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Ghost hunt event is set for weekend

By Jebb Johnston

jjohnston@dailycorinthian.com

Crossroads Museum is getting ready to go lights out.

Though limited in number, tickets are available for this weekend's guided ghost hunt, which will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening with paranormal enthusiast Shiloh Beene of Jackson, Tennessee, leading the way. A discount is being offered to Daily Corinthian readers using the discount code at the end of this story.

Tickets will also be available at the depot museum on the two evenings, depending on continued availability.

The event is aimed at people who would like to participate in a serious ghost hunt as seen in shows like "Ghost Adventures" and "Ghost Hunters" using equipment like digital voice recorders. It is not for kids and will not be a "haunted house" type event.

"It's something different, and different can be good," said Museum Executive Director Brandy Steen. "We've been trying to look at some different and unique fundraisers."

Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment like digital recorders and flashlights to gather their own evidence.

Steen and other museum staffers have experienced unexplained things in the building. Many people have passed through the building experiencing many different emotions through the years, and there is also the connection of the depot area to the Civil War, she said.

Beene, who has investigated famous locations such as the Stanley Hotel, which inspired Stephen King's "The Shining," has previously investigated the museum.

"We were interested in the Crossroads Museum and knew there was a lot of history in that area and that there was a strong likelihood there was spirit activity going on as well," Beene recently told the Daily Corinthian. "We had a lot of hits on the K2 meter as far as potential spirit interaction with us."

The K2 meter is a device that measures spikes in electromagnetic energy.

A variety of equipment, including night vision cameras, laser grids, and devices such as the "Sprit Box" that rapidly scans radio frequencies will be set up in three different spots — outside the museum, in the main museum display area and in the archive room.

The regular ticket price is $50. A VIP ticket for $100 adds an additional two hours to investigate anywhere on the property under staff supervision.

Use the code "SHARE" at hauntedcorinth.com for a discounted ticket price of $35. Tickets are also available at the museum. Call 287-8300 for more information.