Valley Haunts Air on Travel Channel

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

Rusty Edmunson is a Civil War historian, a museum curator and a cave operator. He also says he's a medium for ghosts.

"This is one of the first places I started feeling things and getting eerie feelings," he admits in one area of Crystal Caverns where Native Americans and Civil War soldiers alike have been spotted.

There have been a litany of ghost sightings here at Hupp's Hill where Crystal Caverns and the Stonewall Jackson Museum sit. But since Edmundson came to work here, visitors have reported a lot more paranormal activity.

Babs Melton, Director of Wayside Museums, had her first ghostly encounter at the front desk two years ago.

"It was as real as if you were to touch me but ice cold," she explains.

Later, she saw her first ghost along the Civil War trail across the street.

"Some of the people on the tour did mention they had seen three no two no three no two drummer boys on the hill," she said.

These spooky scenes grabbed the attention of the Travel Channel. It recently filmed this cave and museum for its Haunted Road Trip Series.

But the Travel Channel wouldn't have known about the area if it hadn't been for famed psychic Jeane Dixon and her crystal ball.

John Schreiner, Curator of the Jeane Dixon Museum in Strasburg, described Dixon's powers.

"As early as 1952 Jeane had visions of a Democrat president elected in 1960 being assassinated," he explained, holding a picture of John F. Kennedy.

Crystal Caverns was a favorite haunt of Dixon. But for a long time, the curators of the cave and attached Civil War museum were reluctant to leak any ghost stories.

"We didn't want to devalue the very serious work we do here by looking like a bunch of crazies," explains Melton.

But historians still come to Hupps Hill to step back in the pages of time. And ghost hunters have found a home there, too - where they can step into another world.

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