Newcastle Ghost Tours operator Renata Daniel has had some “amazing” experiences inside Miss Porter’s House.
The King Street house was the home of Ella and Hazel Porter. The sisters lived in the house from 1910, after it was bought by their father Herbert Porter.
Hazel Porter continued to live in the house until her death in 1997. It is now owned and operated by the National Trust.
Ms Daniel has been operating ghost investigations at the house for the past six years and said the sisters were always present.
“Ella and Hazel are always there. They are our gatekeepers,” Ms Daniel said.
“We talk through them when we go into the house and always respectfully ask for permission to be there.”
In the time she has been visiting the house, Ms Daniel has witnessed some “mind blowing” occurrences.
“We have had items move and shift while we have been there,” she said. “We have heard voices that we have recorded.”
One time in the kitchen the sisters were asked what they liked to eat. Ms Daniel said those present then heard a voice say “rabbit stew.”
Miss Porter’s House was a great place to start for novice ghost hunters.
“It’s a very gentle and loving atmosphere. It’s a very non-threatening environment,” Ms Daniel said.
“It’s not like places like Maitland Gaol, or a local cemetery, that may have that sense of foreboding around them.”
“We find it’s an inviting and very special place.”
Many people who visit the house bring their own ghosts with them.
“Those beloved ones who have passed over find it’s an opportunity to reach out to their loved ones and make contact for the very first time,” she said.
The first 2018 Miss Porter’s House ghost investigation, in February, is booked out. However, there are still tickets available for the April 28, June 2, August 11, October 13 and December 1.
The cost of the tour $45 per person.
On March 23, Ghost Tours will also host a Paranormal Experience at Maitland Gaol. Participants will have up to four hours to scour the site for ghostly activity.
More information or to book: newcastleghosttours.com.au