The Aull Center, Historic Garlow House, Morgantown, West Virginia

The Aull Center is located in the historic Garlow House.  In 1907, this Queen Anne Revival home was designed by Elmer Jacobs. It belonged to Aaron J. Garlow, president of the Second National Bank. The 1907 completion date is displayed on a blind-arch window below the pediment on the second floor.

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The Garlow House is currently owned by the Morgantown Public Library. The Aull Center is located next to the main public library building. The second floor of the Aull Center houses the J.D. Rechter Holocaust Memorial Library. The library was created through generous donations by Edith Levy and with the assistance of Massachusetts book dealer, Ken Schoen. The Holocaust Memorial Library contains over 1,000 books on the Holocaust, making it the largest collection in West Virginia.

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The collection is named in honor of Edith’s father, J.D. Rechter, who died at Auschwitz.  The Aull Center’s books are available to the public.

The Aull Center is located at 351 Spruce St, Morgantown, WV 26505. Their phone number is: 304-292-0140.

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Old English Church

ghostsofsheperdstowncindieharpertravelThe church on the Southeast corner of Church and High Streets in Sheperdstown, West Virginia. The “Old English Church” began as a log cabin in 1745. In 1769, the Mecklenburg Chapel replaced the original building.


 This basic structure still remains. It is among the earliest surviving church buildings west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The town’s founder, Thomas Shepherd, willed the lot to the church parish in 1776. After the Revolution, the building was neglected. In 1815, the church was rebuilt. The first use of the name Trinity Church appears in the town records in 1836. There was a clock given to the church by Rezin D. Shepherd. It was located in the tower from 1841 to 1858.

Here is an old photo I found online:

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After the Civil War, the church became the first Freedman’s School and the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Today the property is privately owned but I am told that the original steeple blew off in a storm in the 1890s. This property is an interesting little location and a must see for tourist who love historical places.

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General Lewis Inn

The Historic General Lewis Inn was founded by the Hock family. The Hock & Morgan families operated the inn from 1929 until 2014 when it was purchased by Aaron and Sparrow Huffman.

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The eastern end of the building, including the dining room, the kitchen and a suite of rooms on the first floor plus two bedrooms and a suite on the second floor, was a brick residence built in the early 1800’s by John H. Withrow.

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The main section and the west wing of the inn was built in 1928 by Walter Martens who also designed the Governor’s Mansion in Charleston. The Hock family spent many years gathering antiques from Greenbrier and adjoining counties to furnish the inn. The inn is filled with many antique pieces of furniture. Among some of the antique pieces, you will find canopy beds, chests of drawers, china, glass, old prints and other memorabilia are throughout the building.

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All of the guest rooms are furnished with antiques.

The hand-hewn beam in the dining room was added when the wall separating two front rooms was removed to create a larger dining room.

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This beam, as well as the ones in the lounge and lobby, were reclaimed from old quarters behind the residence.

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The handsome door of the original home was moved to the present main entrance and the mantle from the original dining room was moved to the lounge.

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Photos by: Cindie Harper

World’s Largest Basket- Newark Ohio

Newark, Ohio has the largest basket in the world. It was built as the seven-story corporate headquarters of the Longaberger Basket Company. The basket is one hundred and sixty times larger than Longaberger’s Medium Market Basket. It’s 192 ft. long by 126 ft. wide at the bottom, spreading to 208-ft. long by 142-ft. wide at the roofline. 

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Dave Longaberger, who founded the company, was the creator who came up with the idea of operating  Longaberger’s old HQ from the world’s largest basket. The company moved into the Brobdingnagian picnic packer in Newark, Ohio on December 17, 1997.

The World’s Largest Basket Address is 1500 East Main St., Newark, Ohio. We were able to view this huge basket from the highway on our route back to West Virginia from our Coco Key Waterpark visit in Newark, Ohio.

 

 

Wheeldon Manor Experience

Toward the end of the night at Wheeldon Manor, I was sitting alone in “Jerry’s room” on the edge of the bed conducting an EVP session while recording with my video camera. All the other paranormal investigators were in a separate room when one of them asked me if I was willing to turn off my camera so we could all be in “pitch black.” I agreed. I sat there alone for another fifteen minutes until the only other female in our group decided to join me. She explained that she felt a little apprehensive so she decided to sit down next to me on the edge of the bed. We were both facing the doorway that led into the hallway. We had all electronic devices turned off so that there was no source of unnatural lighting. The room was very dark but we were able to vaguely see the doorway. I caught a glimpse of something that briefly appeared to darken the doorway.  Curiosity got the best of me so I began to stare directly at the doorway.  The room’s temperature seemed to drop as I could feel the chill bumps forming on my arm. A few minutes later, a very large (over 7 feet tall), black, human-shaped shadow figure appeared in the doorway. Although there were no discernible features to indicate gender and I did not see a mouth, nose, or eyes, the being seemed to have an intimidating, masculine presence.  It moved extremely fast across the doorway and disappeared out of sight. I felt a slight gust of air and the other female investigator yelled, “Did you see that?” Still in disbelief, I managed to yell, “What? Yes!” The rest of the group heard the commotion and came down the hall to check on us. As we were telling the group what we saw, we confirmed that we both witnessed that same large, black, shadow being move quickly past the doorway.

This encounter left both of us in disbelief as we confirmed that the shadow figure was definitely not a member of the group as we were all present and accounted for as confirmed by all members of the group. We could find no other logical explanation for what we witnessed. The fact that we both saw it and reacted at the same time just left us with more questions than answers.

Upon review of video and audio footage from that night, I was able to hear several interesting EVP’s. A few of the EVP’s were questionable so we decided not to present them as evidence. We also received a few direct responses during the PSB-7 session. I am still kicking myself for turning off my camera at the end of the night. While I am aware that video proof of the shadow figure would not prove anything to anyone who is committed to debunking it, it would really only confirm my experience.  It was an experience that I will not forget and one that compels me to return to this location for the second time this year.

So did I experience a Shadow Figure/Shadow Being? Ghost? Demon? Jinn? Sgili? Alien? Time Traveler? Or was it my imagination?

Well, since another person witnessed it at the same time, I am going to have to rule out the possibility of it being my imagination. I am also ruling out the possibility of it being the phenomenon known as Hypnogogia since it is very unlikely that we were both sleeping and having the same dream.

What are some other theories?

Quantum and theoretical physics, suggest that shadow people could possibly be some sort of other-dimensional beings whose dimension of origin occasionally overlaps with ours. Science now tells us that most of the universe is composed of dark matter that we are unable to see. It is believed that there are many dimensions that are invisible to us. The shadow being phenomena might be caused by other dimensions that overlap our own and occasionally intersect.

We also know that electromagnetic impulses can interfere with the human brain causing as altered perception. Recent studies in Canada have shown that people who are unknowingly exposed to a magnetic field often feel an unseen presence. Since electromagnetic fields are everywhere now, this may account for the increase in the number of shadow beings and other phenomena being reported.

Right now, there’s no law of physics that prevents time travel so some people believe that Shadow Beings could actually be visitors from the future passing through. Other people suggest that there’s a connection between aliens and shadow beings.

Then there is the concept of subconscious thought. Some people believe that shadow entities can be created by powerful emotions and psychic energy. This could account for the reports of heightened “activity” at locations where something traumatic has occurred.

Some people claim they can leave their body at will through meditation (astral projection) and other theories claim that we all travel out of body when we sleep. This concept makes it possible that shadow beings could be a product of astral travelers or twilight travelers.

We cannot ignore the fact that shadow beings have appeared in legends throughout many cultures. There are Native American stories that portray shadow beings as shape shifters and in pre-Islamic mythology, shadow beings were called djinn or jinn. In almost all legends, these shadow beings are said to be able to change their shape and believed to inhabit a parallel world to humans. Many people still believe in their existence.

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So what did I experience at Wheeldon Manor? I am really not sure but I am hoping to experience it again this weekend and with any luck, I will catch it on video.

I am planning to livestream from the location this weekend so hopefully you will tune in and participate in the experience.

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By: Cindie Harper