For those interested in trying some first-hand ghost hunting, Thornbury Farm should be the primary stop on your paranormal list.
Randell Spackman, owner of Thornbury Farm, explained to me that the farm, having been founded in 1709, was the site for much of the Battle of Brandywine. As a result, thousands of soldiers had died on these grounds. “A lot of spirits and ghosts usually have a resource to create that kind of energy, at least, that’s the theory,” Randell explained. And, with the amount of blood spilled on this soil, Thornbury certainly provides thats source.
When Randell takes the visitors on these tours, they communicate with dousing rods and crystals, which are—we’re told—not as potentially perilous as Ouija boards. According to Randall, specific spirits are associated with different locations at farm. “We have a little girl that’s crying and lost her doll, a prankster ghost, a soldier that’s been hurt, a young boy in the barn, and an older gentleman in the barn.”
What makes these ghost tours on Thornbury Farm unique is that Randell won’t divulge every story to his visitors, so they don’t immediately know what to expect and start imagining apparitions.. “We tell people some of the stories, but not all of them because we want people to have an actual legitimate learning experience,” he said. The day after a tour, if Randell receives phone calls or emails that seem to confirm similar sights or experiences, he takes that as further confirmation of the existence of something on the farm behind our comprehension.
Randell is genuinely gripped by the mystery. “We really don’t know what we’re communicating with, as no one has come back from that plane. The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know.”
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