Tuesday, June 23, 2015
READER'S FAVORITE BOOK REVIEW * * * * *
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Even the most die-hard nonbeliever would have to admit there is something strange going on at the former Pennhurst State School and Hospital. Pennhurst Ghosts of Mayflower II by Tamera Lawrence relates the author’s personal experiences as a guide in the Mayflower building during the annual Pennhurst Halloween Haunt. During her time in the Pennhurst complex, Ms. Lawrence not only sees and feels strange phenomena herself, but also deals with guests of all ages and backgrounds who experience a wide range of encounters themselves.
Although relatively short, Pennhurst Ghosts of Mayflower II chronicles seven weeks of the Haunt, describing in clear and vivid detail the sightings and physical encounters experienced by the author, other employees, and the guests. Ms. Lawrence also provides interesting background material about the facility, its original purpose and some of the residents, as well as first-hand comments from former employees regarding the treatment of people and the use of certain areas. You can just imagine the thrill of seeing the ball move in the art room or the airplane that had been a popular toy, and even the terror of having your hair pulled or ghostly fingers caressing your skin.
Pennhurst Ghosts of Mayflower II is a great introduction to exploring haunted buildings and especially as a guide for anyone interested in visiting the actual Pennhurst site. Tamera Lawrence’s personal touch makes it quite real, even for those who prefer to stay in the safety of their home and read about such adventures. Join Ms. Lawrence and the thousands of brave souls who have visited what is said to be one of the most active haunted sites in Pennsylvania and test the boundaries of your belief!
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Sunday, June 14, 2015
Sunday, June 7, 2015
This is the catwalk side view of the Quaker Hall Building, Pennhurst. Perhaps the broken tree is a reminder of the broken lives this building once held.
Pennhurst State School and Hospital is located in Spring City, Pa.
Author Tamera Lawrence
GHOSTS OF MAYFLOWER: A PENNHURST HAUNTING
PENNHURST GHOSTS OF MAYFLOWER II (Mid June 2015)
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The Quaker Building in known for its dark past and paranormal activity. This building once housed both men and women, who were aggressive or violent. And yet others who stayed here were practically comatose.
It was originally thought that it was a waste of time to try to treat someone with severe, diminished mental capacity - in other words, a person in this condition wasn't worth treatment. These folks were left to rot in their beds with little to no therapy. Pennhurst tried to concentrate more on those they thought they could help. But the fact is most residents failed to progress and most regressed due to lack of therapy and stimulation.
Can you imagine being a child in such a place? What must've it been like? It's hard to imagine children, teens and babies in Pennhurst's hands. Childhood is so fleeting, such a precious time of innocence. And yet - children were punished by being put into the Quaker building - to demean them and shame them in front of their peers. Who could these children turn to for help? Some were fortunate to have a parent speak out, but most complaints fell on deaf ears. No one was listening. And those who did listen, couldn't do anything about it.
A friend of mine, John, worked at Pennhurst for 20 years. His first week at Pennhurst, depression overcame him at what he was witnessing. His exact words, "There wasn't anything I could do about changing things. It made me sad." But still he prevailed. He can remember the good and the bad. "The kids at Pennhurst like treats, especially soda pop. It was one of their favorite things."
Another memory John shared was how the teen boys liked cars and would often wash staff vehicles. John had his car washed many times over. But the kids could also be mischievous, looking for opportunities to take something that didn't belong to them. Case in point - once John had all of his groceries stolen from his car. He did manage to track them down.
In any event, Quaker still stands with its historical legacy.
Author Tamera Lawrence
Ghosts of Mayflower: A Pennhurst Haunting
Pennhurst Ghosts of Mayflower II - June 2015