Paranormal show to premiere showing Lexington’s Waveland

Billy Thomas (left) and Ben Farbert (right) are part of Darren Zancan’s (middle) production team for “Haunted History.”

Amanda Bryant

A new TV show featuring suspected haunted locations around Kentucky is expected to begin filming later this month. “History Haunted” is expected to catch the ghoulish side of viewers with the added thrill of paranormal encounters.

Kentucky has been a magnet for local and out-of-state ghost hunters with several attractions such as Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville and Bob Mackey’s Music World in Wilder.

Waveland Historic Site, also known as the Joseph Bryan House, is a former plantation home located in Lexington. The show is set to put Waveland on showcase with its first episode. The episode is planned to feature historically-accurate clothed visitors within the home and a historian guide along an in-depth tour of the history embedded into the plantation.

 “There is no question that Waveland is haunted,” said David Underwood, a spokesperson for the Lexington Paranormal Research Society. They as a group have done walkthroughs of Waveland on a regular basis.

Producer Darren Zancan is a journalism graduate of EKU and attended graduate school at Northwestern University. During his time at Northwestern, the movie “Public Enemies,” which portrays the life of gangster John Dillinger, premiered spiking his interest in a local jail that had housed Dillinger. This interest led him to do an amateur paranormal investigation of the jail. He recently went back and viewed the film and this time it sparked the interests of a TV show itself based on historical paranormal investigations.

Waveland features several historical treasures, such as an original grandfather clock and a chair presumed to have been used by Daniel Boone, according to Zancan. Interviews are scheduled for the coming week with staff who have worked the site’s fright night events. One member of the staff reports while setting up she experienced a fright when she turned on the kitchen lights to reveal the cabinets and drawers had been opened without human intervention, according to Zancan.

The show is planned to be pitched to PBS and available on local programming. It was originally planned to be a short-lived web series, but according to Zancan the idea seemed too viable to be put in that kind of a limitation.

“The show isn’t going to be Ghost Hunters or Adventures where 80 percent is paranormal and really ghostly. We are writing it for PBS, so we want it to be educational,” Zancan said. The goal in mind is to bring history and the paranormal together.

The goal of the production crew is to start with the local attractions such as Waveland and the like for the first season and venture out of state for the second season. There is no time frame yet on a premiere date, but it promises to be attractive viewing for the history fan along with the paranormal fan.