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Litchfield Plantation: Paranormal team takes another look at house

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

A strange thing happened when a team of amateur paranormal investigators reviewed hours of video and audio recordings made over two nights at the Litchfield Plantation house in October. The equipment crashed.

Six members of Lost Souls Paranormal, a group with chapters in Aiken, Savannah and Atlanta, returned to the plantation over the weekend. This time they brought more cameras. And they were also joined by a television crew from WBTW.

Along with John Miller, president of Litchfield Plantation Co., and a couple of others, there were 14 people gathered in the darkened rooms of the 18th century house on Saturday night watching hand-held meters, known as K2s, that measure electromagnetic fields. They split up into two groups, one upstairs the other downstairs.

The results were disappointing.

“A lot of times you won’t get anything interesting,” said Steven Hicks, an Aiken resident who founded the group. “Some groups won’t tell you that.”

But they soldiered on, moving from room to room with their meters, which showed little inclination to move from the safe green light to the more intriguing amber.

Lost Souls members are believers in what they prefer to call spirits rather than ghosts, but they say that their belief is tempered by skepticism.

The equipment failure that followed their October visit was soon fixed. The data was saved, and Hicks said he was able to determine that a series of “pongs” recorded near the bedroom that once was used by Dr. Henry Tucker were not of the paranormal variety. Tucker died in 1904, and his spirit

is thought to inhabit the house.

In the two years since he and a group of investors bought the property, Miller has come to believe there is something unsettled about the house. He’s keeping an open mind until Lost Souls completes its report.

On Friday night, Lost Souls members stayed up until 3:30 a.m. watching the K2 meters light up as they posed questions to potential spirits. The next evening, Hicks played an audio file for the visitors. In the hiss that follows one question there are two muffled syllables, easy to miss between the coughs and creaks that occur when people sit around an old building.

“Da da,” is Brian Hambrick’s interpretation.

This was his first trip to Litchfield Plantation. He tried to engage the source of Friday night’s K2 lights in an upstairs bedroom again on Saturday night. He got a few amber blinks, but not much else.

“Just like kids, they won’t do a thing until you’re not looking,” Hicks said.

The infrared cameras that were set up throughout the house and the accompanying audio will be reviewed in the coming weeks for any activity that may have escaped human eyes and ears over the weekend. It’s likely that the influx of visitors along with the Lost Souls team was a factor in the low turnout of electromagnetic readings, he said.

In fact when the television crew left around 11 p.m. a K2 meter on a table in the living room suddenly began to flash amber lights. Probably cellphones, Hicks said. But he wasn’t deterred. He still believes there’s plenty to investigate at Litchfield Plantation.

“You can tell when you walk into a room,” he said.

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