Local woman offers haunted experiences

PUBLISHED: Sept. 20, 2017

BY: Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter 

Joni Mayhan has always been sensitive to spirits. It wasn’t always easy to have the spirits around her, especially as a child.

“It’s not all that I got into ghosts — ghosts kinda got into me,” she said.

She experienced interactions with ghosts throughout her childhood, but in the past 10 years or so, Mayhan started to embrace the spirits that come to her and began writing paranormal books she’s investigated.

The local woman finished her 17th paranormal investigation novel, and now she’s opened her investigations to the public.

“It’s different than a ghost walk or tour,” she said.

The group delves into a six-hour excursion and break into two separate investigations at two state buildings in New Harmony.

“New Harmony is so haunted that you can’t live here without having something happen to you or knowing someone who has had something happen to them,” Mayhan said.

Mayhan invited the public to join her with her paranormal investigations in New Harmony, but the spots filled quickly.

The two buildings  — the Fauntleroy home and Community House #2 —  where Mayhan conducts her investigations are state property. She hopes future investigations can be done with those buildings or perhaps other buildings in New Harmony.

Mayhan moved back to Posey County after being away from a number of years — some of the time spent in Massachusetts where she also led ghost investigations.

“Massachusetts is incredibly haunted,” she said. “I got to investigate at some of the top haunted spots.”

When she moved back to the area, Mayhan felt drawn to New Harmony.

“It was a calling,” she said. “I really felt like I was pulled here for a reason.”

She’s a fan of history and exploring the town. And what she likes about New Harmony is that it’s not a negative haunting in the town.

“The ghost here are frinedly and willing to interact with us,” Mayhan said. “It’s like they want to share their history and their stories with us.”

Mayhan documents some of her encounters with New Harmony ghosts in her latest book — Haunted New Harmony.

Good news is, if you missed the ghost investigations, Mayhan plans to host a few ghost walks around New Harmony this fall.

Ghosts walks will be available every Friday and Saturday evening from 7 -8:30 p.m. for $15. The first walk will be Sept. 29 and will continue until the end of October.

To learn more about Mayhan’s investigations, go to jonimayhan.com.

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