A house in Warren County will be featured on Travel Channel’s new show called “Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests” this Friday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m.
Jeff Acre says he lived in a haunted house in Mt. Leo for 14 years.
“The opportunity came up to have the Ghost Brothers do an episode there and I said, ‘Heck yeah,’” said Acre. “We had a lot of occurrences in the house. A lot of stories. Among those was the sighting of a little girl. There was also a large shadow figure. Sometimes there would be two shadows that would be seen in the hallway. They would take off down the hallway.”
The Ghost Brothers are actually best friends Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass and Marcus Harvey. The three are billed as Atlanta’s premier ghost hunting team that blends comedy with a refreshing, straightforward approach to the paranormal as they investigate America’s most haunted locations.
“Haunted Houseguests” is their new spinoff show.
Exact location of the home in Warren County is being withheld because it now belongs to someone else.
“We sold the house right after they filmed the show,” said Acre. “We had to disclose that to the buyers that the place is haunted and it will be featured on national TV. The people were cool with it so the sale went through. If it hadn’t, we were going to move back in.”
The home was constructed in 1979, but little is known about its previous owners. For the last 14 years, it was occupied by Acre, his wife Rebekah, and their seven children.
“Our children grew up in the house,” said Acre. “All the kids have their stories of hearing the footsteps. I had my experiences. Just to be able to share that with the whole country was the goal of this show. The fun part was doing the reenactments. To have a national TV show in my house using special effects to reenact the stories of the situations that I told them happened to me in the house, it was fun to watch. You’ve got 30 people in the house and they’re telling my story. It was cool.”
Acre is a member of Infinity Paranormal Research of Tennessee. That group captured disembodied voices during recorded sessions in the home. Also discovered was the name of the little girl, which will be revealed during the show.
Fun fact about the show: Acre’s 8-year-old daughter, McKenzie, portrayed the girl during the show’s reenactment.
A 2017 survey by Chapman University found 52 percent of Americans believe places can be haunted by spirits, an increase of approximately 11 percent since 2015.
Ghosts are real, said Acre, and the ones in the house are not demonic.
“There’s nothing bad in the house,” he said. “I’ve never been hit, scratched or threatened in any way. Every once in a while, you’d see something. Sometimes you’d hear footsteps when you know you’re the only one home and its 4 in the morning. Ghosts are people that you can’t see and they’re going about their routines. Occasionally, you’ll see a glimpse of them or you’ll hear them.”
The new season of “Ghost Brothers” has eight episodes with the Warren County home featured in Episode 2. The hosts try to figure out what’s going on while providing advice, humor and comfort.