The Inn at Solvang is a beautiful bed and breakfast hotel located in Huntingdon County, PA. We were referred by previous clients to look into this peaceful retreat. Stephanie, Solvang’s innkeeper, was eager to relay to us the history of the building. The current building was erected not too long ago in the early 1930s; however, it is fastitidiously build on top of a burnt down farm house which had been standing in that location for a very long time. The Inn at Solvang offers a relaxing environment with a complimentary home-cooked breakfast that would make you melt. No one could ever say that their stay was distasteful after a night in one of Solvang’s rooms.
Over the years, Steph has remained somewhat of a skeptic, taking in most of the guests and coworkers’ stories of paranormal activity at the inn. Steph’s assistant, Gail, claims to have been witness to numerous sighting as the in over the years. One in particular of a lady standing outside one of the rooms holding what appeared to be a serving tray. Guests have reported seeing doors closing and opening on their own and a cubby door opening into a headboard on the third floor. Stephanie relayed to us that the current owners’ parents and grandmother all passed away in the building, which was once their home. The owner’s mother Phyllis was a musician in her day, and people feel that she is one of the inn’s unseen ghosts. As a matter of fact, people have heard music coming from the music room when no one was in there. Stephanie was excited to see what our investigation could prove.
We here at City Lights Paranormal Society would like to extend our deepest gratitude to and appreciation for Rebecca Berdar of the Daily News in Huntingdon, PA. Rebecca is an incredible reporter and has become a trusted friend of ours. We look forward to working with her each and every time we are in the area!
On the night of July 13, 2010, City Lights Paranormal Society arrived on scene to see if any of Stephanie’s claims could be proven true. Lisa, Kathy, Ed, Olivia, and Joe were the five investigators that evening. The group was accompanied by Ash and Bella, two respected producers who wanted to see one of our investigations first-hand. Upon arrival, Stephanie gave us an initial tour and then we immediately began our routine set-up. We strategically placed infrared cameras, EVP recorders, and a nightshot camera throughout the hotel to capture apparitions and other auditory claims of activity. From there on, we split up into two teams- Olivia and Kathy as one, and Lisa, Ed, and Joe as team two. Bella and Ash followed both groups throughout the evening. The investigation began promptly at 11pm, after the group finished interviewing with Rebecca from the Daily Times. The physical investigation was from 11pm-5am; although, the group spent the night at Solvang and was able to leave the equipment running the entire night. The entire night was eerily quiet until Joe and Ed were finally able to spark something’s interest. For the final hour, they were able to have an intelligent conversation with an entity named Isabel. In addition to interaction with the flashlight, other strange experiences occurred within the room. After the session’s activity dwindled away, the group unanimously agreed to go to sleep and leave the evidence to do its job.
Recorder 2 session 2 (Male Voice)
Recorder 2 session 4 "Channel"
Recorder 2 session 4 "Keep Moving"
Recorder 4 placement in Music Room "Melody"
Recorder 1 Something knocks on Joes headboard!
Thanks to Stephanie’s incredible kindness and natural hosting abilities, our visit at the Inn at Solvang was outstanding, to say the least. As delightful as it was, our investigation was even a complete success. We were able to determine that the voices heard were most likely the result of sound acoustics. The voices were heard in the office where there was a constant smattering of electrical machines. Each individual machine emits a white noise sound. The human brain will naturally try to associate those sounds with sounds with which it is familiar. Thus, creating what sounds to be like human voices. Unfortunately, we were unable to capture or recreate any of the apparitions and sounds of music coming from the music room. We were able to document the flashlight conversation on the third floor, as well as a handful of clear EVPs that evening. Some of the EVPs seemed to be direct responses to questions or associated with something happening at the time. These are clearly intelligent haunting behaviors. The inn at Solvang is undoubtedly haunted by some unseen guests. The feel of the place and the results of the investigation show that it is as courteous as our new friend Stephanie. In the future, City Lights Paranormal Society looks foreword to visiting Steph, Gail, Isabel, and the Inn at Solvang again. We suggest that anyone in the area does the same thing!