Written by Alicia Barker
In the month of October when everyone's minds wander toward the spooky, scary, and creepy, you can't help but wonder...Is something watching me from the shadows? Was that noise just my cat or something that shouldn't be here? Did I leave my keys there last night or did something...or someone...move them?
We wondered that about the grounds of Callaway Plantation. In the past we have had some reports of people seeing shadows moving across the second floor mirror and some soldiers riding on horseback near the RV park. Sometimes when I am here all by myself I think I hear voices or footsteps, but when I check to see who has come for a tour, there is nobody there.
Callaway Plantation was home to 4 generations of the Callaway family and the family cemetery is still on the grounds. With this much history there very well could be some paranormal activity. Because of this, we decided to reach out to the Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research (SIPR).
Denise Roffe and her team came to our picturesque town and stayed at the Fitzpatrick Hotel. This is also where the initial meetup for the crew and attendees took place. During this briefing the team explained what their equipment was used for. I have included some of the equipment below and their uses.
Some of the attendees were experienced hunters themselves and brought some equipment of their own. Now that everyone knew what to do it was time to head to Callaway Plantation to do some investigating.
Once everyone arrived at the Plantation they split into groups of 10. Each group had 1 or 2 SIPR members with them. Each group then rotated to all the buildings on the property as well as the family cemetery. They spent about 10 minutes in each building before moving on to the next.
I asked Janet Parker a few questions about her experience during the investigation. While her group was at the Brick House (also known as the Manor House) “Someone reported seeing a reflection in the mirror that wasn’t their own and seeing shadows on the wall”. They took some EVPS but there was no response in this building. She reported that there were some “cold spots in the Brick House but nothing conclusive”. Her group then went to the Log Cabin. They had no luck getting any evidence here so they moved onto the Cemetery. While here one of the attendees had a flashlight that they set up as an EMF meter and asked some questions. They asked “Are you here?”. When they did Janet recalls “the flashlight turned on” but there was nothing totally conclusive. Some of the other attendees think that it might have been a little boy. From there they moved onto the Blacksmith’s Shop. For this group there was little activity here. One of the other groups reported “seeing a full-bodied apparition at the side of the Blacksmith’s Shop”. At the Schoolhouse “some attendees saw what they thought to be a UFO, but maybe it was a shooting star.”
I also interviewed Denise Roffe about her experience at Callaway. Denise is the founder of SIPR. She founded the nonprofit organization in 2008 but has over 20 years of experience when it comes to ghost hunting. She said that there were “different energies in different buildings”. Her group had a lot of activity at the Schoolhouse whereas other groups did not. She stated that she “felt the presence of what [I] believe to be a confederate soldier.” Her group also felt strongly that there was a child spirit present in the Cemetery. All in all, she said that her experience at Callaway combined her “two favorite things, a rich family history and it seems to be haunted”.
Tammy Tamafi also gave me a few tidbits about the experience here at Callaway. She is the primary user of “Boo Bear”. She reports that “there was something moving in the fireplace at the Cabin”. She also stated that the KII Meter lit up on the stairs of the Manor House.
I searched out multiple accounts of the night from different groups. Each person I interviewed had some claims of activity on the property. Some of the most frightening evidence came to us after Denise Roffe sent a report to all attendees. This is where we received a sound file. When played you can clearly hear a soft voice saying “Hey….hey…hey!” Spooky stuff! I have put the audio file below.
I think there may be something to all these reports. Perhaps Callaway Plantation really is haunted! I say if you want to find out keep an eye out for the next Ghost Hunt or come out to have a tour and do some investigating yourself!