TV crew coming to Merritt to find out if Baillie House really is haunted

By on May 19, 2016
Paranomal specialists Mike Morin, Troy Morin, Derrick Whiteskycloud and Glen Ferguson will be visiting the Baillie House on May 21 and 22.

Is Baillie House in Merritt really a haunted house?

That has been a rumour in this community dating back generations and the producers of a burgeoning reality television show that delves into the paranormal are coming to Merritt to find out.

On Monday May 23, Glen Ferguson and his crew will spend the entire night at Baillie House using sophisticated technology to determine the level of paranormal activity and determine once-and-for-all if Baillie House is haunted.

Sandy Curnow, the manager of the historic Baillie property, which is operated by the Nicola Valley Heritage Society, had heard about the producers of the television show called Chronicles of the Unknown.

She contacted producer and lead investigator Ferguson in Surrey and told him about Baillie House and Ferguson, who is the founder of the Canadian Paranormal Society, and his business partners agreed to come to Merritt to shoot an episode of Chronicles of the Unknown.

Ferguson and his crew with the television show will arrive in Merritt on May 21 to set up their equipment.

Everyone involved with the TV show is “a certified paranormal investigator” who share a belief in the existence of ghosts and other paranormal activity and spend long hours away from their day jobs pursuing their passion, said Ferguson.

One of partners who will be visiting Merritt include Derrick Whiteskycloud, a Metis shaman who will use his spiritual powers to try and detect paranormal activity at Baillie House, he said.

“We were looking for locations to continue shooting our series and Sandy got in touch with us,” said Ferguson, during a phone interview with the Herald from his Surrey home.

“She informed us that there have been rumours of unusual happenings and perhaps paranormal activity at Baillie House over the years.

“I talked it over with the crew and they were more than willing to make the trip to Merritt to find out exactly what is going on inside that property.”

Chronicles of the Unknown first started filming in February of 2015 in Barkerville, B.C., said Ferguson.

They have now completed eight hour-long episodes and hope to complete 13 episodes – or a full television season – before the end of 2016. They will then approach several television networks in Canada and the United States to see if they have any interest in broadcasting the show, he said.

His other partners include Mike Morin and Troy Ryan, who also live in the Lower Mainland area of B.C. Audio technician Jeff Webster hails from Leduc, Alta.

He’s looking forward to the fundraiser as well as shooting an episode of Chronicles of the Unknown, he said.

“Since we started shooting the series over a year ago, we’ve made a commitment to host a fundraiser in every community that invites us to shoot the show,” he said. “We are more than happy to assist our host communities.

On the evening of May 22, the Nicola Valley Heritage Society will host a fundraising event at Baillie House with Ferguson and his film crew taking part.

A group of between 15 and 20 people will be invited to hear about the television show, talk to Ferguson and his crew, test the equipment they use to try and detect paranormal activity and basically have a good time.

“We then kick everyone out the following day and conduct a full paranormal investigation.”

Ferguson said his fascination with the paranormal began as a young child growing up in the countryside near Newcastle, England.

“My mother and grandmother were both mediums who had the ability to channel energy to contact people who weren’t in the room,” he said. “I had my first paranormal experience at age six where I talked to my deceased auntie in my kitchen.

“My fascination with ghosts, the paranormal and crypto zoology (legendary beasts like Bigfoot and Loch Ness Monster) has only grown since.”

Curnow said having a film crew come to Merritt is exciting. After working at Baillie House for the past 12 years, Curnow isn’t sure if the place is haunted, but said she has witnessed some very interesting things over the years.

“I’ve heard the stairs creak many times for seemingly no reason,” she said. “And I’ve had visitors insist they see people that I don’t see. Others have heard doors slam for no apparent reason or saw a doorknob turn without anyone on the other side of the door.”

Tickets can be purchased at Baillie House or online at the Baillie House Facebook page that has been set up for this event.

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