By ALISON SHEA, The Norwich Bulletin
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) _ A historic city landmark was the site of a real-life ghost story as ghost hunters surveyed the Leffingwell House Museum on Washington Street.
This was the second time a team from Paranormal Revelations, based in Hartford’s northern suburbs, have surveyed the nearly 350-year-old former inn.
In February, museum board members and the ghost hunters themselves where shocked to see a well-defined shadow sit down and stand up _ twice _ from a large pink chair in the living room. All they could make out was the torso, said Donna Fasulo, the case manager and co-founder of the group.
“That was very intriguing,” Fasulo said of the February sighting. It was part of the reason the group wanted to come back, she said.
The group expanded its search of the historic inn recently, looking at the living areas as well as the basement, which was not explored in February. The survey of the home began at dusk on a Saturday night and finished about 1 a.m. Sunday.
“There were a few times where it sounded like we might have caught something (on recording equipment),” Myron Curtiss, the lead investigator and a co-founder of the group, said.
They’re not sure what they found. Curtiss said the team hasn’t yet finished processing the data acquired through a full night of recording in every room in the house with audio and video equipment, full-spectrum camera photography and electromagnetic field measurement equipment.
The group found out about the Leffingwell building, a 338-year-old homestead that served as an inn and tavern during the time of the Revolutionary War, on the Internet, and contacted its owners for permission to visit and search for ghosts.
Curtiss said he hoped to make a third visit, should the Leffingwell Inn board approve one.
Greg Farlow, the vice president of the Leffingwell House Museum board, was around for both the February ghost hunts. He said he’s neutral on ghosts, but excited _ his eyes went wide as he pointed to the chair where he said he saw the shadowy figure in February. He’s done his research on the owners and residents of the home from the 18th and 19th centuries, and said he’s narrowed down the possibilities.
“The Leffingwells lived here only until after the Revolution, then it went to the Huntington family. I think it would be Ruth Huntington in that chair,” he said as the ghost hunters prepared their equipment.
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