Exploring the Paranormal: Monongahela Ghost Walk
This year marks the 19th year of the Monongahela Historical Society’s Ghost Walk. I spoke with Susan Bowers and Carol Frye, who are the president and treasurer of the Historical Society and serve as guides for the annual tour.
This year, the number of house on the tour has decreased. Participants used to visit 13 homes but now that number has dropped to seven or eight.
Although the majority of the ghost stories are modern, the homes are not. The Longwell House site by the railroad tracks has a rich history, even though the house itself was torn down in the 1980s. It was the first home of local Captain Longwell, who sailed the rivers and Lake Erie, and dates to the pre-Civil War Era.
The tour also visits the Wickerham house which was the home of John Blythe, a local but somewhat famous architect. He designed the majority of the houses and churches in town and is believed to be one of the spirits that have remained in one of the houses.
This year, tour organizers will also host a VIP tour for those that return every year and want something different, or those who just want an in-depth view of one of the historical homes. The VIP tour will allow you to wander through the halls of the Acheson house while enjoying food and beverages. Acheson was one of Thomas Edison’s protégés and was also known worldwide as an inventor, mostly of carborundum.
I asked Susan and Carol about the Historical Society’s background and also to name some of their favorite homes on the tour.
The Historical Society originally formed in 1969 as the Friday Conversation Club and met in Chess Park, and after opening up the museum in the 1980s for a homecoming celebration, finally gained 501c3 status and has remained open.
Susan has been a member of the Monongahela Historical Society for at least 22 years, and currently serves as the president, while Carol has been a member for about 20 years and serves as the treasurer.
Susan’s favorite stop on the ghost tour is Main Street Antiques, where there are said to be the ghosts of a young girl, a lady, and a man in the front room. Carol greatly enjoys the Wickerham House.
If you are interested in the ghost walk, reservations and prepayment are required. To make reservations, visit monongahelahistoricalsociety.com or call 724-258-6432. The original ghost walk is $10 per person and will be held on October 7-8 and 14-15. The VIP tour is October 8 and 15 and is $25 per person. The tour leaves from Chess Park at 7:15 p.m.
If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Historical Society, visit their website and fill out the application.
The Historical Society also assists the Aquatorium Committee with a multitude of events year round. The next is the first annual Witch Fest on October 29. This is a free, adults only, paranormal themed event including food, vendors, psychics, and seers.
Have a question about the paranormal? Email Reanna Roberts at PABridges.Reanna@comcast.net