Investigation at the Cohen-Bray House in Oakland

If you have done one of the prior Cohen Bray investigations, please do not sign up so that other members get a chance (you will be removed if you sign up in error).

Paranormal Investigation for members only (no guests allowed and no one under the age of 18)

Cost - $55.00 per person (payable at time of RSVP)

We will have 5 1/2 hours to investigate 2 floors and an attic. Please do not wear any perfume, cologne or scented loctions - as it makes it hard to determine phantom smells. Please feel free to bring any equipment except for Ouija boards and headlamps. You can bring food and drinks (no alcohol) for our break time. 

History of the House (directly from the Cohen-Bray website)

The Family: The house was built in[masked] by Julia Moses and Watson A. Bray, for their daughter, Emma, upon her marriage to Alfred H. Cohen, attorney, on February 28, 1884. A. H. Cohen was the son of Emilie Gibbons and A. A. Cohen, the latter also a lawyer. Both families were socially prominent and well-to-do. Watson Bray was a successful commodities broker while A. A. Cohen had in 1863 established the first railroad and ferry   system in Alameda County and also served as chief attorney for the Central Pacific Railroad. The Brays bought the land and built the house for the couple. The senior Cohens' completely furnished it ahead of time, allowing the bride and groom to move in   on their wedding day after a lavish ceremony at Oak Tree Farm, the Bray mansion [now destroyed] that once stood directly across the street from the Cohen-Bray House. 
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A Noteworthy Structure, Then and Now:The property, listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1975, is an Oakland landmark and unique for a number of reasons.  It typifies the Stick style of architecture of the 1880’s and still contains many examples of its original furnishings in the Aesthetic style of Charles Eastlake.  The original interior decoration of the house also remains - a quintessential example of the Anglo-Japanese design craze that so caught the fancy of both American and British tastes in the 1880’s.  This interior, its most distinguished aspect originally, is all the more remarkable today for having survived intact into the 21st Century.

For more information check out http://www.cohenbrayhouse.info/history.html

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  • Nikki

    Okay here are all my evps. http://evphuntress.blogspot.com...­

    April 3

  • Ann U.

    I've processed my recording for the Cohen Bray House and came up with 4 EVPs that I think sound the best. I've started a new website to share what I found. Check it out at: http://www.ghostworld.org/­ and let me know what you think!

    1 · March 9

  • Ann U.

    A big thank you to Laura for coordinating another ghost hunt! I've done a first listen through my recordings and have caught a few EVPs (my first ones!!). I'll post them in a few days. I will be interested to see if anyone else caught them. And one appears to be an answer to something Laura said!

    1 · March 5

  • Laura J

    As always, great group of people last night. Smaller than normal though due to an illness and an accidental no show. We got quite a bit of temperature fluxuations and flashlight play. We also got several EVP's during playbacks but I thought it was quieter than normal last.....until I got home and started listening to my recorders. I have tons of EVP's. I have a childs voice, several different male voices and lots of female evps. They were talking in complete sentences most of the time not just individual words. I hope everyone who had recorders takes the time to listen to them with headphones because I was really shocked at all the talking going on. You know how we were heard the whole sentence on the playback in the dining room? I have those kind of evps all night (well at least what I've listened to so far). Thanks again for being professional and I look forward to seeing you all again on a future investigation. On to the next....

    1 · March 2

    • Nikki

      Listening to my recordings and there are a lot of evps thus far. I'll post them on evphuntress.blogspot.com­ as soon as I'm done listening it all

      1 · March 4

  • Joseph

    Guys I'm sorry I didn't make it. I went to sleep to take a nap before heading over and I didn't set my alarm. Woke up at 9:30pm :( I hope you guys got some good activity there.

    March 1

    • Laura J

      Hi Joey, Glad you are ok. We waited for you for awhile but I'm glad it ended up being just that you overslept. I always worry when people don't show and I don't hear from them. Take care.

      March 2

    • Joseph

      Yeah I'm so sorry Laura I was in such a bad mood after that. I couldn't go to bed until around 4am either. I was all ready to go too:(

      March 4

  • Nancy

    Oops, meant to type "threw it in".

    March 2

  • Nancy

    Great! Haven't checked my photos. Oh, by the way, I left my box of equipment in the dining room, went back to get it, and something clattered to the floor. I just grabbed it and through it in my carryall. When I got home, I realized it was the top to the flashlight I had fastened around my neck. It was screwed on tight; maybe they thought it was like Laura's and tried to screw it to turn the light on? But, it has a switch on the side, and they had already drained the battery earlier on! Note to self; bring extra AAA batteries for flashlights!<grin> The relatives seemed skeptical, but very helpful and nice, as were the investigators. Laura, I would be interested to see if they talked about the Earthquakes, since the Ovilus said words about it. I forgot to ask if they knew the Pardees, since George helped many 1906 victims relocate to Oakland.

    March 2

  • Laura J

    A lot of battery drainage on this investigation too. I started out with new and fully charged batteries and my recorder batteries had to be changed within an hour and as soon as I changed them they drained again and had to be changed. IR camera drained in about 30 minutes. Wow the amount of EVP's are crazy!

    March 2

  • Nancy

    I finally got a ticket! Will see the rest of you Sat.!
    by the way, where is the best place to park, is there a lot? Is there a handicapped parking space? Also, should we wear layered clothing, is it cold in the mansion at night?

    Nancy

    March 1

    • Nikki

      She just sent an email reminder so you'll probably get it soon!

      1 · March 1

    • Laura J

      Please email me if you dont get the reminder nancy. It has important information in it including parking info.

      March 1

  • Nikki

    Is anyone coming from San Jose? I'm open to car pooling. Just let me know!

    1 · March 1

  • Gail R.

    Unfortunately I will not be able to attend due to a serious family illness. Please give my spot to someone else so it is not wasted. I am anxious to attend a future investigation.

    February 28

  • Nancy

    Darn, didn't sign up in time, it's full again. Maybe next time!

    February 16

    • Ann U.

      Keep trying! It took me 3 tries to finally secure a spot.

      February 17

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