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St. Albans to host ‘Ghost Hunters’

St. Albans in Fairlawn will host two supernatural stars, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango of Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, this Saturday, Sept. 25. The pair will be visiting the location for a special event intended to save the original historic building and preserve it for future generations.
St. Albans first opened in 1822 as a monastery and boys school. In 1916, it reopened as a sanatorium and also served as the local hospital, morgue and nursing home.
Many paranormal research groups have investigated St. Albans in attempts to uncover the truth behind the reported spiritual activities taking place. Former workers report incidents such as seeing vanishing, unknown women running through the men’s ward, rocking chairs moving by themselves with no wind, and hearing footsteps when no one is there.
With the historic and paranormal interest of the location, many individuals have fought to keep the building intact. The current owner of the property, Tim Gregory, wants to maintain the structure and use it as a Research and Enlightenment Center.
Radford Historical Society fought to keep the structure from being torn down by the previous owner and had it registered as a local historical site. For years the community has tried to get the building on the national registry. The paper work only needs one more signature.
In order to keep the building in a useful working condition, the Eastern States Paranormal Society has been holding cleanup days at St. Albans for the past several weekends. Society member Stacey Taylor believes the building is a community treasure.
“It’s such a beautiful building and it’s been there for so long,” said Taylor. “When I say save the building I mean getting it restored and maintaining it.”
Eastern States Paranormal Society has conducted two investigations at St. Albans. They say both produced paranormal images and clear electronic voice phenomena (EVP) readings from disembodied voices.
The event Saturday will include two separate segments. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tango and Gonsalves will present a seminar at Radford University in Hurlburt Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $10 in advance.
The highlight of the evening will be “An Evening with Steve and Tango.” Guests who buy the $50 tickets will enjoy a catered dinner by Baker’s Best, a question and answer session with the stars, a tour of St. Albans and a photo opportunity. The evening will end with a concert at Nesselrod on the New later that night.
For more information, contact Gregory at (276) 237 – 4959. Corporate tables for the dinner are available; however, seating is limited.

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