In certain Cape May circles, Craig McManus is quickly becoming a star -- especially if you like hanging with the dead. And we're not talking about Bob Weir and the boys. We mean the actual dead, as in ghosts. Psychic, author and local ghost hunter, McManus will next try his divination skills on the buildings at Historic Cold Spring Village with a lecture, and weather permitting, a ghost walk on Wednesday, April 15. McManus runs numerous ghost tours throughout Cape May in conjunction with the Cape May Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts. Those tours take in everything from quaint bed and breakfasts to the Cape May Lighthouse. But will McManus find anything in HCSV? "He's been here before, though more casually than this time when he'll be giving a presentation," says Sydney Perkins, spokesperson for HCSV. "So he's been through the buildings and knows what he's looking for." In an October interview with AC Weekly, McManus says old historic buildings are the logical place to find ghosts. "A ghost becomes attached to a house. It may have been their house or some place they felt comfortable in. Obviously, if that building is still standing years later, then they're going to remain there," says McManus. Meanwhile, McManus' reputation as Cape May's resident ghost hunter (along with authoring three books on Cap May ghosts) continues to grow. "He's very popular," Perkins says. "We've been getting a lot of inquiries and it should be a big crowd." The free lecture starts at 7pm and is part of HCSV's spring lecture series. Visit www.hcsv.org for details or call 898-2300.
" I respect the skeptics. I just ask that they respect what I do and come and have the experience before you actually judge me. Not everybody needs closure. Not everybody has unresolved issues. Everyone’s messages are different. But when you witness a reading, spirit talks about such specific details."
This article is the first of four to be published this month on ‘haunted houses’ and ghosts in the Atlantic City region, written by Amanda Hopkins.
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