Last night I joined Florida Suncoast Paranormal Investigations for another ghost-hunting adventure. In February we visited the May-Stringer House in Brooksville, FL. Yesterday we explored an old train depot in the same community. Here’s what happened.
History of the Brooksville Depot
Built in 1885, the Brooksville train depot serviced the Florida Southern Railroad and Atlantic Coast Line before the last train rolled out in the late ‘60s or early ‘70s. CSX eventually acquired the old depot, and the building fell into despair until the Hernando Historical Museum Association purchased the property in the 1980s. As with the May-Stringer House, volunteers worked extensively to restore the historic site, and the depot is now a historical museum full of local artifacts and train memorabilia.
Haunting at the Depot
Unlike the Stringer home, the Brooksville depot doesn’t have much in the way of documented phenomenon (at least not that I could find online). However, docent Bonnie LeTourneau mentioned voices in the restored meal car and a spirit who doesn’t care for women. A video posted online features voices from a ghost box and a train whistle from beyond (or perhaps just a real train rolling along a set of nearby tracks).
Of all the places in the depot, the restored car was definitely the creepiest. A few members of the group said the air felt heavy, and one woman, a sensitive, felt very anxious in a specific corner of the car. Some of us also sensed slight, but constant, motion, almost as if the car were chugging along. To be fair, however, just about any movement made it rock.
My group conducted several EVP sessions throughout the depot which consists of the restored meal car, the depot building itself, and an enclosed area outside. We didn’t notice anything strange, though our recorders picked up plenty of noise from outside: cars, dogs, pedestrians, and blaring rap music. At one point, a blood-curdling scream rang from down the street (the depot is in a questionable area), but it was definitely a woman not a wraith. Perhaps we’ll find something else in the night’s audio and video.
Here are a few photos of the Brooksville depot museum. See any ghostly conductors?