Huntview. I wish we had a snowy photo. It probably looks beautiful today.
Snow days are treats in and of themselves, but a little haunting might add to your pleasure, or at least that was my thinking when I began this post. We only have one story in ISOMG:MC that involves a snowstorm. That story belongs to Huntview, or the James Trundle Farm, in Poolesville. This 19th century house, ca. 1878 (but built on the foundations of an older building), seems to be incredibly haunted, and the current residents can prove it having had many encounters, heard, felt, and seen, with the spirits that inhabit the place.
The other great thing about the tales of Huntview is that they have been reported by many different residents over time as you can see from the following excerpt:
One night sometime during the 1940s there was a terrible snowstorm. Everything around was shut down and no one was out who didn’t have to be. It was evening and the caretaker* at the time was looking out the window when he saw footprints in the snow. He called the family together because he had told everyone to stay inside. This was the kind of storm where one could be in great danger outside. But everyone was in and no one had gone out. The next morning, the man went out to see what damage the storm might have caused. Under the window where he had seen footprints the night before there was a set of deep tracks leading down to River Road. As he followed the tracks, they became shallower and shallower until they disappeared altogether in the middle of a field.
The ghosts who haunt Huntview have been thought to be Civil War soldiers, farmers, and men from a different era. I can only speculate to whom those footprints belonged. A long gone farmer looking after his property during a terrible storm? A Civil War soldier scanning the area to be sure that the Confederates have not crossed the river? I leave it to you to decide.
*Huntview has not had a resident-owner for some time. All the stories we gathered are from caretakers who lived and worked at the farm.
Dorothy and I will be selling at the Holiday Craft Show at the Clara Barton Community Center on MacArthur Blvd in Cabin John on Saturday, December 7 from 1:00 to 5:00. Hope to see some of you there. This link will take you to their website for all pertinent information: http://friendsofclarabartoncommunitycenter.org/event.html
If anyone is interested in ordering a signed copy of ISOMG:MC for a holiday gift, email us at montgomeryghosts @ yahoo.com.
ISOMG:MC is again in the papers – the Montgomery Sentinel. The story includes some things that were not part of my interview, but any publicity is good publicity. Meanwhile, look for a proper blog on ghosts tomorrow. http://www.thesentinel.com/mont/Search/Real-haunting-in-Montgomery10-24-2013
ISOMG:MC was the subject of a lovely article in the October 8 edition of the Gaithersburg Town Courier – http://www.towncourier.com/ghosts-reveal-history-in-montgomery-county-authors-book/
We have two speaking engagements this week. The first, and more traditional, is Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00 at the Gaithersburg Community Museum.
Then on Thursday at 7:30 we will be telling ghost stories at the Limerick Pub in Wheaton as part of their monthly Literary Night. This will be an entirely new type of venue for us, but we’re expecting a fun night.
For details go to our Events page.
PART ONE – Dorothy and I are working with a group filming a new, web-based paranormal show called “Paranormal Experience.” They’ve brought in two well-known mediums to walk through some of the historic homes we’ve written about. More after Tuesday when they interview us.
PART TWO – Update on “Paranormal Experience” – Dorothy and I were interviewed Tuesday night about the history of the four properties that were investigated for the show (I won’t reveal where we filmed at this time), three of which were in the book and one was not (though we wish it had been). By the time we were interviewed it was quite late so we aren’t confident about our performance. However, I understand the two mediums that worked with the show were able to identify many spirits with a lot of real details – what they were wearing, what they looked like, and even some names! We promise to give you more details as soon as we know.
Last week Dorothy and I were surprised and pleased to receive an email from a reader informing us that her book club had decided to read our book. We were pleased because we are always a little amazed when anyone says they have bought, let alone read, the book. And we were surprised because we never, and I mean never, expected it to be used in book clubs. She went on to ask if there were any guides or suggested questions to enhance the discussion. Obviously, since we hadn’t anticipated such a request, there weren’t any, but never one to disappoint a fan (!) we set right to work. The result is a new page on our blog site which can be accessed at https://montgomeryghosts.wordpress.com/discussion-guide. If you have anything to add or other ideas to enhance the book club experience, we’d love to hear from you. Enjoy!