National Emergency Training Center - St. Joseph's College

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The National Emergency Training Center was once St. Joseph’s College, which until 1973 was a Catholic girls’ school established in 1809. Witnesses at the former college claim to have seen the ghosts of Civil War nurses who were carrying buckets of amputated human limbs and heard the sounds of soldiers screaming in pain. Hospital smells and apparitions of college founder Mother Seton also have been reported.

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16825 S Seton Ave
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
United States

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39.693379, -77.326389
Frederick County, Maryland
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  1. Stephen M. Cobaugh  |  

    The first paranormal experience I ever had was in St. Joesph’s Cemetery near the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial about 1995. I had visited the memorial, then explored the cemetery, both sites with my camera in hand. This was on a hot summer day, As I walked around, the air near me became ice cold so I moved to another row of gravestones, then another. The cold followed me and it was a bit alarming. I was taking pictures and I got a telephatic impression of something asking what I was doing. I said aloud: “I mean no disrespect. I’m just taking pictures.” I got a confusing message back: “That’s not a camera.” This message keeping repeating until I left the cemetery, at which time the cold disappeared. The message (or impression of a message) made no sense to me until I finally realized that a modern camera represented technology that wasn’t available during the time this spirit lived. I didn’t get any impression of hositility, just curiosity from the other side.

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