On each of our tours we drive by the Old Catholic Church. Built in 1875, it was originally the home of the First Congregational Church. Beginning in 1880 it was consecrated for use by the Catholics who renamed it the Church of the Immaculate Conception, and they used the building until 1955. Since that time it has been used as an American Legion Hall, a dinner theater, a part of the bowling alley, and finally as the home of the Hannibal Community Theatre. And it's haunted!
I received this email from Amy Tully who was on our tour on Friday, Oct. 15th, who brought her EVP recorder to Hannibal and gave this report:
Hi! My father and I just took your ghost tour last Friday. I JUST HAD TO LET YOU KNOW what evidence I got outside of the Catholic church!! Since you told us that people have heard all sorts of noises coming from the church we decided to get a coffee and bring the EVP and set it on the church while we talked sitting down next to the church. WITHIN 17 secs of the recording you can hear a choir singing. At 3:22 the choir sings some more and gets extremely loud where I even heard it with my own ears to 3:33!! It was mindblowing and simply amazing, thanks for sharing that with us :) If you would like I will try to send the EVP recording to you, I'm sure you will enjoy it! Thank you again for everything and I will be sharing your website with a lot of people!
We're hoping to put Amy's EVP on the blog so you can download it and hear it for yourself, keep checking this blog for updates...!
By the way, right now the Old Catholic Church is on the "Most Endangered List" here in Hannibal...if a buyer is not found to restore the structure, it may have to be torn down...but if you know anyone who might be interested, the church building and property is for sale for only $29,500.00!!! And you can live inside the church, too, as the choir loft was converted into an apartment. Please, won't someone save this old church and keep the congregation that's haunting it happy?