File No: 08-03-003
Location: Lake House Hotel , Saylorsburg, PA - Monroe County
Investigation Date and Duration:
Commercial property – An old, five-story hotel, constructed in 1820, once occupied by many workers building the railroad that ran through Saylorsburg in the 1800’s and it is now being operated as a professional haunted attraction during the month of October.
Activity has been reported over many years, but most recently by the current owners, employees and guests. A man with an engineer’s cap has been seen on two occasions and footsteps have been heard running on the floors above them and then down a set of stairs. Two actors have witnessed a “ghost-like” apparition, in which the top half of the person’s body could be seen floating through a room.
Digital Cameras (2)
Camcorders w/ night
Day #1 Day#2
On Day #2, an audio
recorder was set up on the 4th floor with DVR
camera #4 and, approximately 2 hours into
investigation, the audio recorder shut off by itself with no
investigators on that floor at the time. The recorder had a fresh
battery and, when inspected, the battery display on the recorder was
showing a full charge. Further inspection could not produce a reason
for this occurrence and the device has run properly since.
Heavy vehicle traffic noise and the knocking and cracking of old wood that make up the floors and structure of the building was picked up by digital audio recording equipment and was factored in to the analysis of the recordings.
Day #2 Warm and dry – clear and moonlit after dark
(Electronic Voice Phenomenon) Audio: DAY
EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) Audio: DAY #2
No evidentiary audio captured.
AUDIO ANOMALIES: DAY #1
Anomaly#1 – Recorder #4 “Digital” – Multiple banging sounds of an unknown origin were captured on this device (9:42PM) while the recorder was stationary in the 3rd floor hallway. No investigators were present on this floor at the time.
Anomaly#2 – Recorder #4 “Digital” – Anomalous sound captured by this device (9:46PM) while stationary in the 3rd floor hallway, while no investigators are present on this floor. Knocking on the wood floor above can be heard in the background, as well as outside traffic. The sound is similar to a whispering or shuffling noise. The sound can be heard 22 seconds into the clip.
Anomaly#3 – Recorder #3 “Digital” – Also at 10:14PM, this device was mobile with Chris and Tim on the 4th floor. This is the same time multiple banging sounds could be heard on the 2nd floor, where Mark and Rich were. A loud bang could be heard on the 4th floor and was captured by Recorder #3 8 seconds into this clip. Chris reacted to the sound and asked Tim to check and see if it was Mark or Rich that made the noise. The source of the bang was not discovered.
** Although the recorded banging noises are not believed to be paranormal in nature, they are unexplained and do coincide with client reports of the sound of footsteps running down the hallway.
AUDIO ANOMALIES: DAY #2
No anomalies captured.
Here you see the room where
one of our stationary audio
itself for unknown reasons.
DVR Cam1 - (First
floor bar area facing rear of bar) No physical evidence captured on
this device at the time of the investigation.
DVR Cam1 - (First
floor bar area facing rear of bar) No
physical evidence captured on this device at the time of the
DVR Cam4 - (Fourth floor attic area with barred cages - facing entrance door) No physical evidence captured on this device at the time of the investigation.
EMF (Electro Magnetic Field):
Standard baseline readings were taken within the building and the outlying areas. Using a cell censor EMF meter, baseline readings of 5mg to 6mg were recorded in all areas of the building, as well as the surrounding outside area, including the entire parking lot. Using a K2 EMF meter, the baseline readings were a constant 3mg throughout the entire building and surrounding outside area.
baseline readings should be at or near zero milligauss, with the
exception of proximity to electrical sources emitting EMF fields that
normally are only detectable a few inches from the source. In this
case, the property has high voltage power lines running along two roads
that are close to two sides of the building and is the suspected source
of such high, constant baseline readings. No spikes above the baseline
Feelings / Experiences:
Mark, Lauren, Ken and Larry also reported a very comfortable feeling throughout the building.
Due to the proximity of the building to outside vehicle traffic and the fact that the structure and floors are very old wood that create a lot of knocking and cracking noises, this was a very complex investigation to review. Creating a baseline for the natural noises allowed our investigators to rule out many recorded sounds and concentrate on those above the norm. Several noises, such as louder than normal bangs and multiple banging noises in one moment, were captured that could not be explained.
investigators also found high EMF (Electro-Magnetic Field) readings
throughout the entire building and surrounding property, ranging from a
5mg to 6mg on a “Cell Censor” EMF meter and a 3mg
on a “K2” EMF meter. These readings remained
constant for the two nights we were present. High EMF levels are known
to cause physical conditions such as headaches, feelings of oppression,
the feeling that you are being watched and even anxiety in some people
who may be sensitive to high EMF’S. Some theories also
indicate that high EMF levels at a location can act as
or conduit for spirits to manifest by supplying energy.
It is the opinion of our investigators that, given the history of the hotel, reports of activity by credible sources, and the conditions that existed at the time of our investigation, this location may certainly be ripe for paranormal activity. However, no undeniable proof of spirit activity or a haunting was discovered during the two nights of our investigation.