Watauga Democrat
November 17, 2008


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Green Park Paranormal

Conference to be held

in Blowing Rock Nov. 21-23

Watauga County is well known for its natural resources, but it also has a number of supernatural resources of interest.

The first Green Park Paranormal Conference takes place Nov. 21-23 at the Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock.

The event features “wall-to-wall ghost hunting” in the Appalachian Mountain’s most haunted hotel.

The 125-year-old Green Park Inn is so notoriously haunted that the hotel keeps a “ghost register” at the front desk, so visitors can record their paranormal encounters.

From the sounds of laughter and footsteps coming from invisible children to mysterious knocks and cold spots, the haunted inn’s record is long and rich.

A jilted bride reportedly killed herself in Room 318, and several people have died of natural causes or otherwise in the hotel’s rooms.

In its heyday, it was the summer retreat of presidents and the wealthy and clings to the Eastern Continental Divide in Blowing Rock at an altitude of 4,300 feet, on the site of a Civil War stockade with documented casualties.

Conference attendees will get special access to the sites with the most reported activity, with small groups performing their own investigations.

Hunts will be held both Friday and Saturday nights.

The conference is hosted by local author and folklorist Scott Nicholson, with presentations and hunts led by Paranormal Scene Investigators and Southeast Paranormal Investigations.

Also on hand will be Chad Austin of Twilight Radio, Jeremiah Greer of Shadows in the Dark Radio and OSIRIS.

Panels include presentations on ghost-hunting equipment, electronic voice phenomena, investigation ethics, stories and history of the inn, local folklore and ghost stories, and “Ghosthunting 101” for those wishing to learn more about paranormal investigations.

Shadows in the Dark will broadcast live from the event on BlogTalk radio.

A number of nearby properties have also been reported as having supernatural activity.

Attendees will receive a road map of 20 local haunted hotspots such as the Cone Manor, Tate Dormitory, Horn in the West, East Dormitory, and more.

Preregistration is $65 for the three-day conference, which includes attendance to all panels, two ghost hunts, Saturday evening dinner, and access to all conference events.

Room rates for conference attendees is $59 a night and are made separately through the inn.

One-day rates for Saturday panels and a special daytime “Beginner's ghost hunt” are $25 if preregistered or $30 at the door.

For more information, e-mail Haunted Computer Productions at greenparkparanormal@yahoo.com or visit the Web site www.hauntedcomputer.com.


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