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Wow - I meant to get this month's GroveZine sent out
before Thanksgiving, but time just kind of crept up on me!
We've been decorating The Grove for Christmas, and also helping
out with various aspects of Jefferson's Candlelight
Celebration. It seems like we're running behind on everything.
Thanksgiving was wonderful, and Tami cooked a huge turkey
for our family members that came in from out of town. The Grove
smelled like a combination of stuffing, sweet potatoes, pies,
and of course, turkey… heavenly! It was a wonderful day, and
I'd be remiss if I didn't say that we were so thankful for our
family and all of our friends.
If you're ready for some Jefferson news, and some ghost
stories from The Grove, let's get started! Here's what's in
- Around Jefferson - Candlelight!
- The People Magazine Fiasco
- Happenings on Halloween Weekend
- The Screaming Spirit of The Grove
Of course, I always try to keep everyone up to date with
what's happening in Jefferson, and this month it's easy -
Christmas is here! Jefferson is on the "Trail of Lights", which
means that it's one of only a handful of cities in Texas and
Louisiana that deck out like you've never seen before. Here in
town you'll find everything from a faithful rendition of
Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", to the Enchanted Forest
which is a city park filled with nearly a hundred Christmas
trees decorated by citizens and businesses from around
Jefferson. The Candlelight Tour of homes is the first two
weekends in December, and with the purchase of one ticket you
can tour four historic homes, decorated in candlelight and
natural greenery, with docents dressed in Victorian costumes.
It's truly a magical time of year.
Okay, first of all, I have to come forward with head bowed
and hat in hand. I'm very sorry for telling everyone to go out
and buy People Magazine, and that The Grove going to be inside
- by now, you probably know that we weren't. Here's the real
First we got a call from the Los Angeles offices of People
Magazine, and an editor interviewed me for about forty-five
minutes. He said that he would send a photographer out over the
weekend. The next day a reporter called and said that she'd be
here on Saturday. She got here around lunchtime, and we took
her through the house, and then dashed off to Lamache's for a
delicious dinner. When we got back, she accompanied us on the
2:00 Saturday tour, along with the folks who showed up that
weekend. Since she was taking notes the entire time, I told
everyone who she was, and at that point there were several
others who would be dashing out for People Magazine that next
week. The reporter stayed a little longer to get some more
detailed information, then headed back. She even told us that
we might be the feature story in the article, since she'd
gotten so much information.
At that point, I basically told everyone that I'd ever met
to be sure and go get the magazine. If I had anything to do
with it, People was going to be a sell-out that week. On that
Thursday when it came out, I drove straight to Marshall to buy
it hot off the presses. When I found it, I was forever locating
the story about haunted places. It was way in the back, and
only about a page and a half long… and we weren't in it. I
wondered what had happened, and later in the day I got an email
from the reporter. Since Rosa Parks had died a few days
earlier, they took the pages from the ghost article to do a
feature on her. The Grove ended up on the editing floor.
I can't complain too much, though. Ms. Parks was a leader
in the civil rights movement, and someone who deserved the
attention infinitely more than we did!
* * * * *
I truly believe that more things happen during the day at
The Grove than at any times like "midnight" or "Halloween". As
it turned out, we had quite a few things occur on Halloween
weekend that may make me eat those words.
We had quite a few people stop by for the tours that
weekend, and as it turned out, we had some visitors from the
other side as well.
There were quite a few people on one of the tours that
Monday, Halloween night - more than we usually take through
the house, in fact. For that reason we were a little slow in
moving along the tour. When we moved into the blue room (the
game room, or original master bedroom for those of you who've
been on the tour), several people were lagging behind in the
front parlor. As I was starting to tell the story of the Lady
in White, I heard a commotion up in the parlor - the folks
still in there saw a ribbon of white light float through the
room. No one got a photo of it, because they were all kind of
in shock, but it was seen by several people who didn't know
Needless to say, that caused a little bit of a commotion.
The second thing that happened was something that I'd never
seen before. One of our guests was taking photos in the center
stairwell, and ended up taking quite a few in series. When she
looked at them on her digital camera, there was a small, bright
purple light floating through the room. It had moved about a
foot in every photo. In all my years of paranormal
investigation, I've never seen anything like them.
The next thing that happened was in the den - the "new
room" of the house. After I told the tales of the mischievous
ghost there, and of course the story of the light in that room,
we were headed for the kitchen when one of our guests pulled
me aside. She told me that in the middle of my talk there,
something had given her a "very cold hug". She wasn't scared -
it was just an interesting experience.
The final thing from that weekend was something that we
didn't see for a week or so. A couple who had been on the tour
earlier in the weekend had taken quite a few photos, and when
they were developed, they found several interesting anomalies
that couldn't be explained… not even by the folks at their
photo lab! They sent us copies, which we found to be very
I can hardly wait until next Halloween!
* * * * *
For the final story this month, I have to say that I
learned something new about the house this past weekend of
November 26-27. Coincidentally, it was from two different
people on two different days, who'd never had contact with
On Saturday afternoon we hosted a couple who'd been
here before we purchased The Grove, back when Patrick owned it.
He took them through the house, and let them return the
following day. That second day when they went through the house
they were standing by the front door - the house was quite, and
nothing had happened to them. They were discussing that fact
when there was suddenly a loud scream emanating from the back
of the house, perhaps from the kitchen. Fortunately, he was
rolling tape and the scream was captured. We're looking forward
to hearing it!
Oddly enough, on the Sunday tour, one of our guests asked,
"Have you ever heard a woman screaming in the house?" While we
haven't had that happen, I thought that it was an incredible
coincidence that it had been reported twice in the same weekend
by two different people. This time, also before we purchased
The Grove, the lady was on the ghost walk and was standing out
on Moseley Street with Jody (the guide) when it was over, and
they were talking about the spirits in the house. Suddenly, the
sound of a woman screaming came from the house, and they all
turned and ran.
Now, we have no idea who the screaming ghost is, but it
has apparently been heard by several people - just not us! I
guess that for now, the stories will just become part of the
legends of The Grove.
Well, that's it for the November Grovezine, and I hope that
everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Blessings to you all for
the upcoming holiday season: Christmas, Hannuka, Kwanza,
Ramadan, Solstice, or whatever. Just know that we're happy to
have you as friends.
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