CARLISLE — As the crews for SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters” descended upon the Old Cumberland County Prison on Wednesday, Larry Thomas wanted them to know that in this county, “We ain’t afraid of no ghosts.”
Cumberland County commissioners approved in October the show’s use of two downtown historic landmarks for possible filming in November.
What wasn’t known was when they would arrive.
While crew members wouldn’t confirm Wednesday who they were, a SyFy channel spokeswoman did confirm that the “Ghost Hunters” crew is in Carlisle.
Thomas, Cumberland County’s chief clerk, joked that he hopes the hunters find some bipartisan ghosts in the prison and courthouse. He’s not the only one who was enjoying the crew’s appearance in Carlisle.
Cumberland County Commissioner Gary Eichelberger said he hoped the ghosts chose Wednesday night to give the crews a show. While he hasn’t ever seen “Ghost Hunters,” Eichelberger is happy that the filming has gotten so much attention and has been a nice diversion from some of the more serious issues he deals with on a day-to-day basis.
“This has generated an incredible amount of excitement from the public and some of the employees as well,” he said. “It’s the most talked about thing that I can remember for some time around here. I’m kind of amazed by what a stir this has created. … It’s kind of exciting to see, it’s a nice thing for putting us on the map.”
The SyFy channel spokeswoman, who chose to remain anonymous, said the crews always work on a closed set and they could be in Carlisle for two or three days. The spokeswoman said there were no guarantees any of the footage would ever air on an episode. She said if it did reach the air, it would not be until 2015.
On Oct. 27, Cumberland County commissioners approved the show’s use of the Old Cumberland County Courthouse and the Old Cumberland County Prison for possible episodes of the show. The show had expressed interest in the two sites because of the possibility that ghosts were present.
There have been numerous sightings of apparitions and unexplained sounds at both the old courthouse at South Hanover and West streets and the old prison on East High Street, according to a previous article in The Sentinel.
The Old Cumberland County Prison operated from 1854 to 1984 and is now used for some county offices. It was designed by Philadelphian architect Edward Haviland.
Earlier on Cumberlink:
Crews from the SyFy television channel show “Ghost Hunters” are on site at the Old Cumberland County Prison in downtown Carlisle this afternoon.
A SyFy channel spokesperson confirmed that the Ghost Hunters crew is on site in Carlisle. The spokesperson said it is a closed set and the crew could be here for a couple days, and there is no guarantee any footage would ever air on an actual show. She said if it did reach the air, it would not be until 2015.
Cumberland County commissioners approved on Oct. 27 the show’s use of the Old Cumberland County Courthouse and the Old Cumberland County Prison for possible episodes of the show.