Paranormal Investigator Corbyn Bentley gives haunted tours of the Winchester Mansion
SOUTH BEND, Ind. --Following her passing, no one lived at the mansion for 70 years until now. And now, it’s host to ghost tours hosted by Elkhart native paranormal investigator Corbyn Bentley.
The Winchester Mansion was built in 1905 by Charles Winchester for his daughter, Nellie Knickerbocker. She died in 1947 and was buried at the Elkhart cemetery. She was the last surviving member of the Winchester/Knickerbocker family.
Following her passing, no one lived at the mansion for 70 years until now. And now, it’s host to ghost tours hosted by Elkhart native paranormal investigator Corbyn Bentley.
“I stopped by a couple of times, no one was here, so I got down on my luck. I happened to reach out and call and got a call back one day. The owners gratefully let me in, we talked, and we started doing tours here. It's been awesome,” Bentley said.
However, the mansion is not only used for ghost tours. It is used to host bridal and baby showers, big dinners, micro weddings and some of the rooms are offered as an Airbnb.
Bentley says that giving tours out of his hometown makes it even more special.
“I’m grateful for the amazing opportunity. They're amazing people that let me into their home. Having this opportunity to do this here instead of different cities, it’s definitely one of my favorites.”
With Bentley's time back and forth hosting tours at the Birdsell and Winchester mansion, he says both are two unique, yet different places.
“With the Birdsell, you’re looking more at an aggressive haunt but not so much harmful versus here where it’s more playful and relaxed. They just want to observe and watch. They’re not used to ghost hunters coming in and talking all the time. It's different places and different experiences,” Bentley said.
Tickets are $65 dollars and tour dates are Saturdays from 9-11 p.m. Click here to sign up.