We had to take a ride up north (NY) to visit Jays family yesterday and decided to do a little ghost hunting along the way. After all, it is fall and it seems to be the best time for spooks to come out and play. You can join Unsolved Mysteries and post your own mysteries or
First we went to Maddison Barracks, which is an old fort that was used primarily in the Revolutionary war and actually had many famous people there at one time. US Grant was stationed there as a young man, as well as the visit of several presidents. The place has always had a general feel of being haunted because of the many huge buildings that are now in severe disrepair and the existance of a mass un marked grave yard.
From there we went to Thompson Park in Watertown NY. It is in the registry of national haunted places for having a portal in which people have disapeared in one spot an mysteriously reapear in another. It's a pretty freaky place. I snapped a ton of digital pictures at these places and then Jay decided he was going to take me to this old cider mill not too far from there.
I had heard of the Burrville Cider mill a long time ago from a local news report on hauntings. In the report there was video footage of doors opening and closing by themselves. I found it quite convincing. In any case, I wanted some cider so I was up for it. As soon as we turned down the road I could see it sitting atop a hill on a spooky winding road and thought if this place isn't haunted NO place is. Heres some brief history.....
.....The Burrville Cider Mill is one of Jefferson County's oldest establishments. The structure, formerly known as Burr's Mills, was built in 1801 and was originally used as a sawmill and a gristmill. Capt. John Burr, whom Burrville is named after, purchased the Mill in 1802. Not much is known about Capt. Burr but it is rumored that he was a pirate who would steal from the supply ships out on Lake Ontario and then sell the goods back to the troops in Sackets Harbor. Some even say his ghost still visits the Mill.....
The building itself is nothing spectacular except for being very, very old. There is definitely an eerie feeling to it but also has a certain charm, kind of like a friendly old man with many storys to tell. I guess you could say the place is very rustic. We went inside to buy our cider and ended up buying one of practically everything the little shop had to offer. I love these old country store type places. I watched some ladys make these cider donuts and HAD to have some. They were awesome. And the cider was the BEST I've ever had. We also found a great book on upstate hauntings there and bought that as well. I didn't give myself much time to think about the place being haunted because I was too busy shopping. :) Afterward, I took some pictures, mostly because it was an interesting building and wanted a momento of the place. I was really not thinking "ghosties" at all. There were too many real people to contend with.
When I got home and put the pictures of our day on the computer, I went through them all and didn't see much until I got to the last one. It was the frount of the cider mill and it was busy with the activity of people picking out their pumpkins and going through crates of apples. It's a very colorful and clear picture but there was one thing that didn't quite seem to fit the scene. By the door to what is called the "sorting room" there is a man. He is the only thing in the picture you can't make out clearly but you can see it's a man with a full beard waring boots to his knees. He appears to have a disabilty with one arm. (or maybe carrying something) It struck me immediately because I was sure there was no one there at the time I took the picture. I'm very careful about knowing what is going to be in the pictures I take so that I don't mistake something easily explained with the unexplainable.
My mind does try to rationalize things and I honestly tried to find a reason for a real person to be there and why he wasn't quite as visible as the rest of the picture but it's just too odd for me. I wish I had a web site to post this picture to get some feed back on it. I've been doing this for over a year and have never gotten a picture this good. I've been doing some research to try and find out that if this is a ghost, who it might be. It's good enough so that if I saw a picture of this man I would recognize him, but I'm not having any luck.
I might be pursuaded to email this picture to anyone who could tell me what they think.
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