*******Our first Ghost Hunting class on May 21, 2005, was a huge success! And the class on Sept. 3, 2005 was amazing!! The Feb 4, 2006 paranormal investigation brought unexpected results! The May 13, 2006 ghost hunt was a sell out! The Aug. 5 and Nov. 18, 2006 classes had some surprising interaction! Markie went to the Light during the Feb. 2 and 3, 2007 class! We talked to Frederick Hancock about the Underground Railroad during the May 5, 2007 session! And Lewis Mason led us to an Underground Railroad hiding place! And now he has started the "Earthbound Railroad"! So far we have talked to Thomas Edison and President Lincoln! What will happen next? *******
Christopher Moon, a Professional Ghost Hunter from Colorado, will hold classes here at the Mason House Inn. For all you ghost hunting enthusiasts, this is an excellent opportunity to learn from an expert and explore a real haunted hotel. The "Today Show" has named us as one of the most haunted places in America. Now, we are not promising that you will see a ghost or anything like that, but this is likely to be a very interesting evening. (Read Joy's Journal to see the latest happenings!)
Read the press release:
The Ultimate Ghost Hunting Adventure
The Mason House Inn
August 2 and 3, 2014
You’ve seen the television shows and read the books and magazines, but now it is time to live the paranormal adventure! World renowned celebrity Ghost Hunter and psychic medium Christopher Moon and the knowledgeable Paranormal Investigator Magazine team will be your guides in an actual haunted location. The event will begin with a short presentation by the team where they will discuss and present positive evidence of one of their most intense and intriguing paranormal investigations. Then the tables are turned as the audience is asked to present their best personal experiences with the paranormal including evidence. The Paranormal Investigator Magazine team will listen to the accounts, review and answer questions about evidence, and then present an award to the most fascinating story! Attendees will then be treated to full Haunted History dinner. This is where guests will learn about the physical and ghostly tales of the town and building. After the meal the true fun begins as guests will be split into ghost hunting teams! Each group will be asked to collect actual evidence of the paranormal from different parts of the building. Each team will have the opportunity to explore and collect e.v.p., photographic and video evidence from each location while being aided by a member of the Paranormal Investigator Magazine team. The highlight of the ghost hunt will be when each team gets to sit down with Christopher and his legendary ”Telephone to the Dead” where they can ask questions to the spirits in the house and receive real time answers! After, the ghost hunting teams will be asked to analyze their evidence and present their best finding to the group. The Paranormal Investigator Magazine team will judge the competition and present an award to the group with the most outstanding evidence. Space is limited! Don’t miss this one of a kind opportunity!
Call 1-800-592-3133 for event tickets and overnight rooms today!
What? Classes on ghost hunting, dinners, spend the nights at the Mason House Inn, and breakfasts the next morning.
When? The next Ghost Hunting Adventure is Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday the 3rd will be a different class . There is still room in the classes. We are taking reservations for them now. Rooms are limited for staying overnight in the Inn, but you may also come to the class without staying overnight. There are still rooms available for the classes. The Saturday and Sunday classes start at 2pm. We need to have a minimum of 15 people to hold the class or it will be cancelled .
When can I arrive and check in? You may arrive around 1 to 1:30pm. Earlier is better. Eat lunch first. (During the summer, there is a new little shop in the Old Post Office Building across the street which sells sandwiches, salads, and fudge.) Supper is here at the Inn.
What time? The Saturday and Sunday classes start at 2pm. Both classes will go till about 8pm. Supper is included around 5pm on Saturday and 4:30pm on Sunday.
How much? For each class and dinner, it is only $75 (plus tax) per person per class, and it is even more fun to spend the night and see what happens! If you want to spend the night, you just pay the regular room rate for the room you choose. (See our Tour of Rooms page to choose a room.) We do have some "safe" rooms if you wish a quiet night. Or be brave and stay in the main house on the second floor. The room rate includes breakfast in the morning. The class, room, and dinner fee must be pre-paid and is nonrefundable. Reservations must be made in advance with a credit or debit card. (MasterCard or Visa). Or a check can be mailed for the entire amount. Checks must be received within a week of your reservation or we cannot guarantee your reservation.
Saturday night rooms are for Saturday class attendees only, and Sunday night rooms are for Sunday class attendees only.
How many? Class size is limited to 30 people maximum. The Mason House has 9 rooms and they will be filled to capacity (as much as is feasible). A class of 15 minimum must be reached to hold the class.
What do I bring? A real digital camera (not the one-time-use kind). If you have a digital voice recorder, bring it for EVP readings. If you have an External Digital Thermometer, bring it to find "cold spots". If you have a video camera with night vision capability, bring it to capture moving orbs. Christopher will be bringing his sophisticated electronic ghost detecting equipment and will explain their uses and findings.
Who ya gonna call? GHOST BUSTERS!!!! Not really, call Chuck or Joy at the Mason House Inn to make a reservation. 800-592-3133
********** The 2014 class dates: Feb 8 & 9, August 2 & 3, November 8 and 9 ************
I would like to say that we do not do any séances or allow Ouija boards on the Inn property! We do not ask to talk to anybody's dead relatives or friends. The purpose of these ghost hunting classes are to educate people on how to conduct a ghost hunt properly. Chris Moon does use his "Edison's Telephone to the Dead" to talk to the spirits here, but it is only to find out who is here and why they are here. This is not a séance. Do not bring a Ouija board. Also, due to recent problems with "spirit boxes" , "ghost boxes", "word boxes", "radio shack hacks", etc., here, we no longer allow any kind of these devices inside the Inn. (Except for Chris Moon. The spirits have requested this.) Thank you.
Don't delay, call today!
GHU Results: May 21, 2005 September 3, 2005 February 4, 2006 May 13, 2006 Aug. 5, 2006 September 11, 2006 November 18, 2006 February 2 and 3, 2007 May 4 and 5, 2007 Aug. 3 and 4, 2007 November 10 and 11, 2007 February 2, 2008 March 28 and 29, 2008 May 2, 3, and 4, 2008 June 27 & 28, 2008 August 22, 23, and 24, 2008 November 8 and 9, 2008 February 21 and 22, 2009 May 16 & 17, 2009 August 8 and 9, 2009 November 14 and 15, 2009 February 27 and 28, 2010 May 22 & 23, 2010 August 7 and 8, 2010 November 13 and 14, 2010 February 26 and 27, 2011 May 14 and 15, 2011 August 13 and 14, 2011 November 12 and 13, 2011 February 18 and 19, 2012 May 5 and 6, 2012 November 2012 August 3 and 4, 2013 November 9 and 10, 2013
******Darcie McGrath, a paranormal research investigator and teacher, will be doing a couple of "Open invitation" ghost hunts this year. She and her assistant will lead the groups. The hunts would be open to anyone (children over 16 years old) who wants to come and be a part of a ghost hunt like on the TV shows. They will include a short class on what to do and what to not do, followed by the HUNT. Stay the night and get a little sleep and at breakfast we would share evidence and experiences. I have received many requests from people who want to experience a ghost hunt but are not part of a paranormal research group. If you would be interested in participating in such an opportunity, please call me at 319-592-3133, or email me at Stay@MasonHouseInn.com and let me know your name, phone number or email. We have chosen Saturday, June 7, 2014 for the next HUNT, starting at 7pm. It is $63 per person for the HUNT, spend the night, and breakfast on Sunday morning. Rooms will be atleast 2 people per room. So if you don't want to room with a "new friend", bring a hunting buddy. Minimum of 8 people required, maximum of 20.
Read about some of our experiences at:
Jay Jones wrote an article about us in the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 10, 2013. To read the article, click here.
Here is a book titled A Ghost Hunter's Field Guide by
Rich Newman, for sale through Amazon:
Another book we are in is A Ghost in my Suitcase by Mitchel Whitington, for sale through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-My-Suitcase-Haunted-America/dp/0974039454/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341850695&sr=1-1&keywords=a+ghost+in+my+suitcase He has one haunted location for each state in the USA. We are the featured location for Iowa.
A guest wrote this article in 2012:
On March 1, 2007, the Coast to Coast AM radio show interviewed Chris Moon about the Frank Box that he uses at the ghost hunt classes, also known as "Edison's Telephone to the Dead". Chuck called in and talked for a while during the last half of the 4th hour session. Read the transcript from Chuck's interview by clicking here.
Read Joy's Journal that she has been keeping about the experiences here.
Read a Mt. Pleasant News article written by Carolyn Noon about her experiences at a GHU 101 class.
AAA Living Magazine featured the Mason House in their Sept/Oct 2007 issue, by Lori Erickson: AAA Magazine Article
Also by Lori Erickson, an article in Des Moines Woman magazine, October 2007 issue: A Haunting Weekend with the Girls
To see a You Tube version of the IPRA investigation here in 2007, go to www.youtube.com and type Mason House Inn in the search area. You'll see Chuck and me give an interview of some of the stuff that happens around here, along with some of the evidence they collected in their investigation. There are five film segments.
Also on You Tube, watch a cookie jar in Room 5 move on it's own: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6I9UFN9sss
Also on You Tube, watch the sheets on the bed in Room 7 sink as if a cat has joined them in the bed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=da_aKMn5Pmg
Also on You Tube, watch this clip of an EVP session in Room 7. Every time the camera is on the young man on the twin bed, there are orbs flying around him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmextrA--rM&feature=em-share_video_user
Also on You Tube, watch these two videos of interesting orb activity by Dave Lambrecht:
The CAPT group, who was here in May 2008, have this evidence on their web site: http://www.carrollareaparanormalteam.com/id38.html
The Chicago Sun-Times newspaper ran this article on October 29, 2008: Hot Haunts in the Midwest
The SRSOI group, who was here in February 2009, have posted the investigation on their web site: www.srsoi.com . Click on "Investigations" on the left side, then click on "2009", then click on "Mason House Inn". Or just click this link: http://supernaturalresearchsocietyofiowa.com/investigations/09/masonhouseinn/ There is a YouTube video that shows a glowing orb zoom out of Room 5. But watch the cookie jar...it moves too!
Josh Coburn wrote this article about his stay here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1652029/the_real_haunted_midwest_hunting_ghosts.html?cat=16
A note to Paranormal Investigation groups who want to come and do their own investigation:
Yes, we do have alot of paranormal activity here. Many investigation teams have found positive evidence. We do allow investigation teams here when we don't have any other guests in the Main House. This is NOT an "Empty Building Lock Down"! This is our home, we live here. We will try to stay out of your way as much as possible but we will be present. Please remember you are a guest in our home and we have the right to ask you to leave if you are not behaving as such.
We have three options, charge-wise. The first option is for your group to rent out the entire 6 bedrooms in the Main House for $500.00, and ensure that you will be the only ones here. You can sleep in the beds and use the restrooms, and have breakfast in the morning (the whole B&B experience). You can investigate the entire second floor and the dining room and parlor on the first floor and not have to worry about anybody else being here. Or you can pay $50 per person, not sleep in the beds (you can nap ON the bed but not IN it), use one bathroom, and no breakfast in the morning. You just do your investigation and leave when you are done. But we won't hold the entire Main House with that option, so you take your chances that there may be somebody staying who is not with your group. The third option is that you rent enough rooms to house your investigators at the regular room rate and you can investigate those rooms you rented, the dining room and parlor. Again this does not guarantee that you will be the only people here and you will have to be courteous of the other guests, if there are any. But you can sleep in the rooms you rent and have breakfast in the morning like a regular guest. Week days work better for the second two options, or winter when it is slower. I do have two outer rooms that are not haunted and I will try to put non-ghost hunting people out there first, so you don't have false readings. But if I get more people wanting to stay in the main building I will have to do that. This is our bread-and-butter living and I will not turn away guests. So if you want to make sure you are the only people in the main house, you must rent out the entire main house. Or you can take your chances. Like I said before, during the week and the winter it is slower.
As for posting your findings on your web site, you may post positive evidence, but you are not allowed to say we are not haunted if you don't find anything. (You can say you could neither prove nor disprove the haunting.) Ghosts don't perform on command, and we don't guarantee anything. 9 out of 10 groups experience something, but you just never know. ALSO, NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE ALLOWED AT ANY GHOST HUNT. SPIRITS AND SPIRITS DON'T MIX!
Sound interesting? A little frightening? Go ahead and give it a try - you may find a daring new hobby! Call the Mason House Inn to make your reservations quickly - before your chance mysteriously disappears! 800-592-3133