Case status: Open
Case date: August 20, 2017
Location: Surry, VA
Site classification: Historic
Report #645 – Initial Post by Brad Bradley
As part of the reciprocal agreement between CPRI and Bacon’s Castle, we set up a data collection project there on 8/19/17. More details will posted in later posts. Contact information is below. Team was Brad Bradley, Richard Bowen (+1), Mike Magner, Kenny Newsome, Jack Trammel, Sandie Ange, Amanda Phaup, Amanda Taylor. CHAPS, a TAPS Family group from Canada, also joined us with 3 of their members.
We focused on the main house only this time and our HQ was outside in an enclosed EZUp in the back yard. Power was run from the house to HQ. We entered and exited the building through the gift shop door during surveillance.
DVR Cameras – Kenny’s 16 cameras were placed inside the main house on both sides. Mike’s 4 cameras were used for outside surveillance.
Voice Recorders – There was one DR05 inside the house as a live monitor in the 2nd floor hallway which will be run using ethernet. There was another DR05 as a live monitor in the 1854 section, first floor near the stairs. Other static recorders were placed in the 1st and 3rd floors of the 1665 section and on the stairwell of the 1854 section.
Dataloggers – The sensor block, Geiger counter and tablet was placed in the 2nd floor hallway, 1665 side. The PASCO was on the second floor landing of the 1854 section along with a phone datalogger and Geiger counter. Jack’s temp/humidity and EMF dataloggers were placed in the middle of the first floor hallway, 1665 side. Mike’s HT dataloggers were placed at both ends of both the first and second floor hallways of the 1665 side.
Address: 465 Bacons Castle Trail, Surry, VA 23883
Phone: (757) 357-5976
Carol Wiedel, Director
Director of Museum Operations and Education
Phone: 804-648.1889 ex. 315 | Fax: 804-775-0802[REDACTED]
Report #646 – General Overview by John Trammell
This research project was marked by a number of interesting factors that impacted the night’s work. These included nearly 16 people present; a wide variety of equipment and experiment setups; and a great deal of enthusiasm after our annual meeting earlier in the day.
Some factors to note from my perspective:
1) The large number of researchers limited the possibilities for certain types of experiments
2) There was significant noise pollution. Many of the sounds that we “marked” were when people were in the house or near it, and it’s not clear the fire walls seal one side from the other acoustically if the sound can travel outside or through other infrastructure.
3) Sending in large numbers of people all at once can confound environmental factors. I recommend no larger than groups of three when conditions permit.
There was notable activity during the night, including voices, steps, bangs, and I got touched for the first time I can remember.
Data is being processed.
Report #647 – Datalogger Analysis by Brad Bradley
EMF Datalogger on 1st floor hallway, 1665 side
11:22pm – spike in EMF average over all axes. Team was in the vicinity, but should not have had an EMF source with them.
Tablet Datalogger on 2nd floor hallway, 1665 side
8:42pm – fluctuations in magnetic field. No one in building.
8:49pm – spike on accelerometer and light meter. No one in building.
No other anomalies were detected without explanation.
Report #648 – Audio Analysis by Brad Bradley
DR05 Live Monitor – 2nd floor hallway, 1665 side
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Waveform very noisy at the <100Hz level on left channel only. Left channel represents the microphone facing the stairwell. This very low end rumble and bumping can be heard audibly, but just barely. This means it is just above the 20Hz range.
1:03:24 (6:58pm) – voice in background while team is setting up. Similar voice captured several years ago in Garrot.
2:27:08 (8:22pm) – small “tick” sound.
2:47:14 (8:42pm) – movement (coincides with magnetic field shift)
2:54:08 (8:49pm) – movement over several seconds (coincides with light and accelerometer spike.)
2:54:37 (8:49pm) – distant bang
2:59:57 (8:54pm) – loud bang
3:03:21 (8:58pm) – movement over several seconds
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9:03 (9:26pm) – Bang near recorder heard by team one floor down. Upon checking Olympus in Garrot, bang was actually in Garrot.
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DR05 1854 Side Live Monitor at foot of stairs
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1:26:00 (8:01pm) – Bang
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1:03:20 (11:00pm) – loud bang with reverb.
Olympus – Garrot
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39:28 (7:30pm) – bang in Garrot
1:03:57 (7:54pm) – movement in Garrot
1:04:32 (7:55pm) – movement in Garrot
1:04:53 (7:55pm) – footsteps in Garrot
1:05:09 (7:56pm) – movement in Garrot
2:03:42 (8:54pm) – voice not detected by 2nd floor DR05.
2:39:48 (9:30pm) – voices in Garrot heard by team there. Outside team indicates the voice didn’t come from them. Not detected by recorder on 2nd floor.
4:39:27 (11:30pm) – voices in Garrot heard by team there. Not from HQ. Not detected by recorder on 2nd floor.