Port De­posit Para­nor­mal of­fers ghost tours of grist mill



— The Port De­posit Para­nor­mal So­ci­ety is of­fer­ing guided tours of the 282-year-old grist mill at Plump­ton Park Zoo this week­end.

It’s an­other fundraiser to help the zoo on Tele­graph Road raise money to buy a girl­friend for Jim­mie the gi­raffe. Nick La­co­vara, who owns the zoo along with his wife Ch­eryl, said they have iden­ti­fied two places from which to ob­tain a fe­male gi­raffe, at a cost of $60,000 just for the an­i­mal.

Ch­eryl La­co­vara, di­rec­tor of the zoo, said the team of para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tors spent a long night in the grist mill in Au­gust to de­ter­mine who still in­hab­its the old build­ing lo­cated next to the ticket booth.

Fri­day and Satur­day nights at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m., Port De-


posit Para­nor­mal So­ci­ety will take groups of up to 15 on a walk through the mill and ex­plain what their in­ves­ti­ga­tion has found so far.

“They were able to speak to some­one named Paul,” La­co­vara said, which is doc­u­mented in a YouTube video the group up­loaded in Oc­to­ber. There was also a young boy present, ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Au­dio record­ings re­vealed sev­eral voices, also known as elec­tronic voice phe­nom­ena, or EVP. The va­lid­ity of this type of ev­i­dence is con­tro­ver­sial among para­nor­mal re­searchers and psy­chol­o­gists, but the record­ings are spooky ei­ther way.

“One of the voices clearly said ‘help!’” La­co­vara said. A mo­tion sen­si­tive cam­era showed a trans­par­ent fig­ure in one frame. “They got some pretty cool stuff.”

Chrissy Bauer and Dawn Can­non said they will be­gin each pre­sen­ta­tion with a brief his­tory of the mill.

“And we will try to com­mu­ni­cate with Paul,” Bauer said Tues­day.

Bauer said the spir­its in­hab­it­ing the mill — built by Penn­syl­va­nia Quak­ers in 1734 — are in­tel­li­gent and aware of their pres­ence.

She af­firmed that the Au­gust in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed sev­eral voices, in­clud­ing that of a small boy.

“He was on the steps and he said he was scared,” Bauer said. He told the women that it was hot where he was, and that he had been “hang­ing from a fire.”

Tick­ets are $10 per per­son and can be or­dered on line at pp­zoo.tick­etleap.com/ghosthunt/.

La­co­vara said this event is not rec­om­mended for chil­dren 10 and un­der.


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