Posts Tagged ‘paranormal

03
May
18

National Paranormal Day

Happy Paranormal Day to you! It’s good timing for us at Red Cloak Tours since we just opened for our season 2 days ago.

Paranormal interest certainly has its cycles. There are not quite as many shows on TV anymore, so in some cases interest has waned, but in others it has left a void for some who would like to continue to live vicariously through those shows.
In the later half of the 19th century, Spiritualism was very, very popular with seances, table tippings, and private readings. The Civil War had prompted many to try to connect with their lost loved ones. Over time it became less and less popular to be associated with such events.
We have an interesting story of a minister who spent some time here in Maine in the early 1800’s. Rev. John B. Dods was preaching in Levant as a Congregationalist and had so many experiences with spirits and haunts (not for the first time – his deceased father appeared to him several times as a younger man) that he was forced to to leave the house that he’d built. Many Levant residents witnessed activity at his home.
He moved to Union, changed his vocation per the demands of a particular spirit, and began preaching at Universalist Churches in Thomastonand Rockland. His home in Union was also taken over by violent activity, deemed to be poltergeists! This activity was again witnessed by many people. “This was followed by a series of astonishing physical phenomena, such as loud rappings about the room, the moving of a table across it without perceptible means, the raising of himself in his chair, etc., until he had all the evidence that the senses were capable of receiving, that these things were real, and that he was in his normal state.”
Rev. Dods often used the pulpit to share his paranormal experiences and over time this was considered inappropriate and his connections were dissolved by mutual consent on June 20, 1829, according to “A History of the Town of Union, in the county of Lincoln, Maine to the middle of the 19th Century” by John L. Sibley.
John moved to Massachusetts, became involved in animal magnetism and electrical psychology and wrote several books. He converted to Spiritualism and became very well known in that circle. Some credit him with coining the term “Spritiualism.” Here is a link to one of my sources if you’d like to read more –
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09
Oct
14

Paranormal Odors

As many of you know, I tend not to have “experiences” with the paranormal entities that might be around us, but I think that is changing… Over the last couple of years, I think have had 2 or 3 encounters.

The most recent one was in August when my husband and I were staying at an ocean front inn here in Maine. It was an older home, with small rooms and a shared bath.

We checked in, enjoyed dinner and, as we had an early morning planned, turned in early. It was a beautiful summer evening, so we had the windows wide open to the fresh salt water breezes.

About 3:00 in the morning I was awakened by a very strong smell. It was almost cloying; a very sweet perfumy smell. It was most noticeable right in the middle of the bed! I smelled the comforter, pillows, blankets, but it was not any of those. I rolled over toward the outside edge and it was a bit less annoying.

I was awakened again around 5:00 in the morning by the same strong odor. I was so puzzled because all I should have been smelling was the fresh ocean air.

When I was telling my husband about it in the morning, he said he didn’t notice it all, but we wondered if it might have been a previous resident of the room. I was very vocal about how unpleasant it was and that I hoped it/she did not come again that night. I think she heard me, for we were not disturbed that night.

I have heard many different stories of smells associated with the paranormal; cigarette smoke, pipe smoke, perfume, lotion, even toast and bacon! I’d love to hear your experiences…

14
Jun
14

Welcome!

Hello Friends, It has been a while! It was a busy winter, personally and business wise, but we are up and running and expecting a fantastic season!

It is just one week until the official start of summer and I think we (at least in the Northeast) are ready. We will be having a special Solstice Eve tour in Camden on Friday June 20 to celebrate.

This year we have added 2 new towns, Hallowell and Rockland, bringing our total to 7 fascinating Maine spots for history and mystery! I hope you can join us on one of these new Haunted History walks. We continue to have several Cemetery Tours available.

Something else new and different are “Ghosts on the Coast” river cruises with the Damariscotta River Tripper. We’ll be having one special 2 hour trip in July and one in August, both in the late afternoon, so that guests can enjoy the scenery as well as a few tales of mysteries and hauntings. If you’re interested in tickets, here is a link to the website. http://damariscottarivercruises.com/

There will be a new offering in Wiscasset beginning in July, but we’re not quite ready to divulge yet, stay tuned! Of course, we will continue to offer our Full Moon Tours and occasional specials as well.

In addition, our sister company, Mysterious Destinations, offers small group Lighthouse Lore trips (from 1 to 4 days), Paranormal Investigations once a month, and our annual Halloween “Overnight with Myrtle.” For further information, check the website. www.MysteriousDestinations.com.

We certainly hope to see you in some way or another soon – thanks for following!

18
Nov
13

National Occult Day

Today, November 18, 2013, is supposed to be acknowledged as “National Occult Day”.

Occult is defined as the study of what is hidden. In Latin the word, occultus means clandestine or secret. Arcane or esoteric are often used interchangeably with occult. It really has nothing to do with the paranormal, other than much of the paranormal world is hidden to us.

We don’t hear or use the word occult as much as in past times, though I do belive most people believe that it has to do with the paranormal world, telepathy, spiritualism, astrology, etc.

Why do we need a “National Occult Day”? I suppose the same reason we need National Pancake Day or National Star Gazing Day – people involved in a hobby or a group want to promote it!

There’s much on the web and in libraries to consider regarding the history of the occult; I encourage you to read up on the many differnt meanings and usages of the word and decide for yourself. I am currently reading a book dating to 1964, “Exploring the Occult” by Douglas Hunt.

I am finding in studying the paranormal and all related, that the age of books and information does not detract at all from the research!

Enjoy your day, no matter what it’s called!

17
Sep
12

Fall Ghost Events

With fall approaching, I want to remind you of our final Mysterious Destinations ghost adventures for 2012! Of course, our regular Red Cloak Haunted History Tours and Red Cloak Cemetery Tours will continue through October 30!
This coming Saturday, Sept. 22 – the Autumnal Equinox! – will be a Midnight Explore of the Winter Street Center in Bath, Maine. This 3 story building dates back to the 1850’s and is attached to a church built in 1843. We’ll have 4 hours to learn a bit of the building’s history and be trained on using paranormal investigation equipment, then head off on the adventure! We have had battery drain, registered cold spots, flashlight conversations, extreme EMF activity and more during past Explore’s. Cost is only $35 which includes light refreshments, bottled water and coffee as well as a donation to the restoration of the church. By reservation only.
On October 26, we’ll have an Explore similar to the above.
October 27th, you’ll have the opportunity to eat dinner and spend the night with Myrtle, a ghost who is said to haunt her past place of business as well as her nearby home in Newcastle, Maine. Myrtle has been active for years, but just recently there have been 2 full bodied apparitions seen – one in each building! There is limited space left for this special Halloween event.

For more information on any of the above, please call 207-380-4677  or go to www.mysteriousdestinations.com

30
Jul
12

National Girlfriend Day

I recently found out that August 1st is National Girlfriend Day – so the first thing to do is gather up your girlfriends and bring them on a Red Cloak Haunted History Tour! We will have 3 tours on Wednesday, August 1st (which is also a Full Moon night, by the way!); Camden, Boothbay Harbor and first come first served for Damariscotta or Wiscasset.

The second thing to do is share a girlfriend ghost story with me. Maybe you and a girlfriend had a paranormal experience or explored a haunted house together, or maybe your story is more like mine…

My best friend since early elementary school lives across the country from me here in Maine. She and I were inseparable as we were growing up and each considered the other’s family to be ours as well. My mother used to wear a particular lotion with a distinctive smell – long ago off the market. The night my mother passed away, my girlfriend told me she was awakened in the middle of the night and knew someone was in her room – and she knew just who it was; she could distinctly smell my mother’s lotion – a smell she had not experienced in over 30 years! My mother had stopped in to tell her goodbye.

What’s your story??

16
Aug
11

New Adventures, New Explorations, New Website

As a sideline to Red Cloak Haunted History Tours, we’ve developed adventures for you that might be paranormal or historical or educational, but they will all be mysterious! On our new website, www.mysteriousdestinations.com, you can read about what we have in store for the next few months; haunted explores, Halloween Happenings, a cruise to the Western Caribbean!  A couple are waiting for a bit more information, and altogether new adventures are being planned, but you can have a head start over the general public by taking a look right now!

We’d love to have your feedback and/or suggestions…