‘Ghost Hunters’ wraps up at Fort Knox

Tourists visit Fort Knox in Prospect in July 2008. A crew from SyFy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” wrapped up filming at the fort last week. Findings from the paranormal investigation will be seen in the episode that will air in late March or sometime in April.
Tourists visit Fort Knox in Prospect in July 2008. A crew from SyFy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” wrapped up filming at the fort last week. Findings from the paranormal investigation will be seen in the episode that will air in late March or sometime in April.
Posted Feb. 16, 2011, at 8:32 p.m.

PROSPECT, Maine — Who knows what lurks in the dark and dreary passageways at the Fort Knox historic site?

Troubled ghosts of long-gone soldiers? Curious visitors from the other world? Assorted things that go bump in the night?

After a weeklong investigation at the fort, a crew from the popular “Ghost Hunters” television show might know something more about the spirit inhabitants of Fort Knox.

But they’re not telling. At least not yet.

The ghost hunters wrapped up their investigation of paranormal possibilities at Fort Knox last week, according to a press release from the Friends of Fort Knox, who, with the state’s Bureau of Public Lands, hosted the TV crew’s visit to the fort.

The investigators then sat down with Friends’ Executive Director Leon Seymour to discuss their findings, the part of the show known as “the reveal.” But what they learned won’t be unveiled publicly until the show airs later this spring.

“Ghost Hunters” is a one-hour weekly reality show that airs on the SyFy Channel. The program follows a group of real-life paranormal researchers as they investigate reported hauntings throughout the country, according to the show’s website.

The “Ghost Hunters” 19-member team, which included the show’s stars, Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, worked at the fort all last week, beginning the inspection at the fort on Monday, Feb. 6, and winding up filming last Friday, Feb. 11.

The team members spent about two days working and filming inside the fort and interviewed area residents who had reported hearing or seeing apparitions at the fort. They also spent an afternoon filming exterior shots of the fort as well as some shots around town.

The Friends group and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands hosted the paranormal investigators with Seymour conducting a tour of the site and recounting some of the reports from visitors about their paranormal experiences inside the fort. Tom Desjardin, a historic site specialist with the Bureau of Parks and Lands, provided the production crew with a brief history of the fort.

“Ghost Hunters” is not the first group to show an interest in the fort’s paranormal proclivities. From time to time, the Friends and the Bureau of Parks and Lands have worked with local paranormal groups who have investigated the fort and have posted their results online. Some, including one psychic, insist that the fort is, in-deed, haunted.

There have been reports over the years from staff and visitors about sightings and odd occurrences within the fort, and the Friends’ annual Fright at the Fort celebration and Psychic Faire, have focused attention on the more metaphysical side of the historic fort.

With a visit from the “Ghost Hunters,” the Friends may have another vehicle to draw attention to the fort and its other-worldly attributes. According to Seymour, the Friends of Fort Knox is considering hosting a “screening party” on the night the episode airs on the SyFy Channel. There will be more information on that later.

The show’s producers have not yet set a date for the fort’s “Ghost Hunter” debut. Initial scheduling indicates it will air in late March or sometime in April.

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