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Haunted Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

 

Often referred to as “the most haunted castle in Scotland,” Edinburgh Castle is more than 900 years old and has been the site of many terrifying events. Torturing of prisoners, burning of witches, and victims dying from the Black Death, these events provide a plentiful source for souls to be at unrest in throughout the castle.

Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts, most notable the War of Scottish Independence in the 14th century. Edinburgh Castle is known for being “the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world.”

If you get a chance to visit Scotland, Edinburgh Castle is worth a visit.

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Haunted Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
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Haunted Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
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Haunted Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
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Haunted Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
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Haunted Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Feeling Spirits From Long Ago in Christ Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Maryland

 

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Historic Christ Church, Cambridge, Maryland 

Christ Church Cemetery is located at 601 Church Street in historic Cambridge, Maryland.  Some allege the cemetery is haunted. Established in the late 1600’s, Christ Church cemetery is the final resting place for original settlers of Cambridge, veterans of the American Revolutionary War, and veterans of the U.S. Civil War.

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American Revolutionary Graves, Christ Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Maryland

When I visit historic cemeteries, I like to bring flowers to place on the graves of civil war veterans. In Christ Church cemetery these graves were hard to find. In contrast, the American Revolutionary veteran graves were easily identifiable with the American flags and DAR markers. I had with me a list of the names of civil war veterans who are buried in the cemetery. When I found several of these graves, I was surprised that there was no indication that the person was a civil war veteran. I got a strong feeling that this history was purposely being hidden. It was common for families in Maryland to have had family members fighting on both sides of the civil war so perhaps this was a painful period that was preferred to be left in the past by the families.

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Christ Church Cemetery, Cambridge, Maryland

After laying flowers on several civil war veterans’ graves there was one grave I could not find. I decided to use a method that I’ve been using for years that always works. I call on the spirit of the deceased to guide me to their grave. I explain to them that I am there to visit them and to honor their service in the civil war.  A few seconds following this ritual, it worked. I found the grave of the veteran.

Although the cemetery is rumored to be haunted, I personally believe that spirits of the deceased like being remembered and appreciate being visited.

Haunted & Historic Cambridge, Maryland

Feeling Spirits from Long Ago in historic Cambridge, Maryland

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Historic Cambridge, Maryland is located in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Situated on the mighty Choptank River, Cambridge was originally inhabited by the Choptank Native American tribe. In 1684, wealthy European landowners moved in and built tobacco plantations.  This created tension and violence with the Choptank Native American tribe who were ultimately displaced. The plantation owners imported slaves from Africa to work the plantations until 1864 when Maryland end slavery.

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Site of slave auctions

In Cambridge you can still find reminders of the slave trade. Slave auctions took place outside the Dorchester County Courthouse. At the top of the hill, under a large tree I discovered a portion of the original slave block. Slaves would’ve stood on the top of the hill while being auctioned off to buyers below. This same area was also used for public executions. While visiting here I could feel the angst and tension as I explored the area. There are still a lot of souls at unrest here.

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Slave auction block on grounds of historic Dorchester County Courthouse, Cambridge, Maryland

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Grounds of historic Dorchester County Courthouse, Cambridge, Maryland

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Historic Dorchester County Courthouse, Cambridge, Maryland

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Grounds of historic Dorchester County Courthouse, site of public executions and slave auction.

Tour Haunted New Orleans and Beyond

Watch this video of “In Search of Spirits from Long Ago in Haunted New Orleans and Beyond” A collection of some of the most haunted sites in and around New Orleans.  Be sure to turn up the volume for the full experience.

Click here:

https://youtu.be/KOWCL6_1qfk

Found Objects in Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland

Thames Street, Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland
Thames Street, Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland

A couple of months ago I spent a winter afternoon visiting one of my favorite sections of Baltimore, historic Fells Point. I went in search of objects that represent the spirit of Fells Point. Here is what I found.

Fells Point Gate, Baltimore, Maryland
Fells Point Gate, Baltimore, Maryland
Max's On Broadway, Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland
Max’s On Broadway, Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland
Bertha's Mussels, Fells Point, Maryland
Bertha’s Mussels, Fells Point, Maryland
Door Knocker, Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland
Door Knocker, Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland
Thames Street in Black and White, Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland
Thames Street in Black and White, Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland

Six Essential Stops in Shenandoah, VA

  1. Explore the Beauty of Skyline Drive at Shenandoah National Park, VA
Skyline Drive, VA
Skyline Drive, Shenandoah, VA
Skyline Dr., Shenandoah, VA
Skyline Dr., Shenandoah, VA
Skyline Dr., Shenandoah, VA
Skyline Dr., Shenandoah, VA

2. Visit historic Strasburg, VA

Shop for local fine art
Local fine art gallery, historic Strasburg, VA
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Buy fresh flowers at the Strasburg Florist
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Visit creative and quaint antique shops in Strasburg, VA

3. Eat and hear live music at Cristina’s Café, historic Strasburg, VA

Cristina's Cafe
Cristina’s Cafe, historic Strasburg, VA
Christina's Cafe, Strasburg, VA
Christina’s Cafe, historic Strasburg, VA

4. Stay at the historic Strasburg Hotel

Historic Strasburg Hotel
Historic Strasburg Hotel

5. Relive the Civil War at Hupps Hill Cedar Creek Museum

Hupp's Hill Cedar Creek Museum
Hupp’s Hill Cedar Creek Museum
Battle site trail at Hupp's Hill Cedar Creek
Walk the battle site trail at Hupp’s Hill Cedar Creek

6. Travel back to the Old South at Belle Grove Plantation

Tour Belle Grove Plantation
Tour Belle Grove Plantation
Belle Grove Plantation
Belle Grove Plantation

 

To buy and see more photographs from Shenandoah, VA visit www.JacquelineLaRocca.com

In Search of Spirits from Long Ago at Navan Fort, Armagh, Northern Ireland

Shadows on Navan Fort, Co, Armagh, Northern Ireland
Shadows on Navan Fort, Co, Armagh, Northern Ireland

Navan Fort “Eamhain Macha” is an ancient monument in County Armagh, Northern Ireland located at 81 Killylea Rd., Armagh BT60 4 LD, Northern Ireland.

Navan Fort “Eamhain Macha” was a royal, ceremonial site that existed from 700 BC to 100 BC. Navan Fort was founded by Queen Macha, a beautiful Celtic warrior queen with golden hair.  During her reign, Navan Fort  was the royal capital of Ulster.  The original site was circular and spanned 16 acres.  The site is also associated with the ancient Celtic warrior Cuchulainn.  In 332 AD the site was destroyed by fire, presumably the result of religious conflict between Pagans and Christians.  What remains today is a large, grass covered mound where visitors can feel the ancient spirits from long ago.

Photos available at www.JacquelineLaRocca.com

 

Tree at Navan Fort, Co. Armagh
Tree at Navan Fort, Co. Armagh
Steps at Navan Fort, Co. Armagh, Northern, Ireland
Steps at Navan Fort, Co. Armagh, Northern, Ireland