Teach: Haunted Poolesville Podcast

While during research for my upcoming Monsters and Mysteries of Maryland bonfire storytelling events at Soleado Lavender Farm, I discovered that the Poolesville area has a ton of haunted history that is interesting but didn’t fit with my storytelling plan.

Poolesville old town hall
Historic photo of Poolesville’s old town hall and streetscape. Learn more at Historic Medley District. (Image: Historic Medley)

Poolesville and its surrounding areas are rich in layers of history and form a significant portion of Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. Folklore is a fantastic way to learn more about history and the world around us and this part of Maryland is a beautiful area to explore.

 

Planning the Haunted Poolesville Podcast

I was grateful to the people in and around Poolesville who told me local ghost stories via Facebook and I wanted to share what I discovered with the community. Of course I could have done a blog post to share this info. but I’d been wanting to try podcasting for a while and thought this would be a great opportunity to do a trial podcast. Additionally many people said they were interested in a Poolesville ghost tour so I thought it’d be cool to set up the podcast as a driving tour.

On a sunny Friday morning, fueled with a delicious iced latte from Watershed Cafe, I took my typed notes from my research, did my best to find addresses for all the properties, and headed off into the wilds of Poolesville (and beyond!) with my friend Amity serving as navigator and voice of reason.

Montgomery County rustic road
Montgomery County has a reputation for gridlock and development but it also has a robust network of rustic roads. (Image: Montgomery Planning)

Making the Haunted Poolesville Podcast

At home, I tweaked my notes to include what we discovered on our drive and then put the sites in order to make a rough loop so listeners could download the podcast and use it as an audio tour.  I used my notes as a rough script and did it all in one take, though I had to split it into two parts in order to pick my kids up from the bus. It’s not perfect by any means, but it’s fun. Anchor.fm was super easy to use on my laptop and my smart phone and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to give podcasting a try.

Anchor FM podcasting
Anchor FM makes it easy to podcast from your phone, computer, or device. (Image: AnchorFM)

How to Enjoy the Haunted Poolesville Podcast

  1. Click on the link to access the resource PDF with names of properties, addresses, images of each, and resources you can explore to learn more: Haunted Poolesville Podcast Resource.
  2. Click here to access the podcast itself. It’s about 40 minutes long total. You can stream it on your computer/device or download it and listen later.
  3. If you choose to make the drive while listening to the podcast, please be respectful of people’s private property and be mindful of the road. Many of the roads are winding and rustic and some of the properties are not easily seen driving by (at least one can’t be seen at all but it’s on a beautiful road). Be respectful, be safe, and enjoy!

NOTE: In Part Two of the podcast, I mention that the final house is on Darnesville Road–I meant Darnestown Road, of course. Things like that happen when you do something in one take.

Spooky clouds
Enjoy the history, beauty, and hidden mysteries of the Poolesville area.

Thank You!

A big thanks to everyone who shared their stories with me on the Town of Poolesville Facebook page, Amity for coming along on my adventure, and the staff at my local library for being helpful with my endless curiosity and never-ending library holds.

Bonfire Tales: Monsters & Mysteries of Maryland

If you enjoyed the podcast, please share widely and consider attending one of my Monsters and Mysteries of Maryland bonfire storytelling events this year at Soleado Lavender Farm. Here’s a flier for the events I’ll be doing there: Lavenderflier.2018.FINAL

I’ll be sharing stories from across Maryland and closer to home in Frederick and Montgomery counties, including the Snallygaster, Dwayyo, Chessie, Poolesville’s Bernie, the Dickerson Sasquatch, and more. Come on out and enjoy some spooky folklore and s’mores.  Click here for dates and to buy tickets.

Bonfire storytelling
Enjoy a bonfire and s’mores and hear about monsters and ghosts of Maryland and Frederick and Montgomery counties.

EDIT (06/13/2018): I was contacted by the current owner of the John Hall house who kindly shared some clarification with me. My timeline for that site is garbled; the home has had 7 owners and the current owners purchased from the Nessul family who had lived there for 25 years. She also shared that they have not experienced any ghostly activity since moving in. I appreciate her reaching out.

What’d you think of the podcast? How was the drive? Any haunted houses I missed? Please share in the comments. Thanks!

Interested in exploring more of upper Montgomery County? Read my posts Teach: Upcoming Events at Soleado Lavender Farm and Travel: Button Farm Living History Center. All that exploring got you hungry? Give Taste: Watershed Cafe or Taste: Mexican Grill a try.

 


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