(Oct. 10, 2014) “Haunted Eastern Shore” author Mindie Burgoyne’s latest book, explores a pair of Worcester County locales.
“Haunted Ocean City and Berlin” explores 20 reportedly haunted sites, including the Atlantic Hotel, Adkins Hardware Store, Baked Desserts and the Odd Fellows Hall in Berlin, and the Life-Saving Station Museum, Trimper’s Carousel and Dolle’s Candyland in Ocean City.
Burgoyne, founder of Chesapeake Ghost Walks, which encompasses 10 area towns, said her tours were the impetus for writing the books.
“Particularly these will support the effort of the ghost walks,” she said. “That way at the end of the ghost walk we can say, ‘Here’s a book that has a lot of the different stories.’ We’re doing the books to have a comparable product.”
“Haunted Ocean City and Berlin” is the first of a planned three-book series on the middle and lower shore. Burgoyne investigated ghostly activity using sources such as the Edward H. Nabb Research Center at Salisbury University, as well as personal experiences.
“In some places, I would just walk around and ask people, ‘Has anything strange ever happened here?’” she said. “And if I could find a couple of credible stories, then I dug into land records and wills and histories of the site – really tried to connect the stories with the history.”
Burgoyne will celebrate the release of her latest book with an appearance at the Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City on Saturday, Oct. 11.
“I picked that because the Dunes Manor is one of the sites in the book,” Burgoyne said.
The author met with owners of the hotel shortly after a portrait of Dunes founder Thelma Conner went missing in the middle of the night.
“We got to talking and they said, ‘Well, you know we talk to her all the time,’” Burgoyne said. “And I said, ‘Wait a minute – this is a ghost story.’ After I got the information about the strange things that happen at the Dunes, I even found one that corroborated their story on Trip Advisor from a guest that had stayed there. Thelma Conner has been seen in that hotel.”
Even stranger, the missing painting reappeared while Burgoyne was at the Dunes.
“I said, this is just such a wonderful story I’d like to put this in my book,” she said.
Guests at the book launch can enter to win a free signed copy of “Haunted Ocean City and Berlin,” as well as a private ghost walk for themselves and 25 friends in any one of the 10 Eastern Shore towns covered by Chesapeake Ghost Walks.
The Dunes Manor will serve complimentary tea and cookies during the book launch from 3-4 p.m.
“I want people to feel like the towns, especially Ocean City, is an old friend,” Burgoyne said. “When they come into the historic part of the town, they’ll be able to feel a little bit of the past there and the people that built the towns.
“The memories that are relayed through these ghost stories are mostly all happy memories,” Burgoyne continued. “Ocean City and Berlin had such a sense of place, and not every town has that sense. It’s almost like the town itself has a personality.”
For more information, visit www.chesapeakeghostwalks.com.