|Paxton Manor will be open overnight on Friday, Sept. 13 for those braves ones who dare to spend the night. Money raised off tickets sales will benefit educational programs. —Times-Mirror file photo|
The dark manor looms over the Paxton Campus silently. For years, it was a summer home for the wealthy Paxton family; later, Rachel and Charles Paxton made the home their primary residence. Following Rachel Paxton's death, the home served as a children's convalescent home. In 1954, the building was turned into an orphanage.
But all of these historical tidbits are just that, right?
The Paxton Campus welcomes visitors to find out for themselves – overnight and on Friday the 13th.
For the third consecutive year, Paxton Campus, which serves intellectually disabled students and operates a preschool, is inviting members of the community to sleep overnight in the historic property in honor of Friday the 13th.
“From what I understand there are certain times that activity is more common than others,” said Jennifer Lassiter, the executive director for Paxton Campus.
The event is capped at 13 participants, plus a paranormal researcher to help conduct the investigation.
Campers arrive at dark, usually around 7 or 8 p.m., and are treated with a two-hour guided paranormal tour. Participants then have two hours to explore the mansion on their own, before reconvening for another ghost tour at midnight.
Stacey Graham, a paranormal investigator with the Wee Ghosties, will be leading the investigations.
“We try to bring groups together, the general public that is so interested in the house and the paranormal groups that want to study,” Lassister explained.
Paxton Manor is no stranger to paranormal research; Lassiter said multiple groups have conducted studies, often experiencing similar phenomena like voices and someone brushing against hair. While most paranormal research is done with equipment, Lassiter said Paxton has been found to be so active, machines aren't necessarily needed.
While participants are welcome to stay from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Lassiter said many people lose their nerve when it comes time to sleep.
“In the past we used to lock people in, but we don't anymore because people can't handle it,” Lassiter said. “If they get uneasy, they can leave. Most people leave after midnight.”
And Lassiter said she can't blame them.
When asked whether she had participated in an overnight at the manner, she responded with a resounding “Heck no.”
“I get to hear the results when paranormal investigators reveal their discoveries to me so, no,” Lassiter said. “I have felt things in the house without looking for it.”
Paxton Manor is at 601 Catoctin Circle NE in Leesburg.
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