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Homestead library to go ghost hunting with tour

| Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, 3:57 a.m.

Carnegie Library of Homestead will offer Carnegie's Paranormal Ghost Walk on Friday with investigators from Oakmont and Venango County paranormal societies.

Guided tours will be offered every half hour from 7-10 p.m. to explore haunting incidents identified when the Syfy series “Ghost Hunters” visited the library last year.

Television crews also filmed at the former Homestead police station.

Library services coordinator Emily Salsberry said the paranormal teams will have special tools for the tour.

“We will be in hot spots already identified by ‘Ghost Hunters,'” she said. “That's the music hall, adult reading room and basement.”

The episode featuring the library and former police station will play while patrons are waiting for their tour.

Those taking the tour, which will be dimly lit, are asked to wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight.

The library's bar will be open with non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.

“There will be some information about our library and what possibly could be haunting it,” Salsberry said. “There have been a lot of strange stories throughout the years. There's a lot of speculation of who's haunting the library. Some people say it's (library founder Andrew) Carnegie or millworkers. There was someone who drowned in the pool in the late 1800s. He was a janitor here.”

The old Homestead News Messenger reported Robert E. Peebles, 25, died “under mysterious circumstances” on Nov. 28, 1899, at approximately 10 p.m. in 8 feet of water.

Salsberry said the library was contacted by the Oakmont Paranormal Society about doing the ghost walk.

“They had done a ghost walk at Oakmont Library,” she said. “They approached us about doing it as a fundraiser. Since we've been on ‘Ghost Hunters' and we still have people asking questions daily about it, we knew there would be a lot of interest for our ghost tour.”

Salsberry said the Oakmont Paranormal Society collaborates with the Venango County Paranormal Society.

Tour tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 412-462-3444 to register or prepay.

Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, extension 1970, or slee@tribweb.com.

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