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Port Townsend Leader-Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Ghost hunters conference here in November

By Patrick J. Sullivan
Leader Staff Writer

This photo was taken last year at the Commander's House at Fort Worden State Park. Tomasina Doran of Seattle Ghost Investigations, who said Fort Worden is definitely a "haunted" place, believes this photo represents paranormal activity. Photo courtesy of Tomasina Doran, Seattle Ghost Investigations

Ghost hunters are looking for Port Townsend stories prior to the third annual Pacific Northwest Ghost Hunters Conference, Nov. 11-13 at Fort Worden State Park.

About 300 people are expected to register for the conference sponsored by the Amateur Ghost Hunters of Seattle-Tacoma (AGHOST). It's the first time the conference has been staged outside of Seattle.

"Given the rich history, legend and beautiful Victorian buildings elements lending themselves to stories of ghosts, haunted locations and unexplained mysteries it comes as no surprise that the largest and most technologically advanced ghost-hunting group in the Pacific Northwest has chosen Port Townsend as the location for its third annual Ghost Hunting Conference," said Joe Teeples, organization vice president.

AGHOST conducts paranormal research using basic investigative tools such as cameras (35 mm and digital), audio and video recording devices, Geiger counters and electromagnetic field indicators, as well as computerized surveillance equipment and infrared motion sensor cameras.

AGHOST does not charge for its services. Members also appreciate that not everyone living in a "haunted" building wants to be researched.

"We are very sensitive to those who do not want to be bothered with ghostly investigations, and we respect privacy," Teeples said.

Share stories

AGHOST does want to hear from property owners or visitors regarding any haunting.

"We'll research them, and if people want us to do an investigation, we do have open schedules between now and then," Teeples said. Ideally, one or two local stories could be investigated for conference review.

Reports should include the location of the incident, a brief description of the incident, and a point of contact that investigators can make to obtain more information.

"Interest is picking up in Port Townsend, and folks are starting to open up about their ghostly experiences," Teeples said after a recent visit.

Fort Worden

Fort Worden has various stories of mysterious noises and more, from the JFK Building to Officers' Row, Alexander's Castle to NCO Row. Manresa Castle is on the list and hosts the conference-opening event Nov. 11. Manresa and Palace Hotel are offering a discount to conference registrants.

"If you ask if they have any ghost stories, the front office manager will show you the file that has been kept for years with details of ghostly occurrences," Teeples said of The Palace. "As recently as June 2005, a visitor walking down the main stairway felt 'something brush against the back of my neck,' and when photographs were taken they revealed the presence of orbs in that area."

Cemetery 101

More details on how to register for the "Ghost Hunters Getaway" can be found at, or call Ross Allison at 253-203-4383. The educational weekend costs $50 to cover expenses. The schedule includes:

Nov. 11 (7 p.m.) Meet with featured guest Tamara Thorne, author/ghost hunter, at Manresa Castle.

Nov. 12 (9 a.m.-11 p.m.) Classes, lectures and seminars in the USO Building at Fort Worden. Classes include Electronic Voice Phenomenon, Spirit Photography, Our Strange Death, Ghost Pets, Contacting The Dead, and Ghost Hunting 101.

Nov. 13 (11 a.m.-10 p.m.) Tours around town. Subjects include This Haunted Fort, Cemetery 101, Military Cemetery 101, and Haunted Port Townsend.

"Illigitimi non carborundum!"
All knowledge is to be used in the manner that will give help and assistance to others, and the desire is that the laws of the Creator be manifested in the physical world. E.Cayce 254-17

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