GLOVERSVILLE - Is the Fulton County Museum haunted? Paranormal researchers are hoping to find out.
Researchers with the Northern New York Paranormal Research Society will visit the museum on Kingsboro Avenue and stay overnight, from Tuesday to Wednesday, to investigate reports of paranormal activity.
Researchers with the Malone-based group were told the museum may be haunted when they were last in the county during a similar event at the Olde Knox Mansion in Johnstown in fall 2010.
The entrance on Kingsboro Avenue for the Fulton?County Museum in Gloversville is shown. Paranormal researchers will be spending a night at the museum next week in an effort to determine if it is haunted.
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"We heard stories from different people when we were in the area that it was an older building with a lot of emotion and energy in that building when it was a school," society researcher Merrill McKee said. "Especially now with all of the historical artifacts that are there, like the portable hanging gallows that were used in Fulton County. All of those artifacts, [in] theory, could have energy with spirits attached to it."
McKee said his research team will use investigative techniques, scientific theories and equipment to prove or disprove haunted allegations.
McKee said workers of the museum have often reported items being moved from one place to another when they return after closing for the night. He has heard reports of voices and sounds coming from different parts of the building and even sightings of "shadow people."
He said the team also plans to monitor the Old Colonial Cemetery near the museum to see if there is any measurable activity at the site. He said there have been reports of a woman in white walking around the cemetery at night.
The researchers will be joined during the overnight stay by Albany radio station FLY-92 morning show hosts Brian Cody and Chrissy Cavotta of "The Fly Morning Rush." The radio station and researchers will be accompanied by members of Fulton County & Beyond - a Fulton County-based Facebook page spotlighting community and historical information- and 10 to 15 listeners who will be announced on the air Monday. FLY 92 will air its seventh annual "Fly Morning Rush Haunted Broadcast" live from the museum from 6 to 10 a.m. Wednesday. Results of the overnight investigation are scheduled to be discussed during the morning broadcast, Sims said.
Listeners who are interested in trying to be one of the guests who get to stay the night for the event can apply on the FLY-92 website before the Monday announcement.
The museum will be open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Friday and again on Halloween day from noon to 4 p.m.
The research society's investigation is expected to be followed by a "public-reveal presentation" at the museum Nov. 17, McKee said.