Get spooked by Gatton's new ghost investigation
REPORTS of ghosts lurking within Hopewell House and the Gatton Historical Village has led to a new paranormal tour beginning there next week.
Last month, Toowoomba based tour group Katie Harvey Paranormal and Historical Enthusiast began a regular tour of Woodlands of Marburg - and since have been contacted by the original owner of Hopewell House who told them of its haunted history.
KHPHE owner and tour guide Katie Harvey said over the long period time he was there, John Pitman had experienced "events" within Hopewell House.
"There were numerous events that happened, from being physically touched to seeing and hearing apparitions (spirits)," Ms Harvey said.
"He saw female spirits, heard children and was told one night to get out by a spirit.
"The house has a lot of death history attached to it - many of its previous owners passed away inside it. There's a lot of traumatic history and energy that's attached to it."
Ms Harvey said KHPHE's Gatton Historical Ghost Investigation would be a hands-on tour focussing on the paranormal activity within the village rather than the history.
"We will give a brief history and use a lot of the equipment," she said.
"We will be using K2 emf meters - which pick up on electromagnetic fields, a spirit box and we also use digital voice recorders for audio evidence with both of these."
During the tour, Mrs Harvey will conduct "prompting" exercises to potentially trigger residual ghosts within the village's buildings.
"We are hoping to see spirits," she said.
"We have privately investigated Hopewell House and have been physically touched, heard sounds coming from locked buildings, had our belongings pushed over and have recorded voices on EVPs.
"This village holds a rich history and many buildings for us to explore including the Forest Hill lock-up, the slab hut and the old school house. We have experienced paranormal activity in many of these dwellings."
Ms Harvey began having "experiences" as a little girl and has been actively investigating paranormal activity for more than 20 years.
"I was in bed one night when I was about 10-years-old and I started hearing this male voice calling my name," she said.
"I followed and it out to the back area of the house, into the patio area, and saw 'My name is' was written on the other side of the glass sliding door.
"That sort of thing repeated over time at various points in my life, but it never said his name and haven't found out who it was. It was freaky."
With the next three Woodlands of Marburg ghost tours already booked out, Ms Harvey said the Gatton Historical Ghost Investigation would begin as a monthly tour from Saturday, June 3.
"It may become more regular, depending on interest," she said.
"We'd love to incorporate a Gatton cemetery walk into this tour as well - I am waiting for permission from local council.
"The tours are going to be great for the region, it's going to open Gatton up and boost tourism."
Gatton Historical Village's Stewart Cook said they were excited for the tour group to be coming through.
"It might get more people interested in us and they may want to join our society," he said.
While Mr Stewart hadn't experienced anything paranormal himself at the village, he had seen people go into the bedroom of Hopewell house and run out screaming.
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