Ghost Hunting in Galveston

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I’m a big fan of ghost tours. I’ve taken several in New Orleans in the past. And I’ve visited the Myrtles Plantation. I love the stories of the history of the towns and houses of Louisiana. Being a geek for ghosts, when I found out that Galveston was reputedly one of the most haunted cities in the U.S., I had to go check it out.

On the tour, our guide was extremely informative. I learned so much about Galveston’s history, including the fact that the notorious pirate Jean Lafitte once had a base there. I’ll definitely be researching more on this.

One of our stops was the Hutchings-Sealy building (pictured above). When the hurricane of 1900 hit, the water was so high that it reached the second floor. A school teacher there would step out on to the ledge and grab people as they floated by, dead or alive. The teacher ended up passing away from fever soon after.

People have reported seeing the teacher in pictures, and as a ghostly figure at the top of the stairs. She’s also been heard weeping, and even calling out worker’s names in the restaurant that now inhabits the first floor.

I took several pictures the night of the ghost tour, but nothing appeared in those. However, when I went back the next morning, I decided to take a few more. Why not?

I snapped a few of the doorway in the middle, the one without the arch. Then, went about my merry way, as there is a lot to see on Strand Street. Also, it’s been my experience that for whatever reason, images don’t appear until later. Why this is, I have no idea.

I was scrolling through later, and had to stop and do a double take. There was an odd spot of light near the bottom of one pic. When I enlarged it, it resembled a face. Excited, I sent it to a ghost loving friend of mine, and she sent back, “Do you see this?”

That wasn’t the only face.

All in all, we counted at least six.

Chills, I tell you. I got the chills. It was by far one of the creepiest pics I’ve taken on one of these trips.

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Are these faces of people past or merely smudges on glass? For all I know it could be fingerprints and my always over active imagination. Who knows. Will I be doing more ghost tours in Galveston? Definitely, I didn’t realize there was so much history in this small town that was once one of the biggest ports in the U.S. And don’t forget the ghosts! 🙂

Peace!

I’m out!

Additional Resources:

https://www.hauntedrooms.com/8-haunted-places-galveston-tx

https://www.galveston.com/ghosts/

http://www.galvestonghost.com/

Paranormal State

“Did you see that?”

“Did you hear that?”

“&%&(())*$%”

If you are a fan of shows like Extreme Paranormal or Paranormal State like I am, these are phrases you hear on a regular basis. There’s something strange going on in someone’s house, business, on their land or something, and they’ll call in one of the paranormal research groups. They’ll be in this house at ‘dead time’ talking to spirits, poltergeists, or worse dark spirits, and then something will make a noise in the quiet. Sometimes it’ll be a bang, sometimes a scary sounding growl, sometimes it’ll be a phrase like, “GET OUT!”

This would never be me. I’m waaayyyyy too jumpy. This could be because my son and my boyfriend think it’s extremely amusing to be waiting for me to come out of the bathroom to jump out at me. Or because they get a big laugh out of coming up behind me and grabbing me.

Of course things have slowed down a bit with that after I told both of them that one of these days they were going to scare me and I would enter “flight or flight” and punch them in the face.  An empty threat, but it’s been enough to make them both stop and think before scaring the beejesus out of me again.

Ironic, isn’t it, that someone so jumpy is so fascinated with ghosts.

I was reading a post the other day on a discussion board “Do you believe in ghosts?” I never read the responses, but I thought of what an interesting question that is.

Is there such thing as ghosts?

And why are people so afraid of ghosts? Is it the unknown? Because I’m telling you, if you watch the news there’s good reason for us to be more afraid of people BEFORE they become ghosts. There haven’t been a lot of stories about ghosts killing people, but there sure are a lot of stories about PEOPLE killing people.

When I first moved out of my parent’s house and into my ex-husband’s house, I can tell you that something was definitely wrong with that house.  I hated being alone in that house. I was always uneasy all the time.  The nightmares I had in that house were so vivid I can still remember some of them today, over fifteen years later.

I remember one night after waking up from one of these nightmares and seeing someone standing in the corner. He was just shadowy enough for me to realize he wasn’t a real person, but clear enough for me to see what he looked like.

I wasn’t scared when I saw him. I was merely curious.

I never saw him again after that. Just that one time.

Later, my ex-husband told me that he had messed around with some occult stuff in the house before I moved in.

Were there ghosts there?

I don’t know. Other than those experiences, I never saw anything else or heard anything. Maybe it was just my anxiety over living somewhere other than my parent’s manifesting itself in my psyche or something. Again, I don’t know. I DO know that I’ve never had experiences quite like that again. No matter what new curveball life had thrown at me.

Do I think there was something there?

Most definitely.

On one of the Paranormal State episodes recently, there was a couple who’s roommate had dabbled in the occult, and they ended up (according to the show), inviting something not very nice into their home. I think that’s what my ex had done. I think with his experimenting he’d done something that left its imprint on that house.

Who knows? I’m not a paranormal investigator. I just watch them on TV.

But to say, “There’s no such thing as ghosts”? How do we know there’s NOT?

Good questions. What do you guys think? Feel free to share your experiences too. We’ll have our very own Ghostly Gab.

For now, I’m off to work on my never-ending to do list.

Peace! I’m out!