Helen’s Bridge EVP Sessions

During our trip to Asheville we decided to stop by the infamous Helen’s Bridge. While we where there we conducted several EVP sessions which we intended to post to our YouTube channel.  However, upon further review of the sessions we found that they were heavily contaminated with sounds from the near by city and the wind.  We have decided not to post these EVP sessions because of the contamination.

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When we return to Helen’s Bridge for a full investigation it will be at night, in hopes to reduce the amount of audio contamination.  For the full investigation we will be bringing our EMF meter, infrared camera, and the spirit box.  The EMF meter should prove to be very useful, we can conduct several different test with it and since there are no power lines above the bridge the results should not be contaminated.  If the claims are true about the apparition of girl the infrared camera will help to capture evidence of her existence.  We have had a lot of success with the spirit box during our investigations and the results are harder to contaminate than EVP sessions.

Directions

If you are interested in checking out Helen’s Bridge for yourself, here is a map to help you find it.  The dot on the map is almost the exact location of the bridge.  If you follow College St all the way to the end you will eventually cross under the bridge.  At the intersection of Vans Gap Rd, Beaucatcher Rd and College St there is a little area to park your car in.  From there, their is a little trail that will take you up to the top of the bridge.  Hopefully these directions are helpful.

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Asheville Trip – Travel Blog

Hey, everyone! It’s been a long time since we posted an update, so I wanted to start off with an explanation…

For the past year, we’ve been researching several places throughout Tennessee. There are so many potentially haunted locations out there to explore, and we have reached out to a great many of them, trying to get a feel for where to investigate next. What we’ve come across in the vast majority of the cases has been that each site comes down to one of three things: the location wants us to carry some type of insurance policy so their business is protected (understandable), they want monetary compensation, or they’ve had bad experiences with paranormal teams in the past that have set them against the idea of any other groups coming in.

A couple of these leave us in a position to simply not be able to pursue them at this time, so we’re trying to prioritize the locations that require payment up front to come investigate. That’s part of what this trip to Asheville this past Sunday was about. We’re starting to also look outside the state of Tennessee for more ideas.

Zealandia (Asheville, NC)

Our first destination of the day was to a castle nestled in the hills above the city of Asheville known as Zealandia. Unfortunately, we arrived only to find the property hidden behind a gated driveway. We attempted to visit the Asheville Mystery Museum to gather more info on the place, but unfortunately they were closed at the time. The video below shows a local group investigating the inside of the castle. Looks like a very cool place, but we’ll need to find a better point of contact for obtaining more info on how to get in before this lead is going anywhere.

Helen’s Bridge (Asheville, NC)

 

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Not far from Zealandia, you can find the somewhat famous Helen’s Bridge. It is said that a woman named Helen, who lived in Zealandia, lost her daughter in a fire on the property, and was so distraught that she hung herself from the bridge. Now she haunts the bridge to this day. We performed a couple of EVP sessions that yielded no results. However, we do intend to return for a follow-up investigation with more equipment at some point.

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Lewis Memorial Park (Asheville, NC)

We visited this park briefly after reading claims of apparitions of a Confederate soldier appearing in the park on horseback. Honestly, it was simply a peaceful graveyard.

Grove Park Inn (Asheville, NC)

13054391_10206191289162134_208248189_oThis place… well, it’s awesome. Grove Park Inn is an absolutely beautiful resort overlooking the mountains. The grand architecture and sheer size of the complex is awe-inspiring, and to top it off, turns out there’s a great ghost story with a lengthy history here. Apparitions of the “Pink Lady” have been reported since the 1950’s. Dozens of people have had first-hand experiences with this ghost, and while she has been seen in multiple spots all over the Main Inn, there is something extra appealing about room 545 to this particular ghost. I think it’s safe to say we will attempt to investigate these claims further in the near future. (Also, this Peet’s Coffee place inside the resort is legit.)

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The Covered Bridge (Elizabethton, TN)

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On our way back home, we stopped at this historic bridge. Though I’m skeptical to say it’s haunted, there was a murder of a young couple that took place on this bridge. Regardless of whether their ghosts still linger around the landmark, there is an ominous feeling one gets while standing in it’s presence. Perhaps it is just an overwhelming sense of the history you’re standing amidst, with colonial era homes right across the street, or maybe it is something supernatural. Either way, it is a spot worth checking out sometime if it isn’t too far out of the way for you.

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Update

Hey Guys!

We are working hard on editing the full length Bethesda Church investigation video.  Sorry it is taking so long to complete, but it is proving to be very tedious.102_0044

  • While you wait on the Bethesda Video we plan to release  a couple of EVP clips that were captured during our investigation at The Baker Peters House.
  • We are also in the process of reviewing all of the photos we took during our private investigation. Once we are done we will upload them to a gallery for everyone to view.
  • All of the audio from the private investigation has been reviewed and we cant wait to share what we found!

Fundraiser

We recently started a gofundme campaign in order to raise some money that we need to buy more equipment and fund our documentary, which is one of our biggest dreams.  We have some equipment already but we really could use some more cameras, which are not cheap.  We currently only have one night vision camera and if something happens to that we will not be able to make videos.  Also, we will be using some of the money that we raise to fund investigations at Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Octagon Hall, and a couple of other places that charge investigation fees.  All donations are greatly appreciated and we have some incentives set up for everyone who donates. Help us accomplish our dream!11216117_10204093649882463_1521593989_n

What are EMFs?

If you have ever watched a paranormal show before, you have probably heard the term EMF.  EMF EMFstands for Electromagnetic Frequency or Electromagnetic Field.  EMFs can come from anything that has an electrical current running through it:  (Microwaves, Refrigerators, Power Outlets, Electrical Boxes, etc..).  There are also some outside sources of EMFs such as transformers and power lines, which normally generate extremely high EMFs.  The stronger the current the stronger the EMF will be.  EMFs are measured in milligaus levels.  These levels are measured with EMF meters which are essential pieces of equipment for any paranormal group.

Side-effects of High EMFs

Some people are very sensitive to high EMFs.  Being sensitive to EMFs can lead to many different side-effects.  Such as:

  • Burning sensations on your face
  • Tingling sensations in your extremities
  • Swelling of the sinus cavity, with actually having an infection
  • Skin Rashes
  • Disorientation
  • Headaches and body aches
  • Nausea
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Impaired Vision
  • Emotional Instability

These symptoms are not present in everyone, but they can explain some claims of paranormal activity.

EMFs and the Paranormal

Many experts believe that when a spirit manifests itself it will give off an electromagnetic field.  High EMFs can also lead to spirit manifestation.  The EMFs generated by spirit manifestations are generally not long and not very high levels, so there normally aren’t any health risk to worry about.  It is important that you do an initial EMF sweep of the area that you plan on doing an EMF test in, that way you’ll know if there is anything in the area that can cause a spike.

Legends of Sensabaugh Tunnel

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Sensabaugh tunnel has been a part of Tennessee folklore for years. Built in the 1920’s in Kingsport, TN and named after the man that owned the land, Edward Sensabaugh. A stream flows around and through the tunnel and the walls are covered in graffiti.

There are several claims of activity in Sensabaugh tunnel.  One of the most frequently reported ones is the sound of a crying baby.  It is also said that the apparition of a women will appear in the back seat of your car while driving through.  Another one of the most common claims of activity, suggests that if you turn your car off when you are in the middle of the tunnel, you will not be able to turn it on again until you push it out of the tunnel. Many tales are in circulation about Edward and how the tunnel became haunted, every one of them differs depending on the source.

The Act of Kindness

Ed once let a homeless man into his house as an act of kindness.  Shortly afterwards, the man tried to steal jewelry from Ed’s wife.  Ed grabbed a gun and confronted the man. The man grabbed Ed’s infant daughter and ran from the house.  It is said the he drowned the baby in the tunnel during his escape.

Crazed Madman

One tale revolves around Ed being a madman.  Legend has it that, one night, Ed went crazy and murdered his wife and child.  Ed proceeded to place the bodies inside the tunnel.  No one really knows why he snapped.

“Get Out of My Tunnel”

Ed was always very protective of his land.  In the 1950’s teenagers started to use the tunnel for many devious things.  This upset Ed greatly.  So, he started hiding in the woods and when a vandal would show up, he would let out a shrill that would echo through the tunnel.  Needless to say this would scare off any unwanted visitors hiding inside.

Shelter from the Storm

One stormy night a mother and her child where driving through Kingsport.  As the storm grew worse the mother decided that the roads where no longer safe to travel.  When she came upon Sensabaugh Tunnel she stopped.  They would not survive the night.  The next morning their bodies were discovered inside the car, which was parked in the middle of the tunnel. Nobody knows exactly what happened to cause their sudden deaths or if it is even true.

                                                                                                                                                                    

 

What we found…

Regardless of the origin story, we visited Sensabaugh Tunnel for an investigation.  During the investigation we tested the claim of if you turn your car off in the middle of the tunnel.  We tired turning the car off several times, in both directions, and the car always started back. After spending several hours there and having not felt or experienced anything, we concluded the investigation.  During the review process, to our amazement we found an EVP that sounds exactly like a baby crying.  We hope to visit the tunnel at a later date in hopes that we can prove or debunk some of the other claims of activity.

History of Bethesda Church in Russellville, TN

100_1003Constructed in 1835, Bethesda Presbyterian Church is a remnant of the Civil War’s effect on East Tennessee. As the war began, the congregation divided in two: many sided with the Confederacy, though many more still were Union sympathizers. During this period, the church closed its doors. The Battle of Bean Station took place on December 14, 1863. After this historic battle, Confederate General James Longstreet arrived at Bethesda Church with 25,000 men who were stationed on the land until February 1864. During this time, the church served as a hospital. In the cemetery just outside the church doors, over 80 unknown soldiers were buried in mass graves. While some Union soldiers were laid to rest here, most of the unknown dead are presumed to have fought for the Confederacy.

In October, Federal troops pushed closer to the encampment at Bethesda during an engagement 100_1000known as “Vaughn’s Stampede.” In November, Confederate troops pushed the Union soldiers back west towards Knoxville. This battle is known as “Gillem’s Stampede.” During this push, a cannonball smashed through the eastern wall and caused severe structural damage. The walls were quickly repaired and reinforced with iron bracings and rods that can be seen in the photo to the right. The original pulpit and high-backed pews remain to this day, and the floors lie permanently stained with the blood and disdain of our American predecessors.

As the war ended and soldiers from both sides began to return home, the congregation attempted to compromise and reconvene. Sporadic services dotted the calendars. Between 1866 and 1871, sympathizers of each cause sat in the outer pews, leaving the middle column empty. Eventually, one side left and helped form the First Presbyterian Church of Morristown. The remaining church body stayed through 1875. However, in time, the majority began attending the new Russellville Presbyterian Church.

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Bethesda has remained closed since that time, save for a few irregular services held for major Christian holidays such as Easter. Now the building stands to serve as a reminder of the sacrifice of our ancestors in East Tennessee. Within its walls and grounds lies the story of a church body that symbolized the civil issues of the time. This once-unified group of people was just another casualty of a war among brothers.

 

As for potential paranormal activity, many have claimed to see apparitions of restless Confederate soldiers both inside and outside the church. The apparition of a weeping woman has also been seen on the far side of the cemetery. Her cries are often heard late at night. We have also heard reports of a “witch” buried on the grounds near the woods.

We investigated Bethesda Church and the surrounding grounds this past Sunday evening. Check back soon to see what we found!