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Is the historic Grinter Place haunted? A ghost investigation is scheduled Oct. 26 at the historic site, the home of early settlers in Wyandotte County. (File photo)
With Halloween coming up next week, another ghost investigation is scheduled Oct. 26 at Wyandotte County’s oldest home still standing, Grinter Place.
The home of Moses and Annie Grinter, two of the earliest permanent settlers in Wyandotte County, the Grinter Place Museum is on the state’s list of historic sites.
Ghost tours and investigations have developed into a business in recent years in Wyandotte County and the Kansas City area. The Wyandotte County Museum, Bonner Springs, is the starting point for a ghost bus tour for this week, which has sold out, and other tours are operating as well.
Grinter Place didn’t send me a news release about its latest ghost investigation, but a sort of sixth sense led me to look at the state Historical Society’s website and see a news release posted there. It lists a S.P.O.O.K.S. Investigation at 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the historic Grinter site, 1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kan. Admission is $25, and it is for ages 18 and older. Each session will begin in the visitor center with a demonstration of the investigative equipment, followed by an investigation of the house. There is a maximum limit of 15. Reservations are required to 913-299-0373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I called Lou Braswell, former Grinter Place Friends president, and asked what were the results of the last ghost investigation at Grinter, held earlier this year. She told me the official position is, “It all depends if you want to believe in it or not.” In an earlier story, we had talked with some people who had heard eerie noises in the old Grinter Place, including the rocking of a child’s rocking chair.
I am one of those who does not believe in haunted houses, instead thinking that people are hearing the wind in the cracks of the old home, or the settling and creaking noises of an old home.
But this is one of several safe and fun events scheduled for Halloween this year in Wyandotte County that people can visit. A list of some of these events is found at http://www.wyandottedailynews.com/our-communities/safe-halloween-events-planned/.
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