Shulak Farm proves spooky

On a typical day, Shulak Farm is quiet, except for the sound of cars speeding by on West Maple Road.

It was -- seemingly -- the same story several months ago, when the Ghost Hunters of Southern Michigan tape recorded their visit to the farm, which is now owned by West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation. However, when they played back the tape, unknown voices could be heard.

One reportedly said, "Not in this house," while another whispered, "I'm gonna get you."

"It was a little eerie when I heard the tape," said Marylynn Balewski, a recreation coordinator who accompanied the group on a tour of the old farmhouse. "There were four or five of us in the house. You can hear us all talking on the tape and none of us said it. We have no idea what (the voices) were talking about."

Members of the ghost hunters group will give a presentation at Shulak Farm, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10. It includes ghostly photographs and spirit voices from past investigations, including the tour of the Shulak farmhouse.

Balewski, who is interested in the paranormal, organized the presentation because it's something different from the craft and nature events that are usually held there.

"I thought it would be fun and educational," Balewski said.

Voices weren't the only paranormal activity at Shulak Farm that day, according to the group GHOSM. In one of the upstairs bedrooms, members said, they saw a woman dressed in clothing from the late 1800s looking out the window.

"We also felt a strong impression in one of the corners," said Allen Park resident and group founder Robin Lemke. "It was as if something very special to her was once in that corner, like an old phonograph or a music box. And it was a chilly day, but we could smell lilacs."

Lemke guesses the room was once the master bedroom because the ghost hunters had visions of two closets, one with men's clothing and the other with women's.

It's still unclear who the woman is and why she was there, Balewski said.

"The first thing you think of is, 'Did someone die in the house?'" Balewski said. "But we don't know."

For nearly 10 years, GHOSM members have been looking for signs of life beyond the grave at cemeteries and old homes. Its Web site -- www.ghosm.com -- features dozens of photographs of investigations, with light orbs and ghostly apparitions.

Catching them on camera is difficult, but that doesn't mean they're not there, Lemke said.

GHOSM deals with skeptics all the time. But he says the group has nothing to gain from doctoring the photographs and recordings.

"This is a hobby," Lemke said. "We don't make money."

Mostly, GHOSM members are called to old homes after residents complain of continuous noises and other strange occurrences.

Lemke said the spirits are trapped or don't want to leave this world for some reason.

"We try to encourage them to move on, they don't belong here," Lemke said. "It makes me feel good to know that I'm helping them cross over."

To register for the presentation at Shulak Farm, call (248) 451-1900.