A Paranormal Gem:
Why I’m Writing a Book!
The Victorian House Museum is a paranormal gem. Why, do you ask? I will tell you!
One day I happened to be scrolling through a Facebook page called Paranormal Ohio, when I happened to scroll down really far and ran across an ad for Victorian House Museum and its paranormal investigations. I saw a picture of the house and a group of volunteers called The Ghost Guild Paranormal Group and was hooked! Why was I hooked? I soon found out that it was due to fate.
It was May and I was excited to start my second investigation at the Victorian House, but before I began, I needed to interview the director, Mark, regarding his experiences in the house. For my first visit I went alone, but this time I brought my daughter with me. She was playing quietly at my feet for over an hour while I conducted the interview. Soon Melissa and Harry arrived, volunteers of the Ghost Guild; they came in and sat down while we finished the interview.
I was wrapping up when my daughter popped up from the floor and told me that she saw a little girl in the room with us. She told us the girl was 8 years old with blond hair and blue eyes, and her name was Millie. “She keeps asking me to play with her,” she said. Who knows, I thought. Maybe there was a Millie who lived in the Victorian House!
Two hours later, after a wonderful lunch, we walked over to the Victorian Queen Anne Style home. As I was about to walk inside and stood on the front porch waiting for Harry to unlock the door, I could feel the energy. Someone inside was beckoning to me. It was as if someone were speaking only to me: “Come inside, come inside, come in…This is your fate.” I couldn’t shake the feeling. Each time I came to the house I felt it. Keeping my feelings to myself, I followed Harry inside.
We all knew I was on a specific mission to read children’s books to the child spirits upstairs, so Paul, a medium, and Harry, also a medium, and two Ghost Guild Members, my daughter and I walked straight to the Children’s Room (as it’s called) on the second floor. I took out the children’s books I brought with me and placed my EMF reader in the middle of the floor. As promised (from my previous investigation), I said I would bring books and read to the children spirits in the room. I also thought I would try an experiment today with my 9-year-old daughter, who was excited to volunteer.
I took out a children’s book about Lake Erie and began talking to the little girl, whom the members believe to be named “Leona.” She had lived next door, but her grandparents and an aunt did live in this house. “Hi, Leona.” I said. “I am back. I hope you remember me. I am Rosella and I am here to read to you today and this is my daughter. She wants to read a book to you, too.” As soon as I began talking and reading from the book, my EMF reader lit up, going all the way to 5. As I read the book about Lake Erie, which the little ghost had indicated in the past that she liked, Leona lit up my EMF reader whenever I reached the end of a page or said “Lake Erie.” She really interacted with me and answered all my questions using my reader as a communication tool. I asked if she like the book and she lit up the device again.
Video of event:
All of a sudden, I could feel all the spirits in the house pop in the room all at once! Everyone was there and looking at me as if they were welcoming me into their space. I got very emotional and started to cry. They were happy tears of joy and acceptance! I was finally accepted into their home and they were showing me their approval. It was the most wonderful feeling in the world!
After my emotions settled, my daughter introduced herself and began reading a book she actually wrote. She talked to the little girl ghost about Oscar, her lovable cat who the book was about. I knew the little girl loved cats from the previous time so I thought she would love my daughter’s book and she did! She lit up the EMF while my daughter read the book and when asked, “Did you like the book about Oscar?” She lit up the device again for a long time to really show us she did.
My Daughter Reads to Child Spirit:
After that, my daughter pulled out her My Little Ponies figures that she brought with her so she and Leona could play! This was the experiment!
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. “How in the world could she play with a ghost?” Here’s how: Paul got out his rods and told my daughter to ask Leona questions as she played, and she would answer her back so they could communicate and play. And it worked!!
First, my daughter asked, “Which pony do you want to be?” Then she slowly went through all the ponies. “Do you want to be this pink one, or this one?” she asked as she picked them up and looked to Paul’s rods for the answer. The little girl answered back using the rods AND my EMF reader. They played for about 45 minutes. I could tell my daughter was getting tired, so we said “thank you” to the little girl spirit and began talking about other things.
Suddenly Harry looked up and so did Paul. I could see their eyes looking down the hall, so I sat up and looked, too. At the top of the stairs at the end of the hall stood a tall man in a dark, old-fashioned suit and hat. He was slender and looked like he didn’t have much hair. Harry looked at Paul and I could tell that they both seemed to know the man, “It's your father.” Paul said, “He’s here to say ’Hi’ and he loves you.” Then Paul told me it was common for Harry’s father to show up. How cool is that! Suddenly, I felt another spirit next to the man, who turned out to be Harry’s mother! The family was showing up to check on their son and meet his new friend, Rosella! How sweet!
We all walked around the house and showed my daughter the home. Soon, my daughter got bored as we adults began to talk. She ran down the hall to the Children’s Room with my EMF reader talking to Leona. I let her go play. I knew she was safe in the peaceful home. Harry took me upstairs to show me the Maid’s Room. This is the room where my friend, Evan, and I were during my previous visit, where I saw the large shadow figure on the door.
We walked in and he asked me what I felt. I told Harry that there was a young woman in her 30s standing between us and “she is very upset that you all call this the Maid’s Room. She says, ’She is NOT the maid!’ She is practically shouting it out and she is looking at you. She is short and wearing a black dress with black thick-heeled shoes, with her hair in a bun and her arms on her hips, she is angry. Harmless but clearly doesn’t like this room’s name.” Harry said this was all new to him; they have never experienced this before, and he would look into the history of the house and get back to me.
Harry then unlocked what looked like the closet door but turned out was an old sitting room now used as a library and storage room. He walked in and asked me to follow him. “How do you feel?” he asked me once inside. As soon as I entered the little room, my heart began to race, my pulse quickened, and I felt nauseous and dizzy. I had never experienced this before. I told Harry this, still feeling like my heart was going to beat out of my chest, but he said he wasn’t surprised. He told me he was having the same reaction. I was shocked! I have never had that happen to me before. Harry informed me that this was often reported by people who come in this room. They felt the same way I did.
Soon, Harry pointed to the door and said we could leave the room, which I liked. I began to turn and step toward the door. Suddenly, my racing heart STOPPED and was back to normal again like nothing ever happened! The whole feeling just abruptly stopped. How is that possible? I turned back to Harry in disbelief. “It stopped, didn’t it?” he asked. How did he know? He looked rather surprised as well. “Yes, it did” I replied to him. “Mine did, too,” he said.
We left the third floor and walked to the second where Paul and Melissa were talking at the end of the hallway as my daughter played in the room down the hall. We stopped and told them what we just experienced.
Soon, Paul said, “How about we shift things and go downstairs and try?” We all agreed, and I called out for my daughter to come down with us. My 9-year-old daughter came skipping down the hall, her light brown hair cascading behind her as she came toward us. She stopped right in front of me causing everyone else to stop. “Mom, Mom!” she cried out. “I am having so much fun with Leona.” I gave a look to Paul who was right behind me. “Well, you know, Honey. Sometimes we think the spirit still may be with us; however, sometimes they don’t have the energy to stay long. So she may not be here anymore.” I said this to my daughter as I leaned over and hugged her. Paul then chimed in saying, “Yeah. Sometimes they have to go and can’t stay long. But they still care about us.”
Then my daughter did the funniest thing I have ever seen her do! She stuck her right hand to her side in the air, still holding my EMF reader and said, “She’s here! Light it up, Leona!” as she cocked her head to the right looking at the reader and smiling. The EMF lit up going from zero all the way to a 5 (in the red) immediately! “See!” she replied to us all, then turned around and ran down the hall with the EMF still lit up all the way to 5. “Come on, Leona,” she said to the little girl spirit as she skipped away. Harry, Paul and I all stepped back, agog at what we just witnessed.
A few minutes later, everyone was in the Sitting Room area downstairs on the first floor with my EMF reader on the coffee table in front of me. Paul sat on a chair while I sat on an older Victorian mini sofa; Harry on another chair on the other side of the room and Melissa sat across from me on a long sofa, also Victorian style
Soon my EMF reader (I had another one) lit up and I asked if it was Lena? I thought it had to be because for some reason I would always get the same feeling in the pit of my stomach whenever she was nearby. She verified it was her, which helped me understand that feeling. Whenever I get it from now on, I know Lena is there.
We chatted back and forth with her as she answered my questions. I asked her, “Do you know that I care about the house and you and telling your story?” I told her I loved the home and how beautiful it was and, if it was me, I wouldn’t want to leave it either. She told me yes and agreed with me, which Paul (a medium) verified as did my EMF in answer to my questions. Soon Lena was gone and then it happened…
My departed family came to see me! I was stunned! Just like the volunteers of the Ghost Guild told me, “Your family will show up in the house and come see you.” I remembered this happened to certain people but I never thought it would happen to me!
My uncle came through and told me something shocking and emotional. He died very young and I really miss him. Then my grandfather came and for some reason I asked, “Who sent me to this house? Who made sure that I scrolled through all those posts on Facebook?” And my grandfather told Paul it was him, that he sent me there and it was my FATE to be in the home. He also said, I was meant to write a book about the house. I hadn’t even told anyone yet that I was thinking about doing that.
Then my good friend (who I had only known briefly), Ashley, came through (I wrote about her in a previous blog:)
I missed her so much. I always wondered why we met if it were to be only for a short time. But then she told me why. She said, “I was supposed to meet you because I was meant to be your guardian angel!” It was fated that we both met while she was alive so she could get to know me in life, therefore she could protect and guide me in her death.
This investigation was unbelievable, and nothing could ever compare to it! As I left for my three-hour drive home, I was overwhelmed with emotion, but in a good way. What an intense and raw experience I had. I found out a lot of information along with many reasons about why things happened the way they did. I finally had closure, which I definitely needed.
The next morning Harry called me. He was very excited. “You won’t believe what we found out!” he exclaimed. “Remember when your daughter said she saw a little girl named Millie?” I replied “yes.” “Also do you remember when you went into the Maid’s Room and said you saw a woman who was upset that we call the room the Maid’s Room and why? I told him “yes” again and then he laid it on me! “Well guess what? Lena (the last resident from the ‘70s) rented a room to a woman in her 30s named Millie Henderson and we think Lena might have rented THAT room to her.”
“Oh, my Gosh…!” I exclaimed. So my daughter did see a ghost-child named Millie, and I also saw her as an adult in the Maid’s Room because it was her room! Without knowing it, my daughter and I worked together and found out that there was another spirit in the house, and she definitely wasn’t the maid!
Harry also told me this was the same woman who stood up and testified on Lena’s behalf as a character witness for Lena during her third divorce! It all makes sense! Wow! What a discovery!
So back to the beginning. Why do I call the Victorian House Museum in Millersburg, Ohio, a paranormal gem? Obviously, you can see why! Amazing things happen when you walk into this house. It’s like the house invites you in and changes your life FOREVER!!
But why is the house so special and why not other houses in the world? Why do all these spirits from different families choose to stay there in the afterlife? Also, why do people (like me) have profound experiences regarding their deceased family members?
Well. You will just have to wait and see in my upcoming book, Paranormal Gem: The Victorian House Museum. After all, I am fated to write it!
©Rosella C. Rowe
For more information:
Victorian House Museum Website: https://www.holmeshistory.com/victorian-house
YouTube: Historical Video: https://youtu.be/CcIXy97PNkI