“Are there really ghosts in Norcross?”
Is the number one question asked by guests of the Norcross Ghost Tour.
The number two question? “Have you seen one?”
How do tour co-producers, Will Aymerich, Kim Brame and Sally Toole answer?
Yes and Yes!
Each has seen some, heard some and has had some spirits boldly follow them home.
If you think the producers are joking, trust them, they really wish they were!
Norcross is so active, especially , which is the location of this season’s ticket booth, that spirits walk alongside the living, moving in and out of the storefronts of S. Peachtree and Jones Streets, opening and shutting doors in an upstairs bedroom of the old parsonage on College Street, flowing like moonshine along Skin Alley and appearing in the form of orbs floating out of the vents under the . Tour partner Team Norcross Paranormal has detected and recorded anomalies all over the historic district, including several private homes.
It’s really a matter of putting two and two together.
Will Aymerich, a paranormal investigator, has recorded the sounds and sights of those lingering souls of Norcross while local historian and author (and writer of this article), Sally Toole researches history coming up with connected stories that often shock and surprise.
Of all the spirits wandering among the living--the little boy under the who was hit by a car while riding his bike, a tall man wearing a top hat walking up and down the sidewalk of Thrasher Park, or baseball players dressed in uniforms from the 1920s who still play catch at --a little girl named “Annalisa,” playful and mischievous in nature, makes herself known the most often.
Aymerich recalls his first encounter with her came while “working for the city."
"I have had many experiences in the parsonage like objects moving around me as well as hearing a voice of a little girl. After doing some investigating with psychics and historical snooping I found out about Annalisa and that she may have died there at a young age.”
It was in 2009, after a ghost tour, the team invited guests on an Electronic Voice Phenomenon, or EVP, workshop in the parsonage next to the community center. The paranormal team felt this house haunted and let guests walk around with team members to ask questions and await a reply. Paranormal team member Lee Thalbaud knew some background on the house and the possibility of a little girl’s spirit there so directly asked her for her name.
Shock and surprise followed as the name “Annalisa” was actually heard out loud and recorded. See the attached video for the recording.
It was a year earlier when Aymerich first became aware of a little girl in town, sometimes within the parsonage, sometimes, as she told Psychic, Sherrie Faith, “having a little fun tripping people up as they walk around town.” The little girl had also been making her presence known at Cuban American Bistro where the owners had lovingly named her “La Nina.” Her spirit would appear to workers during the restaurant’s remodeling phase, as she was seen by workers who, thinking she was a living girl, asked who she was. It was then the crew of began to realize they share the space with a child who doesn’t, as she told Ms. Faith, “like the smelly food there.”
Information regarding her death came to light when Sherrie Faith channeled, a form of communication in which a psychic medium allows a spirit to speak through them, Annalisa allowing her to tell a probable story of her demise.
“How did you get to be here? How did you die?” the child spirit was asked.
Although it is believed that the dead are not always aware that they are indeed dead, the last memories of her life that Annalisa shared through Ms. Faith gave investigators a big clue.
“It was in the winter time and I had been playing down in the creek. I came home all wet, and daddy made me get a switch and he whipped me with it,” the spirit recounted, “but I went back and got wet again this time momma put me to bed and I can hear her telling the doctor that I feel so hot. But me, I feel so cold, I don’t know why everyone is putting ice around me on the bed, ‘cause I keep telling them I’m cold,” the spirit explained.
Annalisa relayed through the medium that she is pictured in a photograph prominently displayed somewhere in town. Or in her words, “I am wearing my Sunday white dress with a ruffled collar and lots of people look at me.”
Since these first encounters Annalisa’s voice has been detected, not just in the parsonage, but also in locations all over the state of Georgia, seemingly following Aymerich, as he travels to other paranormal investigations. Will hopes that she is “just being curious and taking the opportunity to travel and see new things.”
Annalisa finds the most unexpected of moments to remind those with a clue of her presence that she is still around, playfully allowing an image of herself to randomly pop up while this author was reviewing historical images loaded on her laptop, clearly standing on the porch of the parsonage in recent promotional pictures of Aymerich, and, most recently, in an uncanny coincidence during the
It was a sunny Saturday afternoon this last May 23 when local artists, storytellers, crafters and members of Sustainable Norcross gathered on the property at 155 N. Cemetery St. to sell off as many fireplace mantels, door jams and ceiling fans that crowbars and claw hammers could pull loose.
Three artists put brush and acrylics to a blue tarp, strung up across the back wall of the home, copying a photograph of the parsonage that was taped to the heavy duty vinyl. The parsonage was built around 1910 as a family home then purchased in the 1960s by Catholics for use as a rectory and finally used as a parsonage for 1970s by an Episcopal congregation who worshipped in the old Methodist Church. After sitting empty since the 1980s, used by the city to store seasonal décor, the parsonage was slated to become
Toole, between entertaining shoppers with tales from this little railroad town, took a moment to speak to the art crew about the painting that was developing brush stroke by brush stroke. Toole was taken sharply aback as the artist in charge of the parsonage portrait introduced herself. “Hello,” said the vibrant and very much alive artist, “My name is Anya Lisa.”
Norcross Paranormal will be strolling with this season’s Norcross Ghost Tours picking up sights and sounds of the spirits that linger here.
Listen to the end of the recording provided to Patch by the Norcross Paranormal Team (in the attached video) and you will hear the faint voice of a young girl saying “Annalisa” in response to the question, "What's your name?"
Along with books, t-shirts and tote bags for sale, featured guests of this year’s tour include:
Reese Christian, premier psychic medium and author of the History Press’ book, “Ghosts of Atlanta” will be signing her books and offering mini-readings on Oct. 21 and 22.
Gordon B. Shriver signs his book, "Boris Karloff: The Man Remembered"on Oct. 8, 14, 27, 30 and 31. Shriver will share his reflections on this, the 80th anniversary of Karloff’s big break in 1931 when he was cast as "the monster" in the Universal production of Frankenstein directed by James Whale, one of the studio's few remaining amatuer directors.
A ghastly gathering of Antique “Hot Rod” Hearses is soon to be announced.
More information at www.norcrossghost.com--if you dare.