The “other side”- A ghost of a chance

October 31, 2010 at 5:36 am 9 comments

There are “ghosts” in Lorain – you see them all the time- you pass by them, sometimes you mutter words of disbelief as they come into you line of vision.

They are the remains of what was once a full and rich life- they are the homes and monuments of those that called this place – Lorain- home. They have had their lives taken from them by a deadly plague- the plague of neglect/progress – they that still stand are used and abused – prostituted for greed, or totally destroyed. Very few survive the plague of progress.

However , one house the Moore House, built in 1906 stands as a testament to the lives of those that walked these streets and built these streets- lived in these homes – thanks to the efforts and tenacity of the Black River Historical Society.
October 30th, found the house hosting a party of one which was probably not in any of its previous inhabitants social calendar

Nikki, my daughter, and I decided to avail ourselves of the opportunity to walk the hallway and rooms with the folk from O.R.B.S. We were on the 9:30 pm group hunt.

We arrived to find Kelly Boyer Sagert with hot cider and delicious donuts welcoming our intrepid “hunters of the spirits”. There were 12 of us for the 9:30 hunt. Nikki and I were pretty much the novices, the others in the party had their special cameras , laser thingamajigs, and digital recorders etc. They certainly had more knowledge than we did as to how these hunts/tours work and had been on numerous other ” hunts”.

Nikki and I decided to split, she went with the one group and I with the other . Things were quiet in the basement – my group spent about 30 minutes in each area of the house from basement to attic. One piece of the O.R.B.S equipment amplified a woman’s voice answering


to the question

“Do you want us to leave?”

– there was no response to a few other questions but once again a definite


came through the static when asked again –

“Do you want us to leave?”

The “hunt ” finished for this group around 11:30 –

Nikki’s group had also had some activity . One of the participants, more sensitive than most upon hearing and feeling something used her camera-and captured an orb and a shadowy something on the film where a cold spot was felt.

Kelly, was waiting for the midnight hunt and a chance to get warm. Kelly had her own cold spot ( 5 hours worth) taking tickets and handing out refreshments to the participants as she sat patiently in the garage of the Moore House.

Meanwhile Nikki and I, after availing ourselves of another donut and hot cider, joined up with our groups at the Charleston Pioneer Cemetery as Diane Medina told the stories of this city’s founding fathers and “mothers” and continued the tour.

However by 12:30 the “cold spot” got the better of us and we headed home to bed.

One benefit of the hunt I noticed was the participants became fascinated by the museums artifacts and decor but since we were in the “dark” more than one decided to come back during “daylight” for a closer look at “The Moore House”

All in all a very enjoyable and facinating evening and just maybe those goosebumps weren’t all down to the weather!


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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kelly Boyer Sagert  |  October 31, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for coming last night! We didn’t get home until after 2:30 a.m. I can’t remember the last time I was up that late . . .

  • 2. thatwoman  |  October 31, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    You have a very supportive mum and dad – loved the hot cider!!!!!

  • 3. Renee Dore  |  October 31, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    We also joined in the hunt at 7 PM- had some reaction with the “rods” when asked about some family Moore family photos in a display case in the front room.
    I just wonder if there are any other places around the old Charleston Village neighborhhod where a spirit from the long ago past might be hiding in the rafters??? Perhpas an old shipcaptain’s widow waiting for her husband to return from the lakes????
    It was certainly an interesting evening and also thanks to everyone involved with last night’s “hunt’.

  • 4. Lisa  |  October 31, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Went thru 2 cemetery tours with Diane last night. There’s nothing remarkable in any of my pics 😦 Many people were amazed at how much she knew about the inhabitants of the cemetery. I heard nothing but positive feedback from the other attendees.

    Glad to hear you had an interesting time ghost hunting. Hope you learned some tips and tricks you can use 😉

  • 5. Carolyn  |  November 1, 2010 at 2:43 am

    I am glad our ghosts decided to greet some of our guests. I think Kelly did a great job putting the night’s activity together. Hopefully all our guests enjoyed themselves.

  • 6. Loraine Ritchey  |  November 1, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Oh Carolyn they certainly did – everyone was so positive about the Moore House – and Lisa Diane is a marvel and is so caring of those founding families…….. truly remarkable

  • 7. Diane wargo Medina  |  November 2, 2010 at 1:10 am

    I am sorry to say I will not be participating in the Ghost tours no longer, there were no visitors in photos, at least the ones I saw because of the negative feeling I had that evening. Thanks to my two friends who live across the street that made a mockery and show and tell on there dogs, that they decided to bring over and try to sell them them during the tour. I am not happy with the group O. R. B. S, and will not be involved no longer. People paid good money and some of the feedback I got back was quite negative, and made me look like an ass, Thanks but no thanks. I did not appreciate some of the things that went on that night and spoke with Frank about it on Sunday. I have worked most of my adulthood with this cemetery, and yes I am proud. I will say that the last tour seemed very interested and asked many questions, but when offered a year ago to do the tour I was hesitaiting because I did not want those that rest there to look like circus freaks, and indeed I felt it that night. I was so ill when I got home I was not sure what hit me, meaning the extreme headache and nausea , I can only believe it was the energy from them that did this, and it was a very disapointing feeling, I let those that rest here down, and I am saddened. If I feel like doing other tours in the future it will be in a whole different setting, on my terms, with respect. I have not spoken to my two friends on 6th street,I am so angry at the moment. As for the O RBS group, I will pass, I do not need walkie talkies drowning out the tour, and when people who paid for the tour get stupid negative answers, it makes the whole tour look bad. I even had a couple actually walk away from the group.!!! It is not skin flying or ” orbs do not exist” answers, what is wrong with those people, situations have to be looked at and investigated before something can be determined. And they show up at the last tour about 2-3 men, walking around and just got in their car and left, no goodbye, I am done. I will say this I appreciate EVERYONE who have supported me all of these years, you are special people and helped me greatly, THAT is special to me, and you know who you are, whether if it just to help clean, or computer work, or helping me with monies, it is all remembered and appreciated. God Bless you. Sincerely, Diane Wargo Medina

  • 8. Loraine Ritchey  |  November 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I had never been on one of these tours before- it wasn’t as “serious minded” as I expected – I am not sure the “tone” of the evening was condusive to ” serious reseach”- and in hindsight since the cemetery suffered for years from a disregard to its status as a cemetery and its historical significance the lack of appreciation to its historical and lack of reverence must have been upsetting – I am sorry

    I believe I know how hyou feel it is probably similar to the fact that “the family” put birthday cake and balloons on the place above my son’s remains ……. so I can fully understand – I am sorry for the lack of respect shown by neighbors and others- I will talk to you but in the meantime thank you for everything you and your family do to

  • 9. Loraine Ritchey  |  November 2, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Just to clarify my comment by ” tour” I meant the “one at the Moore house ” NOT the cemetery I have walked with Diane a few times and her knowledge and respect for those that are laid to rest there is truly thought provoking and respectful at all times.

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