Friday, January 7, 2011

Setting For A Park Ranger Ghost Story

In the book A Park Ranger’s Life: Thirty Two Years Protecting Our National Parks the chapter entitled “The World of the Supernatural” tells the story of a ghostly experience I had early in my career at Hampton House National Historic Site.  The story centers on a two week period that I had to spend in what is believed by many to be a haunted house. 

Besides ghosts Hampton House has a long and interesting history.  It enjoys a uniqueness in that the Ridgley family who built what was then the largest home in North America in the 1790s lived there until it was sold to the National Park Service in the 1947s.  Hampton started as a working plantation and iron works and later became a farm for racing horses.

The National Park Service has recently made available a virtual museum of Hampton House.  You can go to this site to learn more about an interesting part of our American History and view where I spent one unexplainable and nerve racking night.

Hampton House National Historic Site  (photo courtesy of the NPS)


  1. Really interesting this one is! I really don't think people would much bothered with it.

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