Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Talbott Tavern

The legends surrounding the infamous Talbott Tavern in Bardstown, Kentucky are actually less interesting than the reality there. With a past filled with visitors like Jesse James, Daniel Boone, and Abraham Lincoln it's no surprise that the place has seen it's fair share of years both good and bad and that paranormal activity is associated with the location. In fact, the earliest sign of the place being haunted occurred with Jesse James himself.

While staying at the Talbott Tavern, James thought he saw something or someone entering his room. Without hesitation, he drew his gun and fired at the intruder--he then leaped from his bed and inspected the area only to find there was nobody there! It's a story that James imparted to the tavern's innkeeper at the time and that has stayed with the bar now turned bed-and-breakfast all these years. The bullet holes from James' gun are still present in the room (now called the Jesse James Room).

During our visit to the Talbott Tavern, Mike and I stayed in the General's Quarters--a room that is reputedly a 'hot spot' there (according to local Bardstown investigators--specifically Patti Starr who came through the area with a tour group while we were there). Over the course of the evening there, we had many strange things happen during our investigation--not the least of which, was a great EMF session we had in the Concord Room (a sort of common area used for conferences, etc.) that involved an entity coming forward on demand setting off our EMF alarm and touching us (the spirit actually touched me three times there--twice on the hand and once pressing up against the back of me in a way that felt like I had leaned against a wall).

The audio clip we have included here, though, takes place in the General's Quarters after we had settled in for the night. We actually asked the spirit in the Concord room to come back to the room with us to 'hang out' and this was one of the occurrences that happened there. Mike and I were joking about our EMF alarm going off while we were sleeping when Mike felt a cold blast of air hit his face and neck. After we listed to the audio we were surprised (or maybe not so surprised) to hear that the spirit thought our conversation was funny and laughed at Mike's comment via EVP. The sounds you are hearing in the background are, unfortunately, a television coming from an adjoining room, so ignore that. Here is the script of what you are hearing in the clip:

Rich: If that thing (EMF alarm) starts beeping in the night, is it going to wake you up?
Mike: Oh, hell yeah. You'll probably have to take a double take to find me, dude, 'cuz I'll probably be hanging from the canopy (of his bed). I'll be all tangled up in that damn netting.

-Entity Laughs-
Mike: What the f*@! was that?
Rich: Huh?

Mike: I just had a cool breeze that went across my face...

During the rest of the evening there I was touched again on the foot and we captured audio of drawers in the room opening and closing by themselves. Our investigation also yielded numerous EVPs, including voices, groans, and whispers.

Take a trip to the Talbott Tavern--you won't be disappointed! Visit their website to get more information and to book a room.

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