On April 17th, 2012, local paranormal research group Ghost Eyes Paranormal was on-site at the Mill for a fun and unusual occasion: a Swift Creek Mill paranormal investigation. Armed with everything from EVP recorders, various cameras and voice boxes, to crystals and divining rods, the team was ready for any and every piece of evidence that would present itself.
Because of the Mill’s lengthy and diverse history, there are unknowns about its past – something to be expected in any 350 year-old building. Creaks and bumps are normal in an historic property, but many people who know the building well have experienced things that are difficult to explain. Employees and other members of the Mill Family have repeatedly experienced unusual occurrences. The stereo turns on and off seemingly at will, dogs and cats behave strangely on the property, unknown voices have been heard, mysterious shadows have materialized, tables have lifted in mid-air, and some say a playful “little girl” leaves coins all around the Mill Room. Do these things mean the Mill is haunted?
There is no concrete answer. During the investigation, Ghost Eyes uncovered numerous EVP’s (electronic voice phenomena) as well as other indications of paranormal activity. Odd cold spots appeared, a camera shut off for no reason, batteries went from full to drained in seconds, and there were possible intelligent responses captured via several methods.
The funny thing about paranormal activity is that it is, by definition, not normal or currently explainable. To believers in ghosts, this activity suggests the presence of trapped souls, residual energies, or otherworldly beings. To skeptics, it suggests coincidence or occurrences beyond our knowledge at most.
We know that paranormal phenomena exist at Swift Creek Mill; too many individuals have experienced the inexplicable. But what causes it exactly? Whatever “it” is, it is obviously not upset by good theatre and good people, and the Mill Family has become accustomed to its familiar presence. Whether the science explored on April 17th or the experiences gathered by many others are proof of ghosts – well, that is up to you to decide.