Last Saturday, the Green Mountain Paranormal Society members were invited to the Shelburne Museum to investigate a suspected haunting. While local skeptics looked on, six GMPS team members spent seven hours investigating the Dutton House. They were joined by four museum employees.
There have been many different experiences reported at the Dutton House. They've claims of doors unexpectedly slamming shut and apparitions appearing throughout the building. Several employees have also reported hearing a little girl screaming at various times of the day.
For this investigation, the team set-up five infrared camera's throughout the house.
Three I.R. cameras were placed on the second floor where there have been reports of apparitions appearing and also of a little girl screaming.
Another camera was set-up in a room known as the parlor. The parlor room was frequently used for funerals and many tourists and employees of the Shelburne Museum have reported apparitions appearing in this room.
The final camera was set-up in a large kitchen area. In this room, an employee reported the apparition of a young man dressed in colonial outfit appearing behind him. The team is still in the process of reviewing video.
At all investigations, according to GMPS, the group seeks to explain the unexplained through strict research methods and an object (and often skeptical) approach to paranormal investigation. They use several gadgets to help provide answers to suspected hauntings and experiences outside of the norm.
For this investigation, the team used an electromagnetic field detector (EMF detector), a K2 meter that also assists in detecting magnetic fields, and digital voice recorders. Many team members also carried around a digital camera in hopes of catching a picture of one of the apparitions.
The Dutton House investigation remained quiet. No apparitions were seen, the only door that opened unexpectedly was the front door but was explained away by the high-speed winds blowing it open. Two investigators believed they heard the voice of the little girl, but were able to prove the noise was not out of the ordinary.
While in the attic, they physically heard what sounded like a little girl laughing. The two members perceived the sound was coming from outside the building; after taking a peak out the window, the sound disappeared. Once the investigation was finished, they reviewed their voice recorders to see if they caught the sound on tape. They did.
After listening to the recording a few times and then conducting research online, they came to the conclusion that the sound was actually that of coy-dogs and not of the paranormal. Coy-dogs are a bread of coyote with a distinct laugh. Packs of coy-dogs have been seen around the greater Burlington area. The night guard from the museum confirmed that though coyotes on the Shelburne Museum grounds are rare, they have been seen.
GMPS officials said they will continue to review evidence from the investigation. If something paranormal is found, the group will release the evidence to the local news media.