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Pursuing the Paranormal


A little more than two years ago, Delmarva Historic Haunts (DHH) performed the first-ever paranormal investigation of the 18th-century Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation. With high-tech equipment in hand, the team of investigators stayed well into the night, collecting and analyzing evidence. Their conclusion? The site is haunted!

DHH team members are inviting the public to “investigations” at the Plantation in September, at which time they will reveal their findings and revisit the hotspots, searching for dark and mysterious spirits that may roam the grounds.

Photo courtesy of Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation.

Learn about Mary Pratt, whose misfortune may have stranded her in the mortal world, or the young girl who apparently looms in the parlor of the farmhouse.

The experts aren’t the only ones who believe that the plantation has some unearthly visitors. Maury Hutelmyer, the Weekend Coordinator at the Plantation, says, “I believe that there is something here, but there is nothing evil.”

Hutelmyer, who has been a volunteer at the Plantation for more than 13 years, says of Mary Pratt, “We feel that she did not have a very good life.” She married her first cousin, Joseph Pratt, which is against the Quaker religion.

“He was not the best of husbands,” Hutelmyer explains. “He had an illegitimate child with a neighboring farm girl and died young, only leaving his wife a room, the milk of a cow, and a son.” Many people that have come in contact with Mary have made the connection about her misfortune and lingering spirit.

Photo courtesy of Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation.

Hutelmyer claims to have encountered noises, mysteriously moving objects, and apparitions. She also says that another volunteer “felt a presence” and was not able to open the door to the parlor. Thus, she was forced to return to the area where she had felt a presence earlier. When at least she was able to exit the house, “a limb from a tree came crashing down no more than two feet next to her,” says Hutelmyer.

Of the DHH investigation, Hutelmyer notes, “A number of people stopped in the middle … and said they felt something in certain rooms and refused to finish it.”

So, if you dare, individuals ages 12 and up are welcome to join the DHH as they explore the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation on September 6th, 2014. The experts have declared the plantation haunted, but decide for yourself.

Photo courtesy of Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation.

Two investigations take place, one at 8pm and another at 11pm. Reservations are required.

It is asked that you bring a flashlight and dress appropriately as the investigations entail walking on uneven paths and being in rooms with low light levels. Each investigation will last approximately two-and-a-half hours.

Tickets, costing $25, are available online. For more information or questions, call 610-566-1725.