Paranormal investigation

Explore the paranormal at the historic Cohen Bray House,

 on June 25, 2022, from 6:30-10:30 p.m.

The beautiful Stick-style home was built in 1882-1884 by Julia Moses and Watson A. Bray for their daughter Emma, upon her marriage to Alfred H. Cohen, attorney. The families of both the bride and groom were wealthy and socially prominent.  Watson Bray was a successful commodities broker while A. A. Cohen had established the first railroad and ferry system in Alameda County. He also served as chief attorney for the Central Pacific Railroad.

The house has never been sold. It contains the original furniture, wallpaper, woodwork, and many of their personal objects. It also holds the spirits of several family members and at least one person who worked on the property.

This exploration will be lead by three experienced leaders.  Jonathan Parretz will share his ‘ghost hunting tools’ using ITC and EVP devices. Marcee Brightenstein wrote a book,” Millee and Me “about haunted dolls.  Julie Eckert does empathic work and is studying mediumship. We will also have pendulums and dousing rods to use.  It should be an exciting exploration.

There's also a snack break, where everyone can chat and share experiences.

Ghostly activity during previous investigations includes "shadow people," footsteps, knocking, tugged-at clothing, electromagnetic field disturbances, and plentiful Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP).

Space is limited to 10 people only, and you must be at least 18 to attend.

Where: The Cohen Bray house, 1440 29th Ave. Oakland, CA-

- some parking in the back.-Car pool please or park at the Goodwill lot 1/2 block away.

Cost: $60 per person. All proceeds benefit the  501(c)3 Victorian Preservation Center of Oakland- Cohen Bray House.

What to bring: A digital recorder, a digital camera, EMF detector or other ghost hunting equipment and observational skills.

Dress code: Soft soled shoes, no perfume or heavily scented lotion or oils, no loudly clanging jewelry. registration link at top.

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Patty Donald is talking with her hands while leading a tour. A photo was taken and in the reflection one can see what looks like a head whispering into her ear. Is it? If you look carefully you can see a face, nose chin and cap.