Macon County Chronicle

Paranormal Activity Investigated at Local Historic Hotel

The A&E Network’s nationally broadcasted television show Paranormal State will be featuring the historic Thomas House Hotel in Red Boiling Springs, during an episode predicted to air this March.
Paranormal State, a half-hour reality series now in its third season, delves deep into the strange and the mysterious, attempting to unravel inexplicable paranormal phenomena including sixth-sense experiences, ghost sightings, demonic disturbances, and brushes with the darkest areas of the unknown.

For those who are not familiar with the cast, its members are a team of investigators known as the Paranormal Research Society (PRS), which was founded by Penn State student Ryan Buell in 2001.

Spending four nights at the Thomas Hotel last week, Buell and his PRS team members investigated paranormal activity with the use of high-tech thermal, EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena), Electro-Magnetic Field (EMF) Detectors and audio recorders, seeking out the truth behind the many eerie experiences reported by guests and visitors of the hotel since its establishment in 1890.

The hotel itself, has endured its share of tragedy, including two fires. Historically, it became a popular summer destination after word spread across the country that the small town of Red Boiling Springs had mineral waters that contained medicinal qualities and it was perhaps best known for its luxurious hotels and bathhouses, which among the notables of famous people included President Woodrow Wilson, who spent his summers there.

Some of the most talked about supernatural stories that have emerged from the hotel over the years, include tales about a former cook who still remains in the room he once lived in, a whistling man who walks the halls during the day, a gentleman who haunts the front desk where guests check in and a little girl believed to be named Sara, who died at the hotel when she was brought to the town for the healing waters.

The Paranormal State television series, which focuses on helping people who are having experiences whether it's paranormal or not, will be taking a more journalistic/clinical approach to the paranormal activity reported at the Thomas House, presenting its findings and leaving it up to viewers to decide and discuss the possibilities.

“It was certainly an eventful week,” said Thomas House Hotel owner Cherry Cole about the time the Paranormal State cast and crew spent at the hotel investigating and shooting footage. “We found it very interesting to learn the sheer number of people and the technology required to put on a 30-minute show. Filming went on non-stop for four days. We’re all very excited about the opportunity for our hotel to receive national recognition.”

Each week, the PRS is contacted for help by outside parties ranging from the Catholic Church to ordinary families who are terrified by unusual events in their homes.

Working on cases across the country, the society has become one of the most recognized paranormal societies in the nation.

Keep watch for my exclusive interview with Buell and his comments about the results of the society’s investigation at the Thomas House Hotel next month in the Macon County Chronicle, along with the date the episode is scheduled to be aired on A&E.

Whether you’re a believer or not, it’s certain that Buell’s PRS team will intrigue you, as they have me, with what they’ve uncovered at one of Macon County’s most historic landmarks . . .