FOLEY - The Holmes Medical Museum is a place known and respected by many, not just in the county, but from outside of it as well. The museum is located on the site of Baldwin County’s first …
FOLEY - The Holmes Medical Museum is a place known and respected by many, not just in the county, but from outside of it as well. The museum is located on the site of Baldwin County’s first hospital, which operated between 1936 and 1958 when it was run by William C. Holmes. Like so many other older places in the county, there has been talk of strange occurrences from visiting guests who enter the building: the crying of babies, the tugging at one’s pant leg when no one else is around, voices turning up on recordings when no one else is present. The one question that remained unanswered until recently was: what is the Holmes Medical Museum like at night? What goes on there when the lights go out? Most importantly, could the museum, like so many other hospitals around the world, be haunted?
Until Saturday, April 29, no investigation had ever been performed inside The Holmes Medical Museum. On that night, Queen of Foley Zana Price invited Gulf Paranormal Society, based out of Foley and including founder Todd and his crew Harold and Brian, into the museum to begin decoding some of the location’s hidden secrets. Along with Zana and the Gulf Paranormal Society, training members Steven, Leah, and myself were invited to come along for the adventure and to watch as the GPS attempted to contact any spirits which may be inside the museum.
The team began setting up shortly after 5PM, when Todd laid down some of the rules for those of us who had never been able to personally investigate reports of paranormal activity.
Be someone a skeptic or a believer, The Holmes Medical Museum produced some interesting results. Voices were caught coming over the spirit box, some in perfect response to questions that were posed. When asked to drain the power in one of the pieces of equipment, the lights dimmed instantly. In the surgical wing, the ether machine, which at one time was used as an anesthesia, sometimes with lethal consequences, was noticeably colder than all other pieces of medical equipment in the room, as recorded on the infrared thermometer. All results proved to be non-threatening in nature, from sudden drops in temperature to a mysterious drumming from behind closed doors.
The Gulf Paranormal Society used both science and technology during their investigation, recording facts and figures as they helmed the investigation. They are trained professionals who are skilled in using the specific equipment involved in ghost hunting, and have searched some of the most reportedly haunted places in the county, the top being Fort Morgan. If you are interested in learning more about the group or would like to contact them if you believe you have had an encounter with the paranormal, then you can learn more about them on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/GPSFoley/, or visit their website at gulfparanormalsociety.webs.com.
Whether you believe in the supernatural or are skeptical, The Holmes Medical Museum is a fascinating place. It is a part of Baldwin County’s history and the place where the medical practice began for the county, and the pieces of equipment and knowledge that can be found inside are unlike anything you can imagine. No matter if you wish to visit the museum to take a trip through history or to do some recording of your own in the hopes of picking up some unexplainable phenomenon, you won’t be disappointed.