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Farmers Hope Inn to be featured on 'My Ghost Story' Saturday
[February 26, 2013]

Farmers Hope Inn to be featured on 'My Ghost Story' Saturday

Feb 26, 2013 (Lebanon Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Terri Brown is anxiously waiting for Saturday when she can finally watch her 200-year-old Mt. Hope tavern featured on an episode of "My Ghost Story" on A& E's BIO Channel.

Brown, the owner of the Farmers Hope Inn, will host a viewing party at the 3180 Lebanon Road (Route 72) location to watch the 10 p.m. show that features supposedly true ghost stories told by the people who lived through them and actually caught them on tape.

"We'll all get to watch it together and people can watch me holler at myself on TV," she joked.

Brown cannot divulge the details of her ghostly experience per a request by show officials, but she said anyone who has attended the tavern's many haunted events may have heard her story.

She did say that she bought the tavern nine years ago, but it was only in August 2008 that she and others began having unexplained experiences.

"My story isn't as scary as maybe some of the others (on the show), it's more spiritual," Brown said.

And after her ghostly encounter, she says she is no longer a skeptic.

While the tavern is celebrating its 200th year, the first structure at the inn was actually built about 1770, and one of the ghosts reported on the premises is a Revolutionary War soldier.

There are a total of 11 spirits said to be haunting the tavern.

Other spirits said to be lurking around the property include a wounded Civil War soldier who lies on his back on the second floor of the inn and screams in pain before passing out.

The stern spirit of John Koch, the original owner of the inn, can be seen chasing the ghost of a young woman wearing a blue and white dress in the dining room.

The ghost of their 6-year-old daughter whom he accidentally killed can still be heard laughing and giggling Watch the show Farmers Hope Inn of Mt. Hope will be featured on My Ghost Story on the BIO Channel at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 2.

Farmers Hope Inn will also host a viewing party Saturday starting at 8 p.m. at the 3180 Lebanon Road (Route 72) location.

What's your ghost story Have you ever had a ghostly encounter If so, tell us your story. You can do this one of two ways. You can email andreagillhoolley@ldnews or you can fill out the form.

The stories will appear on If you email your story, please keep it brief, provide your hometown and specify whether you just want your first name used or if we can use your first and last name. If you have video or photos to accompany it, feel free to also send those to Andrea.

on the property.

Brown contacted the show last year and got the attention of producers when she submitted a YouTube video of evidence captured by Ghost Hunters Inc., a paranormal investigative team based in Sinking Spring during its investigation of the tavern on May 19, 2010.

The film clip shows the investigators trying to communicate with Sarah, a little girl spirit who is said to haunt the tavern.

The video shows the flashlight sitting on the bar and turning on by itself. Other videos from that night show activity when the crew used dowsing rods to try to communicate with spirits.

Brown, whose story also involves psychic medium Jamie Woods, said the pair was flown to Los Angeles last July for the show to tell the story.

A videographer came to the tavern in early August and stayed for about eight to 12 hours of filming.

Since Brown's experience four years ago, many paranormal teams have investigated the tavern, adding to the evidence that perhaps spirits do haunt the tavern.

In October 2008, a Pittsburgh paranormal team spent two nights at the tavern hoping to catch some spiritual activity. The team reported its findings and noted that a chair moved on its own and a glass broke at the exact time the team asked the spirits to do so.

Over the course of 2009, there were four other paranormal investigations, some of which collected evidence such as electronic voice phenomenon, or EVPs, better known as spiritual voice recordings.

The thought of spirits roaming the property certainly hasn't deterred customers from visiting. If anything, it's helped business, Brown said. "I've already had people tell me they search for the most haunted places where ever they travel through," she said. "And I definitely think (the show) will help maybe bring some recognition to Lebanon County and maybe bring some people here to check out other sites."; 272-5611, ext. 139 ___ (c)2013 the Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pa.) Visit the Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pa.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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