In 1856, prominent Ohioan George Willison Adams constructed a home for his second wife, Mary Jane, and their children. This is Prospect Place. It has 29 rooms. It was a station in the Underground Railroad. Adams and Abe Lincoln were believed to be friends. Lincoln was rumored to have been at one of the Adams’ parties. The children were all prominent members of Ohio’s society. One daughter was the wife of a rear admiral in the US Navy. The oldest married a man from a neighboring farm, William Cox and had several children. Their parties were the talk of the county! The family lived there until the late 1960s. After that, it fell into disrepair.
There are some mysteries surrounding the house. One story is that a slave hunter was hanged in the barn. William Cox disappeared, perhaps because he had run through the money. Another is the true reason for the building of the house itself. One story says that the ghost of the first wife haunted the original home. A child died at the house, possibly from falling off a balcony. Her mother sat for hours every day with her in the cellar for months, because the frozen ground couldn’t be dug for a grave. Did her mother die there, too? Ana inherited the house and lived there until she died in the 1920s, following a fall and fractured hip. Is she still there?
Today the house is owned by a corporation, headed by Cox’s great, great grandson, David Cox. OPI was the first group after the winter closure, in early March. We set up cameras and did baseline sweeps. We found nothing abnormal in the EMF readings. The Mel meter registered some activity, including a .6 in the restroom. On the table in the front room where we set up headquarters, the two Mel meters registered 2.3 and .4, respectively.
Our most compelling evidence was the EVPs. We had many! In the library, I asked how many spirits were here. A little girl’s voice answered, “7!” A man’s voice repeated, “7” and another voice answered seconds later, “10!” Perhaps a few more came into the room while I was waiting! Or was someone miscounting? In the Gentlemen’s Parlor, while I was addressing George, a little girl whispered, “Daddy.” Was it one of his daughters? I asked if any of the Adams family was with me, and a voice emphatically replied, “No, no, no, no!” During the same session, a woman’s voice declared, “She fell!” It held a tone of grief. Was she talking about the girl who fell from the balcony? A man’s voice said “free” and another said “freedom” indicating they may have been slaves using the Underground Railroad. In the girls voice called for Lucy, whoever Lucy may be! “Lucy, come help me! Lucy! Lucy! Lucy!” This was spaced out over nearly half a minute. A young boy replied to my question, “Are there any Cox family here?” with “When I was 10.” We found that asking about favorite drinks can often spark responses! “Beer?” I queried. A woman uttered the phrase, “I dig it!” Is this a new ghost, or one who has picked up on modern jargon? In the same session, a little girl called out, “Mommy!” In a spirit box session, a young male voice, not from the spirit box, said clearly, “It’s pretty! Mom said call for help!” What was happening that he needed help? Was it one of the Adams children, or someone in the Cox family? Could it be related to the fire that burned down the original house just before the family moved in? One of the bedrooms belonged to Mary Jane, the second wife, and then to Ana the oldest daughter. When I asked if her husband had to make up for what he did, a woman’s voice uttered the word, “No!” “Have you forgiven him?” I queried. “No!” she answered. In that room, the ovilus spoke several relevant words: “west” perhaps meaning her husband went west; “only” suggesting that he was the only one to travel there; “drunk” and “pushed.” Ana’s husband was spotted in San Francisco some months after he disappeared. Theories include him running off because he had spent the money and going off with a male lover, certainly unspeakable behavior for the time! In the ballroom, on the third floor, Angel and I were roleplaying a party. Angel and I were each going to play a song from our phone. We heard waltz type music, and I thought it was her phone. It wasn’t! Somebody was playing in the ballroom, and the only people up there were the two of us! We did play two songs, “Lincoln and Liberty” (in honor of Abe) and a Strauss waltz, “Wein, Weib und Gesang,” (Wine, Women, and Song) popular in the late 1800s. A voice said, “Waltz” but we only heard it later, on the video! The ovilus spoke the w words “holiday” and “party” which are certainly relevant to the place we were. Admiring the lovely staircase, I said, “Imagine coming down the staircase ready for the party.” A voice spoke the phrase, “used to do.” We all tramped out to the barn, and asked the question, “Was someone hanged here?” A male voice spoke the word, “no.” Perhaps that clears up that mystery, and perhaps not. Finally, in the morning, while I was filming outside, a voice breathed, “Wow!” and looking at the barn, a male whispered, “Where’d she go?” have a recorder set in the cellar near the well where the little girl’s body was laid. During the night, it picked up the sound of shuffling footsteps and what sounds like bricks being hit together. There was a noise that seemed like a stone being thrown and bouncing on the ground. We don’t know what they are for sure, but they might be the mother of the child visiting her daughter.
We did enjoy the investigation and have more questions than answers. That’s what usually happens! We will agree that many ghosts are present, including Ana, since she answered me. Other EVPS seem to demonstrate both Adams and Cox members inhabit the family home. The word freedom leads us to believe slaves’ spirits are there. Other EVPs might be servants. For example, “You called me?” could be a servant speaking.