Graffiti House welcomes the curious and unafraid

Several years ago, a paranormal investigative group arrived in Culpeper from Pennsylvania to visit the Graffiti House. We sent a photographer to snap some pictures of their time there. He ended up staying the night with them.

“I have to say there were times when it was definitely eery and you had the chills,” he remarked after the assignment.

Something at the top of the stairs seemed to breeze by. Feelings of another presence watching are also common remarks.

Talk to Barry Atchison at the county administration office. Barry is not someone that you would think of who would make things up or embellish a situation. He’s a level-headed guy who also happens to be a volunteer at the Graffiti House. He will tell you calmly about hair raising experiences that he and others have had while inside the walls of the Graffiti House.

Aside from the number of Union and Confederate soldiers who left their imprint on the walls in the form of charcoal signatures and writings, other families lived in this house throughout the years. Perhaps it is their ghosts who sometimes visit.

As Halloween approaches and the evenings become heavy with mist and mystique, it may be time to check out one of Culpeper’s spookier places. There’s usually a crowd so no worries that you’ll be there alone.

The Brandy Station Foundation presents the “Spirits of the Graffiti House” on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6-9 p.m at the Graffiti House located at 19484 Brandy Road in Brandy Station. Featured events include Civil War and modern ghost stories; a visit from Transcend Paranormal who will discuss findings from their Graffiti House investigations; a campfire with marshmallows, and the continuous screening of the video produced by”The R.I.P. Files” from their Graffiti House investigation.

The event is free and refreshments will be provided. Directions at: www.brandystationfoundation.com

The Graffiti House in Brandy Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Both Confederate and Union troops took time to decorate the interior plaster walls with their autographs and drawings in charcoal.