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Compass Inn Museum offers Halloween hauntings

| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A historic building established in 1799 seems a likely venue for ghostly activity. Join docents dressed in period costumes on a Halloween Hauntings storytelling tour through the Compass Inn Museum, to learn some history about the buildings and the era, and possibly be visited by a spirit in the process.

“There have been a few things that have occurred at the inn,” said the museum's project coordinator, Roberta Smith. “Some can be explained, other things cannot.”

Candlelight tours of the Compass Inn are being offered to the public 6 – 9 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 and from 5 – 8 p.m. Oct. 27. Cost is $4 for ages 12 and up and $2 for children under 12.

Participants taking the tour will learn a bit of history about the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the people who visited and worked there.

“The stories are about the history and reported happenings at the inn,” said Smith. “We want visitors to be able to come to the museum at night and hear these stories for themselves.”

Stories will be shared about spirits who are believed to have visited the inn and the surrounding Ligonier Valley area.

“It's such an old building that a good many people have come and gone through the Inn,” said Smith. “We've had both visitors and volunteers who have heard noises and witnessed unexplainable occurrences here.”

Footsteps are often heard where no person has been and instances of lights turning on and off have been recorded.

“We check on everything that is reported,” Smith said. “For example, one time after lights in an upstairs room were flickering, we called in an electrician and it was determined that a socket had a short. On the other hand, hearing footsteps where there's no one at the Inn; that is unexplainable.”

Several years ago a psychic medium visited the Compass inn and said she felt spirits present. One spirit was believed to be that of a woman who, after being badly burned in the inn's kitchen, later passed away.

A portion of the tour includes access to the 1862 room — an addition that was built onto the inn that is only open to the public during candlelight tours.

To make reservations for a Halloween Hauntings tour, those interested should call: 724-238-4983.

Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.