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DTF explores paranormal activity

The Fullerton Museum Center has once again kicked off the popular Haunted Walking Tour.

The tours are helping every Wednesday and Thursday until Nov. 5. The tours start off at the Fullerton Museum and takes people on a two and a half hour tour of Downtown Fullerton with stops at many notable locations, including Angelo‘s and Vinci’s Ristorante and the Fox Theater.

Front and center
The Fox Theatre was one of the last stops on the Haunted Fullerton Walking Tour. Photo credit: Sue Hwang

“We’re not making any supernatural claims,” said Aimee Aul, the museum’s education coordinator and tour guide. “We’re just sharing stories of another facet of Fullerton’s history, particularly that of downtown.”

Victoria Gross, local psychic/medium and museum educator also joined in on this tour. Before the tour, she explained the many different experiences people might go through. They displayed the different tools they use whenever they go out to investigate the paranormal.

“Pay attention to the little nuances, whether you feel a cold spot or a hot spot.” Gross said. She also advised people to keep an open mind when it comes to the paranormal.

Intro to Spirits 101
Fullerton Museum Center’s popular “Haunted Fullerton Walking Tours” is preceded by a presentation from the North Orange County Paranormal Society (NOPS). Photo credit: Sue Hwang

Before the tour begins, guests are given a short presentation by the North Orange County Paranormal Society, who has teamed up with the museum to put together this tour.

The first stop on the tour was the Schumacher Building on Harbor Boulevard. This is the oldest commercial building in Fullerton and the former home of P.A. Schumacher. Schumacher committed suicide by hanging himself on the top floor of the building at the old age of 90. It is believed that Schumacher is still active in this building today.

After walking back and forth through Downtown Fullerton, the guides took everyone north of Chapman Avenue, away from the center of downtown and into a residential street.

This part of the tour stopped at a very well hidden jewel of Fullerton.

En route to Le Potager
Guests walk over to a haunted gift shop known as Le Potager. Photo credit: Sue Hwang

Le Potager antique shop is located in the former home of Lillian Yeager, a prominent businesswoman of Fullerton, who was found dead in her bedroom on the top floor in 1978.

Lillian's possession
John Reed, owner of Le Potager, holds up an old cushion that used to belong to the resident ghost Lillian Yaeger. Photo credit: Sue Hwang

Storeowner John Reed believes that Yeager is still hanging around her old home and shares the experiences he has had.

The haunted tours raise about $10-$12,000 for the museum. The money raised helps to fund field trips for the local elementary schools in Orange County.

Tours continue through Nov. 5 and admission is $15 for museum members and $18 for the general public. Tours book up fast and early registration is strongly recommended.

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