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Ghost Hunt at the Old Girl Scout House in Rahway


RAHWAY, NJ - The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association is pleased to welcome Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, Joe Chin, and Bruce Tango from the hit Syfy Channel television series Ghost Hunters for a special, two-night only event on June 30 and July 1.

Guests will have the opportunity to investigate right alongside the Ghost Hunters as they explore the rumored hauntings of the 222-year-old tavern and historic Rahway Cemetery.

The evening will begin at the Holiday Inn of Clark at 36 Valley Road for a Meet and Greet with the cast members in the Grand Ballroom. At 8:00 pm the Ghost Hunters will share stories, unsettling experiences, and answer a variety of paranormal questions.

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Museum Director, Alex Shipley will discuss the history of the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum. He will also relate the story of the unsolved murder of the Unknown Woman who is rumored to wander the Rahway Cemetery. Volunteers from the museum will also share their own experiences with the hauntings associated with both the building and the cemetery.  

At 9:00 pm guests will leave the Holiday Inn and regroup at The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum to begin the ghost hunt.

Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, Joe Chin and Bruce Tango will lead investigations on each floor of the museum – even the previously uninvestigated fourth floor. Guests will also tour the historic Rahway Cemetery by lantern light to visit the grave of the Unknown Woman as well as other haunted hot spots. Guests are encouraged to bring audio recorders, flashlights, and other ghost hunting equipment.

Each February, The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum hosts the sell-out event, An Evening with Bruce Tango. Over the years, Bruce has caught some compelling evidence, including recorded audio of ghostly responses to investigator questions. In the Ghost Hunters line of business, this is called electronic voice phenomena, or “e.v.p.” for short.

Bruce Tango explained, “Often while we’re conducting an e.v.p. session we don’t hear a direct response at the time. It’s not until later, when we play it back, that we hear voices or even answers to a question. It’s pretty wild when you hear someone answer you back” Bruce Tango has been returning to the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum for over five years. “Each year we get a hit on the recorder. The place is a hotspot for e.v.p.’s.” Bruce Tango added.

“We are excited to have Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, and Joe Chin join Bruce Tango for this special event. We are especially excited to see what they find on the fourth floor,” said Annette Satkowski, President of the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum. Laughing, Annette Satkowski recalled “Volunteers have reported unexplained voices and other strange goings on up there. Some of our volunteers even refuse to walk up the stairs alone.” The fourth floor usually remains closed to visitors and has never been investigated by Bruce Tango. “The Museum Association wanted to give guests the rare opportunity to examine the haunted claims,” Annette Satkowski added.

For more information, call the museum office at (732)381-0441, visit the museum’s website at www.merchantsanddrovers.org, or log onto www.MDTMGhostHunt.eventbrite.com. Proceeds will go towards the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum continuing restoration project.

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