In 2019, Centerville Historical Museum hosted a “ghost tour” up and down Main Street to view some of the village’s historic buildings that are reputed to contain hauntings or resident spirits. The October walk came from an idea of museum trustee Deborah Del Negro, and the event was carried out to great success.
This year, with COVID still hanging about, well, like a specter, the question became whether to resume the popular walking tour. Rather than run the risk of having to postpone the event for another year because of health restrictions, Del Negro said, “Let’s bring this indoors.”
For this season, the storytelling will be held at the museum on Friday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. Museum staff and tour guides from the previous walk will be on hand to talk about the various homes and buildings in and around the village center that may harbor ghostly presences. They’ll recount some of the tales that gave rise to these unexplained phenomena, surrounded by the real-life adventures of the village’s early inhabitants, sea captains and other notable citizens. Call it “a tour of the mind,” Del Negro said.
Cape Cod, she said, offers the perfect setting for October’s ghostly happenings, as it’s one of the oldest regions in the country. Add that to New England’s colorful harvest time, crisp, moonlit nights, and the region’s many long-ago stories of adventure and mystery, where the “real” history is as exciting as the imagined. “Just think of all the sea captains” that lived nearby in this village, she said.
Also joining the evening of ghostly happenings will be members of the T&K Paranormal Society, who will be on hand to share some of their investigative experiences in the area. In particular, Todd Koep, the group’s founder and lead investigator, will discuss the group’s visit to the Centerville Historical Museum in the summer of 2019. That year, Koep and paranormal investigators on his team arrived with their EVP (electronic voice phenomena) and other recording and video equipment and spent two nights at the museum. During the program they will be recapping their experiences in and around the museum’s many spaces, including its pantry and dining room areas.
Not to give any secrets away, but “the first night was very active,” Koep recalled, and involved what he called “interaction with multiple subjects,” including audio and other events. The team set up 20 cameras throughout the museum to try and capture activity over the two-night span. One “weird” object they found, he said, was actually removed from the museum following the investigation.
Koep said the team will also describe several other paranormal hot spots they’ve visited in and around Cape Cod, and he’ll hold a Q&A following the presentation.
Del Negro was a member of the museum staff who volunteered to be on site during the 2019 event. Asked if she would be present at the museum program to share some of what she experienced, she said, “Definitely.”
Koep, who has been involved with paranormal investigations for 25 years, assembled a team of five investigators in 2017 to form T&K, said that his team’s focus is “on investigating, documenting and educating” clients about phenomena at a particular location, with an emphasis on intensive historical background searches on the location in question. “Our number one priority is to document ‘the who and the why,’” he said.
Speaking of the team’s possible return visit to the museum next year, he said “none of our cases ever end. They’re never closed.”
Centerville Historical Museum presents “Ghostly Happenings in Centerville and on Cape Cod,” Friday, Oct. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 513 Main St., with light refreshments included. $15 (members $10). For ticket availability, call 508-367-0798. More info at centervillehistoricalmuseum.org