On October 30, 2010, Josh along with one other member of the Northeastern Connecticut Paranormal Association attended the last ghost tour of the year at the Mark Twain House. Below is Josh's summary of events that night.
"We arrived at the Mark Twain House around 8:30pm and had a chance to talk to the night security guard on duty. He told us that he believes that the house is haunted and has had his own personal experiences. He told us that he has heard voices on the second floor, had a silver tray thrown at him in the basement (which flew over his head and hit the wall), and many other experiences throughout the house.
Our tour group consisted of about a dozen individuals and our tour guide. At 9pm we made our way outside to the Carriage House to learn about it's history. This is when we also heard about the picture the woman took of the second floor window where two faces appeared in the photo. This photo was shown on the Mark Twain House episode of Ghost Hunters.
It was at this time that my other group member and myself saw a shadow in that exact window block out the light that was in the room.
We made our way into the home following some simple rules from our tour guide of not being too loud, turning our phones off, putting our cameras away, etc. Once inside the house, we started learning about some events that have occured in the main hallway. After about five minutes I started to get dizzy and felt as if there was a lot of weight holding me down. We were allowed to leave at any time, but whether this was paranormal or not, I was not about to leave and miss the rest of the tour.
Next we headed into another room in which there is a window that actually looks like a mirror. I believed it was a mirror until we were told it wasn't. As we learned more about the room, the other member of the group and another woman heard a woman talking behind us in the dining room, but we were the only people back near the doorway.
As for the dining room and the library once we got into those rooms, not much happened.
When we headed back out to the main hallway and were waiting for further instructions, myself and three people standing by the stairs heard three knocks, sounding exactly like footsteps, walking either up or down the stairs.
As for activity on the second floor, nothing much happened which was disappointing because this seems to be where most of the occureneces take place. The only thing that did happen was that three of us heard a creak coming from the first floor, which to me almost sounded like a door opening or closing. The front door however, does not creak. Then we heard a creak coming from upstairs. However, this is an old house and it could have just been a coincidence.
Nothing happened on the third floor, which is where the billiards room is located. This room is interesting because the fire department was called at one time because the fire alarm for that room had been tripped. Upon arriving in the room, they realized there was no fire, but could smell cigar smoke. Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was known to smoke many cigars a day. We didn't get to smell any cigar smoke that day though.
Next we headed down the back staircase to the servant's quarters. Only one experience happened here and that was to me. The only way I have been able to explain this is how your shirt starts to stick to you in the summer when it is hot and you are sweating a lot. That is what it felt like, but it was on my left side and I felt pressure. I was not leaned up against anything and no one was close enough to me for it to be them. This happened a few times and every time I kept pulling my shirt off my side.
Once we headed down to the basement, whatever had been touching my side and causing my shirt to feel as if it was sticking to my side was gone. The basement was where the security guard had the silver tray thrown at him and from what he told us earlier in the night, this is why the Ghost Hunters were called in. He did not want any of the individuals who work there to get hurt. Nothing happened in the basement, although it was a creepy little basement.
After the tour was over and we exited the house, my feeling of dizziness went away. I still can't explain why I felt so dizzy especially seeing that it could have been because the lights weren't on, but I have never had the issue in the dark before.
I look forward to visiting the Mark Twain House again soon even if it is for a day tour and I plan on getting out there again next fall for another ghost tour."
Well it sounds like it was quite active that night and it is good to see the spirits are alive and well.