Fourteen years ago this month, I was sitting in my home office tinkering with the first few pages of a Web site that would go on to become Ghostvillage.com. Where did the name come from? Back in the mid-1990s, I was working on a documentary film about a place called Dudleytown. This tiny hamlet in the woods of Cornwall, Connecticut, was never a town, more of a village. So when it was abandoned, it wasn’t a ghost town… more of a ghost… well, you get it.
So Ghostvillage.com was born. But soon after, I realized that village also implies community. Any place without people isn’t really a place at all. It’s just map coordinates. People breathe life into buildings, onto land, and even into Web sites. For the last 14 years I’ve been blessed to watch six little Web pages evolve from some coordinates on a Web server into a community. This Web site has turned my hobby and passion into a full-time career. And for that I will always be grateful.
Fourteen years later, those six pages have grown into over 50,000 pages of content. That’s thanks to all of you who have shared your stories, articles, and opinions over the years. In that time, the paranormal has come out of the closet, so-to-speak. There are now a ton of ghost-hunting reality shows on television, many books, Web sites, podcasts, and more. I’m grateful for the role Ghostvillage.com played in that discussion. As time moves on, we will continue to be a place for all aspects of this discussion from the skeptical to the religious, from the believer to the disbeliever. All are welcome, just as they have been for the last 14 years.
The other day I was invited to a Halloween party. I of course had to decline, because I’m booked solid with events and lectures right into November. It occurred to me that I may never attend a Halloween party again for as long as I live. Though that saddens me, I think I have a work around. I plan to throw a Halloween bash in December when all of my paranormal friends can also attend. For much of the world, this month means ghost tours, haunted fun houses, and parties, but for us, it’s an opportunity to talk about our favorite subject while the world is paying attention.
To that end, I’m happy to give you a sneak peek at my latest project: New England Legends, a new series that will debut on select PBS stations Halloween night! I’m hosting, writing, and producing this new series, and we hope to take you inside these mysteries like nothing before. There’s no night vision or ghost hunt, just the history, the witnesses, and the stories. You can check out the trailer and Web site here: http://www.ournewenglandlegends.com
I have a bunch of events and lectures in the next 30 days. Please do come out and say hello if you’re in the area!
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|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Medford Public Library - Medford, Massachusetts - October 17, 2013, 7:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Indianapolis Public Library - Indianapolis, Indiana - October 19, 2013, 7:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Wingate Healthcare, Inc. - Haverhill, Massachusetts - October 23, 2013, 7:00PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Uxbridge Public Library - Uxbridge, Massachusetts - October 24, 2013, 7:00PM
Jeff Belanger at the Capron Park Zoo Boo Event - Attleboro, Massachusetts - October 25, 2013, 6:00PM
Haunted Happenings in Cohasset - Cohasset Historical Society - Cohasset, Massachusetts - October 26, 2013
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - New Braintree Public Library - New Braintree, Massachusetts - October 26, 2013, 7:00PM
A Supernatural Afternoon with Jeff Belanger - Deep River Public Library - Deep River, Connecticut - October 27, 2013, 2:00PM
A Weird Massachusetts Afternoon with Jeff Belanger - Hanover Senior Center - Hanover, Massachusetts - October 28, 2013, 1:00PM
Animals and the Afterlife Conference - Boxborough, Massachusetts - November 3, 2013
The Spirits of the S.K. Pierce Mansion - Gardner, Massachusetts - November 9, 2013
The Spirits of The St. Nicholas Hotel – Cripple Creek, Colorado - November 14-17, 2013
A Weird Massachusetts Evening with Jeff Belanger - Norton Public Library - Norton, Massachusetts - August 12, 2014 6:30PM
|The Spirits of The St. Nicholas Hotel
Schrader, Jeff Belanger and Bill Chappell invite you to join us as we investigate the Haunted St. Nicholas Hotel in Cripple Creek, Colorado this November 14th-17th, 2013.
The St. Nicholas Hotel is a beautiful little hotel hidden in the mountains of Colorado, a step back in time to the era of miners and cowboys.
Digital Dowsing and Darkness Radio conducted a 3 day investigation earlier this year with startling results. An investigation that provided EVPs and some amazing video encounters. Check out a segment of the video here:
Click here for more information: http://www.jeffbelanger.com/blog/event/the-spirits-of-the-st-nicholas-cripple-creek-colorado/
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Where did Amy live when the "Lamp Lady" came at night?
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New features added since our last newsletter:
Haunted Highways and Bridges with Dale Kaczmarek October 8, 2013 [VIDEO]
The Lamp Lady Comes at Night - Excerpt from True Ghost Stories: Jim Harold's Campfire 2 October 2, 2013
American Crop Circles with Jennifer Stein October 1, 2013 [VIDEO]
The Mysteries of the Bridgewater Triangle with Aaron Cadieux and Manny Famolare September 24, 2013 [VIDEO]
Hunting Sasquatch with Eric Altman September 17, 2013 [VIDEO]
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Our New Home on Chancellorsville Battlefield -- Fredericksburg, Virginia
Invisible Forces Trying to Break In -- Woodland Hills, California
Something Crawled on Me in Bed -- Wilburton, Oklahoma
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Ghost Investigation Equipment
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