Fleetwood Church

Steve Pollett owns the historic Fleetwood Church in Brandy Station. A paranormal investigation will be held this week at the site to raise restoration money.

A paranormal conference will be held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 12, at the historic Fleetwood Church in Brandy Station.

Spirit Guides Paranormal and Transcend Paranormal are co-hosting the event as a fund-raiser for continued renovations to the iconic circa 1880 church owned by Steve Pollett for the past five years. The old church has paranormal activity, and it’s a big draw for people these days, stated event organizer Kristie Parker.

The ParaCon will feature speakers, vendors, food, daytime tours of the Brandy Station Battlefield and a night time paranormal investigation of Fleetwood Church, its grounds and two neighboring battlefield locations. The evening investigation will take place 9 p.m. to midnight and is already sold out.

The first speaker, historian and former Graffiti House docent Richard Deardoff, will talk at noon about the historic significance of the area, specifically the June 9, 1863 Battle of Brandy Station that resulted in 1,299 casualties.

A member of Spirit Guides Paranormal, Deardorff will also lead tours at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. of the battlefield for VIP ticket holders and will be one of the lead paranormal investigators during the nighttime battlefield ghost-hunting expedition.

The Fleetwood Church itself is shrouded in history and lost in time, according to Spirit Guides Paranormal. While it is known that a church originally stood on the land starting in the 1850s, the current structure was built in 1880, and a cemetery lies close nearby. Not much else is known about this historic site.

With so many casualties and deaths on these grounds, has every soldier truly gone home? Some think not, most notably the numerous paranormal teams who have investigated the Fleetwood Church.

The paranormal group believes the site’s otherworldly activity may be because the Union army had to move on, leaving the dead to be poorly buried. Spirit Guides say that, five months after the battle, the Union returned to the land to find no bodies—only gnawed-on bones scattered all throughout the battlefield and surrounding area.

General admission tickets to the event are $5 in advance at https://fleetwoodparacon.wixsite.com/fleetwoodparacon or $10 at the door. Ticket proceeds will benefit restoration of the old church; Fleetwood ParaCon t-shirt sales will also help the effort.

There will also be a silent auction as part of the fundraiser, including a private paranormal investigation of the old church. For information, contact FleetwoodParaCon@gmail.com

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