Ever wanted to be a ghost hunter? Join the crew of the Long Island Paranormal Investigators (LIPI) as they spend the night exploring the Southampton History Museum’s 1843 Rogers Mansion and find out what it really takes to be a paranormal investigator. Participants will take part in experiments to test various paranormal theories, learn about the paranormal, hear great spooky stories and maybe even leave with one of your own.
This year’s ghost hunting sessions are a bit different than normal with new restrictions for the program to keep all guests, museum staff and LIPI members safe during the COVID-19 crisis while still having a fun time.
The ghost hunting sessions will take place on Saturday, November 14 and Saturday, December 12, from 7 to 11 p.m. Both nights, there will be four blocks of tours that can accommodate up to six guests. These tours begin at the start of every hour with a 30 minute introduction to who the Long Island Paranormal Investigators are and what they do. Guests will learn some of the basic theories they utilize and some of the devices they use. Guests will also get a chance to review a few of LIPI’s best pieces of evidence.
After the introduction, the 45-minute guided tour of the Rogers Mansion begins. There will be three designated areas for guests to visit that have been hot spots for paranormal activity in the past. These locations include the second floor exhibit hallway where footsteps are regularly heard, the first floor music room where shadow figures have been seen moving about and the basement where all of the above and more has happened.
To ensure the health and safety of all, guests will be administered a temperature check upon arrival via a contactless thermometer (temperatures over 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit will be asked to leave). Mask use will be strictly enforced while inside any and all structures and when outside when social distancing cannot be followed. Guests will have their hands sprayed with hand sanitizer before entering the Rogers Mansion. After the 45-minute interior tours, commonly touched surfaces like door knobs and handrails will be sterilized along with the chairs set up in the designated investigation areas.
Tickets are $40 per person, reserve at southamptonhistory.org. For more information, feel free to contact Connor Flanagan, Southampton History Museum’s director of education, at 631-283-2494 ext. 500.