Many staffers say ghosts seem to be lurking at Historic Cold Springs Village
Staff members of a little town in Cape May have reported several paranormal events that have left their hair standing on end.
Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the town is called Cold Springs.
Ghost-One Paranormal Group visited Historic Cold Springs Village (HCSV) on Saturday, Oct. 13, and took a group of 50 people through five haunted buildings. Dave Baldo, founder of Ghost-One, says from what they found he believes Cold Springs to be haunted. He reported a shadowy figure seen by four people during a pre-investigation a few weeks prior.
According to Kate Devaney, deputy director of public relations and programming at HCSV, different spirits have been spotted by different people around town, with most sightings reported at the Cox Hall Cottage, the Spice Leaming House, the Dennisville Inn, and the Corson-Hand House.
Shirley Stephanovich, a teacher at the Marshallville School, says the ghost of a Native American Indian is a common sight around town. Several visitors and staff have seen him. “One gentleman was visiting the on-site memorial,” she says. “When he looked up, he saw an Indian standing there. When the man turned back, the Indian was gone.”
Clare Jeuchter, special projects manager at HCSV, has worked at Cold Springs since 1998 and has never seen the Indian, although she has heard about him several times, and believes he must be tied to the land.
Jeuchter says she has come in contact several times with a malevolent spirit at the Village Country Store: “One of my lead sales associates was with me when we heard pounding on the porch, and someone muttering and swearing. We thought it was someone on a porch step.”
Jeuchter did not pursue the person at the time, but 15 minutes later the commotion continued, she says. “I yelled out to them, ‘Be a man. If you have something to say, come in and say it,’” Jeuchter says, adding that the noise then disappeared. The same event occurred again the following year, on the same day. Staff members who have encountered this spirit believe it to be that of a man who dislikes women.
Tammy Patterson, who works in the Spicer Leaming Houser says that her most frightening experience involved the ghost of a little girl.
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If you want to see real ghost hunters in action, join the Ghost-One Paranormal Research Group on the night of Saturday, Oct. 13, from 7-10pm, to investigate the most supernaturally active buildings at Historic Cold Spring Village.
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