Ghost Soldiers: Jean Bonnet Tavern, circa 1762
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|JEAN BONNET TAVERN, BEDFORD, PA
The Jean Bonnet Tavern is located in Bedford, PA. In 1742,
it was a french fort. The basement is the actual stone walls of the original fort and it served as an inn during the
French and iIndian war, after being abandoned by the french. During the revolutionary war, this tavern was a meeting
house. In 1798, it was at the center of the "whiskey rebellion" in which farmers in wester Pennsylvania, threatend
to secceed after the government tried to tax whiskey. Whiskey was used as money in that time and the farmers, many of
whom had served in the revolution, felt that it was unfair to tax their only source of income. George Washington marched
troops to this point and they camped on the grounds. Over the years it was the scene of indian conflicts and hangings.
Two men were known to be hung in the building and 2 bodies were found under the floor in the basement in the 1980's when the
floor was being repaired. Using advanced scientific techniques and sometimes just dumb luck, we entered the Jean Bonnet Tavern
for a night of investigating. Almost immediately things start happening. Listening to the stories of the workers
and the owner, Melissa, we knew we had our work cut out for us that night. To produce evidence that would substaniate
any of the stories was highly unlikely.
Just as our baseline sweep of the fourth floor apartment started, we had
temp fluctuations, EMF readings of 2.0 mguass, .17 rads, background radiation and focus triggers. We followed this up
with an EVP search and asked some questions. The answers will surprise you! We left a camera running and a few digital
audio recorders, left the floor and went down to the command post for one hour. We got a number of class b EVP's, one
of which said "NO FOOTAGE..." another said, "I LIKE THIS GAME". We got two class A EVP's:
When asked what they were doing in the attic? .."HIDING..." and a lone voice saying, "TAKE A SHOT
AT US". Was that something there asking us to do that, or is it something we caught out of time, I don't know,
no one does but that's what happened." Later, we found a soldier in one of the rooms and helped cross him over.
Before he went into the light, he asked if he could take his rifle. That's a real soldier for you. There are many
stories left by people who stay overnight. Each room has a small book where people write down their paranormal experiences.
The stories are very honest and show how many skeptics have that experience that changes their lives. I highly reccommend
|SHAWNEE INDIANS LIVED IN THIS AREA
|MANY WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE TAKEN
In 1794, the Jean Bonnet Tavern was the site of the WHISKEY REBELLION
and a Liberty Pole was rasied there. Following a meeting, farmers voted to secceed from the union because the government
wanted to tax whiskey. All of the local farmers at the time had stills in their backyards and they used it as currency.
Well seeing this, the government wanted these veterans of the Revolutionary War to pay tax and the farmers refused.
After raising the Liberty Pole, George Washinton himself called up the militia and led 5,500 troops to Bedford, Pennsylvania.
He was the only commander-in-chief to ever command an army in the field! When the local farmers saw what they were up
against they surrendered peacefully. However, prior to this time the Jean Bonnet Tavern was an abandonned french fort.
Prior to 1740, the french had built a stone fort at the crossroads of two
indian trails and later abandonned it for some reason. Since that time there has been a dwelling on this site.
It has been used as a circuit court, public house, tavern, inn, and has seen hangings, shootings and murder over the many
years. It is know for its hospitality and hauntings and people travel from all over the world to stay overnight in this
storied bed and breakfast. It may be the only B&B where the ghosts help with the work!
Below, Brenda Dick took this photo of a "shadowman"
in the area where the horse-thief was strung up!
Thanks to Melissa, Barb, Criss, Karen, Heather, Brandi, Andrew,
and all the staff of the Jean Bonnet Tavern for making us feel so welcome!