Attractions March 03, 2018
5 Truly Terrifying Stories That Prove Port Gamble Is The Most Haunted Town In Washington
There’s not much to the town of Port Gamble, the quiet community on the northwestern shores of the Kitsap Peninsula. Founded in 1853 as the designated home of the Puget Mill Company, it’s now a sleepy little town with few amenities, with one huge exception: There are ghosts everywhere.
There is more reported paranormal activity in Port Gamble than anywhere else in Washington. We’re not sure why that is, but we can share these 100% true stories that prove it.
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Most of the paranormal activity revolves around this building, the Walker-Ames House.
Built in 1889 for lead mill mechanic William Walker, the house was once the happy home of William, his wife, Emma, and their daughter. The daughter later married the mill's manager, Edwin Ames, who lived in the house as well. No one has been living in the house since the mill shut down in 1995... emphasis on living.
1. There are hundreds (yes, hundreds) of reports of paranormal activity in the Walker-Ames house, and this one is especially intense.
In 2013, the Walker-Ames house was featured on a show called My Ghost Story. During the filming, a crew member emerged from the basement claiming that someone had grabbed her. A dusty handprint was spotted on her leg. Women often report being grabbed or having their hair pulled in the basement.
2. Writer M.M. Atkinson once went on an investigation in the Walker-Ames house with her husband and brother and shared her own ghost story on her personal blog.
Atkinson was in the bathroom on the second floor (off the master bedroom) when she saw an apparition. She tried to speak, but she was frozen. Eventually, she ran down to the kitchen to tell her brother and her husband what had happened. Later that evening, she and her husband both listened to their recordings and discovered they had both picked up the same chanting.
3. No one can explain the extreme paranormal activity of this house, but one theory is heartbreaking.
Some say that a mentally ill little boy once lived here and was sometimes locked in a closet because his family didn’t know how to deal with him. As a result, the spirit that remains doesn’t like women. That would explain why women get pinched, smacked, and have their hair pulled more than men.
4. The Walker-Ames house isn't the only haunted building in town.
The Port Gamble Historic Museum features artifacts from the town's early days and rooms recreating everything from a captain’s cabin to a lumber mill office. Here, lights often flicker when they shouldn't, file cabinets open by themselves, and people hear footsteps following them even when they're alone.
5. There's no much paranormal activity here that you can even take a guided walking ghost tour once a month.
Tours cost $25 and include exploring some of the most active buildings in town. And the groups meet at night, so it seems even spookier. People often pick up apparitions in their photos or record ghostly voices.
And did we mention there's an actual ghost conference?
The annual ghost conference attracts people from all over the country, from psychics to paranormal investigators to people who are just plain curious.
Visiting Port Gamble just might make a believer out of you. But even if you’re not interested in seeing a ghost, you can still enjoy its
New England charms.