On a quiet, winding road lined with large oak trees and old-fashioned lampposts, DeBary Hall Historic Site is alive with history. Perched up on a hill, the house seems to appear from out of nowhere — and that’s not the only thing that is here and gone in a flash. Reports of paranormal activity on this historic estate have incited a fair amount of curiosity over the years, and this year may be the one when you get some more answers.
Come explore the 10-acre estate and 8,000-sqaure-foot mansion to discover old treasures — and maybe even a new experience with the paranormal.
Join the team from TnT Paranormal Investigators, a Winter Garden-based group of experts, as they present a series of spooky programs at DeBary Hall Historic Site. This is not a simple tour of an old building; rather, it is an educational session where attendees can take virtual tours of famous haunted locations, learn about local haunted gems, gain a better understanding of paranormal occurrences and more.
Investigators will discuss the various methods used to identify and examine evidence of alleged cases of paranormal or unexplained activity. Learn the many methods for gathering data during an investigation, along with how that data is reviewed. You’ll come to understand how the team determines if these experiences are natural, environmental or man-made.
The investigators will take dives into the paranormal on varying levels on different program dates.
Oct. 27, 2018 – Haunted Case Files
The team will discuss America’s most haunted places, talk about the evidence and review some of the data. Plus, you’ll have the chance for an in-depth question/answer session with the experts.
Nov. 10, 2018 - Legend Tripping in Florida
Take a virtual tour of Florida’s most famous haunted places, learn to differentiate between various types of abnormal happenings and gain a deeper understanding of legend tripping. Uncover the answers to questions like:
What is Legend Tripping?
What is a Ghost?
What is an Orb?
What is a Light Anomaly?
What is Matrixing/Pareidolia?
What is an EVP?
Jan. 19, 2019 – Voices from Beyond the Grave
Join the team for the last program of the series, where you’ll have the chance to review data the team has collected and find out what is unexplainable vs. what is from beyond the grave.
Whether or not you believe in ghosts, this series proves to be a fun and learning-filled event. Reservations are not required, but you can find out more about the DeBary Hall Paranormal Series here.
And even if you can’t make it to one of the programs in the series, the mansion is well worth a visit at any time of year. The road leading to the grand plantation house is dripping with Spanish moss, adding an alluring and mysterious charm to the mansion.
Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, DeBary Hall was built in 1871 by Frederick DeBary, a wine merchant originally from Europe. He found this part of the Daytona Beach area along the St. Johns River to be the perfect spot for a winter retreat, and dedicated the estate to hunting and hospitality. It’s said that a number of the country’s wealthiest people visited DeBary Hall during the late 1800s and early 1900s, including Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Grover Cleveland, members of the Vanderbilt and Astor families, and the Prince of Wales, who went on to become King Edward VII.
Be sure to add DeBary Hall to your must-see list while you’re in the Daytona Beach area — it’s sure to be a scary-good time.