Walker-Ames House. Image credit brewbooks via Flickr
Although October is traditionally the month for things that go “bump in the night” library staff decided to get an early start this year. Therefore, September is the month that will feature two slightly spooky (and exciting) library events.
The first program entitled "Port Gamble’s Haunted History." There is a reason paranormal investigators come from all over the world to investigate Port Gamble. The Walker-Ames house (an architectural grand dame which seems to tower over most of the Port Gamble buildings) is reputed to be the most haunted building in all of Washington. It is the nexus for many Gothic ghost stories which feature miscarriages, ghostly children, abused women and a teenaged boy who was locked in the cellar as punishment for trying to push his mother over the edge of the house’s staircase. However, the Walker-Ames house is not the only Port Gamble building that is reputed to be haunted. As the town's site notes:
”Anyone who has wandered the streets after dark, explored the Buena Vista cemetery, or participated in a ghost walk or investigation does not need to stay long to know that Port Gamble is a haven for paranormal activity.
With recorded evidence going back as early as the 1950’s, there are stories from nearly every building in town.
Former town manager, Shana Smith, was first approached by [psychic] Neil McNeill and Evergreen Paranormal in 2006, with the request to perform an investigation on the Walker-Ames house. It was shortly after that Smith began actively collecting and recording the stories from both current and former tenants. And as the stories poured in, she began to notice eerie consistencies from year after year.”
Is the hair on the back of your neck standing up yet? Is your interest piqued? Do you want to learn more? On Saturday, September 9 Pete Orbea, ghost walk leader and paranormal investigator, will discuss Port Gamble and its paranormal happenings at the Kingston Library at 1 p.m.
Our second program is the "Mystery Night: Murder at the Twin Pines Library." This program was created by the brilliant and multi-talented Little Boston circulation manager, Claudia Mitchell. Her description for the program reads:
"... An innocent mushroom identification program at the Twin Pines Library turns into a crime scene. Five librarians at Twin Pines are suspects in the death of their co-worker, Laurel Plummer. We discover that Laurel has dented a car in the parking lot, stolen lunches from the staff refrigerator, ridiculed a co-worker, developed a bad gambling habit, and stolen personal property. Do you think you have what it takes to be a successful gumshoe? Will you be the mastermind to solve this mystery? Typical qualities might include:
o A love for mysteries
o Sharp deductive-reasoning
o A penchant for law and order
o A hankering for fun!"
Join us on Thursday, September 21 at 6 p.m. at the Kingston location to find out if you have what it takes figure out who killed Laurel Plummer. Pre-registration for this program is a must. Call, register in person or online here.
Attend either program (or both) and get your Halloween on a little bit early. We look forward to seeing you there.