is the Way of It - by Lee Prosser
October 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Fooling the Ghost Hunter by Richard Senate
October 11, 2006

Jack Kerouac - by Lee Prosser
October 2, 2006

Column - regular feature

Civil War Re-enactors and the Ghost Experience - by Jeff Belanger
September 15, 2006

Who Goes There in the Shadows? - by Lee Prosser
September 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Engagement and Data Analysis in Symmetrical Field Investigations by John Sabol
September 11, 2006

Occult Warfare by Richard Senate
September 6, 2006

Cats and Other Critters From Beyond the Grave - by Lee Prosser
September 1, 2006

Column - regular feature

Chicago's Strange Angles and Haunted Architecture by Ursula Bielski
August 25, 2006

I Have a Hunch: A Look at Psychics, Mediums, and Clairvoyants - by Jeff Belanger
August 16, 2006

Geof Gray-Cobb - by Lee Prosser
August 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Orbs: Have They Become that Boring? by Tuesday Miles
August 14, 2006

A Night on Char-Man Bridge by Richard Senate
August 7, 2006

Five Union Soldier Ghosts - by Lee Prosser
August 2, 2006

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A Visit With Author and Witch Kala Trobe - Interview by Lee Prosser
July 26, 2006

Perceptual Stratigraphy: Making Sense of Ghostly Manifestations by John Sabol
July 24, 2006

The Trouble With Witches - by Lee Prosser
July 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

A Look at Our Haunted Lives - by Jeff Belanger
July 13, 2006

An Active Ghost Hunt at a Haunted Bed and Breakfast by Richard Senate
July 7, 2006

Lee Prosser, 1969 - by Lee Prosser
July 4, 2006

Column - regular feature

My Theory on Spirits by Edward L. Shanahan
June 28, 2006

Ethnoarchaeoghostology: A Humanistic-Scientific Approach to the Study of Haunt Phenomena by John Sabol
June 19, 2006

Christopher Isherwood & Lee Prosser in 1969 - by Lee Prosser
June 16, 2006

Column - regular feature

ESP, M&Ms, and Reality - by Jeff Belanger
June 15, 2006

A Duel on the Airwaves by Richard Senate
June 5, 2006

Marjorie Firestone and Her Dream Predictions - by Lee Prosser
June 1, 2006

Column - regular feature

Until Death Do Us Part? by Rick Hayes
May 31, 2006

Part Four: the Conclusion: Primrose Road - Adams St. Cemetery - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
May 22, 2006

Column - regular feature

Folklore, Folklore, Folklore with Dr. Michael Bell - interview by Jeff Belanger
May 16, 2006

Swami Chetanananda and Lee Prosser - by Lee Prosser
May 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Theatre, Sance, and the Ghost Script: Performances at Haunted Locations by John Sabol
May 5, 2006

Willard David Firestone and the River Ghost - by Lee Prosser
May 1, 2006

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When the Spirits Held Sway at the White House by Richard Senate
April 25, 2006

Part Three: Investigation: Primrose Road - Adams St. Cemetery - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
April 20, 2006

Column - regular feature

Talking Reincarnation with Dr. John Gilbert - interview by Lee Prosser
April 17, 2006

Billy Bob Firestone and the Ghosts of Pythian Castle - by Lee Prosser
April 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Cryptobotany: the Search for Lost Plants by Richard Senate
April 7, 2006

The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 4 of 4 by Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers
April 6, 2006

Vedanta and Durga - by Lee Prosser
April 2, 2006

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The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 3 of 4 by Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers
March 30, 2006

Ritual, Resonance, and Ghost Research: The Play in the Fields by John Sabol
March 27, 2006

The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 2 of 4 by Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers
March 23, 2006

Celtic This, Druid That, Saint Patrick Hit Me With a Wiffle-Ball Bat - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
March 21, 2006

Column - regular feature

The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 1 of 4 by Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers
March 16, 2006

Christopher Isherwood, Time Loops, and Ghosts - by Lee Prosser
March 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Druids - by Lee Prosser
March 3, 2006

Column - regular feature

Natural Selection and the Involution of the Gettysburg Ghosts by John Sabol
February 28, 2006

Part Two: Investigation: Primrose Road - Adams St. Cemetery - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
February 20, 2006

Column - regular feature

Lights, Camera... Action! by Brian Leffler
February 16, 2006

Divination and Geomancy - by Lee Prosser
February 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Spirit Messages from a Murderer by Richard Senate
February 8, 2006

The Ghosts of Springfield, Missouri - by Lee Prosser
February 3, 2006

Column - regular feature

The Ghost Storyteller: A Dinosaur Among Lemmings? by Charles J. Adams III
January 23, 2006

The Fools Journey: A Magickal Roadmap to Life - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
January 20, 2006

Column - regular feature

Tarot and Spiritual Alchemy - by Lee Prosser
January 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Demons from the Dark by Chip Coffey
January 9, 2006

Spooky - by Lee Prosser
January 3, 2006

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September 15, 2006's ghosts of war theme is sponsored by founder, Jeff Belanger's new book, Ghosts of War

Civil War Re-enactors and the Ghost Experience

By Jeff Belanger

Harold Pappy Harmon is a United States Civil War re-enactor. Hes been dressing up as a Confederate Captain and going to battle sites since 1993. He is in charge of The 28th Georgia and 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry -- a group of re-enactors based in Resaca, Georgia. Pappy Harmon has been to some of the most infamous Civil War battle sites, including Kennesaw Mountain and Andersonville Prison. While Harmon says he doesnt believe in ghosts, he has had numerous unexplained experiences while at these historic locales.

Harmon and his group were visiting the Kennesaw Battlefields in Georgia on June 26, 2000 -- on the anniversary of one of the United States Civil War battles that took place there.

We were camped out very close to Cheatham Hill and back toward the Texas monument, Harmon said. And we decided to go haint huntin [haint is a southern word for ghost or haunt]. So a group of us went out around midnightthere was several of us and a young boy that was eleven or twelve years old. When we got to a certain area of the trail, about three or four of the guys ran off in the woods and just went crazy, just absolutely out of their minds and I couldnt keep up with them. I stayed with the boy. We went back to the Illinois monument and spent some time up there and then we started back to our camp. By this time it was really dark. We were walking back and we had this big lantern, and one of them had the bright idea to put the lantern out. So we put it out and this is when the boy started seeing the ghosts. This was in an area of the trail where the actual battle of Cheatham Hill was fought.

Harmon said the ghosts the boy saw looked burned, which coincided with the actual fighting that took place in that location. During the battle for Kennesaw, the field was very dry and the bullets and cannons were causing brush fires. Some of the fallen soldiers didnt die from their wounds, they died from not being able to crawl away from the fires.

Capt. Harold "Pappy" HarmonWhile staying near the Andersonville Prison site in Georgia back in 2001, Pappy Harmon and a friend went walking the former prison grounds at night -- a site where more than 13,000 Federal soldiers lost their lives due to the harsh prison conditions in 1864 and 1865. We went down to the creek down there and we crossed over until we were walking along the bottom land, Harmon said. We got up on the road and the lady with me turned and said, Hey did you see him? And I said, Did I see what? She said there was a guy walking with us back there. Well there wasnt anybody back there -- it was just me and her. This was only one of several similar experiences relayed to me throughout our conversation. The ghost of Confederate Captain Henry Wirz is one of the most common sightings near the old stockade fence, but by no means is he the only restless spirit here.

While researching my book, Ghosts of War, I had the opportunity to speak with many Civil War re-enactors, and I noticed an unusually high number of them had some kind of brush with the supernatural. The witnesses I spoke with dont consider themselves psychic in any way, they just know what they saw, heard, and felt. By placing themselves in the uniform and the location, and by understanding the details of the battle and the frame of mind of these long-dead soldiers, either consciously or subconsciously, a Civil War re-enactor is opening up to every impression left on a field of battle.

I spoke to author and lecturer Richard Senate about this theory, and he had another: I think that the whole experience of the re-enactment tends to re-stimulate psychic energy or the leftover psychic traces. The re-enactments themselves might act as a trigger. Maybe both the re-stimulation and frame-of-mind factors are working together to produce a higher rate of ghost sightings. No matter the cause, the effect is that war re-enactors may be the most likely group of candidates to experience the supernatural on a consistent basis.

Some of the more progressive battle museums and preservation sites have come to not only accept their ghosts, but incorporate them into the program. This is wonderful news. Young school children may show up for an educational field trip expecting to be bored with history and statistics, but they suddenly perk up when they hear that a ghost may be about. The docents and tour guides quickly learn that their ghosts offer an innovative way to teach history. In learning history, we remember and understand the past. I can think of no better way to honor and appease any restless spirits of battle.

Battle sites are hallowed grounds, and one doesnt have to be a psychic or sensitive to stand in the middle of a battlefield such as Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and imagine what it must have been like for tens of thousands of men who fought and died trying to gain a few feet of precious ground. These were fellow human beings who gave everything they had for a cause they deemed bigger than themselves. To sense and appreciate these bygone spirits today is to simply be human.

Jeff Belanger founded on October 31, 1999. Since then, Jeff has gone on to become an author and lecturer on all things supernatural.

2014 Haunted New England Wall Calendar by Jeff Belanger photography by Frank Grace
Check out the 2014 Haunted New England wall calendar by Jeff Belanger and photography by Frank Grace!

Paranormal Conferences and Lectures
Don't miss the following events and lectures:

Jeff Belanger and “The Bridgewater Triangle” at Dedham Community Theatre - April 6, 2014 9:00PM

The Spirits of the Mark Twain House - Hartford, Connecticut - April 12, 2014

Paracon Australia - East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia - May 10-12, 2014