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There is an old farmhouse that sits quietly night after night. Slowly weathering, crumbling and disappearing. All it’s stories, it’s history seemingly uninteresting to most, merely the sight of something of the past and needs to be removed for something new. The land it sits on is its only value to most. Vast and full of future potential. Little to most know, there it is it’s stories and history that brings the most value. Time grows shorter with each night that passes to pull those important pieces together to tell those stories.

The house, it’s two barns, garage, smaller shed and it’s vast once rich corn field surrounding it all hold a few secrets. Some in plain sight, some through documented records and other more intricate aspects through investigations into it’s paranormal presence. Of course to most that means nothing without science in that equation. Yet, it is the scientific knowledge being used to weed out the mysteries this old farmhouse hides.

For most who first visit this farmhouse and its surrounds, there is a sense of some foreboding presence, something dreadful and awaiting in the shadows. Where others feel helplessness, a deep sadness of a mother who lost her children or child and is forever searching for them, weeping for them. Then there is to some, just a sense of quiet peacefulness with subtle hints of something playful wanting to interact.

You see, just because those families that once filled that old farmhouse with their daily routines, habits and energy have all but completely disappeared. They are there still there, at least some of them, the residual echoes play out and in some insistence often intelligent. All of which slowly give us and idea of what their stories were, hiding quietly in the dark.

Since 2008, Southern Ontario Paranormal Society has been actively researching, investigation and documenting The Tremaine House. For almost 10 years now there is still many secrets yet to unfold in knowing the full history/story that the old farmhouse has to tell.

Hopefully before time runs out for the house, we can finally tell the full story, share it with you all. Myself personally have many interesting tales from the very first time discovering the old abandoned farmhouse to the many visits investigating it. As do others from SOPS. Some of which we have already told.


For as long as we have looked upon the unknown it has been strongly influenced by religious undertones. Well, more like guidelines really. Filtering not only our views, but the way we’ve investigated the realm. Yes, science has also played a huge part in shaping our understanding of it, explaining many aspects over the years, but still religion still seems to trump things. 

For one, many still believe that “ghosts”, “spirits” or many paranormal phenomenas are results of that of our dearly departed in one form or another. This has been the common theme for many in trying to understand the paranormal. Many will not bother to step outside that “safezone” in learning or furthering the understanding of it all. Much of all this is dated research hampered down by religious beliefs. 

Sure there are many researchers that have broke that mold. Maybe be through science or simply by thinking outside the box. With new science in explaining or beginning to aspects that were theories once. Aspects like multi-verses or parallel universes. Start to make theories like many paranormal experiences are in fact not the results of the dearly departed or restless souls, but glitches within some time continuum. Rare time slips interacting with each other. 

How our body’s own frequency interacts not only with the environment around it but the universe as a whole. Energy, yet another unseen element in many aspects is something we need to understand in a much larger level. 

There are so many different cutting edge research, experimentation and investigations into the paranormal that are bringing pieces of the unknown together for a better understanding of what was once dark into the light. In the next couple of blog entries I will explore some of these exciting ventures. 

Like the ever changing landscape of religion and mass belief so is the way we look at the paranormal. Forget what much of the TV shows preach, remember it’s for entertainment purposes. Don’t always believe what they are telling you…..

My team,Southern Ontario Paranormal Society started investigating and later researching the ruins of a mill that has come to be known as The German Mill. Built in the 1840’s as a woolen mill and then later becoming a bed and breakfast before it’s abandonment in the early 1900’s. Today, it lay in ruins, it’s sturdy shell all that remains. It’s history is vague, scattered with only small glimpses of newspaper articles. Most of it’s reported paranormal history has been passed down through myth and personal experiences. Our task has been trying to uncover any legitimate activity, if that’s possible. For the past 4 years SOPS has carried out over 6 investigations at the mill, with little documented evidence. Though, the time in location has proven that it is only a matter of time before more documented proof could be on it’s way. Many experiences have been shared by many of the team members. Everything from mysterious native drum beats off in the distance with no reserves in the area. To a mysterious white veiled woman and several feelings of a presence. Of course much of this really means nothing without documented evidence, of which we are working very hard to discover.

With another investigation on the horizon, we felt it was important to share with the paranormal community our research into this very historic location. Through our media representation, SOPSTV we are currently working on the latest installment episode dealing with the mill research and investigations over the years. The episode itself should be ready for all to watch by the end of June. In the meantime here’s the last teaser trailer to enjoy!!

The German Mill Episode Teaser 2 from Steve Genier on Vimeo.

The paranormal field is cutthroat, to the very bone. A field that is not only highly exploited now, but under constant scurtiny from various outside sources that include not only the scientific realm, but through the atheistic eye as well.

Still, one that investigates the often dark bowels of the unknown, you must grow a thick skin and further more choose your comrades in arms with precision. Something that is often very hard and at times almost impossible to do.

The reason I’m exploring this here in my blog is not to sit here and whine or bash anyone, but bring awareness to those of us who are passionate and very serious about finding those keys to the greater knowledge of the paranormal.

In recent weeks there have been events that have unfolded causing me to rethink not only my direction (or lack of in the last little while) but to clean up some rather loose ends. To gear my person stake or interests in researching and investigation back to the grassroots where it all began.

Though already getting back out there after a long hiatus from the hunt had sort of jump started this revolution of sorts, these events have pushed it along even further. Those who know me, know what I spoke, have the knowledge and understanding of just what events I speak of.

The focus now is not on what others are saying to crush the passion, or that seeking some sort of fame from this realm. Becoming apart of that exploitation that I often speak of. No, the road now paved before me is that of letting the work and results speaking for themselves. Both on an individual level and with my investigate group, The Southern Ontario Paranormal Society.

My approach to the paranormal has always been with skeptical eyes wide open, but never to outright debunk something that yields more then the scientific realm or athiestic view can themselves prove or explain. Though it is at the sametime good to have these elements to keep things honest, to have people who explore the paranormal from exploiting it.

Originally Printed in Phantom Ezine

With most of us serious in the realm of paranormal research and investigations, there are some major concerns. One of which that plays on my mind a lot, the simple fact of the direction in which we are going about handling our approach as a whole. Though with the advent of certain technologies, there are areas in which we are finding more and more experimenting which seems to be furthering a certain area of the research into the unknown. Still though, on whole the field is rather stagnate, depending on ages old theories and terminologies. Never really understanding exactly what we are looking at other then it being completely unknown to all Darwinian laws. Yes, that’s right, Darwinian, something that has governed what is right and what is wrong in the materialistic world of science, but with much of the paranormal world as well. For humans have based proof pretty much only solely on what is tangible, something that is within reach, or grasp or vision. Something that is completely hindering many with their whole approach in trying to understand the unknown. My question is, “With the many years this has been the standard in the paranormal, is it working or has it been working?” With the way things look, no. This is when most of us must sit there and question this with asking, why?

When this line of thinking first leaked into my consciousness, there was nothing but questions swirling around in my mind. Causing me to investigate several theories as to “why” this is. Then stumbling on writings of individuals asking or saying that the current methods, standards and images that flood the paranormal world are a blanket, put there by people, and I use the word “people” loosely for this is yet only theory and like most of the paranormal world, isn’t proven. An elite set of individuals years ago, who for some unknown reason found the answers we continue to seek to this day. With these answers comes an obvious power. Like many levels of control in this world, behind them is a reason for this avenue. Of course more questions rise, like why, to protect us from the truths, something that would drastically change the scope of the way we think and conduct our lives? Similar to those who think that telling us the truth about there is in fact intelligent beings who have been visiting us for years? That the answers to the other world or after life are too important for the average Joe to hold in their hands? So, they instil a blanketed control to keep us occupied and happy. When realistically many out there investigating these hollowed out buildings thought to be “haunted” as complete morons wandering around aimlessly?

Think about this for a moment. Look at the tools many of us employ in seeking out some sort of “evidence” during our investigations and research. Never intended for this area at all, yet people use them like religion. They swear by them and at the same time never really understanding the right ways to employ them. Always gearing them to prove the paranormal and never rightfully trying to disprove it. Once again something that is pounded into the minds of people who are sucked into the TV world’s display of these half witted means of investigation. Monkey see monkey do, something that is only reinforcing the majority of those in the paranormal and leaving the truth seekers to work all the much harder. Never think for a minute that we who are serious about our stance on the paranormal aren’t lumped into that scary section as the conspiracy theorist. This is why no matter what the masses think or what the majority in the paranormal field follow, you much think outside the box. Approach the unknown from not only a materialist manner, but from a metaphysical manner as well. If in fact there are those in the know, those who are in the elite controlling or pulling the strings, always question. Much of what is out there in terms of research and investigations are completely false flags. Although the thought of trying to figure out a new way of approaching the paranormal is almost an impossible feeling, it’s still within our means.

Set aside belief systems, religions and human materialisms. Open your mind and thoughts. This is the only way any one of us will break that control that hampers us continuously. Never turn away someone’s ideas or theories if they are seemingly different in their approach, as they might have that much needed piece to furthering our goals of finding the truths to the great unknown. Better understand the tools you employ and not only try to prove the unknown, but disprove it where it should be. Collectively we all should employ a common theme to help each other in this quest, one that is new, one that will continuously grow and better educate others who will come down the road. Never easily accept what you see as being “evidence” but rather it being an offering of what might be. For “evidence” is the assumption of the truth and right now in our current state of understanding, there aren’t any truths to something that is completely unknown….