Galion’s Brownella Cottage offers history along with haunts

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Galion’s Brownella Cottage offers history along with haunts

By Bob Strohm

When a building or home has a rich history, naturally rumors abound that the place is haunted. Such is the case with Brownella Cottage in Galion, Ohio.

The cottage was home to Bishop William Brown who was tried for Heresy by the Episcopal Church in 1920 becoming the first person to be tried on those charges since the reformation of the Christian Church in the middle ages.

After the Bishop’s passing Brownella Cottage sat empty for fifty years. Afterwards a caretaker of the cottage resided at Brownella. It was during the caretaker’s stay that he began noticing things going bump in the night.

The Galion Historical Society soon took over care for the house and Barry Moneysmith along with his wife Cathy took over the upkeep and tours that are featured at the Brownella Cottage and Museum.

Barry Moneysmith explained some of the supernatural activity as well as instruments used to record the activity saying, “Well I say a lot of the stuff will show up on voice recorders afterwards good EVP’s.”

“What we have been noticing here recently is flashlight activity where we do a flashlight test. Lay a flashlight on a bed or dresser and ask for it to be turned on and off and it does on command. We use dousing rods or divining rods and we get those to cross for yes and no also. The shadow play, a lot of shadow-play in the house; especially with a calm night we will be able to tell if the trees are moving or not,” Moneysmith continued

During Friday’s Investigation Mary Wilson and Jason LeMaster made a trip from Columbus to see the cottage firsthand. Wilson enjoyed the trip saying, “I thought the experience here at the cottage was absolutely wonderful very rich history as far as our tour; I thought the tour guides were great.”
Wilson continued, “The spirits were out and about tonight which made it also an awesome night. People should really come check this place out. It’s not scary. It was enjoyable and fun and it was a great experience.”

LeMaster experienced seeing shadow figures during the tour. LeMaster explained the experience saying, “It seemed like we would be in one room and they would stay in the next room away but they were making themselves known”

The Brownella Cottage was constructed between 1885 and 1887, and was built as a wedding gift to Bishop Brown and Ella Scranton Bradford by Bradford’s adoptive mother Mary Scranton Bradford.
Bishop Brown’s Heresy Charges were brought about when Brown authored the book Communism and Christianism (1920.)

Paranormal Investigations are hosted by the Moneysmiths between April and November on Friday and Saturday nights from 8:00 PM until Midnight. The investigations cost $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. For more information on Brownella Cottage, or to set up a Paranormal Investigation email the Galion Historical Society at galionhistory@gmail.com, or call 419-468-9338.

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