The legend of Hanging Tree (also called The Hanging Tree) states that in colonial times people accused of witchcraft were hung from this tree. LIPI has not been able to find any historical record to confirm this legend. However, in more modern times at least 2 young people have died by hanging from the tree (whether by murder, suicide or accident it is not clear). An additional theory that has recently been put forth is that activity here is not paranormal in the traditional ghost sense. Rather, the area is inhabited/protected by what Native Americans called “Spirits Of The Forest” that are simply trying to scare people to leave the area. If this is so, why this particular area of land is of interest to the spirits isn’t clear.
Observed Activity: Numerous EVPs have been recorded here. Also several unexplained lights and shadows have been seen in this area. During at least one investigation a “lady in white” was spotted when no one else (non-LIPI members) was around. Empaths often get a strong feeling of foreboding. Physical contact has been reported here as equipment has been knocked out of investigator’s hands while being used.
Observations and Personal Experiences from Hanging Tree
Date: December 2005
Description: Lead Investigator Moshin Marghoob reported seeing a shadow figure run across the path behind the tree area.
Date: November 2006
Description: While investigating the clearing South of the tree area investigator Tim Hall reported see a woman in white at the edge of the clearing.
Date: November 2006
Description: While investigating the clearing South of the tree area batteries in IR thermometers, flash lights and Geiger counters failed repeatedly in the clearing area, yet seemed to return to normal functionality upon leaving the clearing area. Also, a 35mm camera repeatedly jammed in the clearing area yet functioned properly in all other locations during the investigation.
Date: July 2007
Description: While investigating the area at the tree the sound of heavy foot steps was clearly heard coming through the woods heading towards the group. No one was seen in the woods or surrounding area at the time.