The thrill of haunting | Archdale Trinity News
ARCHDALE — For nearly four decades, the owners of Kersey Valley Attractions have been inviting thrill seekers to come spook them at their popular Spookywoods haunted attraction.
It’s all fun, of course, but what if we told you that some of Spookywoods’ spirits are real? What if we told you that, if you’re daring enough, you can go on an authentic ghost hunting expedition and possibly encounter these spirits yourself?
That’s the premise of Kersey Valley Paranormal, the latest adventurous outing from Kersey Valley Attractions, joining offerings such as ziplining, ax throwing, escape rooms and, of course, Spookywoods. For a fee, individuals or groups can spend anywhere from 90 minutes to eight hours investigating the supposedly haunted property, and Kersey Valley will even provide high-tech paranormal equipment similar to that used by professional ghost hunters.
“I’m a very big skeptic and didn’t really believe it, but I will say a lot of strange and unexplained things have happened to us here,” says Tony Wohlgemuth, owner of Kersey Valley Attractions. “We had lights that turn on and off by themselves. Mysterious footsteps. A person entering the house who looks like a shadow.
It’s not just a business owner trying to promote his latest lucrative venture. Paranormal researchers who have investigated Spookywoods report similar experiences.
“There’s a lot of paranormal activity out there,” says Tonya Denny, head of Kernersville Paranormal Research – and formerly an associate of the Winston-Salem Paranormal Society – who has spent countless hours investigating the property (courtesy of Wohlgemuth) over the past 15 years. .
“I do EVP, which is an electronic voice phenomenon. I heard whispers: ‘Help.’ ‘Find me if you can.’ We’ve had members hear footsteps when no one was around, or other weird things happen. There’s definitely paranormal activity out there.
Wohlgemuth, who grew up on the Kersey Valley property, says the previous owner told him the property sits on what was once a Native American cemetery, which he says may explain some of the paranormal activity. who is there. The EVP recordings supposedly picked up the faint sounds of Native American drumming and chanting.
Wohlgemuth also heard rumors of a woman who may have committed suicide there, a story being investigated by paranormal researchers.
The best-known ghost story associated with the property, however, is that of a spirit known as “The Fiddler”, who is believed to haunt the upstairs bedrooms of a spooky old farmhouse in Kersey Valley. .
According to the story, which was written in the local newspaper and in the book “Ghosts of the Triad”, a burly man who often traveled to High Point in the early 1930s sometimes stayed in an upstairs bedroom on the farmhouse. . During his stays, he became known for taking out his violin after dinner and playing a few tunes, which delighted the family who lived there and other boarders.
Unfortunately, the man died in his sleep at home. Soon after, the family began to hear heavy, shuffling footsteps upstairs when they knew no one was there. One evening after dinner, they heard the distinct strains of violin music – a tune they recognized as one their guest had played for them – and the ghostly playing of the violin became a regular occurrence.
Thus was born the legend of “The Fiddler”. Denny says the house’s EVP recordings even covered violin music.
For ghost hunters who want to investigate “The Fiddler” and other paranormal activity on the property, Kersey Valley Paranormal offers three options: a 90-minute experience, a four-hour investigation, and an eight-hour investigation.
For the 90-minute experience, the cost is $32 per person, and Kersey Valley will provide ghost hunting equipment, as well as a qualified guide. For the four-hour and eight-hour surveys, which are geared more toward organized groups of ghost hunters, the cost is $600 and $1,000, respectively. Three guides will be provided for these surveys, but groups should bring their own equipment.
“We’ve heard so many stories about paranormal activity here, we just thought it would be fun to let people come and investigate,” Wohlgemuth says. “Some people believe in it and some people don’t, so we just wanted to let the public decide for themselves.”