Ghost hunters investigate spirits at Wayside Inn

Ghost hunters with years of experience in pursuit of the paranormal will explore supernatural phenomena at the 218-year-old Wayside Inn during a public investigation hosted by Spirit Watch Enterprises on Saturday.

Dustin Pari, a former member of the TV show “Ghost Hunters International,” will return to the inn after leading guests during the 2011 event, and researcher/investigator John Tenney of the TV show “Ghost Stalkers” will join him this year.

Check-in will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday followed by a meet and greet. Guests will watch a video that gives some background information on Tenney, Pari and the inn after a dinner at the Wayside Inn. Tenney and Pari will then host a Q&A session at 7:30 p.m. for guests to ask about past investigations seen on TV.

Guests will then split into groups for the investigation, which will include sessions with both investigators. It will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets to the entire event are $99 per person, which includes the dinner.

Spirit Watch investigator Clay Smith said that ghost hunting enthusiasts booked up all of the inn’s 22 rooms around two months ago.

Not everyone participating in the investigations may have an encounter, but Pari and Tenney will provide guests with advice to better understand what they are looking for during an paranormal investigation.

Smith said he’s captured photos of phantom figures and some disembodied voices on electronic voice phenomenon recordings at the inn. He described an encounter when two women decided to move down to the warm bar from a colder room upstairs. After listening to a recording of the happenings later, he noted that there was a distinct voice captured on the tape that said, “Don’t go there.”

Spirits of those deceased don’t necessarily cause the phenomena that Smith has noted at the inn. He said the energies left behind by all those who have stayed at the inn can cause the phenomena – and those energies can sometimes be referred to as a ghost or spirit.

“It can be left behind after your physical body is expired and it can also be left in a location when you’re still living,” he said.

Unless the voice mentions a name, Smith said it’s almost impossible to know who is speaking, which is why he hasn’t pursued any research into specific individuals associated with the inn.

Smith and his wife Joy Andreasen will be presenting “The Realities of Alternate Realities” lecture at the inn at 7 p.m. Friday as a free introduction to the investigation. Following the lecture, Andreasen will be giving readings as a psychic medium.

Smith said that the lecture will create a discussion that involves ghost hunter enthusiasts and skeptics alike.

“We try to bring everybody to the middle by applying basic science, physics … the basic mechanics of things,” he said. “I don’t think anyone is going to walk out not having learned something that they didn’t know when they showed up.”

If you go: 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Wayside Inn, 7783 Main St. , Middletown. Tickets: $99 on Spirit Watch’s website, Call 571-295-7974.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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