Inn of the Hawke
A local landmark of Lambertville, The Inn of the Hawke proves to be more than just a day time hot spot, but a home for surviving history. It was built in the early 1860’s and was the home of Mr. William Mccreedy. Mr. Mcreedy was also the owner of Mcreedy’s Paper Mill located on the opposite side of South Union Street. It wasn’t until the early 1900’s that this home was converted into an Inn and Tavern which it remains to be until today. This Building has been around for some of the worst disasters of the area like the great flood in 1903 which destroyed the areas covered bridge now replaced with the iron one that was built in 1904 and many times of turmoil such as the Lindurg trials. As the years rolled on something else was to be rumored about this building. It’s mysterious occurrences that up until the present day have people convinced that the place is being haunted by its previous engagements.
Many patrons and employees as well as previous owners strongly believe that something is going on at this gorgeous establishment. Multiple eye witnesses account for lamps moving across the room on the 2nd floor as well as Voices and footsteps being heard all throughout the building. One gentleman who was working there claimed he was refused entrance into the beer cooler in the basement by a figure of a younger man. This apparition was protecting the company’s belongings as the employee use to sneak beer out of the cooler. This phantom is said to be Jake who was once a maintenance man of the building who has since passed. Another previous employee with a tempered attitude once had items thrown at her on the first floor.
Flashlight Episode 1
All of these stories and more have been talked about for years, and the owner Doreen was not the least bit hesitant about having an expert paranormal group come in to document and verify what people have been claiming for a very long time. City Lights Paranormal Society arrived at The Inn of the Hawke on the night of March 13th 2011. Founder Joe Iannetta and his Fellow investigators Ed Wood, Kathy, Lisa Kriel, and Kim Druker met with Doreen. Doreen gave the group a detailed tour of the building pointing out each and every room and all relevant hot spots of paranormal activity. Once the walk around was completed, CLPS took the time to strategically place their equipment. The society has an array of specialized digital and thermo meters such as, (Digital cameras, Infrared Cameras, EMF detectors, EVP recorders, Thermo guns, etc…). After placing all the equipment in its proper location the group reread some important information about the building history, and shut the lights out for the night to begin their investigation. The group split up into two groups leaving the female investigators together and the male investigators with each other. This is one of many tactics of the society. Joe Iannetta, says by keeping boys with boys and girls with girls it adds credibility to an EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) captured of the opposite gender. For instance, Kim, Kathy and Lisa caught a male voice on the second floor knowing the male investigators Joe and Ed were in the basement at the time. An EVP is a voice not able to be heard by human ears, but can be picked up by a digital recorder because of the frequency in which ghosts are said to use. The investigation lasted for 6 hours and the group gathered 68 hours worth of evidence between all the equipment.
Flashlight Episode 2
CLPS reported that the night was interesting. A few experiences were had but it was very calm for the Most part. Joe and Ed had both heard a male voice on the 3rd floor in one of the rooms as they were asking for a sign. Kim Kathy and Lisa had a door open on them while they were on the second floor and during the investigation on the first floor the group as a whole had a flashlight turning on in response to questions which was captured by one of the many cameras. Aside from these few run ins the night yielded more than 60 hours of evidence that needed to be reviewed. After analyzing the evidence, CLPS returned to The Inn of the Hawke to give a detailed presentation on all of their findings. They met with Doreen on March 29, 2011 and revealed numerous EVP’s captured as well as a few videos they had of the flashlight responding to yes and no questions. With the amount of evidence gathered City Lights Paranormal Society concluded that they strongly felt there was paranormal activity occurring at the inn. The night was full of thrills that corroborated the claims and while they gathered strong proof they will be returning sometime in the future to further their study of the building.
Flashlight Episode 3
Room 3 Encounter
CLPS feels that the establishment is experiencing both residual and intelligent type haunting. A residual style haunting is like a recorder playing itself over and over. It is basically energy reproducing itself in certain events over and over and will happen with or without someone present. This type of spirit has no idea wether or not someone living is present. An intelligent haunting is the type that interacts with the living. It manifests its self in ways to alert people of their presence by moving things, talking and even appearing if possible. CLPS does not believe any of the entities to be harmfull. They had a peacfull and pleasant experience at the Hawke. Humans without a body is all that a spirit truly is. Basically someone felt strongly about the inn and their memories there which is why they have stuck around. They shouldn’t be treated any differently than the person sitting across from you eating their dinner. The inn of the Hawke is one of the areas oldest standing monuments and should be admired and appreciated for all of its beautiful attributes. Even the things that go bump in the night showing that the building still has a lot of life left. Joe Iannetta says, we will certainly be back!