1000C South Rodney French Boulevard
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02744
6:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Includes dinner, lectures, and hours of ghost investigating in this historic fort, its grounds, and bunkers!
Thank you for a great event!
Civil War-era sites are notorious for their historic haunts. Gettysburg, Sharpsburg, Chickamauga -- the ghosts of those who gave their lives in the War Between the States still roam those battlefields with regularity.
But who knew the SouthCoast had its own Civil War-era haunting right in New Bedford?
Although there had been a beacon in place in the spot since 1797, it wasn’t until 1857 that the former Edward Wing Howland Farm on Clark’s Point was purchased and turned into a military fort.
During the Civil War, Confederate ships parked in Buzzards’ Bay, wreaking havoc on New Bedford’s vital whaling industry. The building of Fort Taber (later renamed Fort Rodman in 1898 after Lieutenant Colonel William Rodman, a New Bedford native who died in the Civil War) began in response, although construction halted in 1871 and the fort was never completed as it was originally planned.
The 47-acre site has been a city park since the 1970s, and the ghost stories have rolled in over the years. From tales of spectral soldiers running drills inside the fort itself to the phantom mechanic seen working on the World War II-era Sherman tank that sits on the grounds, the Fort Taber Park is an area rich with history as well as hauntings. Shadow figures are seen roaming throughout the fort and its numerous batteries, including the Battery Milliken, which stretches three stories underground. Ghostly lights and footsteps have been reported throughout the complex.
With the granite to construct the fort being shipped in from all over, and with a museum full of military artifacts, who knows how many other ghosts could be on patrol at Fort Taber?
Come Legend Trip with us on October 12 and find out! As with all Legend Trips Events, a portion of each ticket sale goes to keep this historic fort in operation.
6:00 PM - Arrive/Meet and Greet
6:30 PM - Dinner
7:30 PM - Lectures and historical overview of the site
9:30 PM to 1:30 AM - Investigations
1:30 AM to 2:00 AM - Reconvene for wrap up and evidence analysis
At the event, psychic mediums Stephanie Burke and Tiffany Rice will be providing individual readings for an additional charge. You can pre-order a 20-minute reading today for $30. Reading time slots take place before
the investigation. Hurry, the space goes fast!
We've secured a special room rate at the HAMPTON INN OF FAIRHAVEN, just a short drive from Fort Taber, of just $79 (plus tax). That's nearly half off the regular room price! To book your room at this special rate, you can call the Hampton Inn directly at (508) 990-8500 or go online at http://www.hamptoninnfairhaven.com and use Group Code "LGD" to secure your special rate!
Belanger: is the author of a dozen books on the paranormal (published in six languages) including the best sellers:
The World's Most Haunted Places, Our Haunted Lives, and
Who's Haunting the White House (for children). He's the founder of Ghostvillage.com, the Web's most popular paranormal destination according to Google.com, and a noted speaker and media personality. He's also the host of the cable/Web talk show,
30 Odd Minutes which is available in over 3 million homes in the United States. Belanger has written for newspapers like The
Boston Globe and is the series writer and researcher for
Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel. He's been a guest on more than 200 radio and television programs including: The History Channel, The Travel Channel, PBS, NECN, Living TV (UK), The Maury Show, The CBS News Early Show, FOX, NBC, ABC, and CBS affiliates, National Public Radio, The BBC, Australian Radio Network, and Coast to Coast AM.
Tim Weisberg: Tim created the Spooky
Southcoast Radio Show along with Matt Costa in late 2005, seeking to combine an entertaining and interactive talk show format with the world of the paranormal. Tim is also the author of
Ghosts of the SouthCoast, and has been featured on The History Channel, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel and LIVING TV. A sports writer by trade, Tim also covers the Boston Celtics and the New England Patriots for
Andrew Lake: is a Rhode Island native who lived in a haunted house for five years, cementing his fascination with ghosts and their antics. Andrew formed Greenville Paranormal Research in 2006 and has worked with some of the best ghost hunters the Northeast has to offer. He is currently producing, writing, and directing documentaries about haunted locations around New England and he’s part of the 30 Odd Minutes cast and crew. His first book, Ghosthunting Southern New England, was just published.
Matt Moniz: The man simply known as "Moniz" began investigating the paranormal more than 25 years ago, and brings that experience to "Spooky Southcoast" every week. Matt is a research chemist who isn't afraid to bring the paranormal into his lab and apply the scientific method to his investigations. He's been published in books such as "Left at East Gate" by Peter Robbins and Larry Warren, "Witness" by Budd Hopkins and "Glipses of Other Realities" by Linda Moulton Howe. Specializing in UFO investigations and abductee cases, Moniz is also the UFO editor for FATE Magazine and has been featured on The History Channel, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel and LIVING TV. Matt is also one of the Oddballs featured each week on the paranormal television program "30 Odd Minutes."
Luann Joly: (aka AE Angel) is the founder of Whaling City Ghosts, New Bedford's all-female paranormal team. She has been researching the paranormal for 27 years, with a long history of ghost magnetism. She is the author of Dead Whispers: Ghostly EVPs due to release this November. A native to the New England area, she believes there are many reasons that this area is so haunted, a violent history being only one of them. Doing most of the audio work for her team she has an ear for the voices of the dead.
Bay State Paranormal Society: The Bay State Paranormal Society was the first group to investigate Fort Taber. Its members are seasoned investigators who’s purpose is to research, document and investigate paranormal activity. Each member brings his and her own set of skills which makes for an effective and cohesive team.
Tiffany Rice is a Spirit Medium and Reiki Master who has studied with many great mentors, including Maureen Hancock. She is also the host of Spirit Connections with Tiffany Rice, airing on SpookySouthcoast.com's Spooky TV online network as well as on Wareham Community Television Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. She continues to provide private medium readings and intimate gallery readings, Reiki treatments and teaches guided meditation classes. Tiffany’s personal motto is "Believe, anything is possible."
Stephanie Burke is a Spirit Medium and Reiki Master/Teacher, and she is an instructor at the Wind Walker Healing and Learning Center in New Bedford. She has been very intuitive since she was a young child, having the gift passed down from previous generations. She uses this gift to help others understand that death doesn’t mean the end, but rather a beginning to a new chapter. Stephanie also practices Reiki to help others heal, regain balance to their energy, and to add positive changes to their lives. Stephanie is also part of Wareham Community Television's Phantom P.I and Spirit Connections programs.