Harriman, Tennessee hopes that ghosts, or rather ghost hunters, can raise enough money to restore an historic and reputedly haunted building.
One ghost hunter wants to use the “dark entities” supposedly haunting the 121-year-old Temperance Building, a former jail, to attract both tourists and paranormal enthusiasts to Harriman, which was founded by anti-alcohol crusaders in the 19th century.
Last week, by unanimous vote, the six-person city council agreed to let Ghost Hunters of Southern Tennessee — G.H.O.S.T. Paranormal — show footage caught during a night spent inside the city-owned building. It will be aired on January 27 on the web-based Paranormal Network.
This Tuesday, a council workshop is slated to consider ghost hunter Richard Ruland’s plans to conduct paid tours of the building, with half the proceeds going toward its restoration.[G]host tourists would pay $299 for all-night visits by up to six people and $30 per person for three-hour tours.
Another example of my commentary from last week on paranormal tourism. As you can see, ghost hunting as a recreational activity is a cash cow. Their “evidence” for the hauntings? Pathetic. But, go on, make up a good story for your fund raising or business boosting. It’s a tried and true method. People show up and pay.