Built by one of Atchison's first contractors, bridge builders and stone masons, Adam Dilgert, a hearty 300-lb. German, was very well-respected and had a hand in almost all the bridges, buildings, foundations, and stonework in Atchison from 1866-1894. He built his solid modest family home at 919 Atchison St. in 1880. There was an addition to the house done around 1895 and another around 1905. Rich in history, scandal and the juicy "wild" west of Atchison, the house has her own stories to tell. Keli Adams, psychic medium, author, and founder of The Adams Family Paranormal, bought the house in 2014, restoring her back to her historic beauty.The spirits of Adam, wife Mary, his daughter Barbara (we call her "Babs") and his great-niece, Frances V. Dilgert ("Frannie V."), let themselves be known on the main level, this floor feeling invitingly "spirited," not thick like the basement.
As active as the house is, with bizarre and sometimes startling activity, no one has ever been harmed by anything or anyone in the house. There is nothing evil or malevolent in the house. You may hear them, see them, or "feel" them. Keli, Rob and others have been temporarily frightened by some activity in the house, HOWEVER, when you realize that it is simply another dimension overlaying ours, and perhaps we are the "ghosts" to them, it is nothing to be frightened of. Keli and Rob have gotten used to the spirits letting them know they are present in the house. Then there are other visitors who run out after an experience in the house, terrified, imaginations running wild. Oh well.
The energy of the main floor of the house is very sweet, innocent and inviting. We attribute that to Mary, Adam's wife, Barbara, their daughter, who died in the home in 1884 at the age of 18, and the bubbly, much-loved, young Frances V. Dilgert (we call her "Frannie V"), Adam's great niece, who spent a great deal of time in the home as a child. We call them "The ladies of Dilgert House," and always seem to be around. Various workmen who have worked on the house for the past 5 years restoring the comfortable home back to her simple original beauty, have commented that there is "something about the house" that made them want to do a good job for her, looking forward to working on the place. Then there were those who wouldn't work in the basement after having "something" happen down there. Lightbulbs blow out constantly, shadow people are seen, goosebumps and a sense you are being watched are common. One room in the basement seems heavier than the others, an interdimensional doorway or portal centered under the floor.
March 30 - UPDATE
Now that the show has aired...
There are no more ghosts there, although there are some haunted furnishings with residual energies imprinted in them. The "stuck" souls were sent on their way by Claudia, the wonderful intuitive who "cleared" the house and sealed the "portal" in the basement for the Travel Channel episode of Haunting in the Heartland. She graciously left the house spirits alone. They come and go as they please and are not stuck.
Spirits of the Dilgerts (and others) are very much alive and well and make themselves known ALL the time, in a very warm, welcoming, sweet way. Visitors to the home never freak out and love the attention from them. We have visual evidence of them interacting with people. The house is like a transit system and a place where spirits (NOT GHOSTS) drop by and visit and then move on to wherever else they want to travel. Mary, Frannie V and Babs are the three "Dilgert Ladies" who are always there welcoming guests. Sometimes it seems like a party going on when even more spirits "drop in," especially during the day. Great fun!
There are also a lot of nature spirits, earth spirits and elementals on the property that will communicate with you if you are respectful and open. Dirk the Dark is the house spirit, overseer of the entire property, that seems to like hanging out in the attic where he has a high vantage point to see everything. Neighbors have seen him turn the attic light on and off quite frequently. There is no power up there. They also see a "parties" of people moving around in the parlor at night.
Dirk the Dark (because he has raven black hair, eyebrows and beard) is 40" tall, quite surly and takes his duties to watch over the property quite seriously. He has a crack of humor in there and can be kind, but if you come to the home and he doesn't like you, he'll let you know. You won't stay. He has lightened up a bit since the heart and soul of the house have been restored, but has no patience with disrespect, ignorance, negativity, or trying to create anything "evil" or "demonic" on the property. Eerie and different perhaps, but not scary.
After the world settles down and more work on Dilgert House is completed, TAFP will be doing their unique "supernatural basic training" at Dilgert House. The brother/sister team of Rob and Keli Adams have over 50 years combined experience with paranormal research, from ghosts, Sasquatch, UFO's, and other anomalies. Rob is the tech guy/investigator, Keli is a gifted psychic/medium and founder. They don't "hunt" ghosts or chase after anything paranormal. Using concepts grounded in science, they show you a simple way to shift your awareness/perceptions into other dimensions. The "field" is where you access limitless information: sensing and allowing spirits (and other energies) to come to you instead of going after them. TAFP does NOT embrace religion, fear, "evil" or "demonic" preconceptions. They simply show you how to gather information and draw your own conclusions. With Dilgert House as a very active playground, after your basic training, you do your own investigation of the home, meeting several "residents" and nature spirits that watch over the property. Experience haunted furnishings, collect solid evidence, and have your own unique personal experiences. HAUNTED to us simply means - "to stay around or linger"
Events are offered - 10 am-3 pm & 6 pm-11 pm
Dilgert House is quite unique in that it seems to be as active, if not more, during the day than at night. The spirits are drawn to daytime guests since this would have been the energy imprinted on the home in the late 1800's of "normal" social visits. With the TAFP method of training, you are able to tap into these imprints from back in the day and experience the many spirits that either live in the home, or other additional guests dropping by to visit. Gentle touching, scents, footsteps and voices heard by human people who have visited the home during the day have been experienced. No one is frightened or freaked out, and actually enjoy the interactions.The night time sessions are a bit different, have a thicker feel to them. We have been conditioned to fear the darkness, or at least be on alert, that scary "things" come out in the night. The darkness allows our imaginations to create our own sense of "spooky," and fear of the unknown. There is a lot of "eerie" going on at Dilgert House, and nothing to fear. Both events are enlightening and great fun. Check back often for the schedule.There will be no events until at least June.
Must be at least 17 - no more than 10 guests per group
PLEASE - DO NOT wear any perfume, cologne, scented oil. No smoking or vaping anywhere on the property. Smokers must come in clean; no residual smell on your clothes. "Air out" a bit before coming into the home if you have been smoking. The spirits in the home give off scents and smells to let you know they are there, so we want the air as clear as possible. No alcohol, recreational drugs or stupidity allowed. If you appear to be high, inebriated, or disrespectful to the process, the space, or others, you WILL be asked nicely to leave...without a refund.
Other paranormal groups wanting to do their own investigation at Dilgert House, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have had groups come in there and not abide with respect or the guidelines, so I am very protective of the property. YES, there will be a charge. NO, you are NOT "hunting" ghosts ...you are inviting spirit to manifest.
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Brother/sister team of The Adams Family Paranormal has over 50 years combined experience. We show you how to use concepts of quantum science, simple tools, and a unique method of shifting perceptions to tap into the "field of everything." Access other dimensions, densities, spirits, energies and supernatural sources, to allow unlimited information to flow freely TO you, instead of hunting or chasing it. You then go "play" all over the house with this protocol and experience Dilgert House,all her many layers, along with some interesting "haunted" furnishings.PLEASE READ ALL OF THE ABOVE GUIDELINES before registering. Specify whether you are registering/paying for day or night sessions. No cancellations/refunds - you can reschedule.