Do ghosts haunt a former Civil War-era military installation in Wilmington, CA?
The first shots of the Civil War were fired in South Carolina during April of 1861. Although most of the fighting over the next four years took place in the South, it eventually spread across the country, all the way to Wilmington, California.
In 1862, a military outpost was built near the Los Angeles Harbor. It was called the Drum Barracks and was a key center for training and processing troops. Today, all that remains is a single building, which is now a museum with some very unlikely tour guides.
Marge was hired to restore the rundown building after it was declared a historic landmark:
Marge, a team of craftsmen, and volunteers worked for months overhauling the museum. The old building slowly came back to life, in more ways than one. According to Marge, spooky occurrences became normal:
Yasmin Malyeri, one of the volunteers, also began to believe that the building was haunted:
Fred Duran, an exterminator for the city of Los Angeles, became a believer during one of his regular stops at the museum:
“To me, a ghost was like Casper the Friendly Ghost, or some movie or something. I guess one doesn’t believe in them until you are really convinced. As I got into the kitchen that morning, I heard some footsteps behind me and I thought that it was the caretaker.
According to Fred, a man’s voice behind him said, “I need to get some water.” Fred says he didn’t pay much attention. Then the man asked, “Have you seen Maria?”
According to Fred:
Marge O’Brien says she believes Fred:
Marge asked psychic Barbara Conner to search the museum for ghosts. According to Barbara, the Drum Barracks was full of restless spirits and she claims to have met several of them in the officer’s lounge. Two were playing cards, another stood by the window looking through the curtains. But, according to Barbara, one phantom seemed more aggressive than the rest:
Marge said that information rang a bell:
Barbara says that she continued to have visions upstairs, which seemed to explain some of the strange noises:
At the end of the tour, Barbara said she “saw” the ghosts of Colonel Curtis and his officers in a planning session:
Marge O’Brien said she had no information about Colonel Curtis having an award or a plaque on his wall:
Do the long-dead spirits of the Civil War still roam the drum barracks at this log-abandoned military base? Those who have experienced the hauntings believe the museum is alive with history.