Saturday, August 28, 2021

Saturday, September 4 A Festival of Oddities 2021



A Festival of Oddities 2021

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021 AT 11 AM EDT – 6 PM EDT

Eaton County's Museum at Courthouse Square



Drop by and see me I'll have copies of 
Haunted Flint, Pumpkins and Party Themes 
and The Ghostly Tales of Flint available for purchase.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Haunted Flint For Kids

 Haunted Flint has been adapted into a Middle-Grade book for kids.

The material from Haunted Flint has been condensed and revamped into kid-friendly tales, now the haunted locations of the Vehicle City are ready to be enjoyed by younger readers. 

The Ghostly Tales of Flint
By Anna Lardinois

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Arcadia Children's Books 

Release Date: August 2, 2021

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 112 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1467198358

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1467198356

Book Description:

Ghost stories from the Vehicle City have never been so creepy, fun, and full of mystery!

The haunted history of Flint comes to life--even when the main players are dead. 

Visit the Capitol Theatre to spot ghosts from the basement to the balcony. Or check in to a certain haunted hotel and see if the restless spirits keep you up all night. Flint is so spooky, there's even a whole haunted neighborhood--Carriage Town! Dive into this spooky chapter book for suspenseful tales of bumps in the night, paranormal investigations, and the unexplained; just be sure to keep the light on.

Arcadia Publishing      Amazon 





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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Coming in August - The Ghostly Tales of Flint By Anna Lardinois

Haunted Flint has been adapted into a Middle-Grade book for kids.

The material from Haunted Flint has been condensed and revamped into kid-friendly tales, now the haunted locations of the Vehicle City are ready to be enjoyed by younger readers. 

The Ghostly Tales of Flint
By Anna Lardinois

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Arcadia Children's Books 

Release Date: August 2, 2021

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 112 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1467198358

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1467198356

Book Description:

Ghost stories from the Vehicle City have never been so creepy, fun, and full of mystery!

The haunted history of Flint comes to life--even when the main players are dead. 

Visit the Capitol Theatre to spot ghosts from the basement to the balcony. Or check in to a certain haunted hotel and see if the restless spirits keep you up all night. Flint is so spooky, there's even a whole haunted neighborhood--Carriage Town! 

Dive into this spooky chapter book for suspenseful tales of bumps in the night, paranormal investigations, and the unexplained; just be sure to keep the light on.

Arcadia Publishing      Amazon 



Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Deleted Sections from the book Haunted Flint - Stockton House #HauntedFlint

Our History Press editor did not want too many first person accounts or ghost hunting details in the book so we have a couple buildings that we had to delete info from their chapters.

I previously shared details about Whaley House and Spencer House, next up is the Stockton House.


On May 18th 2016, Joe had the privilege of meeting with the people from Michigan Spirit Quest (MSQ) and discover their findings in the home from an investigation they did a month before.  This was MSQ’s second investigation of the Stockton home. The first one was done the year before, in the middle of the night. This investigation was in the daytime. Over the years there have been many claims of haunting experiences in the home. The findings of MSQ will be broken down into the areas where they found the most activity. The evidence they found makes us believe that there are several ghosts in the home for many time periods.

As you enter the house through the grand front doors into the main hallway you immediately catch a glimpse of the past. The staff and tenants at the Stockton house have reported hearing whistling and the feeling of someone being in the hallway. After MSQ’s investigation, they were able to capture the whistling several times throughout both of their investigations. Other activity that was found in the hallway was the sound of footsteps. This was recorded several times during the investigation when the investigators were in other locations of the house, like the morgue and attic. The footsteps sounded like a man wearing boots pacing the hall. Listening to it, it sounded like someone that has been in the military. Could it be Colonel Stockton watching over the home? 

Some interesting activity was also caught in the parlor. This spirit seemed to be from a more current time period. One of the questions asked was “does anyone sit in chairs and look out the window?” the spirit responded “Hell yeah”. There have been claims of seeing a spirit looking out the window. Other voices were heard throughout the investigation in this room, most of which were low and breathy to the point it was too hard to make out what they were saying. Another example of this was caught on one of the recorders in another room while the team was in the parlor, they asked if anyone sat at the desk? The recorder in the room next to it picked up a voice that said, “She left.” 

Leaving the parlor and going into the drawing room, the team also captured many low breathy voices. Most of which were just one word responses to questions, like “no”, “wow”, or “yes”. There was one exception, when one of the investigators asked the other team member if she should shut the door, a spirit replied, “all the way.”

Moving along in the house to the butler’s pantry and servant’s area, there again was a lot of recorded talking that was quiet, fast, and breathy. One of the spirits was very polite, and still seemed to be working when he guided the crew by saying, “right through there.”

Leaving the main floor of the house, the sound of a lady humming could be heard several times on their recorders. When the team listened to the recordings as they were going up the stairs, they recorded a voice telling them to, “Go away.” On the upstairs floor in Baylis’s bedroom they also recorded some weird tapping on the floor when asked how many spirits are in the room. Later when listening to their recording they heard a spirit answer, “Two.” 

In the 1920’s an extension was put on the house as a hospital wing, when the home was turned into St. Joseph’s Hospital. One of the places with the most activity was the morgue on the first level. The team recorded footsteps many times throughout their investigation. One of the spirits seemed to want to interact with the team. One of the team members made a comment about her phone, while they were packing up the equipment and the spirit responded, “That’s bad.” The same spirit also seemed to like her peace when he told them, “quiet.”  Another spirit responded to their questioning with a, “thanks.”

The operating room was another place in the hospital that seemed to have a lot of activity with low breathy voices that were not fully able to make out what they were saying. In one of the recovery rooms many staff members and visitors have claimed to feel chills, hear sounds, and get creeped out. When they listened to the recordings after investigating that room the sound of a man moaning in pain could be heard. 


Haunted Flint
Haunted America Series
Roxanne Rhoads and Joe Schipani 

Publisher: The History Press

Release Date: September 2, 2019

ISBN-10: 1467143049
ISBN-13: 978-1467143042

Book Description:

Sinister Secrets in Flint’s History

Home to ancient burial grounds, unsolved murders, economic depression, and a water crisis, Flint emits an unholy energy rife with ghostly encounters.

Colonel Thomas Stockton’s ever vigilant ghost keeps a watchful eye over his family home at Spring Grove, where guests occasionally hear the thump of his heavy boots.

Restless spirits long separated from their graves lurk among the ancient stones in Avondale Cemetery.

Carriage maker W.A. Paterson’s spirit continuously wanders the halls of the Dryden Building, and something sinister and unnamed resides in a Knob Hill mansion waiting to prey on impressionable young men.

Join authors Roxanne Rhoads and Joe Schipani on a chilling tour of Flint’s most haunted locations.

Amazon    BN    Chapters    Book Depository    Arcadia Press     Goodreads
  

Haunted Flint Tour October 18, 2019 Explore Ghosts of Flint and Genesee



On October 18, 2019 Haunted Flint partnered with the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce for a tour of some of Flint's most haunted locations.

This was our first ghost tour venture. Joe and I suggested locations and provided stories. The Chamber of Commerce secured the locations, planned the schedule, and worked with the MTA for transportation. Basically they did all the work. We were there to share what we learned about the locations.

There were also a couple psychics on hand to tell us about the locations, what they sensed, what they felt.

A few things didn't go right. The intercom systems on the buses didn't work. So the plan of telling everyone about the locations on our way to them was a mess because no one could hear my tiny voice without a mic. Joe probably fared better on his bus, his voice is much bigger.

At the locations, again, no microphones, so unless people were huddled next to the psychics they didn't hear what was being said. :-( 

And it was a crazy cold night so no one really hung out afterward for the bonfire, ghost stories, cider and donuts.

Now that we've learned a few things hopefully the next tours will go much smoother.


We started the tour at Avondale Cemetery. We arrived as the sun began to dip in the sky and parked at the old Flint Armory, a big hulk of an empty building also rumored to be haunted. The cemetery was quiet, guarded. Like all the spirits were hiding, watching. I'm sure this was the most activity that poor cemetery had scene in ages. Approximately 60 people walking the grounds.

Davonna gave us some history of the various stones, talked about some of the weirder places, like the two sisters, some of the trees, and these huge flower pots that tend to move around on their won. There is also an area that looks like an open grave. What happened? Sink hole? Grave robbing? Something supernatural?

But other than the group of us walking around the place was strangely inactive.

Below is the history I gave about the location.


Avondale Cemetery is one of Flint’s oldest remaining burial grounds. Avondale was established in 1878 but contains gravestones that pre-date the founding of the city of Flint in 1855 thanks to the City Cemetery being moved. The oldest stone belongs to Mary Lyons who passed away in 1839 and her husband, Isaac, who passed away in 1842. They share a grave marker.

Avondale is not as well kept as Glenwood but it is still a favorite destination for local explorers. Full of crumbling tombstones and ancient mausoleums the cemetery is filled with history…and spirits.

Disturbed spirits are a popular trope for horror movies and ghost stories. Often combined with a tale of the house or building being built on top of an old cemetery, where bodies were left behind.

In Flint this frightening tale is more than just a spooky story.

The Flint City Cemetery was established in 1842 when Flint was still just a village. By the 1950s trash and overgrown weeds had taken over.

The city decided to redevelop the land.

Around 1200 remains were reinterred at the Flint City Cemetery at the corner of Linden Rd and Pasadena Avenue. Around 925 of the remains were unknowns. Bodies had been buried on top of each other. Some of the remains exhumed were wearing buckskins.

The property was sold to Albert J Koerts in 1958, who owned Koerts Glass and Paint.

The remaining residents of the old City Cemetery were reburied in Avondale along with 122 grave markers.

Or were they?

The section where the gravestones were moved to inside Avondale is called Pioneer’s Row. The stones are arranged in two rows, very close together, in a way that suggests stones and bones are probably not buried together.

In 1985 the remains of more than 24 bodies were found during construction in the basement of the Holiday Inn Express at 1150 Longway Boulevard and I-475. They were eventually reburied at the Flint City Cemetery.

Rumors swirl that Albert J Koerts, who purchased the old cemetery property, just moved the grave markers to Avondale which means the remains of some of Flint's earliest residents may still be lost under Flint buildings and parking lots. Unfortunately Koerts is long dead and took that secret to his grave.

Those remains found under the hotel? Do they belong to grave markers in Avondale or do they belong in the Flint City Cemetery?

Both the Holiday Inn and Avondale Cemetery have numerous reports of haunting encounters.

Several psychic mediums say that Avondale is filled with spirits, they see them clearly...everywhere. The cemetery is a popular destination for both vandals and ghost hunters in Flint. Orbs and strange noises have been reported along with numerous sightings. More than one dead body has been discovered right outside the perimeter.

Are angry spirits lurking because their final resting place was disturbed?
Do ghosts linger when they do not receive a proper burial?


Next up was The Capitol Theatre. 





She also sensed something strange about the water fountain in the hall. And no, it had nothing to do with the water crisis.



Inside the theater area  she could sense someone in the small box. She dubbed him "The Director" because he seemed to be watching and controlling the "show".








The hallway outside the theater, where some of the conjoined businesses are within the building, felt oppressive and very ominous. Just walking down the hall made me feel like there should have been a sign "Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here". The beauty salon had a large neon evil eye symbol in the salon facing the hallway. Yeah, they know what's up. Trying to ward off whatever bad stuff lurks in that hall.

Here is a the brief story about The Capitol I shared during the tour.

The Capitol first opened its doors on January 19, 1928. The theater was designed by architect John Eberson.

Rumors of hauntings have swirled about The Capitol Theatre for decades.

Strange knocking sounds, disembodied singing, shadowy figures, mysterious power outages…

The Capitol’s recent renovations returned the building to its original glory.

Did this calm the restless spirits or make them more active?

There has been at least one death on site that could account for a lingering spirit. 

Outside the Capitol we visited Brush Alley which lies nestled between The Capitol Theatre and the buildings that front Saginaw Street like The Ferris Wheel and the apartment at 625 South Saginaw Street (if you read the book, this location is in Chapter 19).



Walking into the alley made me feel physically ill. It was dark, oppressive and felt wrong. I had to leave the alley, catch my breath and center myself before walking back in.


The psychics could sense someone, maybe multiple someones, had died there. This meshed with our research for the book.


Next the groups split and mine went to the Durant Dort Office Building in Carriage Town.



This is where history was made. The birth of General Motors. All the plans, plots, deals that Durant took part in.... yet it was remarkably sterile. I would think there would be energy, imprints, something in such a place.

But it felt to me like it had been scrubbed, or warded. As though, even long after death, the powerful men that worked here wanted to keep their secrets secret. Forever.

Davonna felt the same, like the place was remarkable empty for the intricate and emotional history that should have been ingrained into the foundation of such a building, especially considering the historical artifacts that remain like original furniture, books, etc.












The building doesn't have too many ghostly stories either. Employees complain that lights are on when they "know" they turned them off or vice versa, which can easily be chalked up to bad memory, someone else messed with the lights or faulty electrical in an old building. Others that have worked in the building have heard ghostly footsteps and felt as though someone was behind them, but when they turn no one was there. Again, easy to write off as imagination from being in an old creaking building.

But I did have one story relayed to me by someone who once worked in the building.

In the winter of 2006 an employee of the Flint Area Convection and Visitors Bureau arrived for work early one snowy morning. She was the first one there and went up to the second floor to get coffee started. While making coffee she heard a door open and someone enter the building. She yelled “Good Morning” but no one answered. When she looked down the staircase to see who had arrived, no one was there. She looked outside and hers was still the only car in the lot and her foot tracks were the only ones in the snow.

Across from the office building is Factory One. These shoes were just there. Random, weird and no one else commented on them. Odd. Very odd.





On the corner across from Durant is the old Nash House. Flint residents refer to it as the pink house or the doll house. No one currently lives in it but it is maintained either by Carriage Town, The Flint Land Bank or something.





Our final stop of the night was Stockton Center at Spring Grove. It was rather uneventful ghost wise. They were quiet for once. Too many people perhaps?



Board members of Stockton put together a wonderful presentation for us about the deaths of the Stockton Family members and death practices in the Victorian era.







Here was my history and story about Stockton, though I have another blog post on Stockton that is much more detailed.

The Stockton Center at Spring Grove first belonged to Colonel Thomas Stockton and his family before becoming a hospital and then a nursing home. Considered to be Flint's most haunted location, countless ghostly encounters have occurred in this building.

In addition to the many patients that died on site, both Colonel Stockton and his wife Maria passed away in the house.

I’ve heard many tales of spooky encounters in this building and I’ve had a few of my own.
A female spirit wanders around the hospital area quietly asking, “Do you know where the nurse is?”

Sometimes the vision of a man falling from the balcony will play on a loop.

And a creepy male spirit can be glimpsed in the hallway, just staring.  

Many people have heard the sound of heavy boots coming down the stairs, while others hear the sound of a man whistling.

While meditating in the front parlor I have heard footsteps on the stairs and doors open and shut in the hospital wing even though everyone in the building was in the same room as me.

I have also felt ghostly hands on me during Reiki sessions. Perhaps the nurses have learned a new skill in the afterlife.

A friend says she often sees an old woman watching us from an upper window while we hang out in the parking lot chatting. She doesn’t seem to approve of us lingering.
 
Hubby and I in Brush Park after the Ghost Tour