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Historic house haunted? Who ya gonna call?

Posted September 26, 2008

— A team of ghost-busters is investigating whether a historic house in downtown Clinton is haunted.

Visitors have become convinced that the Small House, home to the Sampson County Arts Council, is haunted. The house was built around 1870 by Dr. Victor Small, and his boots are among the artifacts still on display inside.

"Actually, one day we came in, and one (boot) was turned backward, and no one knows why," said Helen Kearns, marketing chairwoman for the arts council.

Triangle Paranormal Investigations, founded by former Garner police officer Curt House, recently had an 11-person team spend a night inside the house to check out any ghostly activity.

"While we were up there, it was dark – lights out. We were attempting to make contact with whoever was there when we heard what sounded like an audible sigh," House said. "I believe they have a lot of paranormal activity."

The team spent five hours in the Small House with a electromagnetic-field detectors, motion sensors and infrared video cameras.

House said he aimed a camera down the back steps and saw something unusual.

"I noticed that one of the doors we had shut just minutes before was open about a foot-and-a-half," he said. "Nobody had been in that area at all."

Arts council officials don't want the ghost stories to scare people away from the building, Kearns said. House said the haunting could be more of a selling point during the Halloween season.

"I think, if anything, (people will) be more intrigued by it," he said.

"It's one more story to go with the house. It won't hurt us, you know. If we have spirits, we definitely feel they're good spirits," Kearns said.


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  • catalyst74 Sep 26, 2008

    HauntedNC was the group that worked in tandem with TAPS. Yes, they got food poisoning from some little diner not too far away from where they were investigating. Centurian, I'm not sure exactly where you were going with your post, there really wasn't a "key phrase" anywhere. People change jobs, simple as that. I'm certain being a paranormal investigator isn't paying his bills because roughly 99% do not charge for their services. There is this one group in NYC who will, but I think it's safe to say they're full of "it". Oh, and Hokie 94..."Back off man, I'm a scientist".

  • AuntySocial Sep 26, 2008

    yeah, but they could have gone back and retried. I grew up just a stone's throw away from the mordecai house on a street that these moronic censors will not let me say Glas+male rooster.

  • VT1994Hokie Sep 26, 2008

    Call Bill Murray.

  • delbell3 Sep 26, 2008

    I live in Clinton and have heard stories from people who have visited the house. It will be interesting to hear whether anything was found.

  • Centurian Sep 26, 2008

    I think the key phrase here is that the ghost hunter guy is "a FORMER police officer". Perhaps he's more cut out for hunting spooks and goblins than criminal offenders. (Besides, the court system has that nagging "proof" thing that he may have problems with!)

  • BruiserB Sep 26, 2008

    I cannot say for sure if this was the same group at the Mordecai House, but an NC paranormal group met with Ghosthunters, the show is televised on SciFi channel, and they all got sick from eating some tainted food, not from paranormal activity or anything else.

  • leaannbo19952 Sep 26, 2008

    Wrong group. That group is TAPS and they had food poisoning

  • AuntySocial Sep 26, 2008

    Isn't this the same group that was on the Discovery Channel showing off the Mordecai House and the USS NC. They couldn't even spend the night at the Mordecai House, they got sick. Yeah, right....