Today at the Georgetown Art & Garden Walk, I was thrilled to find that the wonderful owner of Georgetown Castle opened up her lovely haunted house to the public again this year.
I've written incoherently about this place before. Old house, weird history. Murder, prostitution, suicide, infanticide -- you name it.
While waiting for the tour to begin, I poked around outside a little.
Here's the back porch, where a woman named Sarah's murdered baby is said to have been buried.
OK, at this point, I have to acknowledge that it's weird that this photo happens to contain an "orb" in exactly the place where the murdered baby is supposed to have been buried. From what I've read, this is one of the spookiest, most disturbing parts of the house. And apart from the photos I take through my dirty windshield, my photos do not usually contain anything orblike. I'm not saying it's means anything, I'm just saying...
I find out that the Seattle FOG (Friends of Ghosts) Paranormal group is leading some of the tours. One of them and the houses's owner will be on the Montel Williams show this Wednesday, July 11, with paranomal expert Sylvia Browne, discussing some of the ghostly evidence they've collected at the house.
OK, ready to go in?
This is the stairway where Sarah's ghost has been seen "countless times," according to the FOG tour leader. On the Montel show on Wednesday, they'll show video footage of a really spectacular orb coming up to the camera, shooting off rainbow colors, and then backing off. They said this footage is also on their site, but I couldn't get it to work.
The pocket doors still work.
Apparently the kitchen is one of the creepier areas of the house. Maybe because it's right next to the back porch, where the baby was supposedly buried.
This is the bedroom where Peter Gessner died. Some say he drank acid to kill himself; some say he was murdered. In any case, the Seattle Ghost Hunters say that "When his body was found, his lips, gums and tongue were found to be shriveled and blackened, his body twisted in a grotesque display of the agony of his death throes."
We're told a man's ghost often appears here between 11:00 and 11:30 at night. He walks from right where I am standing, to the end of this hall.
Hearing this gives me goosebumps.
I forgot the story about this amazing room. Some sort of performances were held here.
There's the ticket booth on the right.
There's a third floor, but it's not ready for the public yet. The ghost investigators have heard children's voices up there. I wonder if that's where the children of the prostitutes were kept when this was a brothel.
Read more about this house at the Friends of Georgetown History site, the Seattle Ghost Hunters site, and the FOG Paranormal site.