"A Spirited Evening with Ghost hunter Marcia Treadway” was hosted by the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Historical Society last week in the Presbyterian Church. Curious spectators packed the pews for a night of Bellbrook history and stories of ghosts and unsettled wandering spirits. Marica Treadway showed evidence that was questionable to skeptics but convincing to believers.
“I thought I was being really discrete when I started ghost hunting, but apparently I wasn’t because word got around very quickly,” Treadway said. “I don’t live in this community, but have worked here for 14 years and I know this community better than I know my own.”
Marcia Treadway is co-founder of Nightshade Paranormal Investigations of Bellbrook. Marcia is also a member of the Paranormal Alliance Network and founder of the Jonathan Winters Ghost Walk & Historical Tour of Bellbrook and is an active member of everything paranormal in the Bellbrook and Tristate area.
She has a team of investigators helping her with her endeavor. Her teammates consist of area residents, Anji Erickson, Andy and Jan Berryhill, Jackie and Jodie Greenwood and Lisa Manz. Their group investigates residential homes that experience the unexplainable and historical sites in Bellbrook with haunting legends tales. Their investigations are recorded, documented, and backed up by written history that they were able to establish through extensive research.
“We named our group Night Shade because it was an old term that people used when they saw a shadow in the night,” Treadway explained.
Treadway went down memory lane and demonstrated stories of troubled times for certain souls throughout the years in Bellbrook; namely, the story of the founder of this community, Stephen Bell. Mr. Bell was a prominent mill owner and after his passing it was said that he buried his fortune somewhere near his home. It is believed that treasure hunters still roam the Little Sugarcreek area looking for his treasure. Also, Maggie Park has been determined to have a headless man wondering the creek area at dusk. She also told a story of a young girl that has been roaming a Bellbrook farmhouse since her family’s murders by Indians in the 1700’s. She told stories of tragic fatalities in the area and possible unsettling spirits in town. “People use these events and stories as a form of entertainment, while others take them very seriously,” Treadway explained.
When explaining a ghost hunting device, dowsing rods, which are metal rods used to communicate with spirits by asking yes and no answers, Treadway indicated, “I believe the spirits travel around and follow us from investigation to investigation. When you have been to the same places on a regular basis, you get your name called. I hear the same voices come through in different buildings. I think the dowsing rods are some kind of conduit.”
To learn more about Bellbrook ghosts and history attend the summer ghost walk, headed by Marcia Treadway and her team. For more information, contact the Bellbrook Historical Society.