IT FINALLY HAPPENED! THE SPIRIT WE AT PP-SC HAVE NAMED “OLD GRUMPY” WHO RESIDES IN THE CHRISTMAS DISPLAY ROOM AT THE THOMAS HOUSE INN, FINALLY SHOWED HIMSELF TO A PARAGON PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR! THERE’S A PHOTO TO PROVE IT TOO.
This was the first photo of the Christmas Room taken when we first arrived at the bed and breakfast for a two-day ghost hunt. A second photo, taken within seconds after the first, has a dark shadow on the right side of the room and actually, the whole room appears a little darker. (Note that there were no changes in the flash used for the two photos.)
The Thomas House Inn is located in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee. Built in the 1890’s, the Thomas House, then the Cloyd Hotel, was destroyed by fire in the 1920’s and rebuilt into the stately brick structure we now visit several times each year to hunt ghosts and converse with the Cole family, the present owners. The inn is decorated in the Victorian style with lots of beautiful antiques and wallpaper. Not really a place for children, adults find the ambience very relaxing since there are no phones in the rooms and no televisions! No phones and no TV makes it a great place to train our new investigators who will most likely have a paranormal experience while there.
I guess I shouldn’t say we “hunt” ghosts at the Thomas House. I think that Bob and I have been going to the location for so long that the spirits meet us at the door. There are several children spirits, a former owner or two and their wives, a former cook, and who knows how many spirits are former guests.
Lets go back to “Old Grumpy” in the Christmas Display Room; he has been active over the years. For a spirit who wants no contact with the living, he sure makes himself known to the many investigators who visit the inn and the owners. I recorded two EVP’s that I’m almost sure is “Grumpy”. In response to my usual question asking him for his name each time we arrive at the location, he has responded “leave me alone” and another time “get out”. Another group of Tennessee Ghost Hunters asked him if he liked having visitors and he responded with a firm, and grumpy, NO!
Another incident involving “Grumpy” happened to an elderly guest who, up until his personal event, was a firm skeptic of ghostly happenings at the inn. The gentleman was sitting in the only TV area at the top of the staircase, enjoying the program on the TV. Darrell and Tyler Cole were removing the two vintage Santa from the display room to another location when suddenly, from the Santa which I recently pictured the “Spirit Orb” exiting out of, a very dark, fog-like, shape lifted up out of the Santa and moved quickly back into the Christmas Room. Tyler was carrying the figure, but didn’t observe it, but the elderly gentleman couldn’t quit talking about it. Like I said, he is now a believer!
For the record, I’m going to keep bothering the old spirit until he gives me his name. We can’t call him “Grumpy” forever, can we??
All I can say is that out of all the locations throughout the United States that we have investigated, with the exception of Gettysburg Battlefield, the Thomas House is the most haunted. And this is really saying something since we have been to the Birdcage Saloon in Tombstone, AZ, and the Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL HAPPY GHOST HUNTING!
Carol and Bob