Saturday, April 12, 2014
Mark Twain House
351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06105
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6:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Your $99 ticket includes dinner, lectures, and hours of ghost investigating in this historic mansion. Tickets are limited! SOLD OUT!
“Then away out in the woods I heard that kind of a sound that a ghost makes when it wants to tell about something that’s on its mind and can’t make itself understood, and so can’t rest easy in its grave, and has to go about that way every night grieving.” –Mark Twain
Huckleberry Finn knew about ghosts, and his creator, American literary treasure, Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, loved to tell a good ghost story.
Between 1874 and 1891, Mark Twain lived in this stately Hartford home with his wife and three daughters. During his stay in Hartford, Twain penned some of his greatest works including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Mark Twain called his years in this home the happiest and most productive years of his life.
By 1891, financial problems forced Twain to move to Europe so he could earn money on a speaking tour. While overseas, tragedy struck the family. In 1896, Twain’s beloved daughter Susy died from meningitis. The family thought it would be too difficult to live in their Hartford home again without Susy, so the mansion was sold in 1903. The building later served as a boarding school, library, and then a museum dedicated to Mark Twain.
The most prominent ghostly figure in the home today is that of a young woman in a long white dress who has been seen gliding along the hallways, stairways, and hovering in Susy’s former bedroom. We can only speculate that this is the spirit of Mark Twain’s daughter returning to the place she was happiest. In addition, several guests, staff, and investigators believe that George Griffin, the family’s butler, still makes his appointed rounds in the house. Several employees of the museum acknowledge that there’s a spirit to the building, and they often feel like they’re not alone inside.
You’ve seen this place on Ghost Hunters now investigate for yourself! Legend Trips is the first group to be allowed inside to hold an event like this. Don’t miss it!
6:30 PM – Arrive/Meet and Greet
7:00 PM – Dinner
7:30 PM – Historical overview of the site
8:30 PM to 1:30 AM – Investigations
Jeff Belanger is the author of over a dozen books on the paranormal (published in six languages) including the best sellers: The World’s Most Haunted Places, Weird Massachusetts, and Who’s Haunting the White House? (for children). He’s the Emmy-nominated host, writer, and producer of the New England Legends series on PBS, the writer and researcher for the Ghost Adventures series on the Travel Channel, 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 given talks at colleges and universities, corporations, conferences, and libraries around the world. He’s given a prestigious TEDx talk in New York City, and he spoke at MENSA’s national conference in 2014.
Belanger is also the host of the cable/Web talk show, 30 Odd Minutes, which is available in over 3 million homes in the United States. He’s written for newspapers like The Boston Globe and USA Today. He’s been a guest on hundreds of radio and television programs including: The History Channel, The Travel Channel, PBS, NECN, Living TV (UK), The Maury Show, The CBS News Early Show, CBS Sunday Morning, FOX, NBC, ABC, and CBS affiliates, National Public Radio, The BBC, Australian Radio Network, and Coast to Coast AM.
Tim Weisberg 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, he’s the writer and researcher for the Ghost Stalkers series on the Destination America channel, and he’s 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 The Standard-Times.
Andrew Lake is a New England native who has been fascinated with ghosts ever since his first encounter with one at the age of eleven. Since then, Andrew has traveled around southern New England investigating haunted locations and interviewing folks who have had their own experiences with visitors from the other side of the veil. He is the founder of Greenville Paranormal Research and the author of Ghosthunting Southern New England (Clerisy Press). Along with being a regular on the web-cast television show 30 Odd Minutes, he can be seen in the documentaries The Bridgewater Triangle and The Legends of Dolly Cole. He also appeared on the television series Monsters and Mysteries in America and has contributed to Spooky Southcoast radio.
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.”