"Vegetable," the voice said, according to those in attendance who responded when host
"That's what we heard also," Shefts said.
Shefts is the director, lead investigator and founder of the
"When you visited it I think you may have kicked a hornet's nest," historical society member
Shefts said the voice was captured on recording equipment when his group entered the dining room. The group was accompanied by a member of the historical society. The member can be heard on the recording asking, "what kind of soup did you eat?"
Shefts and his team have toured dozens of historic buildings scattered across the northeast. During Thursday night's presentation he detailed visits to
"It's a different way of bringing history to the forefront," he said. "There are an awful lot of young people today who don't care much for history and this can be a way to kind of draw them into it."
For Shefts and his team, the Harrison House was a paranormal gold mine.
"We captured some of our best evidence at this location," he said. "We have not yet been able to tie the evidence to any specific person who lived there, but we do find it interesting."
"I don't let them tell me anything before we go into houses," she said. "I don't want to know anything about it."
Berthiaume recalled how she was one of the first members of Shefts' team to enter the second floor bedroom.
"I just kept hearing this man screaming in my ear, telling me to get out of there," he said. "Throughout the investigation I kept hearing him mocking us and laughing at what we were trying to do."
Berthiaume played a recording of her son, Kyle, speaking in the room, saying to another team member, "leave him to it."
Seconds later a grating, angry voice can be heard on Bethiaume's recording, repeating the same phrase her son said.
Before the team began to explore the upstairs of the house, they set up an audio and video system on the second floor. Shefts said several team members were outside when the audio picked up the sound of what appeared to be footsteps walking up the stairs.
Eastwood later explained what he meant by his "hornet's nest" comment.
"The only other thing I've ever had happened is hearing the footsteps," he said. "But last Saturday, I saw two things of what you call orbs in the main hall. That's a first for me and I've been doing this (giving tours of the house) for five seasons."
According to Shefts, the orbs -- small glowing circles that can appear on photos and video shot at night -- are spirits. Critics dismiss the images as dust, moisture or shifting light. Shefts acknowledges the criticism.
"It's hard to prove anything in this field," he said. "But in theory, an orb is the easiest mode of transportation for a spirit."
Eastwood said he suspects the two visits made to the Harrison House by
"Am I going there alone at night now?" he said. "No way."
To find more events hosted by the historical society visit its website at www.branfordhistoricalsociety.org. The historical society maintains the house, located at
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