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The Historic Morris-Jumel Mansion

The MI:ST Society was overwhelmed to get the phone call from Dan at Sturges Paranormal asking if we would like to be involved in an investigation at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest standing house on the isle of Manhattan here in New York City.
The MI:ST Society and Sturgis Paranormal were joined by several of the investigators from Paranormal Investigations of NYC.
We would all like to thank both the NY Post as well as the NYC Parks & Recreation Department and the Historic House Trust for making all this happen.
This marks the first time since Hans Holzer investigated the estate in the mid 1960s that the Morris-Jumel Mansion has allowed paranormal researchers to set up equipment and test the claims of the paranormal activity that is said to take place their.

The Morris-Jumel Mansion was built 1765 by the British Colonel Roger Morris and his American wife, Mary Philipse.
George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and John Quincy Adams, Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton and Henry Knox have all lived, worked, or stayed at the mansion at one point or another.
In 1810, under new ownership, the Mansion was restored to its original purpose as a country house by the French emigrant Stephen Jumel and his wife Eliza.

Now on to the Investigation…

DATE: 10/19/09
TIME: 1900 – 2300
LEAD INVESTIGATORS: John C. Galvin, Dan Sturges
OTHER INVESTIGATOR: no other members of the MI:ST Society were on hand.  Three members of the Paranormal Investigations of NYC were on hand, Dom Villella,  Traci Borders, and Victor Fuhrman
EQUIPMENT BEING USED: K-II meter, EMF Detector, Analog Audio Recorder, Digital Audio Recorder, Digital Still Camera, Infra-red Level, Flashlights (x2), TriField Natural EMF detector, and a TriField EMF detector.

LOCATION NAME: The Morris-Jumel Mansion
LOCATION ADDRESS: 65 Jumel Terrace New York, NY 10032-5360
NAME OF RESIDENT(S) & CONTACT INFO.: None, managed by the Historic House Trust
REASON FOR INVESTIGATION: Invited by the NY Post and the Historic House Trust to investigate reports of apparitions and hauntings that were last investigated by Hans Holzer in 1964, including sightings of Lady Jumel on the balcony, voices heard near the grandfather’s clock, phantom sounds, and mysterious feelings.


LIST ALL PHENOMENA OBSERVED DURING THIS INVESTIGATION; TIME, OBSERVERS, INCIDENT: The MI:ST representative on hand for this investigation, president and co-founder John Galvin, was using a digital-audio recorder in tandem with his digital camera and EMF detector.
We encountered a low-level EMF reading throughout the mansion, but absolutely nothing higher than would be expected with electrical wires and equipment running. At no time did this investigator’s EMF detector pick up anything unusual nor did any of the other investigators present (at least that anyone mentioned).
After reviewing the photos taken at the mansion we could only find one shot that seems like it has anything to offer, a strange glow on the window pane in the Aaron Burr bedroom that looks as if there is almost a face looking into the second floor room. This photo can be seen in our photo section here on Facebook.
The digital audio recordings from the investigation yielded up nothing unusual or out of place.
When the video of the investigation was reviewed there were no unexplained occurrences to be seen. However there are several distinct raps, or taps that are heard to hit the camera when certain questions were directly asked to Eliza Jumel while we were conducting an EVP session on the second floor.
As far as personal experiences go there was nothing sensed by this investigator. There were no “cold spots” or “hot spots” felt, no images seen, nothing out of sorts that was heard, no phantom smells detected, no stray tastes sensed. No other investigator on hand reported anything to us.
There is one thing I would like to make note of. While the entire group was on the second floor during the EVP session, Victor (Reiki Master and member of Paranormal Investigation of NYC) said he sensed / saw a ripple of energy at the entrance door to the Aaron Burr room. As I moved into position to snap some shots I was looking at the view screen on my camera and I saw a white mass quickly pass by and out of sight. I only saw the image for a second and could not react in time to take the shot. It had shape that I could make out. The image was only seen on the view screen and not in front of me otherwise that I could see. I have no idea what that could have been.
Due to the lack of personal experiences as well as lack of any evidence collected with the equipment the MI:ST Society will have to conclude that the Morris-Jumel Mansion is not haunted nor is there any paranormal activity there.
Please take note that this is based on less than four hours of investigation with three teams of paranormal investigators and a news crew with us.
I believe that a second investigation with a smaller number of people on hand would be in order to verify the findings (or should I say the lack of findings) from this investigation.

The MI:ST Society would like to thank the NY Post for arranging this investigation as well as the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and the Historic House Trust for giving their permission(and for being such Great hosts!).

We would also like to give a big thank you to Sturges Paranormal’s Dan Sturges for inviting us to be part of this landmark investigation of the oldest house in Manhattan.

And last, but not least, we would like to thank Dom, Traci, and Victor from Paranormal Investigations of NYC being so professional in their work and being so cool and welcoming to us.

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The Aaron Burr Room

This shot looks into the Aaron Burr room on the second floor.  The bright white light in the right side window is from the flash on my camera.
What is that in the middle bottom-row window pane in the left?


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