What better name is there for a haunted location than Fearing Tavern? The legendary landmark located in Wareham’s historical district was first built in the early 1690s. It’s seen every day of this country’s history and has played a major role in it—from loyalty to the Redcoats in the Revolutionary War (including a hidden room that allegedly housed British soldiers) to possibly serving as a stop in the Underground Railroad, this amazing building is full of period-era antiques and artifacts. Spooky Southcoast was the first group to ever investigate the Tavern, and the place simply came alive!
Since first discussing the investigation on their radio show, Spooky Southcoast and the Wareham Historical Society were inundated with request from investigators wanting a chance to check out the Fearing Tavern. Thus was born Haunted History Night 2011—which featured an investigation not only of the Fearing Tavern, but also of the Old Methodist Meetinghouse (circa 1835), the One-Room Schoolhouse (circa 1825) and the Union Chapel (circa 1880).
This year we're doing it again! You'll hear about some of the most interesting evidence to come out of the Fearing Tavern and some of its history; You'll hear updates on some of the latest paranormal investigation techniques and equipment, and we'll feed you!
Following dinner, attendees will be broken up into smaller groups to investigation the different buildings. The groups will rotate from one building to another, getting an hour to investigate each zone with a different group leader.
6:00 PM - Arrive/Meet and Greet
6:30 PM - Dinner
8:00 PM to 1:30 AM - Investigations
1:30 AM to 2:00 AM - Reconvene for wrap up and evidence analysis
At the event, psychic mediums Tiffany Rice and Stephanie Burke will be providing individual readings for an additional charge. You can pre-order a 20-minute reading today for $30. Reading time slots take place before
the investigation. Hurry, the space goes fast!
About the Haunts: The Fearing Tavern - The Tavern, restored in 1958, is situated in Wareham, Massachusetts where the Wampanoag Indian Agawam Trail from Plymouth crossed the Wankinco (Wareham) River.
The building contains portions built in 1690, 1765, and 1820. Sixteen period rooms contain authentic 18th and 19th century furnishings, toys, tools, and many decorative and useful objects. The major portion of the Georgian Colonial house with its white clapboarded facade was built by tavern keeper Benjamin Fearing in 1765. The property remained in the Fearing family for over 200 years. It was Benjamin's father, Israel Fearing, who purchased the home in 1747 from Isaac and Elizabeth Bump (Bumpas).
Isaac Bump operated a grist mill and lived here following King Phillip's War. The original 1690 home contained four rooms, and the original proprietors of the Agawam Plantation met here to conduct business and planning which resulted in the incorporation of the town of Wareham in 1739.
In the 1820's Benjamin's son, Benjamin Haskell Fearing added a new kitchen and the bedroom wing to the house.
The One Room Schoolhouse – Schoolhouse #6 was originally built on Great Neck in 1825. It served as the school for residents in that portion of Wareham for 100 years. It was also used by the residents of Great Neck for church services until a chapel was built. During the latter 1800's a kitchen was added by the Union Chapel Association of Great Neck so that other community events could be more easily held in this building. The Schoolhouse was moved from Great Neck to its present location next to the Old Methodist Meeting House on Main Street by the Wareham Historical Society in the 1970's.
The Union Chapel – The Union Chapel was built about 1880 by the residents of Great Neck in Wareham as a non-denominational place of worship for the times when the weather made it difficult to travel to Wareham Center. The Union Chapel Association of Great Neck was formed and the original list of subscribers and the money they each contributed toward the cost is available for viewing in the Chapel. The Wareham Historical Society moved the Chapel to its present location next to the Schoolhouse and the Old Methodist Meeting House on Main Street in Wareham in the 1990s.
The Old Methodist Meeting House - The Methodist Meetinghouse was built in 1835 across the green from the First Congregational Church on Tihonet Road which, until then, had been the only house of worship in Wareham since 1739. The Meetinghouse was used for a variety of purposes throughout its life, including as a bakery and a laundromat. When it was given to the Wareham Historical Society, the facade was restored to its original state. It is used by the Society for their meetings, and is also available for rental by other groups.
Belanger: is the author of a dozen books on the paranormal (published in six languages) including the best sellers:
The World's Most Haunted Places, Our Haunted Lives, and
Who's Haunting the White House (for children). He's the founder of Ghostvillage.com, the Web's most popular paranormal destination according to Google.com, and a noted speaker and media personality. He's also the host of the cable/Web talk show,
30 Odd Minutes which is available in over 3 million homes in the United States. Belanger has written for newspapers like The
Boston Globe and is the series writer and researcher for
Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel. He's been a guest on more than 200 radio and television programs including: The History Channel, The Travel Channel, PBS, NECN, Living TV (UK), The Maury Show, The CBS News Early Show, FOX, NBC, ABC, and CBS affiliates, National Public Radio, The BBC, Australian Radio Network, and Coast to Coast AM.
Tim Weisberg: Tim created the Spooky
Southcoast Radio Show along with Matt Costa in late 2005, seeking to combine an entertaining and interactive talk show format with the world of the paranormal. Tim is also the author of
Ghosts of the SouthCoast, and has been featured on The History Channel, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel and LIVING TV. A sports writer by trade, Tim also covers the Boston Celtics and the New England Patriots for
Andrew Lake: is a Rhode Island native who lived in a haunted house for five years, cementing his fascination with ghosts and their antics. Andrew formed Greenville Paranormal Research in 2006 and has worked with some of the best ghost hunters the Northeast has to offer. He is currently producing, writing, and directing documentaries about haunted locations around New England and he’s part of the 30 Odd Minutes cast and crew. His first book, Ghosthunting Southern New England, was just published.
Matt Moniz: The man simply known as "Moniz" began investigating the paranormal more than 25 years ago, and brings that experience to "Spooky Southcoast" every week. Matt is a research chemist who isn't afraid to bring the paranormal into his lab and apply the scientific method to his investigations. He's been published in books such as "Left at East Gate" by Peter Robbins and Larry Warren, "Witness" by Budd Hopkins and "Glipses of Other Realities" by Linda Moulton Howe. Specializing in UFO investigations and abductee cases, Moniz is also the UFO editor for FATE Magazine and has been featured on The History Channel, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel and LIVING TV. Matt is also one of the Oddballs featured each week on the paranormal television program "30 Odd Minutes."
Tiffany Rice is a Spirit Medium and Reiki Master who has studied with many great mentors, including Maureen Hancock. She is also the host of Spirit Connections with Tiffany Rice, airing on SpookySouthcoast.com's Spooky TV online network as well as on Wareham Community Television Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. She continues to provide private medium readings and intimate gallery readings, Reiki treatments and teaches guided meditation classes. Tiffany’s personal motto is "Believe, anything is possible."
Stephanie Burke is a Spirit Medium and Reiki Master/Teacher, and she is an instructor at the Wind Walker Healing and Learning Center in New Bedford. She has been very intuitive since she was a young child, having the gift passed down from previous generations. She uses this gift to help others understand that death doesn’t mean the end, but rather a beginning to a new chapter. Stephanie also practices Reiki to help others heal, regain balance to their energy, and to add positive changes to their lives. Stephanie is also part of Wareham Community Television's Phantom P.I and Spirit Connections programs.