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Investigation Fort Stanwix
Date: 9/10/10
Location: Rome, NY
Evidence Found:
Audio: Door Opening
Whisper
Unknown moan

Comments: The SP team had the pleasure of being able to investigate the historical Fort Stanwix. Fort Stanwix was built at 1762 under British General John Stanwix. Originally, the Fort was an important neutral treaty grounds where the British and the Iroquois Indian Nation negotiated terms. The Fort eventually was abandoned in 1768 after the treaty was signed. In 1776 the Fort was reoccupied by Colonial troops under Colonel Elias Dayton. Technically, the fort was renamed Fort Schuyler for a time. The Fort saw a siege on August 3rd, 1777 under a combination of British forces and Native Americans. While the Fort was taken back over by the British regiment, a nearby skirmish, The Battle of Oriskany, forced the British to withdraw from the Fort. Two combined American forces, one led by General Benedict Arnold, forced the British forces away from the area completely. The remaining forces went north to Fort Ticonderoga. The Fort burned to the ground on May 13th, 1781 due to a combination of heavy rains and fire. General Washington decided to abandon the fort completely. However, the site was eventually reconstructed between 1874 and 1978 after it was designated a national historic landmark.

This area had a few interesting different claims. One claim involved the apparition of a boy running in between some of the rooms at the Fort outside, then disappearing. Others included voices being heard. We brought on both the NY and CT teams to investigate this area. With this, we had over 10 DVR cameras covering this place with over 10 digital audio devices as well. Utilizing a heavy video and audio coverage, we decided to take two teams to cover this area.

Throughout the night, we did experience odd personal experiences. One investigator saw a strong shadow in one end of the missionary quarters. Upon inspecting this shadow, it appeared to be gone. What was interesting was that this shadow was actually blocking out the light from the window. In another instance, one investigator saw a faint light outline of a figure walking through the parade grounds outside. However, this was NOT captured on two DVR cameras that were pointed here, so we had to dismiss this claim at the time being. One investigate felt that something had actually hit her head in the commander's quarters. Initial observations had thought that this might have been an insect of some sort, but upon reviewing the DVR footage, no bug was seen flying in this area at that time. Towards the end of the night, one investigator heard a female voice in one room that was known to be abandoned by investigators. Unfortunately, we were packing up equipment for the night, so no audio device was on at this time.

We did capture two audio clips of a possible whisper and moan, both of which are still inconclusive, but interesting nonetheless. One audio clip contains a door that sounds as if it is being opened, which was unusual as no one was in this area. We were able to debunk the knocking in the missionary quarters, however. This was due to high winds hitting the window, which created a knocking sound through the paper-thin walls to the nearby room next-door.

Overall our experiences at Fort Stanwix were fantastic. We were not able to detect any visual paranormal activity, but some of our audio data was interesting. The team would be happy to return to this Fort at a later time to gather more data to determine who or what may still be in this area.

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