I have a long history with Paxton Manor, in Leesburg, Virginia. A dozen years ago, I read about an underground cavern that housed an enormous lake under a Victorian mansion near where I lived and I was determined to find out more about it. I wanted to see the lake where men could paddle a boat in the darkness, and with only a miner's lamp secured to a helmet to guide them. Unfortunately, I had lost the newspaper clipping and couldn't remember the name of the house. My Google-fu had failed and I was left to my imagination to fill in the blanks.
Years later, a mutual friend introduced me to the director of Paxton by chance and I was able to tour the grand manor house and visit its new incarnation as the home of the ARC campus of Loudoun County. The first thing I did was ask about that cavern. It was there -- but the well had been sealed with a 1,000 lb cement cap. Thwarted again.
Paxton has been a hotbed of paranormal activity for years, and they asked me and the Wee Ghosties team if we'd like to lead a group of ghost hunters as we did on their annual Friday the 13th investigation last year. We jumped at the chance.
It's been a long wait for Friday the 13th to roll back around the calendar but next month, LaMishia, our new team member, Larry, and I are back at Paxton and ready to see if we can pry the lid off that ca... nevermind.
Join us? All proceeds go to the ARC of Loudoun, a fabulous organization and one we're proud to be associated with for this event.