It’s Official: Korner’s Folly Is Haunted

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So says the Southern Paranormal and Anomaly Research Society:

Carcountry1large The self-billed Strangest House in the World was officially declared haunted by the Southern Paranormal and Anomaly Research Society at a news conference Wednesday, the News & Recod of Greensboro reported.

The organization's Carolinas chapter in May investigated the 19th century Kernersville home of artist and interior decorator Jule Gilmer Korner (pronounced Kerner). The recordings they made revealed several disembodied voices and some mysterious specks of light.

"When you look at the evidence, there may be 1,000 ways to debunk it," said investigator Deonna Kelli Sayed. "And that's OK. You don't have to believe in any of it if you don't want to. But … the evidence we have, we can't really offer you an explanation for it."

SPARS is a family member of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), best known for being featured on the Syfy series "Ghost Hunters." The show stars Rhode Island plumbers and ghost hunters Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. The Carolinas chapter has roughly 30 members, including about a half-dozen in the Triad.

Sixteen SPARS members came together for the Korner's Folly investigation over Memorial Day weekend, bringing with them infrared cameras, digital thermometers, tape recorders and electromagnetic field detectors.

Among the findings revealed Tuesday were the sound of a little girl saying "peek-a-boo;" some wailing noises recorded at the site of the outhouse; and a woman saying "Anne" in response to a SPARS member asking, "Can you tell us your name?"

The group also showed video clips of what looked like dots of light flying across a room.

"Stuff like this, someone might say, 'Oh it's a bug or a moth,"' said SPARS investigator Iris Carter. "But the pattern and the way it goes across is a clue in determining whether it's dust or a bug."

"Yeah, you constantly see dust," Sayed added. "We see bugs, and it's quite clear what they are. This, it just seemed too 'intelligent."'

NCKERkorner1_jeffrey Having seen and done shows in the Folly (there's a little theater in the attic which was designed for one of the household kids back in the 19th century — see picture at right), I can attest to some of these things. 

There are indeed bugs and dust — things not uncommon in a house that old.  And yes, the bugs and dust tend to move in a pattern — towards the light or along with the draft that blows through the old home's rafters.  I wouldn't exactly call that "paranormal" though.

As for the voices and wailing, well, I don't know what to say about that.

I will say this: haunted or not, I would get creeped out spending a night in there alone.  Not that I have to…..