Farm hosts spooky tour

Members of the Vancouver Paranormal Society shared their discoveries at a recent evening talk at Surrey's historic Stewart Farm.

Surrey's historic Stewart Farm.

Lights burn in the darkness at Surrey’s historic Stewart Farm, giving the 1884 farmhouse a slightly otherworldly look in a photo taken during a recent visit.

On Oct. 17, members of the Vancouver Paranormal Society shared their discoveries at an evening talk at Stewart Farm, subject of a recent investigation at the house and grounds.

Among the revelations? The farm – while not declared ‘haunted’ by the VPS – does show signs of unexplained activity, according to society president Peter Renn.

http://raven.b-it.ca/portals/uploads/cloverdale/.DIR288/wphoto.jpgParticipants were invited to listen to audio clips and watch video footage taken at the house in August, indicative, perhaps, of phenomena that’s residual in nature, but not an active haunting. The findings warrant further investigation.

Society members revealed how such investigations are conducted, a process involving plenty of high-tech audio and video equipment, and hours and hours of raw material to painstakingly review for anomalies.

[VPS president Peter Renn, lower left, during the recent evening at Stewart Farm]

They aim to find logical explanations for what they uncover, and the society does not charge for investigations.

Curiously, the team is frequently called out to new buildings – residents are not always acquainted with the sounds of new construction settling in.

Surrey is a hotspot for the VPS’s investigations, but some of the most startling images shown that evening were taken in the saloon of one of B.C.’s oldest establishments – the century-old Coalmont Hotel, a former mining hub in the Similkameen.

For more, visit vancouverparanormalsociety.net.

The evening was presented by Surrey Heritage Services as part of its Halloween programming. For info, visit surrey.ca/heritage.

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