NELSON COUNTY, VA -- A Charlottesville man turned ghost hunter took a walk through one of Nelson County's most hidden and spooky attractions; Swannanoa Palace.
"Initially I hadn't given that much thought until I experienced what I did and I think people need to be open to the possibility that there's energy beyond where we are now," said Mark C. Higgins, a paranormal investigator.
Higgins encountered what he believed to be a ghost years ago and wanted to know more.
"I started a small group locally, and then I started to go to various locations within the area to kind of dig into it more, do some research and I'm kind of on a little bit of a journey I don't know how far it's going to go but right now it's got my interest," said Higgins.
Higgins teams up with other paranormal investigators in the area like
Lyle Lotts with the Twisted Paranormal Society to collaborate
and even stars on a paranormal reality show called The R.I.P. Files.
The show takes ghost hunters to businesses, historic sites and homes to dig up some spooky pasts.
"We spend 8 or 9 or 10 hours there and we get the history of what's going on there, report it and then we try to do things there to kind of see if that's what's been going on," said Higgins.
A recent episode was shot in Nelson County at Swannanoa Palace built back in 1912.
"It's got a very rich history, at the time it was the only building in Nelson County that had actual working plumbing and electricity," said Higgins.
When asked if Swannanoa was haunted, Higgins had a simple answer.
"Yeah, there might be some extra activity here that doesn't make any sense," he said.
After walking through the several hallways and dark rooms, one thing was for sure, the cold and architecturally beautiful space would be a ghost hunters dream.
"With all of the investigations that I've experienced first hand I can tell you if you say, you know what maybe it is something going on, maybe it is real or maybe I could at least open my mind up to it more. I think if you do that, you're going to find that things open their door to you as well," said Higgins.
For information on where you watch episodes of The R.I.P. Files click the link on the side of the page.