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Ghostly Adventures
Torpedo Room Casement in Fort Mifflin, PA.
EVP clearly announces a date, 1875.
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SCOPE NJ visited Fort Mifflin on the Delaware River during May, 2012 and explored the buildings, grounds, and casements on the property.
The fort was originally built by the British in 1771 and it was seized and occupied by 400 Continental soldiers until the British recaptured it in 1777 after a prolonged naval bombardment. After the war, rebuilding of the fort was initiated in 1778. It was garrisoned during the War of 1812, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and was active until the Korean War. It housed Confederate prisoners and was used as a munitions depot.
Below are some photos and select EVPs.
The powder magazine offered a few curious EVPs. I asked, "Are there any soldiers in here?" A responding voice said,"The Captain!" A few seconds later another voice said, "Not me!"
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Over the years, the casements of Fort Mifflin have served many purposes---jail, barracks, munitions and weapons storage to name a few. This EVP says, "They're missing!" We're not sure exactly what is missing. Is it prisoners? Weapons? Munitions? His glasses?
Bonaventure Cemetery
It's tough to describe Bonaventure Cemetery. Perhaps hauntingly beautiful, eerily fascinating, and...well...enjoyably creepy may sum up my impression of the place. Several members of SCOPE NJ had occasion to briefly visit this 160 acre public municipal cemetery that's situated on a rise overlooking the Wilmington River and is a few miles east of Savannah, Georgia. It's popularity as a tourist attraction was heightened upon the release of John Berendt's 1994 novel, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." The book was ultimately made into a movie directed by Clint Eastwood. I found that the movie followed the book pretty closely. It didn't take us long to determine that Bonaventure is VERY haunted. Our digital audio recorder footage was jam-packed with EVPs. We've selected a few of the better ones to feature here.
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Johnny Mercer, singer/songwriter is buried under this bench. Most tourists who visit Bonaventure stop by his gravesite. Notice our digital recorders. Carol and Michelle were reading song titles listed on the bench. Carol read, "Dream When the Day Is Through." EVP was "Dream for us the opposite, the opposite..." Make any sense?
Garbled. What do you think he's saying.
I read the stone aloud,"John F. Rogers, Lieutenant, 66th Regiment, Georgia Volunteers, Confederate States Army, Killed in battle near Atlanta, Georgia
July 22, 1864, Aged 19 years.
EVP said, "He's here!" (Along with some clanking sounds). Then the next EVP said, "Right here!"
There was an area in the cemetery where I had to walk over some graves to reach a main path. I voiced an apology. The EVP said, "That's kind of you!"
Conrad Potter Aiken was an accomplished novelist and poet. At an early age, his family moved from New England and settled in Savannah where his father became a noted physician and brain surgeon. Unfortunately, Conrad's father went insane and shot and killed Conrad's mother while the boy was in the house. We're not sure if the following EVP is attributable to Mr. Aiken. Someone says "Hi!"
For more information about Bonaventure cemetery, click on "Haunted Places to Go" on our links page!
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Fort Mifflin
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This bar shot was fired from the fort's cannons in an effort to tear apart the sails, riggings, and masts of attacking British ships.
Photos by Tom Petuskey
IR photo of a casement barracks.
Don Becker, who often reenacts Revolutionary War dramas as a member of a cannon brigade, graciously served as our Ft. Mifflin guide and assisted us in our investigation.
These gentlemen came all the way from France to practice their Revolutionay War reenactments.
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I asked where Johnny Mercer's grave was and got a prompt answer! "Right there!"