In 2007 an anonymous letter was received by the Georgia Ghost Society, or GGS, of Atlanta. The letter detailed disturbing supernatural events that were said to be taking place at the Thomas A. Berry House. The letter writer asked GGS to come to Dalton to help rid the location of its squatting entities. Not only were some of the residents of the house hearing unexplainable sounds and feeling as if someone unseen was monitoring them, they also claimed to be seeing apparitions and experiencing uncharacteristically high levels of agitation.
GGS answered the summons, as have other paranormal investigators since. The findings have been shocking and reports of paranormal activity continue.
The Carter Hope Center, ran by founder and director Chuck Smith, operates from the Thomas A. Berry House. Serving the community since 1998, Carter Hope is a nonprofit organization that provides a structured and safe living environment to individuals in need of a long-term residential program and spiritual, physical, and emotional recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
“At first I thought it was a hoax,” Smith said. “I’m not so sure anymore. A lot of things have happened and a lot of people have been affected.”
The Thomas A. Berry House is one of a handful of Victorian-era homes that remain in the area that was once an affluent section of Dalton, Georgia. It was built by the Reverend David P. Bass (1829-1895) for his daughter, Mary Elizabeth, and given to her as a wedding present when she married Thomas A. Berry in 1882. Rev. Bass was a prominent landowner and the second president of the Crown Cotton Mill, an important local textile industry. After Elizabeth Berry’s death in 1945, the house was sold out of the family. It has gone through a succession of owners and usages over the years.
“You can feel them here,” a Carter Hope resident named Joe shared of the alleged ghosts. “They watch. I ain’t ashamed to admit it; they scare me.”
The Berry house is written about in Connie Hall-Scott’s book, “Haunted Dalton, Georgia.” Hall-Scott will sign books, available for purchase on site, at The Thomas A. Berry House on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Later in the evening on Saturday, Dalton Ghost Tours will host a special location tour starting at the Thomas A. Berry House. Guests will be able to tour the home, learn of its ghostly goings-on, and meet with Chuck Smith and current residents, along with Dalton Ghost Tour special returning guests Mark Fults and Richard Ruland. Ruland is the host of the popular web-TV show “Hunting the Unknown Truth,” and Fults is the author of “Chattanooga Chills” and an investigator with “Hunting the Unknown Truth.”
The tour will begin at 7 p.m. at the Berry house, located at 506 Hawthorne Street in Dalton. Tickets are $12, with a portion of proceeds going to the Carter Hope Center. At 7:45 p.m. Dalton Ghost Tour guests will leave the Berry house and embark on an hour-long exploration of downtown Dalton’s legendary haunts. Reservations are not required. For more information call 706-673-2167.