My Uncle Zen stumbled upon an event one day while perusing his Facebook feed. Having knowledge that his nephew is an investigator into all things weird and unusual, he forward the event to me hoping it would peak my interest. Well, he was right, and soon we had booked our evening with the team at "Ghosts N' At" Paranormal Adventures. As a Valentine's Day Weekend Event marketed for couples, looking to save a dime, I booked my Uncle and I as a couple. Get your minds far away from Appalachia! A couple weeks later, off we went on the four hour drive west to the lakeside retreat.
Pennsylvania Haunts & History writes about the hotel, "The Hotel Conneaut, called "The Crown Jewel of Lake Conneaut" in Crawford County, dates back to 1903. It features 150 rooms, old time, turn-of-the-century ambiance, and as to be expected by its vintage, some long-time guests who checked in but never checked out..." The website then goes on to discuss the ghostly visitations of the honeymooning bride "Elizabeth." I mention this in brief because though regularly mentioned on by most resources, aside from one stop on our Investigation Rotation, we seldom heard of her for the rest of the night. In fact, everyone seemed more interested in the spirit of a deceased child, whose tricycle accident in one of the stairways caused their untimely demise. The child reportedly still rides her trike through the hallways.
After dinner, we joined up in the Grand Ballroom to get some history from our hosts, Brett McGinnis and TJ Porfeli. These two guys are very competent in their roles and gave us some momentum to get started. We joined up with our group -GREEN GROUP- then started off in a stairway and second floor hallway. Uncle Zen and I broke off on our own a bit, did some EVP work and explored the hotel.
We rejoined Green Group in the hallway for a group EVP session. One of the group members had attached a Thermal Imaging Device to his Samsung Phone, and saw a White Spot appear on the wall. The white spot would fade and return several times. One of our group leaders put their hand on the spot, and said it felt cold. I couldn't validate it, but it was cool to see on the video. I'll reach out to the gentleman and see if I can use the image for this blog, if he did in fact capture an image.
Our next stop on the rotation was to Room 321, the supposedly MOST HAUNTED room in the hotel; because you know, every hotel has to have one! This room however did not disappoint. Brett was the host for this particular portion. We all crammed into 321 and sat in the dark, save for two flashlights set to near off, which were to be used as a communication device. Brett led us in another group EVP session. The lights responded to our questions -at their will - sometimes out of sync with us. While not a scientific test, it proved to be remarkable and entertaining. I have longer video available - which I'll splice together and post somewhere soon. Below is just a sample.
Our next stop was with TJ, in the Worker's Quarters. This area of the Hotel is generally not open to the public, but included on this tour. It's an unfinished area of the hotel, which is under going some remodeling. Some group EVP work was done in here, but was rather unremarkable. Great ambience however.
Finally, we made it down to sitting room off the main lobby with our area leader, Kenny the King! Long story behind the King, he's a character, but seriously a good investigator with a solid foundation. Check out Ken Smith and his group HERE. Ken showed us how to use dowsing rods, and showed the newbies how to properly behave and protocols during an EVP session. He was entertaining, and though this segment of our journey wasn't a heavy win - it was very enjoyable.
We completed our investigation for the evening around 11:15pm. Our room was very cold, unbearably cold, so we packed up and drove another four hours back home. Despite the cold, we had a fantastic time. Great bonding experience for my Uncle and I, on his FIRST Investigation. I've done many investigations, but this was one of the most fun. Maybe not the most fruitful, but fun. Is the Hotel Conneaut haunted? UNCERTAIN. We had some interesting happenings, but nothing concrete. I'll be completing the analysis on our recordings soon. Perhaps we have something yet to be heard.