‘Paranormal Pursuits’ Weekend at Historic Cold Spring Village

Interested in ghost hunting? Like learning about the supernatural? Visit Historic Cold Spring Village for ‘Paranormal Pursuits’: Spiritualism in the 1800s on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition to experiencing the Village’s 27 restored, historic buildings dating from 1691-1912, guests can enjoy various workshops, demonstrations and tours which highlight the study of spiritualism and the paranormal.

The local paranormal investigation group, Morning Star Paranormal, will share the findings of their investigation at the Village and demonstrate their ghost hunting equipment in the Welcome Center throughout the weekend. In the Dennisville Inn, another local paranormal investigation group, POST (Paranormal Organization Supporting Teens) will conduct an investigation throughout the day, sharing their experiences during past investigations and current findings with guests. Guests can also explore the Village’s own paranormal past and present during ghost walks on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. During stops at various buildings throughout the Village visitors will learn about the supernatural experiences reported by staff members as well as the evidence of ghostly presences discovered by visiting mediums and psychics.

Throughout the weekend Professor William B. Ghan will demonstrate the study of phrenology, a 19th century field of science that believed the bumps on your head explained your character traits. HCSV Deputy Director for Education and Interpretation Jim Stephens will lecture on the lively practice of spiritualism in the 1800s on Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Guests can also shop for good luck charms and talismans.

In addition to “Paranormal Pursuits” weekend, the Village is hosting upcoming after-hours paranormal events on the grounds of Historic Cold Spring Village. On Tuesdays and Thursdays in August, staff members will lead guests by lantern light through the Village on evening Ghost Walks, stopping along the way at the museum’s restored historic buildings to speak of the mysterious spectral happenings reported by our staff and revealed by paranormal investigation teams. Walks begin at 8 p.m. at the Route 9 gatehouse. Tickets are $15 per person. On Saturday, September 3 and Saturday, October 1, join Morning Star Paranormal for a night of hands-on ghost hunting in Historic Cold Spring Village. Beginning at 7 p.m, guests will be escorted in groups to each of four buildings and through the Village grounds where researchers will allow guests to assist with the investigations. Tickets are $40 per person for each of the investigations. Advance ticket purchase is required for these events and space is limited! Call (609) 898-2300 ext. 10 to purchase tickets for these special events.

The Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and a mile and a half west of the southern terminus of the Garden State Parkway. Admission during the season is $12 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Unlimited free admission is available with Village membership. The Village Nature Trail at Bradner’s Run is open to the public for free self-guided tours. Visit the Country Store, Bakery, Ice Cream Parlor, Brewery and Cold Spring Grange Restaurant. For more information on events, membership, volunteering or booking private affairs, please call (609) 898-2300 ext. 10 or visit the Village website at www.hcsv.org.