Ghost hunters returning to area

Historic Jordan Springs Estate draws investigators

By Ryan Cornell

Just like the Hotel California, some guests at Stephenson’s Historic Jordan Springs Estate have checked out but never left.

A lady wearing a full gown is often spotted by visitors in the second floor hallway.

The figure of a soldier sometimes appears inside the event and conference center’s chapel.

Pictures on the center’s website reveal the likeness of a man standing outside the third floor window — a spot without any platforms or balconies.

“There’s all kinds of them,” said Jordan Springs owner Tonie Wallace. “Thousands of hours that [Shenandoah Shadows Investigator] John Rossi and his team have recorded and so many EVP recordings. It’s just too many to name.”

EVP, or electronic voice phenomenon, recordings refer to specific audio captured that is believed to contain words and noises created by paranormal spirits.

Three different teams of paranormal investigators, including two that have achieved fame on the SyFy channel, will converge at Jordan Springs on Saturday evening.

A dinner from 5 to 5:45 p.m. features a lecture from Chris Balassone of Tri-City Paranormal.

Following a meet and greet, separate question-and-answer sessions with John, Chris and Aimee Zaffis of “Haunted Collector” and Grant Wilson, Amy Bruni, Adam Berry and Dustin Pari of “Ghost Hunters” will begin at 7 and 8 p.m.

Each TV star will lead a group of guests on paranormal investigations throughout the building from 8:45 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Wallace said both teams have conducted investigations at Jordan Springs before, with episodes of their findings airing on TV.

“Both of them had experiences while they were here,” she said. “The ‘Haunted Collector’ [team] captured an apparition on video and that was the deciding factor for them to come back.”

Tickets to the sold-out event had cost $199.

According to Wallace, the land’s natural springs were first documented in 1549 when they were discovered by the Catawba tribe and used for ceremonial gatherings. During the 1700s, she said, the property was used as a stopover for those traveling west from Washington, D.C. In 1832, the Jordan family built the first of three hotels, which were later used as hospitals for sick and wounded Civil War soldiers.

The Historic Jordan Springs Estate is located at 1160 Jordan Springs Road in Stephenson.

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