AUDIO EVIDENCE PAGE 4 NATHANAEL GREEN HOMESTEAD The General Nathanael Greene Homestead, also known as Spell Hall, is a historic house at 20 Taft Street in Coventry, Rhode Island. It was the home of American Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene from 1770 to 1776, and was owned afterwards by his brother Jacob Greene and his wife Margaret. The house is owned and operated by the General Nathanael Greene Homestead Association, a non-profit organization, and was opened as a museum in 1924. Long a rumored “hot spot” of paranormal activity, it also had not been accessible to investigators until 2008 when we were graciously invited to conduct one there. This led to a series of public investigations at the historic home over a two-year span beginning in 2012. THE CARETAKER’S HOUSE 6/30/12 We used this adjacent building to set up our base of operations so as to limit our presence in the home and monitor audio and video from a remote location. To our great surprise, we captured an audible voice that originated from a room adjacent to where three investigators were setting up our equipment on this night. The house had since been vacated by property managers and beyond our occasional presence there had remained empty. “WHO IS THIS?” VOICE ISOLATED FIRST FLOOR 11/10/12 A male and female investigator are alone in the house and are walking around the first floor where the library, dining room and a single bedroom are located. At this point in their session. a child’s voice is clearly heard from within these confines and the male investigator reacts immediately by asking if someone other than them are in the house. No one from our group was. There were no children present, yet here is this voice resonating in the house for all to hear. There is no consensus of what is said, so we submit it as it is for anyone’s consideration. CHILD VOICE  VOICE ISOLATED We move now to a later point in the same session where the pair remains alone on the first floor. They are moving about the house engaging in conversation and making observations about the home. At around 0:16 into this clip a girl’s voice is again heard speaking but it is not audible to the investigators who continue their dialogue unaware of the voice being recorded. Again as on the previous clip, we cannot make any conclusive statement as to what is said. GIRL’S VOICE VOICE ISOLATED   SECOND FLOOR 5/18/13 Christine Downes is conducting an EVP session on the second floor which contains primarily sleeping quarters. She mentions the house will be opening soon for visitors. We have no idea what this. Maybe not close to paranormal, but certainly good enough for a bit of a chuckle. YELL FIRST FLOOR 6/29/13 Try as we might for all these years, getting direct answers during EVP sessions regarding names, dates, etc. have remained sporadic if not downright elusive. The lack of specifics sometimes forces any investigator into a confirmation bias where they hear what they hope or expect to. We submit this clip as possibly that rare occasion where a specific is given in response to a question about the time frame an individual lived in the house. “1789” VOICE ISOLATED SECOND FLOOR 6/29/13 What we can say about this next clip is the conditions under which it was recorded are the same as above. Only two investigators - a male and female - are in the home at this time and a fairly standard question is asked about how a potential spirit feels about the current condition of the building and how it has evolved. The response recorded is curious because it’s not really a response to the question, but seems more of a shared curiosity directed at…whom exactly? “YEAH…TELL US” VOICE ISOLATED FIRST FLOOR 6/29/13 This clip never ceases to fascinate us. At this point, there are three male investigators in the house as we had switched groups and allowed them to have the house to themselves. One asks another fairly standard question as to whether or not any spirit present can see us. The response we get back is spot on and left us a bit stunned. “ONLY MEN” VOICE ISOLATED SECOND FLOOR STAIRWAY 6/29/13 Before anyone arrived that night, Ken DeCosta was let inside to set up cameras, recorders and so forth to allow us a quick start once everyone assembled later. The male docent met him there and opened the house for him. The docent then went next door to the caretaker’s residence to open up there and remained there until some time later on. While running video wires down from the second floor, Ken heard a woman’s voice call to him from the second floor hallway. It was a startling moment, but thankfully, our recorders were running and documented this very eerie experience. “HELLO” VOICE ISOLATED PAINE HOUSE MUSEUM The Paine House has become a second home to RISEUP since November of 2011 when we were first invited to investigate the claims of paranormal activity reported there through the years. It is probably safe to say the house has provided us with more profound experiences than any other. The oldest portion of this large 2-1/2 story wood frame house may have been built as early as 1691 by Samuel Bennett, who was known to operate a sawmill on the nearby Pawtuxet River. The house was significantly enlarged c. 1748 by Francis Brayton. His son, Francis Jr., was granted a license to operate a tavern on the premises in 1785. The property was acquired by the Paine family in 1866, whose descendants gave it to the Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society in 1953. In 1797 it was sold to a Charles Holden and was known as the Holden tavern. Holden heirs sold it to Thomas Whipple (who became Lieutenant Governor) on April 9, 1849. On April 25, 1866 the Whipple family sold the property to Phebe Paine and Mary Mathewson (Matteson). Mary sold her half to Phebe Paine Johnson. Through inheritance the property came to be in the Paine family for the next 87 years. PARLOR 11/13/10 During the walkthrough with the president and vice-president of the Western R.I. Civic and Historical Society, there were a handful of experiences that suggested we had come upon a very interesting place. This clip was captured in the Victorian parlor where Ken DeCosta was introducing the group and reached out to whomever may be present and listening. The response was not heard in real-time, but it certainly started our adventure there off on the right foot. “WHO IS IT?” VOICE ISOLATED “TRAVELER’S ROOM” 11/13/10 Knocks on walls and other objects are a product of a by-gone era where Spiritualists would “communicate” to spirits via these types of sounds. There are a myriad of instances where natural noises in a location are deemed to be proof positive that this technique has merit. It is also easy to fake and without total surveillance on everyone present and their movements, it can’t be submitted as anything evidential. With that understood, heck, we’re putting this out there anyway. When Ken asks for some indication that the group can be seen or heard, three knocks come from outside the room where three investigators are standing still in the hallway. One, Shayna, says she could hear it in the wall to her right. We also know this wasn’t a loose floorboard causing it. In the “for what it’s worth” department… THREE KNOCKS ON/IN THE WALL TAVERN (BASEMENT) 7/9/11 The tavern area is on street level and directly across the street is a Coventry fire station. In the beginning, there would be semi-frequent ambulance calls and the responders would head out to the scene with siren blaring. The station closed some years later, but it was a constant in our first months at the house. One night, after an unusually large number of calls, one investigator asked if anyone there was in any way disturbed or frightened by the emergency vehicles that emerged out of the overhead doors. “YES!” VOICE ISOLATED TAVERN 7/23/11 This is one of the more remarkable clips we have yet to hear. An investigator is testing the limits of recognition with who we have come to know as “Sarah”. A child who seems to be more and more capable and willing to communicate with us to the point where her voice has become recognizable to us. In this session, she is asked if she knows the alphabet and it turns into a game where she is asked to fill in the next letter. There is no trick or misidentification at play here. This is what we heard when we reviewed the recording. “WHEN I SAY ‘C’ YOU SAY……” 2ND FLOOR HALLWAY 7/23/11 This area of the house would go on to be a true “hot spot” of activity as time progressed. This was among the first indicators of that. Julie DeMay, Marlaina Gaboreault and Christine Downes are sitting in the hall and Christine introduces them. Almost immediately her name is repeated back to them confirming a certain awareness and intelligence of our presence here. “YOU’RE…..CHRISTINE” VOICE ISOLATED TRAVELER’S ROOM 7/21/12 The Matron’s Room has more of a female ambiance to it with mannequins, wedding mementos and softer tones. While there, Julie DeMay, Dave Grady and a guest were listening to and observing their surroundings when Julie asks for an audible confirmation of a presence. When she believes she receives one, she asks for a repeat to eliminate chance and then all hear an affirmation that it may indeed be possible to do such things by request. A KNOCK, THEN…….”I CAN” VOICE ISOLATED
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