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The Surrency Haunting

By July 17, 2011

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The Surrency family and house
In the early 1870s, a Georgia family became the focus of a terrifying whirlwind of bizarre and destructive paranormal activity. Although the case is usually referred to as the Surrency Haunting, it has all of the elements of a classic poltergeist incident -- although an extreme one, consisting of:

  • disembodied voices and screams
  • household items thrown about
  • objects dropping from the sky

... and much more. Read all about this disturbing case.

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July 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm
(1) Scott says:

I can’t speak as to whether their was some time of haunting or not. I can’t say that any haunting really exists. But I kno that some people attribute normal everyday noises and things falling to ghosts. Was this one of those types of individuals? Who knows but there will always be a certain percentage of the population that say that they’re haunted or they have some sort of Poltergeist activity associated with them regardless if the place is really haunted. Having never been haunted this is the best I can say. You can never rule it out though. It’s impossible to say these things don’t exist so the stories will always be out there.

July 21, 2011 at 9:20 am
(2) Mitchell F. says:

“But I kno that some people attribute normal everyday noises and things falling to ghosts. Was this one of those types of individuals?”

Since the story mentions the father’s statement that at least 75 – 100 people were witness to the phenomenon. I think that rules out everyday noises and things falling as everyday occurences at the residence. One thing that I find interesting is the fact this case is very similar to the Bell Witch case. Usually poltergeist are brought about by young females that are experiencing puberty. In this case, it appeared to be the father that was the agent of the poltergeist. The father was the agent or target in the Bell Witch as well. I feel that the nature of the activity and the number of witnesses and journalist, some from overseas, suggests that the family was not blaming everyday occurences as being supernatural.

July 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm
(3) Scott says:

“Since the story mentions the father’s statement that at least 75 – 100 people were witness to the phenomenon.”

Many of the strange but true stories are actually Strange but false stories. You have to be maticulous when it comes down to uncovering the facts and facts have a way of changing over time (no longer making them fact but exaggerations)

FOr this particular case it’s possible that the surrency earthlights and the haunting are related. On another website I read something about unusual magnetic activities in that area which could be causing some peculiar phenomena-See below

Geologists say the “Surrency Bright Spot,” nine miles beneath South Georgia’s piney woods, may be an ancient reservoir of water or other luid formed more than 200 million years ago by the collision of North Africa and North America.”It’s big, and we’ve never seen anything like it before,” says Dr. Larry Brown, an associate professor of geological sciences at Cornell University, who was part of a scientific team that discovered the formation.
It might have something to do with Surrency’s ghost,” he says. “If this town is known for anything, it’s for the ghost that supposedly haunted the old Surrency house owned by the family for whom the town is named during the 1870s and 1880s.” Tillman says inhabitants of the house reported dishes flying off
shelves, logs jumping off the fire and bricks coming through the walls. The “ghost” became so famous that people rode the train from Atlanta just to see the “haunted” house, which burned down at the
turn of the century. “A lot of us also suspect that the goings-on had something to with unusual magnetic activities in our area,” says Tillman.
“The discovery of this object formation is very exciting to me.”

October 29, 2011 at 3:28 am
(4) JiggyPotamus says:

There were indeed many witnesses to these events, including scientists and reporters. Reporting stories like this one were all the rage at the time, and this story spread all over the US and even to England, and surprisingly, Russia! The haunting continued even after the family moved to the other end of the county. Only after the man died did it stop.

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October 31, 2013 at 1:37 pm
(6) Barry says:

Union and Recorder, Oct. 30, 1872 — page 1
The Appling County Mystery
Ghosts, Hobgoblins and Unseen Spirits to the Front- Crockery, Pottery, Glassware and Butcher knives, Ears of Corn, Smoothing irons and Books Jumping Around the Floor. – The Old Family Clock and Red Hot Brickbats -Five Hundred People on the Grounds- Full and Complete Particulars. On Saturday Afternoon it will be remembered we published a brief paragraph stating that strange and supernatural manifestations had taken place at a house at No. 6, Macon and Brunswick Railroad. Passengers coming up on the train were greatly excited about it and represented the great excitement prevailed in that immediate neighborhood as induced as far distant as the reports had reached. Determined to find out the exact facts in regard to the matter, we detailed a special reporter to the scene of operations and will now lay before our readers the Full Particulars as detailed to us by him.
Taking the Brunswick train Saturday night, in the company of Mr. Mason and Mr. Campbell of Macon, who were going down for the same purpose, Our reporter Mr. Peter Lindenstruth, arrived at the point of destination a little after 4, o’clock, Sunday Morning.
No. 6 Surrency
Getting off the train they found no one in the place as yet up. but going to the house of Mr. A.P. Surrency, they were admitted to a vacant room the fire in which had nearly died out.
We may as well remark here that the town, or Depot, of Surrency consists only of a station house, one or two places of business and the residence of the gentleman from which it takes its name. It is situated in Appling County about 126 miles from Macon and about 60 from Brunswick. Mr. Surrency is a gentleman well to do in the world and universally regarded as one of the most honorable citizens of the county, and it would seem that his house would be the last one ghosts would select in which to play mischief.

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