Infamous Brown's Tavern opens to ghost hunters for first time in 50 years

Tours turn local residents into supernatural investigators

Staff writer Myron Madden stands outside Brown's Tavern, where legend says several murders were committed two centuries ago by the inn's owner, John Brown. (Staff photo by Myron Madden)

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photo Tour guide Jack Staples shines a light on John Brown's tombstone. Though the late tavern owner was forced to walk the Trail of Tears, it is believed he snuck back and was buried somewhere on the property. (Staff photo by Myron Madden)

I crouch down in the darkness and open my mind to the supernatural. "Are you here with us?" I hear someone whisper from across the room. All 10 of us huddled inside the dingy log cabin wait silently for an answer. The glow from my companions' collective ghost detecting gizmos is just bright enough for me to make out a decades-old bloodstain tattooed to the wooden floor.