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.