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FINDINGS -- Haldeman Mansion Investigation, Bainbridge, PA

eastGhost.com with M.A.P.I., Sep 2019.

Several teams attended in 3 groups: inside the Main House, inside the Summer House, outside on the grounds.

Approximately 10:30pm: Interesting, the colorful stationary "orbs" hovering near Liz and Cliff, southeast of Main House, despite no flash with only ambient lighting during long exposure. Numerous reports include communications with young aethereal prankster "Jacob" and sightings of shadow apparitions and the "little girl upstairs".

Gauss meter response, quiet at around 0.1 Gs for most of the night in the Main House, agitated and skyrocketed up to 13 Gs during our singing of Civil War era songs in the Summer House. Meter sat stationary. We took notice: "It was as if ghosts were dancing or whirling about unseen right in front of us."

Liz' copper divining rods were active as usual and responding promptly and clearly to questions posed; copper rods in a sanitized, human-removed apparatus did not respond to any prompting. LASER shadowing, animal boobytraps, and other meters and apparatii went silent/unaffected.

We welcome other investigators to login and add their findings, comments, links.

Thank you, M.A.P.I.; we had a superb time.

RESEARCH -- How School Destroyed Your Curiosity - Amanda Rachwitz

Karma demands They must disclose intent to victims

Was Edgar Allan Poesoned by Jesuits?

  • Edgar Allan Poe: Renowned author whose self-proclaimed greatest, longest, final work is entitled "EUREKA"
  • CRIME: EAP was mysteriously poisoned in Baltimore, Catholic stronghold of US; he died promptly, incoherent.
  • MOTIVE -- EUREKA confounds if not counters the Jesuits' humanity-minimizing Cosmology of Infinitude, giving the first plainly comprehensible solution to Olbers' contradictive paradox (i.e., how the night sky is dark despite supposed infinitude of stars):

    “I design to speak of the Physical, Metaphysical and Mathematical – of the Material and Spiritual Universe – of its Essence, its Origin, its Creation, its Present Condition and its Destiny.”

    In Eureka, Poe claimed, among other things, that the universe is finite – in 1848 a finite-aged universe was mere speculation, and adopted a more philosophical phraseology of Newton’s Law of Gravitation, claiming that gravity is nothing but the attraction of every atom to the other atoms.

    “Every atom, of every body, attracts every other atom, both of its own and of every other body, with a force which varies inversely as the squares of the distances between the attracting and attracted atom.”

    Poe also pondered the question of the Olders’ Paradox. He suggested that the universe is not old enough to fill the sky with light. Is also endless in size; we see only a tiny part of it, and that observable part contains too few stars to fill up the sky with light. Poe knew that light moves extremely quickly but he claimed that there hasn’t been enough time for the light to reach us from farthest reaches of the universe.

    “No astronomical fallacy is more untenable, and none has been more pertinaciously adhered to, than that of the absolute illumination of the Universe of Stars. The reasons for limitation, as I have already assigned them, à priori, seem to me unanswerable; but, not to speak of these, observation assures us that there is, in numerous directions around us, certainly, if not in all, a positive limit—or, at the very least, affords us no basis whatever for thinking otherwise. Were the succession of stars endless, then the background of the sky would present us an uniform luminosity, like that displayed by the Galaxy—since there could be absolutely no point, in all that background, at which would not exist a star. The only mode, therefore, in which, under such a state of affairs, we could comprehend the voids which our telescopes find in innumerable directions, would be by supposing the distance of the invisible background so immense that no ray from it has yet been able to reach us at all. That this may be so, who shall venture to deny? I maintain, simply, that we have not even the shadow of a reason for believing that it is so.”

    source: https://athenareads.home.blog/2020/05/21/why-is-the-sky-dark-at-night/

  • MEANS -- Jesuits, 'military troops of Vatican', historically known poisoners, vow to "extirpate" Protestants, Freemasons and non-Catholic heretics.
  • OPPORTUNITY -- Still-touted poker-playing good friend and long-time neighbor of Jesuits.

Were these ideas alternately pre-empting and confounding the Jesuits' fledgling cosmological "psyence" silenced by poesoning?


  • Barring subterfuge dragooning secrecy, discussion and wonder concerning Poe expects warm welcome, particularly within Poe's own house/museum; instead, side-armed U.S. Park Service docents at Poe's house/museum in Philadelphia resoundingly demean EUREKA, deride curiosities, scorn inquiries. Why? EAP himself named EUREKA his greatest achievement.
  • EUREKA is suspiciously absent from nearly all publications available at the Poe museum. Signalling need for deeper careful investigation, devious omission hallmarks Jesuit handywork in mislead and mind-control.

Be wary with whom you break bread and libation. EAP should have. True Poe enthusiasts could morally do no better than to doggedly pursue the truth about his murder.

FOREST GLEN: Higher Form of Boo Under Charm of Eras Past

To celebrate this season of boo here are a few nighttime shots, exploratory notes and research findings that together weave an eerie menagerie. Below is the statue of Minerva at Forest Glen, Maryland. The aging structure is the remainder of a 'Spanish Dorm' at the northeast corner of the property. About one-half mile along Minerva's Medusa'd gaze looms the Mormon Temple.

This fascinating complex is steeped in oddity, military and medical intrigues, darkly intertwining and spanning from our nation's founding days to our present. Spooky enough all on its own, but when it's real, and militarily verifiably so, that's what really gets you ...transmogrifying mere goosebumps into palpable fear.

BELOW Statue of Minerva near remainder of Spanish Dorm

Forest Glen was a close-by ecape-destination providing early Washingon, DC residents cool relief in its comparative highlands (DC was in part literally a swamp, hot, muggy, Potomac River in the summer) before it was a premiere girls' finishing school; then it became an Army convalescence home before being used for biowar research ... and then ultimately becoming an expensive housing development (!).

Concerted efforts at reclamation and historical preservation have been ongoing for many years. The property was a failed (or abandoned?) farming thing, then a failed commercial thing, then a failed educational thing, then a failed military thing, and now it's a pseudo military-commercial historical-preservation compound meets high-priced housing collective kinda thing. The depth and twists of its many at-odds juxtapositions and uncanny energies give lasting allure to all things Forest Glen.

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Also on the property is a magnificent Spanish Ballroom, an authentic Dutch windmill (sorority house), several other unusual structures, and Maryland's only real Japanese Pagoda.

BELOW Japanese Pagoda, Spanish Ballroom

BELOW Dutch Windmill Sorority House, one of the many fanciful housings for students during the finishing school era of Forest Glen.

BELOW Italian Marble Fountain, a prideful centerpiece long ago drained and silenced; recent restoration efforts have provided new hope of watery resurrection.

Bad deaths alerted by numerous seances undertaken on the property and an unshakably intertwined history of military misery and biowarfare taint the area. The same commander at Frederick Maryland's FORT DETRICK (25 miles to the northwest) is also in-charge of the adjacent Forest Glen Annex and its noxious Walter Reed Army Institute of (biowarfare) Research. By some accounts, the Army spent '7 figures' on work in the woods immediately northwest of the FGA – but exploration revealed only one of 7 bridges was shored-up, not even rebuilt; meanwhile, what are expensively out-of-place: Numerous sink-tubes, filled in, capped, yet having automatic monitoring sensors and electronics, ostensibly 'gas sniffers' but more likely having something to do with potential bio-outbreak-causing leakage from the nation's [publicly-admitted] largest germ warfare lab and production monster sitting right up the hill...

BELOW Path to Expensive Bio Sensors In The Woods Adjacent To BUILDING 503 – "The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) is the largest biomedical research facility administered by the U.S. Department of Defense."

Totally coincidentally, of course, Maryland's first "outbreak" of West Nile Virus was detected in the woods immediately west of the Forest Glen Annex biowarfare production facility. This hauntingly mirrors the first detected "outbreak" of Lyme Disease in Old Lyme, Connecticut, at the very spot where the ferry landed from Plum Island, the USDA's zoonotical / tick-born disease research facility, also totally coincidental, of course, but that's a whole other intrigue – see the books HIGHER FORM OF KILLING and LAB 257. See also the godless insanity exposed by Dilyana Gaytandzhieva at the AV9 Conference, England in May 2018 ("AV9 - Pentagon Bio-weapons ... EXPOSED!").

BELOW Beta Castle at Forest Glen, sensitives routinely pick-up strong spiritual energies. Washington Post archives confirm a deadly fall from the rooftop in early 1900s. Rods, ouija and guardian-angel communications respond fervently along the path in front of the castle. Reported experiences here have included muffled voices, foreboding of anger, and "stones thrown".

BELOW What was around back in the lower floors, however, gave a totally different kind of eerie chill – animal cages, lab facilities, and what one sensitive described as "an impenetrable veil". Unclassified military records confirmed medical and biowarfare research; nearby massive BUILDING 503 biowar lab echoes these findings.

Regarding the expensive housing uncomfortably nearby, in the scheme of things DC and compared to the still-buried live World War One munitions in DC's initially-pricey Spring Valley neighborhood (on American University land once used by military for testing / proving grounds), namely Mustard, Chlorine and Phosphgene gas munitions -- "yellow cross", "green cross", and "white cross", respectively, named for the markings on the bombshell casings -- wealthy families living within eyesight (and positively within slightest-whiff distance of accidental toxin release) of the nation's largest [publicly-admitted] biowarfare lab and production facility hardly raises any dead. Yet.

Military Wiki -- Walter Reed Army Institute of [biowar] Research

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research -- This article is about the U.S. Army medical research institute (not the hospital). Otherwise, see Walter Reed (disambiguation). The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) is the largest biomedical research facility administered by the U.S...

The Forest Glen area of land was originally owned by the Carroll family, of Founding Father infamy, and it was long ago a tobacco plantation. In those days, Rock Creek, which empties into Washington’s Georgetown near the first lock of the C&O Canal, was much deeper and rapidly flowing; now it is barely a trickle sans rainstorms. Tobacco was harvested and rolled down from the higher ground to the Rock Creek and then floated down to Georgetown upon shallow raft, it is said.

BELOW Moving shadows and phantamasgoric mists appear throughout the property, which is unexpectedly steeply terrain-ful with many intricate bridges, statues, constructs, stone carvings and features hidden by growth, forgotten to time.

The Carroll graves in nearby cemeteries are very interesting to visit with empaths and spiritual friends, even in the daylight but especially as dark waxes. Slave graves long ago covered over (relocated? doubt it) give credence to spine-chilling tales of hauntings, both audible and sightings all over the facilities, including inside the WRAMC Commissary and reported off-official-record by military personnel. If you can imagine "Poltergeist" happening to the military, that gets at the deeper, darker, multi-faceted soul of Forest Glen.

BELOW - Area map of Forest Glen with some highlights marked. Several residents living on the property and nearby have contacted us to confirm these findings and report other experiences. Orbful photographs and wil-o-wisps are common, along with disembodied shrieks at night not attributable to corporeal animals. It's not just 'one or two' but dozens. Over years. Claimants include well-to-do residents and active military personnel.

Regarding the endless amount of military, medical, political, and Occult weirdness that permeates DC and surroundings, you just have to know where to look and who to ask for the good stuff – and that is nearly never any 'official' sources or controlled outlets.

Visit Forest Glen sometime when you get a chance; much of it is open to the public without ID checks. Walk in the woods, bring a camera and some copper divining rods, maybe some dice, an open mind, and at least one unflappable friend of stout heart ...just be careful what you touch and even more careful about what touches you.

Be sure to login and add your pictures, findings and experiences to the organic research / findings / experiences entry on Forest Glen. Same goes for other haunts and attractions collected in our gargantuan haunts database.

SPIRITS AT THE BEND: Thistle Millworks at Ilchester, Md.

Pictures and Experience by Michael

BELOW: Southern end of the plant, at the sharp bend in the Patapsco River behind camera. The burned out and dysfunctional Simkins Plant, latest working occupant of the Thistle Mill complex, is being slowly dismantled, discarded and removed.

“Three deaths here? Yeah, easy. Probably. Defnitely. This place is over one-hundred years old. There’s a lot of heavy machinery and many places to get hurt. Three deaths in one-hundred years is probably an understatement.” That’s one thing our helpful guide had to say about the deaths, injuries and reported hauntings at Simkins Industries Paper Mill http:// eastghost.com/haunt/775/ near old “Hell House” at the sharp bend of the Patapsco River, on River Road in Ilchester, Maryland. The older parts of the plant --the mill onto which the plant was later grafted-- date back to the 1700’s and are over 200 years old.

While our guide had not directly had any “substantially haunted” experiences to speak of, at least one other visitor had, in summertime 2006, suddenly become so “scared and totally creeped out” that he left in quite a rush, abandoning his work and belongings. This has happened several times. Sulky has reported ongoing paranormal experiences, research and subsequent validation of certain facts that would corroborate ghostly experiences.

For my part, while I was down below, between the buildings at the Patapsco River, over the swooshing sound of water endlessly smoothing rocks and the nearby control dam, and the audibly electrifying hum of high voltage transformers, coming from deep within the old plant (and seemingly underground) I heard about one dozen earth-shaking booms, ominous thuds of heavy machinery solidly hitting Earth-coupled surfaces, as well as metal clanking and moving about --it sounded maybe two hammer blows short of the plant being in full operation. Only...no one was working inside. The thuds were powerful and dreadful, and they unmistakably resembled the thuds that Sulky had reported hearing and feeling months earlier (see following report).

BELOW: the “bugs bunny” fire hydrant.

Kimness, up above on the roadway and hillside, heard none of this. Her main concern was taking pictures while avoiding daring cars whizzing by on the quite narrow and twisty River Road.

Knowing what was happening to me within the highenergy electromagnetic feld of the humming transformers, I felt mighty uncomfortable and wanted right away to get further away, out of the magnetic feld, to basal safety. Instead, I set to it and simply walked by the facility, taking pictures all the way. Happily abiding my one stern warning against entering the buildings, I did however get some shots through numerous cracks and open doors.

BELOW: Southern entrance and drive way along the Patapsco River, to frame left.

There were quite clearly within many places to get mangled, deformed, maimed and otherwise seriously harmed. There is nothing nice or forgiving about this place. It made me think of a sleeping but malevolent mechanical giant, still somehow strangely noisy even in awkward, abandoned rest, like an old missile silo, seemingly ready to wake up and swing into action at a moment’s notice, or at least exuding that precipitous aura.

BELOW: Thistle Mill, in better days, circa 1890, Baltimore Historical Society.

The air carries that same Patapsco smell, not necessarily stale but defnitely old and heavy (Day and Night at the Good Church and the Bad Church http://eastghost.com/post/35075). All along the length of the plant, the Earth itself reeks of heavy industrial oil and solvents.

A slip in the mud here would probably leave a remarkably persistent rash and stain and maybe even a chemical burn. There is a large cauldron of badness --tens of thousands of gallons of liquid capacity-- slowly rusting away, no doubt once housing the high-molar solution that unpleasantly decomposed stuff or acted as a reagent in some desired but unnatural process. A thin but apparently deep waterway or canal, impossibly crammed between the older part of the mill and the too nearby River Road, is criss-crossed by a grated steel catwalk that was too shaky to dare. Who knows if it’s even water in the canal.

BELOW: North end of old southern mill building. Notice juxtaposition of original masonry and later additions including gate, fre hydrant, cement blocks.

I heard several dozen dull screams coming from just beyond, or possibly inside, a small wooden shanty-looking thing barely standing several dozen yards further north than I was willing to tread. It was defnitely some mammal; I’m not ruling out human, though possibly a prank. Several times in the Patapsco River valley I’ve had the very uncanny feeling of not being alone, of just barely hearing and/or seeing things not quite possible to clearly make out or identify one way or the other --was that a person screaming for help or calling out to a friend, or was it a fox or bird or cat or something, or was it just nothing, or really something worse?

BELOW: Pipe support catwalk carried energy.

I also thought I’d glimpsed a few “flashes,” unexpected because everywhere nearby, given a long enough glance, was clearly deserted, except for the few cars flying by on the road above, out of earshot and almost out of sight. It’s the frequent but fleeting “whatwas-that?!” glimpses that getcha.

At the furthest-north end of the “mill complex” is a rotting wooden shack that exudes red light. Maybe it’s a cue to stay away; maybe it’s for the fre department should the hulk spontaneously reignite itself. I did not approach its slightly-ajar door. In any case, fre clearly can not kill or reclaim this place; there is too much stone and metal here, too many chemicals, too much history, maybe too many spirits.

BELOW: Oil-fred power plant, directly across Patapsco River and pipe support catwalk.

The tall, original mill structure has various windows, mostly with broken-out panes. Severals sets of stairs and ladders climb at weird angles and unlikely bends. The whole thing is hodge-podge, you can tell, built and twisted as needed over too many years.

BELOW: A glimpse inside the machine shop. Notice the unprotected nature of the chains, pulleys and heavy machinery. Not a safe looking place to work. This area felt the most repulsive to me.

There are apparently one and one-half “floors” in the long, triangularly-tipped “sawtooth” buildings to the south (what purpose does that roof serve, anyway?); three floors in most of the mid-section; and probably at least fve floors in the tallest portions furthest north. It’s unclear what’s rotted away, but I’d bet, given all the broken windows, that it’s treacherous inside. There is something under the loading dock at the machine room. It hisses just above the whisper of the river.

BELOW: A peek inside the machine room. An oppressive feeling came from the machine shop, to the left out of frame.

There were no cats or birds or wildlife of any kind that I could hear, see or otherwise sense. Except for the tired settling sounds of the buildings, the spooky electromechanical hum, and the burbling of the river water, it was spooky-quiet.

Water still runs in a steady, silent trickle from a frehose connector, the one of three without long-ago crinkled hoses that run off to nowhere.

BELOW: Loading dock at machine shop building.

It’s strange to see the obviously very old stonework of the original mill buildings patched with modern brickwork and cinder-block build-ins covering over old openings. It’s sad, in a way, how the still-beautiful build quality of the historical mill was architecturally defaced decades ago. They defnitely do not build them like that anymore. To the real craftsmanship, the unwelcome additions look as cheap as grey bondo on a jet-black Mercedes.

BELOW: Closer look into machine room.

A bright-red fire hydrant is here, tucked half-underneath the mill and built-around in a way somewhat reminiscent of that Bugs Bunny episode in which the tall offce building was built with a small semi-circle all up its length, above the rabbit hole. I wonder why they didn’t just move the dang waterpipe and not cut away the mill’s massive foundation!?

BELOW: Peculiar, hallmark rooftop, from River Road.

A fire extinguisher sits out in the middle of the muddy dirt passage that’s barely wide enough for two eighteen-wheelers inched side-by-side. Old wood. Old nails. Old pipes. Pulleys and girders and chains and everywhere jagged steely things. An angry, old blue industrial water pump sits with its chrome-shiny but malicious looking screw-blade propeller still attached to strong but stained stainless-steel pipe. I wonder if mashed paper pulp sludge once flowed inside; the mill was apparently, in its fnal life, used for paper recycling. Yuck.

BELOW: Looking north along the entrance driveway.

I had a strange feeling (both times that I passed it) of uneasiness, like I was being watched, from within the garage. Maybe it was just heebies from the way that, despite its totally open doors, the blackness abruptly flled the cavernous interior like tar. Photonegative shots of the interior didn’t reveal anything strange, though it sure felt unwholesome there. I’m glad that feeling stayed in the garage.

BELOW: Simkins Paper Mill, at the site of the old Thistle Mill, sometime in early Spring, 2006, as seen from several locations along River Rd. Picture courtesy of SolarAngel.

The river banks have been fortifed by cement-lattice work on both sides. The river is probably about 50 feet wide here and only a few feet deep at most. However, the banks are maybe ten feet down to the waterline. There is a depth stick for measuring floodwaters, and “15 feet” was marked slightly below my eye level. The stick was gunky-dirty-wet, like it was not so long ago wholly submerged. Just across the river and up are the train tracks, and above them is the former site of “Hell House,” old St. Mary’s College at Ilchester.

BELOW: Simkins Paper Mill, at the site of the old Thistle Mill, sometime in early Spring, 2006, as seen from several locations along River Rd. Picture courtesy of SolarAngel.

I got a very unusual picture of the building across the river. It was getting dark, I was shooting handheld, and somehow I managed a shot in which the foreground is in focus but the motionless background is motion blurred. Weird, but there it is.

The plant is possibly being disassembled, piece by piece. There are half-a-dozen large dumpsters, halffull with all sorts of pipes and gizmos and chunks of machinery. Hopefully the mill will be saved as an historically signifcant site.

BELOW: Simkins Paper Mill, at the site of the old Thistle Mill, sometime in early Spring, 2006, as seen from several locations along River Rd. Picture courtesy of SolarAngel.

About half-way down the length of the buildings, a ricketylooking steel tram- or walkway crosses from the mill rooftop over the river and to another building on the far side that looks like an enlarged m a c h i n e g u n bunker. The bridge formed a sort of invisible boundary; I didn’t like crossing under it, so many dozens of feet overhead --it made me feel like a black cat slyly crossing under a ladder, half-expecting for the inevitable worst. Maybe this “bunker” was to keep the workers in line, inahling fumes and toiling away! Probably it’s just an extension of the processing plant. Numerous large signs warn of possible hearing damage; blindness from regarding ultraviolet arc welders, and the ever-present dangers of forgetfulness. A misstep could literally be deadly.

BELOW: Simkins Paper Mill, at the site of the old Thistle Mill, sometime in early Spring, 2006, as seen from several locations along River Rd. Picture courtesy of SolarAngel.

It’s an effective choice of words: I kept thinking about the “life changing accidents” that Sulky mentioned in his research. This isn’t some collection of workshop bandsaws; machinery herein is as heavy-duty as heavy-duty comes. Even keeping myself safely several feet outside the buildings and the realm of the dormant but still fearful machines, I was very aware of my every footstep and even of the dangling pullcords on my jacket. Silly, I know. But, if you’ve been around heavy equipment, you understand what I mean; there is no such thing as a second chance, and even while standing absolutely motionless you still think twice before making the slightest move. That oppressive fear of what-if literally impedes motion on a moment-by-moment basis, and it would have taken very much “getting used to,” I imagine, to have been an effective employee here, instead of a molasses-mannequin.

BELOW: Saint Mary’s College at Ilchester, popularly “Hell House,” now demolished, Gray’s Mill at bottom right, and Thistle Mill at bottom center.

“Extreme” might describe the pain of being crushed to death between a 3,000-pound roll of paper and ‘a machine known as a rewinder,’ especially if it was operating. Mill accidents must be truly terrible events, life changing even to those who survive in witness. I wondered what would actually happen if someone’s loose scarf got wound up in the belt of a car engine’s alternator; clearly it would violently jerk the entire torso down, but would the result be immediate decapitation, or would the scarf somehow rip frst? You know the engine would not stop. It’s thoughts and echoes of that same kind that I sensed most here.

BELOW: Idyllic view of railroad bridge and Patapsco River, just after the bend and downriver from Thistle Mill. Notice exaggerated features and perspective. Picture courtesy of Sulky.

Despite the lingering smell of chemicals and fear, there is a peculiar draw to this area. The sharp 90-degree bend of the Patapsco River here in Ilchester, once literally under the shadow of Hell House, down-river and down-hill from nearly everything, seems to be some sort of “spirit trap” that snags and holds history in a way that is unlike anywhere else.

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THE DANCING LIGHTS: Thistle Millworks at Ilchester, Md.

Investigation and Experience by Sulky / Lon Strickler / Phantoms & Monsters Blog

BELOW: Thistle Mill, main building, in the 1940s when it was used primarily to produce “cotton duck” a heavy, plain woven cotton fabric, commonly called canvas. This was well after the mill’s heydey and in the wake of major cotton duck mill closures in Hartford, Connecticut and other areas in the north. Picture courtesy of Baltimore Historical Society.

I investigated an inquiry several years ago at the Simkins Industries, Inc. plant in Ilchester, MD. Some employees had noticed an orb of “dancing” light about 10 inches in diameter occasionally move slowly right to left along a wall in the beater room section of the plant. The sightings were usually in the early evening hours but always in the same area.

An employee and I entered the complex while the plant was down for weekend servicing. I must say that I noticed several spirits within this plant. There had been some deaths (natural and accidental) in the plant and some were evident, in particular an older man who insisted on following us around. His presence was very strong and somewhat disturbing since my feeling was that his death came at his own hand. The name I sensed was “Buzzard” are something similar. I don’t know if it was a nickname or his actual surname in life. We reached the area of the orb sighting and I noticed immediately that the temperature had dropped quickly and remained colder than the surrounding area the entire time I was there.

My perception was that of a man who has died in a piece of machinery (bottomliner pulper) many years before. The name that I sensed was “James” and that he seemed to be in his 30’s. I never witnessed the orb, but I am sure that this was his spirit energy. I attempted to contact “James” through my spiritual guide and seemed to have made some impact. My subsequent inquiry a year or so later with those employees who made the original inquiry concluded that the orb had not been seen and/or reported since.

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THISTLE MILL FINDINGS: Thistle Millworks at Ilchester, Md.

Investigation and Experience by Sulky / Lon Strickler / Phantoms & Monsters Blog

BELOW: Gray’s Mill, a contemporary of Thistle Mill, a few thousand feet upriver, has an intertwined and equally interesting history, complete with hauntings and recent investigation, to be covered in a later edition of EGQ.

On Thursday, April 6th, 2006, I assembled a small team to investigate the recent paranormal activity at the Simkins Industries plant located in Ilchester, MD. The plant is located on the Baltimore County side of the Patapsco River at River Rd. near Hilltop Rd. There are remnants of the Ilchester mid-1800’s village still standing, but all the houses are now boarded up. The plant is also deserted due to a major fre on the top level in 2003.

I had received several inquiries from people who had recently been on the property as well as a few queries from former employees. There have been various incidents and reports of phenomena mainly strange lights and sounds. To our knowledge, no other investigations had been made in the plant since it was closed. For the record, we had investigated some paranormal activity in the plant in the early 1990’s and I have reported this previously.

The team consisted of my assistant Cory and two former employees of the plant, Keith andJerry. I brought along 2 digital cameras, 2 EMF meters, a pair of 2-way radios and a laser thermometer. We were able to work our way into the plant through a dock entrance and descended 2 stories into the main beater room area. Because Keith and Jerry knew their way around, I had Cory and Jerry start the investigation to get some baseline EMF readings at various locations throughout the plant and to record any activity. All the power was off in the plant, so I was hoping for solid electro-magnetic readings. I decided to stay in the main beater room area with Keith mainly because I had recent physical limitations that made standing and walking for a sustained period of time impossible. I fgured if Cory found anything, she’d give me a call and Keith could direct me to the area. Before we began, I asked Keith and Jerry not to mention any specifc deaths or injuries that had occurred in the plant. This plant has a long history and reputation for many horrifc work related casualties.

Not too long after we started to look around, I noticed that the images on the digital cameras were not developing though the register on the card indicated that images were there. There was full power in the cameras and the cards were fne, but no images were coming on the screen. That was truly strange because I had never experienced that before and for this to occur with both cameras was very unusual.

Everything was fairly quiet for about 2 hours. I called Cory and she said that nothing remarkable had happened other than she received 1 major EM spike in the machine room dry end and that they were going to walk back to our location. A few minutes later Cory and Jerry returned. Jerry commented that it was very strange that he had not seen or heard any cats in any part of the plant. He stated that the plant was always inundated with cats for the many years he had worked there. Keith stated that he had also noticed it and thought it was very strange. Frankly, up to that time it was eerily quiet. We sat together for about an hour going over her notes and planning out our next moves.

By this time, it was 11:15 pm and we decided to start walking to a few areas that Cory had suggested. We went through an area that I was familiar with from my initial investigation but, strangely, I felt nothing. We continued to walk until we reached the former maintenance department. I started to get a feeling of dread and nausea as well as tightness on my chest. Cory also stated she felt a bit weird. After a few minutes, I asked Cory where she had recorded the EM spike. She said on the floor below by a machine called a rewinder in the machine room dry end.

We walked down the stairs and entered into the main part of the plant. As soon as I walked through the wide doorway, I felt like something pushed me in the chest… I literally backed up and tried to regain my breath. A few seconds later, we heard a loud thud sound. Each of us looked around not knowing where the sound came from. It seemed to me that something large had hit the floor but the sound was tempered as if it was in a tunnel. My feeling was that something catastrophic had happened here...the residual energies were coming at me from all directions. Cory was getting erratic EM readings stronger than those she had recorded earlier. I tried to endure the bombardment of energies I was experiencing, but it was getting very hard to deal with. I needed to get out of that area as soon as possible so I could gather my thoughts. I turned around and walked towards the warehouse area so I could sit down and rest. The others soon followed and we took a break.

I asked Jerry to confrm if someone had died in that area, but I didn’t want a name or know how it happened. He stated that at least 2 employees had lost their lives in that specifc area but he was unaware of their names since the deaths occurred before he started employment. Keith confrmed the deaths but he also had no idea of the circumstances or names…only third party information he had heard. I was determined to go back into the machine room and see if I could sense anything from the spirits residing there.

After a bit of a rest, Cory and I walked back into the machine room. As before, I felt pressure on my chest but not to the degree I experience previously. Cory and I held hands and I attempted to contact at least one of these spirits. I immediately felt pain and sorrow…like my life force was draining out of me and I couldn’t stop the inevitable. Then I heard the name “Russell”. It was obvious that this was the person who had been haunting here. I tried to communicate but the sorrow and grieve this spirit was projecting was as intense as I have ever felt. I fear he will remain on this plane and refuse to ever move on.

I decided that I was done here and that we should check out a few other locations within the mill. We spent another 2 hours in the plant taking EM readings and recording some history of the mill from Keith and Jerry. I asked Jerry if he could put me in contact with a former employee who could tell me about any of the people who had died in the plant.

That Sunday, I interviewed a gentleman who wanted to remain anonymous. He had retired from the Simkins plant in the mid-1980’s and had started there when Bartgis Brothers had owned the mill. He confrmed that an employee by the name of Russell Calimer was killed in the machine room in 1977 after a 1-1/2 ton roll of paperboard had slipped off a forklift and crushed him to death against the rewinder. But, I was stunned by the information that was to follow. The employee who attempted to load the paperboard roll and allowed it to slip off was a man by the name of Robert Buzzard. If you read my initial investigation at the Simkins plant, you would recognize that name. I had felt a presence of a spirit who called himself “buzzard”. I had no idea at that time that this was an actual name. As well, I had this feeling that “buzzard” had died by his own hand. It was confrmed that Mr. Buzzard had become so distressed after the accident he decided to retire. Less than a year later, “buzzard” had indeed committed suicide.

I think the plant is worthy of further investigation, but I have a bad feeling about some of the spirits that are there. There are, of course, many residual hauntings (ghosts)....but there may be at least one vortex there and I didn’t like what I was feeling especially in the machine room. For the record, there have been 4 deaths in the plant since 1971....3 in the machine room. As well, there have been several major life altering injuries.

I have a suspicion that someone tried to perform a halfhearted seance or used a Ouiji board in the plant since it closed. There have been all kinds of people hanging around there and the sense I get is that a spirit with some relatively heavy duty malevolence and lingering hatred is moving in and out of a vortex (I was unable to locate a vortex....possible that it was closed when we were there).

The “Russell” spirit we did encounter is a strong one but with a lot of sadness and acts like it is looking for something. We tried to “move it along” but I don’t think we were very successful.

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A few Haunts

The following content is reincarnated from a street racing site that unwittingly ignited intense interest in all things paranormal.

Twenty years ago, the U.S. Army abandoned a former Maryland girls' fancy finishing school, the Seminary at Forest Glen. Once the Walter Reed medical annex in DC near the Mormon temple, its sylvan grounds are bisected by a ravine with a hidden grotto. Maryland's only authentic Japanese pagoda is present (ca. 1904) along with a Swiss chalet, an Italian villa, a Dutch windmill, and a stone castle, among other most unexpected finds.

Excellent sites:


Ye Forest Inne in late 1800's.

It was used by the Army as a convalescence "home" for recovering soldiers in WWII.

32 acres. 29 buildings, 25 of which are historic.

Latest plan as of Jan 2005 is to develop the site into mixed residential and historic. See SOS

13 Oct 1999: A $147 million, 475,000 square-foot laboratory, which will provide research in biological and chemical toxicology as well as preventive, topical, and combat casualty medicine, was dedicated at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Forest Glen Annex on October 5. --http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mc/news/press/99-362.html




Forgotten, But Not Lost // by Christian Moen // Apr. 5, 2002

A garden path leads to the Italian villa

Scattered around a wooded, 30-acre campus in Montgomery County, Md., 33 architecturally eclectic buildings fit together as if assembled by the designers of a miniature-golf course. A Gothic castle, a windmill, a pagoda, and other structures that have withstood several incarnations as educational institutions over the first half of the 20th century today sit empty. The Forest Glen Annex of Walter Reed Medical Center is silent except for the distant rush of cars on the Captial Beltway.

Originally built as a seminary, or finishing school for women, the U.S. Army has owned this piece of land and everything on it for 60 years, but for half that time its ownership was in name in only. The toll from years of neglect is clear: Wood has rotted, statues are broken or missing, and stucco has buckled under its own weight, slowly pulling window frames with it.

Spurred on by a preservation organization called Save Our Seminary, residents have spent almost two decades outraged at the Armys oversight of Forest Glen. Talk of transferring ownership of the National Register-listed property has floated around for years, but the Army didnt take steps in that direction until two years ago.

In the fall of 2000, the Army officially "excessed" Forest Glen, declaring it surplus property and handing it over to the Government Services Administration (GSA), which acts as the real-estate agent for federal buildings. Before any federal property can be put on the open market, however, GSA must first contact federal agencies, state and county governments, and homeless services, offering each a chance to take over.


So far, no agency has been willing to take on the costly renovations that would be a necessary part of the deal. The property is now being offered for public-benefit use, such as education, GSAs last stage before putting it on the open market. This time there may be some takers.

"About a dozen schools had expressed interest before they saw it," says Bonnie Rosenthal, the executive director of Save Our Seminary. "Then the number dropped to four once they saw it."

Since its founding in 1988, Rosenthal's organization has patrolled the property and reported damage and theft to the Army. But reporting damage is not the same as repairing it, and while the Army decided what to do with the property, the deterioration and repair costs escalated.

After a fire in 1993 claimed the schools theater, Save Our Seminary and the National Trust for Historic Preservation took the Army to court in an attempt to end the neglect. The court ruled in 1996 that although the seminary was in bad shape, the Army was doing the best it could to maintain it.


Based on a 1995 study, any reuse of the property would have a negative return because of steep restoration costs. A followup study determined that it would cost $9.8 million to stabilize just the buildings that are in the worst shape.

The four organizations that are still interested in buying the seminary, according to Rosenthal, are Takoma Academy, St. Albans School, the French International School, and an organization called Forest Glen Commonwealth. GSA will put it for sale on the open market this summer.

"Takoma Academy is probably the most capable and likely candidate," says Rosenthal says. "They have the greatest need, and they have the funding." Also, she notes, they are the only organization that is interested in the entire property.

The inn, the seminary's oldest structure.

In 1887, an inn became the first building on the site, but the resorts distance from Washingtontoo far for a quick trip and not far enough to be worth a train ridemade it fail.

The National Park Seminary, a school that prepared the daughters of Americas wealthiest families for a life of privilege, opened in 1894. Its strength lay in its rural setting and increasingly exotic architecture. The schools founders used different building styles to stimulate young ladies imaginations and show them an abridged version of the world. Through the years, other directors added their own flourishes to the grounds.

When the Army took over in 1942, the campus was known as National Park College, a successful junior college. Invoking the War Powers Act, the Army bought the college for $800,000, auctioned off everything it didnt need, and used the rural campus as a peaceful setting for veterans to recover from the horrors of war. The Forest Glen Annex of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center soon became the nations leading prosthesis lab, serving much the same purpose through the Vietnam War. Soon after, the Army built a new campus on Georgia Avenue in Washington, D.C., and kept only a skeleton crew at Forest Glen.

Rosenthal says that her organization prefers a private developer with a plan for a mix of residential and commercial uses because they fear the impact that 1,500 students might have on the neighborhood. "Imagine cars coming and going twice a day," she says, although she concedes that Save Our Seminary must be flexible. Worse than traffic, though, is the possibility that no school receives federal endorsement and no private developer wants the property.

"What happens if there is no interest at all?" Rosenthal asks. "Then the GSA will have to reconsider what to do with it. Return it to the Army? Parcel it up? If it reaches that point, it will be beyond the point of restoration."


After so many years of struggling to save the place, she says, the group also wants the public to have access to facilities such as the gym, the ballroom, and the chapel.

As early as June, Rosenthal and all the members of Save Our Seminary, and anyone else who has wandered dreamily among the Greek revival temples caryatids, may finally know what the future holds for the Italian villa, the pagoda, and the rest of the buildings that have been left to fend for themselves. Whether Forest Glen returns to its origins as a place of education or becomes a place to live and shop, one thing is for sure: After two decades, they are closer than ever to saving the seminary.

Christian Moen is an associate editor of Smithsonian magazine.

Guided walking tours of the seminary take place at 1 p.m. every fourth Saturday from March to November. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Save Our Seminary at (301) 495-9079.



What is the National Park Seminary?

The National Park Seminary is a historic district in the Forest Glen area of Silver Spring, MD, which includes a wooded glen and two dozen Victorian era buildings, including a magnificent 3-story ballroom, a windmill, castle, and Japanese pagoda.

The first building, "Ye Forest Inne," was constructed in 1887. Early suburban developers acquired the land above Rock Creek, laid out lots, and built the hotel to attract prospective homeowners. By 1894, the hotel failed and the inn was converted to a womens post-secondary school. For nearly 50 years, the National Park Seminary and College was one of the most prestigious womens schools in the country. As enrollment grew, so did the campus, and the new buildings, built in various international styles, reflected the educational philosophy of founders and the values of a nation just emerging on the international scene. The school weathered the Great Depression and, just as it was beginning to thrive again, it was taken over by the U.S. Army in 1942, when it served as a rehabilitation center for wounded veterans returning from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

Many suburban resort hotels were built in the late 1800s. Many of them were converted to schools. And many of them were, in turn, taken over by the armed forces during the war. But very few of these original resort hotels are left, and none that have witnessed all three incarnations! Clearly this site has profound architectural and historical importance. It is also a place of pure magic a commodity very hard to come by today.


Council suggests master plan for Forest Glen seminary land by Jackie Mah Special to The Gazette July 18, 2001 Zoning guidelines could help developers A County Council committee took a closer look Monday at the county's role in determining the disposition of the National Park Seminary in Forest Glen. The committee agreed to begin establishing a master plan "envelope" of zoning criteria, including acceptable uses and density of construction, through the Montgomery County Planning Board. The aim is to keep the seminary, which contains many historic buildings featuring unusual architectural styles, from meeting an undesirable future. The Army declared the seminary as surplus property in 1991, after the Walter Reed Medical Center rehabilitation facilities were relocated to the hospital's main campus. However it wasn't until now, 10 years later, that the Army finally gave the property to the General Services Administration of the federal government for sale. By law the GSA had to first offer the property to other federal agencies, but was unsuccessful in receiving any bids from that sector. The county's turn to be offered the property could come as early as in the next couple of months, and it would have 20 days to make a decision. It was made clear at the committee meeting that County Executive Douglas M. Duncan is against the county purchasing the site. "The executive doesn't want the county to be involved in it at all," said council spokesman Patrick Lacefield after the meeting. However, during the meeting of the Planning, Housing and Economic Development committee, Councilman Derick Berlage (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring said he would like to see the GSA give the county an extension on the official 20-day deciding period to think through the purchase more thoroughly. "What I want to see happen is for the federal government to give the county an option for the next two years," Berlage said. However, besides Duncan's and Berlage's opinions, the council on the whole does not have a stated position on what to do with the seminary yet, Lacefield said. "We're only now approaching the time where it makes a difference what we think." But to Peggy Gervasi, president of Save Our Seminary, the council's implied message is that the county wants to see the land put to good use but is unwilling to get too involved in the process. "So far they're saying all the right things, but they're not doing the right things -- so far," Gervasi said. "Today was a step in the right direction." Gervasi said SOS's point is not to save all the buildings in the seminary. "We're not naive," she said. However, they do support plans that will not harm the existing environment. "A local developer has come forward with a plan that we like," she said. "It's a mixed-use development that is primarily residential. A large component of it is senior housing, which works for us because it's very low-impact because they don't really drive cars." That plan also includes public use of a Gothic-style ballroom and the glen. An Adaptive Reuse Study came out in 1995 and looked at four different scenarios for the future use of the property: all-residential, all-retirement, an unspecified institutional use, and all-residential including an additional 11 acres the Army was then thinking of selling as a bonus with the seminary. Gervasi expressed cautious approval for those general ideas, especially for the all-residential scenarios, which she said were the most feasible concepts. "As the basic starting document, it was fine," Gervasi said, though she called it "unimaginative." The seminary is located five minutes from the Forest Glen Metro stop, on the grounds of the Forest Glen Annex of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Silver Spring. The site, which has been home to various business endeavors including a hotel, casino and women's finishing school since the 1800s, is now a historic menagerie comprised of a Dutch windmill, a Japanese pagoda and an English castle, among other unusual structures.


Historic Maryland Site Awaits Recycling Into Housing Over 114 years, the National Park Seminary has been a hotel, school and convalescent home. Most of the buildings are to be restored. Stephen Manning Los Angeles Times April 25, 2004 SILVER SPRING, Md. With a mini-village inhabited by a pagoda, windmill, castle and the hulking remains of a 19th century hotel, the National Park Seminary looks a bit like a theme park for adults. Up close, however, it's clear that the abandoned site near the Capital Beltway is missing the theme-park tidiness of a fantasy land. Stones on the castle have crumbled away, paint peels off the windmill and a sign on the boarded-up hotel warns of asbestos. During its 114-year life span, the 32-acre site has been a resort for summer-weary Washingtonians, a finishing school for girls and a convalescent home for injured soldiers. But it has been largely abandoned in the last few decades, falling victim to decay and neglect. The seminary will begin life anew this year. After decades of trying to find a new use for the site, a builder selected by Montgomery County will preserve the 25 historic buildings and convert them to housing. "Something is finally happening and what is happening looks good," said Bonnie Rosenthal, a member of the group called Save Our Seminary, which worked to protect the buildings. A Wisconsin-based developer will spend $80 million to convert the property and a nearby field into 255 units of homes, condominiums and apartments. The Alexander Co. hopes to break ground within nine months, and the first residents could move in by 2006. "When we look at the site, we see a fabulous opportunity for housing," said Natalie Bock, development property manager for Alexander. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the seminary sits on a leafy hillside next to the Walter Reed Army Hospital Annex and overlooks the Capital Beltway. It was first developed as a hotel, opening in 1890 as a relatively rural retreat for city dwellers. But it quickly failed and, in 1894, was converted into a school known as the National Park Seminary. The school built an eclectic jumble of buildings around the original hotel, including an assortment of sorority houses that reflected architecture from different parts of the world. It added a ballroom, chapel and dotted the grounds with sculptures. In 1942, the Army absorbed the seminary into Walter Reed and used it to house injured World War II soldiers. It continued to use some of the buildings as office space, but by the mid-1990s, most of the buildings sat empty and boarded up. The Army showed little interest in preserving the space, and the buildings began to crumble from water damage. Fire destroyed a playhouse, and vandals spirited away stained-glass windows and statues. "They [Army officials] haven't really been the best stewards of the historical property," said Lisa Rother, a Montgomery County planner who worked on the project. "We are working against time to stabilize these buildings." Under an agreement with the Army, the county will buy the seminary and then sell it to Alexander, Rother said. Alexander plans to restore the site with the help of builders Eakin / Youngentob of Arlington, Va., and Baltimore-based Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse. The developers plan to build about 90 homes in a field across the street, the sale of which will help finance restoration of the older buildings. The hotel will probably be converted to apartments, some of which will be designated as affordable housing. Buildings such as the gym will be made into condominiums, Bock said. The sororities, including the pagoda, will be turned into single-family homes. "The pagoda would be a funky place to live," she said. "In every market here are some people who want to live in a unique living environment." Because the site is listed on the National Register, much of the work will have to be approved by the county's historical preservation commission and the Maryland Historical Trust. That means, if possible, original windows and building materials must remain, Bock said. In some cases, that may be difficult. Extensive water damage has collapsed some roofs and floors. Bock said some buildings, such as a dormitory that used to house senior seminary students, may have to be scrapped. Members of Save Our Seminary accept that some buildings may not be salvageable. But they are thrilled to have the restoration underway, even if it means an influx of about 300 new neighbors to their quiet community. "We're realistic," Rosenthal said. "This will increase the value of the whole area."


Groups express interest in seminary E-Mail This Article by David Fishlowitz Staff Writer Dec. 5, 2001 Private schools, colleges want to use historic structures Several private schools, colleges and non-profit groups have expressed interest in acquiring property within the National Seminary Historic District in Forest Glen, which includes 29 buildings -- some with unusual architecture -- on 32 acres formerly owned by the Army. The property is on the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation and was once a girls' finishing school. The buildings include a windmill and a pagoda, and preservationists have long argued that the property deserves to be saved. The seminary is now in the control of the federal General Services Administration, which is marketing to groups who can use it for public purposes, said Park and Planning Silver Spring team leader Glenn Kreger. The architecture and setting make the property distinct, said Bonnie Rosenthal, a member of Save Our Seminary, a group whose purpose is to preserve the historic area. "It is a potpourri of building types," Rosenthal said. "To find a collection of such variety of styles is unusual. And putting it in such a charming landscape setting." "Right now, [GSA is] in the public conveyance process," Kreger said. "We have received letters of response from 12 educational institutions. There was a tour for groups that responded to the offer Nov. 15. They have until March 1 to submit formal applications." Currently, 10 groups have expressed interest: French International School in Bethesda; Takoma Academy in Takoma Park; University of the District of Columbia; Sidwell Friends School in Bethesda; Forest Glen Commonwealth in Kensington; Association for Retarded Citizens in Silver Spring; St. Albans School in the District; Jewish Primary Day School in Silver Spring; Logos Evangelical Seminary Institute in Silver Spring; and Southeastern University in the District. The French International School wants to consolidate its three campuses at the seminary, said Don Anderson, director of the office of American affairs at the school. "It's been a dream of the school to move the whole campus," Anderson said. "To find a property large enough in the Washington Metropolitan area is not a given. We've had a lot of constraints looking for a site." The French International School, a non-denominational private school, has 1,150 students, Anderson said. Anderson added that the school would not use the entire seminary property. Takoma Academy is planning to pool its financial resources with Columbia Union College and Adventist Health Care to acquire the seminary, said Principal Larry Kromann. "This is a huge project," Kromann said. "It takes all of us working together to adequately utilize it." Takoma Academy's Board of Trustees has authorized funds and may merge with Sligo Elementary, an affiliated school, to bring a K-12 program to the seminary, Kromann said. Columbia Union College would hold adult evening classes, Kromann said. Currently, architects are determining feasibility, Kromann said. "They are looking at the condition of the buildings, what can be housed," Kromann said. "We don't know how much renovation will be required." The groups must agree to use the area for educational purposes for 30 years to get public conveyance, Kreger said. Due to the great expense of renovating the site while simultaneously preserving the historic district, it might take a multi-group effort, Kreger said. "I wouldn't be surprised if some of them wanted to combine their efforts," Kreger said. GSA has 18 months to market the property before the Army regains control, said Scott Reilly, assistant chief Administrative Officer with Montgomery County Government. "It is a long, complex process for federal agencies to dispose of property," Reilly said. First, GSA has to see if other federal agencies are interested in the property. Then, any homeless services, including evaluation by Housing and Urban Development or a homeless service provider. "We are fully committed to make sure homeless services remain on the site when reuse is accomplished," Reilly said, referring to the current Carroll House on the property. Then, it must be offered to local and state governments under "discounted conveyance," which means it would have to remain in public hands. After that, it would be offered without strings at market value to the public. Finally, GSA would market it to private entities on a competitive basis. "The county is looking for an economically viable use not dependent on public subsidies," Reilly said. "Also, to preserve the historic part and keep compatible to surrounding neighbors. We want to keep homeless services and park areas." The property is located one mile from the Forest Glen Metro Station, adjacent to the Forest Glen Annex of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center near Rock Creek Park and Linden Lane. The Army has owned the property for the past 10 years and has been slow to move, said Walter Booth, a resident and former member of the Forest Glen Historic Preservation Committee. "It seems like 10 years ago if they didn't want it, they should have turned it over to GSA," Booth said. "The Army has been trying to get rid of it for 10 years," Reilly said. Since the Army has withdrawn its members, the site has become hazardous, Booth said. "When they moved out, it seriously affected vandalism," Booth said. "Doors are now barred and there has been an increase in crime." Redeveloping the area is difficult due to the small, narrow roads, Booth said. "Construction would increase traffic density on narrow, small roads," Booth said. "Developers want to knock down the whole thing, but residents don't want it. I think it's a matter of compromise. Save the best things and figure out how to handle the roads."


Walter Reed Army Medical Center's Forest Glen section is located in Silver Spring, Md., approximately four miles north of the main post. Forest Glen has a land area of 164 acres. It includes a contemporary area, adjacent to a mixed commercial district, and a historic district located in the wooded area that borders the Capital Beltway (I-495).

The contemporary area is home to the Walter reed Army Institute of Research and Naval Medical Research Institute. Forest Glen also includes a large outdoor recreation and picnic area, child development center, a fabric care facility, the motor pool, installation support functions, and a modern shopping complex. The shopping center includes a post exchange, commissary, clothing sales store, bowling alley, arts and crafts shop and Fisher House. The shopping complex serves not only Walter Reed and National Naval medical Center service members, but much of the large retired military community of greater Washington.

The historic district is located on a 27-acre parcel of land called the National Park Seminary Historic District. The department of the Army has declared this property excess, pending transfer to the General Services Administration to find a new owner. This district was once an exclusive private "finishing school" for young women. The buildings have a unique collection of architecture styles, including a Dutch windmill, Swiss chalet, Japanese pagoda, an Italian villa and an English castle.


The History of the Site Most people who are familiar with the National Park Seminary Historic District don't know it by that name; most know it as the former convalescent hospital on the north-side of the Forest Glen Annex of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC). A Long, Rich History Before the U.S. Army The U.S. Army has been occupying the site known as the Forest Glen Annex only since 1942, when the federal government acquired the property from private ownership under the War Powers Act. The historic buildings on the northern tip of the Annex had been a thriving women's college (1937-1942) and before that it was prestigious finishing school that started before the turn of the last century (1894-1936). Earlier still (1887-1894), it had been a short-lived hotel and casino, part of a Victorian-era land development scheme. And the history of Forest Glen stretches far further back than that. During the Civil War, the land was ownd by a southern sympathizer, whose name was Alfred Ray.. The troops of Confederate Jubal Early were permitted by Ray to camp on his land, before Early led his troops down nearby Brookeville Road for their unsuccessful raid on Washington, D.C. Ray spend time in a federal prison for this action. The land originally was part of a huge tract that belonged to the Carroll family. John and Daniel Carroll were both influential men on the national level back in colonial days;John founded the first catholic church in Maryland, walking distance from the site. Daniel Carroll was a politician, heavily involved in the nascent District of Columbia. They lived very near to the Forest Glen site. National Park Seminary, a finishing school for the nation's elite, flourished in the "roaring twenties." National Longevity Resource Center Honoring veterans and personnel from WRAMC The WRAMC Era When America became involved in WWII in the European theater, Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) needed more space for returning vets who needed long-term convalesence and rehab. So the Army exerted its authority under the War Powers Act and effectively took over the women's college in 1942. WRAMC Annex at Forest Glen served the wounded from 1942 through 1977, when the last patient was moved out. Most of the activity was centered on prosthetics, audiology, speech therapy, and rehab. The USO brought in big talent in WWII and the Red Cross sent many volunteers. Put the cursor on the doctor's bag to learn at a Project to honor the Vets & Caregivers of the WRAMC Annex era. When the Army bought the school, it picked up over 100 addiitional acres that had been an operating dairy farm and former tobacco plantation. That huge parcel will remain WRAMC property and it now houses the Commissary, recreational facilities and a contemporary research lab. This part of the Annex is to the south of the property that had been used as a convalescent hospital. Around 1970, anticipating that the old school property would no longer needed in the WRAMC system (as a new hospital was being built downtown and scheduled for completion in 1977), the Army made it known that it wanted to raze the historic buildings to build an incinerator. In response to that prospect, Montgomery County and other authorities had the property listed on the National Register of Historic Places with the Department of the Interior/National Park Service. This action effectively blocked the Army from destroying the buildings, but as they became unwanted by 1980, neglect and vandalism started to take an alarming toll on the place. In the late 1990s, U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes managed to direct some appropriated funds to the site for site stabilization (some new roofing and downspouts, to tighten the "envelopes" of the structures that had sustained water damage). In 1999, the Army let it be known that it was beginning to take formal steps to "excess" the area known as the "National Park Seminary Historic District." In late 1999, the Forest Glen Commonwealth, Inc. was formed, in order to help bring a renaissance to this neglect landmark.