What's in store for AE in 2017

The pace was buzzing in 2016.  We had our Spring Nick Groff event, followed by a cookout with Chad Lindberg over the weekend of July 4th, and then in September our 100 Year Birthday Party.  We had a huge turnout of people for private investigations for the year and due to that we were financially able to continue working on the building. 

One of the big accomplishments would have to be the room that was finished by the West porch.  We tried to go back in time with this some and I think anyone that has visited this will agree it looks retro.  We have 50's bedroom set and 60's in the living room area.  One other huge stride was adding the third bunkhouse to the property.  This is right next to the other two only about twice as big.  Like the other two it is furnished with four beds, TV, DVD player, heat and air conditioning.  This one also has a pull out couch, recliner, stuffed chair, and the TV is a 50" wall mount smart TV.  So if you have a friend or relative that really does not want to investigate this is probably for them.  Some additional updates to the building included the metal wrap around the roof to further protect it from the elements and water damage inside.

As for 2017 I have plans to start in January constructing what would resemble one of the hospital rooms from the 70's on the property.  We will be doing this on the third floor and my friends from Riverbend Paranormal have agreed to help.  We will be moving the hospital bed in there and see if the energy in this area changes. 

Two great additions, well not so much as additions but opportunities for AE are that Michele Watson-Baker and her sister Hannah Watson-Reano will be hosting most of the tours and investigations.  Michele knows the history like nobody I have ever had help there and Hannah, her sister, has had that rub off on her.  For those investigating with us in 2017 you are going to really enjoy these two girls and how much they appreciate Ashmore Estates. 

One thing you will notice on our calendar is on the third Saturday of each month starting in April we will have a team come in and host a Paranormal 101 class.  Each month will be different as the group will be different and putting there own twist on the presentation.  After this we will be investigating the building with the team and they will have some of their equipment with them to show you how it works as well.  If you are an experienced investigator you will have a great time as well as the newbies always make things interesting.  Bonus side of this is we will only sell 20 tickets and after the first 10 tickets are sold the next tickets all go to help Lost Limbs Foundation. 

One thing I have considered for quite some time was hooking up a sound system inside the building.  This would be beneficial at our events, during our work days, and for teams to investigate, if they choose to use it.  Many times spirits in a building will react differently if music is being played and this will make a wonderful trigger object for those wanting to use it.  My biggest concern has been people thinking we were faking things since we have the sound system in the building so I will put the amp that is used for it in our team room where all can see it and know when it is actually on.  We will not turn it on during investigations unless a team wants to use it.  There will be 2 speakers on each floor as well as 2 in front of the building and 2 on the back side of the building. 

We will have some events this year as well so be sure to watch the calendar and Facebook pages for more exciting news there.  If you have any questions or suggestions about AE please send them to us at [email protected] 

What's in store for AE in 2016

About a year ago we did the same thing for 2015 and for those that have been to the building I think you will see we accomplished our goal and maybe a little more. 


With 2016 here we have to look at what we can now do to better enhance your visit to Ashmore Estates.  We don't have a lot of major renovation to contend with, at least so far, but would like to do a few new things.  One thing that has already been started is to finish a living room and bedroom combination off the West porch inside the original structure.  We will be placing typical period type furniture in there and add heat and AC.  This will give us a chance to really show the spirits of the building we want to welcome them.  We were asked are we doing a bed and breakfast, no that is not the plan at all.  We just want to do something to once again improve the building. 


Another idea for 2016 is to finish the hospital room that is still close to being intact.  We would do this in a manner that would resemble what the room possibly looked like back during a hospital stay by a patient.  We will also be expanding our team room area and moving the staff room to the old laundry area that nobody seems to investigate anyway. 


The biggest project I suppose for the year would be to try to cover and protect the building where the bricks fell during the initial tornado.  I have thought about taking the brown metal we used for the kitchen and porch roofs and placing this on the building to cover the area up.  With the assistance of the bucket truck this should be a possibility.  It'll take a little help to accomplish but I think we can get it done. 


We will continue adding things to make the inside more paranormal friendly including additional puck lights from GhostStop as we have found these to be some of the best in the field.  We will be adding more lighting in some of the darker areas as well as tearing out old plaster (that has been crumbling) and drywall from the hospital that is no longer needed. 


If you visited Ashmore Estates in 2015 and have any recommendations please let me know.  We have taken some of these and actually implemented them already.  We are always willing to listen but that water slide and Jacuzzi may have to go on the back burner for a little longer.


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What's in store for AE in 2015

In April of 2014 Robbin Terry made a trip with his wife and a photographer friend to visit Ashmore Estates.  The reason for the trip was to look over the place and see if there was a real reason to purchase it.  He took a photographer to allow him to concentrate on the building and then he could review photos of the place at a later date if he had any questions.  What he found when opening the door to the location is a dark location that was in desperate need of a transformation.  The windows were broke, glass was on the floors, boards, walls from the haunted attraction were everywhere and basically it was a place that most would just say "why am I here".  Instead of turning around and walking out the door he decided to take a walk through the place with only a flashlight as there was no power in the building and just see how bad things really were.  While making his way through the cluttered halls he had a feeling that people were reaching out to him in desperation.  Not because they didn't want to be there but because they wanted help for their building, that's right their building.  After spending a couple of hours at the location they started their two hour trip back home.  While in his truck they talked about the location and finally his wife said you should buy it.  After getting home he talked with a local psychic friend and told him of his experience in walking the halls.  He was told that some of the spirits of the "R" Theater, which he owns, were with him and probably told the AE spirits, "you should see what he's done to our place".  In May of 2014 the building was purchased and closed on.

After closing on the property he decided to get to work, but of course after making a post on Facebook his phone almost blew up from calls, texts, and posts.  The help started coming out and it was beyond amazing.  The original plan was to start working on cleaning the inside of the structure and then get a roof, which blew off a couple of years before, on the place to prevent it from further damage.  The projected date to get it on and start investigations at the building was September 1st.  There was no power in the building so things were ran off of generators.  In the next couple of weeks in May he had limited power in the building but enough to light up the place and use tools.  On June 1st the roof was on the building and investigations were started.  He then was hoping to get a few windows in the building on the South side to allow light in.  More help came and the windows were started and by the end of November all window openings were replaced or on the first floor closed off.  A heated team room has been built, equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot and plenty of electrical for chargers. 

So what is in store for AE in 2015?  Well things are already in motion.  Additional power was added to the building and there were two bunk houses built over the winter & spring.  They are equipped with 4 beds each, electrical, heat, lights, window, ceiling fan, and AC.  There is a $50, per unit, charge to use these and that will give you 5 hours extended time the next day to tear down equipment as well.  We have installed the 360 Puck Light System on three large areas.  This will give great IR visibility.   The porch roofs that were destroyed by the fallen roof a couple of years ago have been rebuilt and be available for use by teams.  We have added a stove, full size fridge, hot water, sink, two additional bathrooms, and soon to add a shower. There is a lot planned and he has had a tremendous amount of help of the building and grounds.  The hope is you share the same love and affection for Ashmore Estates and will make your plans to investigate, take a tour, or come out and help during one of our work days. 

Like our T-Shirts say "Some Call it Home" and we need to take care of their home for them.

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