There seems to be a hub of psychic activity below an iconic symbol of Akron's industrial roots.

An area psychic medium will lead a series of tours next weekend of the tunnels below the former B.F. Goodrich complex.

The tour is being put together by the Summit County Historical Society and proceeds will benefit the group and homeless agencies in the area.

Society President and CEO Leianne Neff Heppner explained that the old factory complex — now home to a variety of businesses and offices — is rich in history and apparently ghostly activity.

As a part of the ghost hunting tour, Heppner said, participants will also learn about the history of the city’s first rubber company and its link to Akron’s founding Perkins family.

It was Col. George Tod Perkins, the eldest son of Col. Simon and Grace Perkins from Mutton Hill (home to the society's year-round museum), who traveled to New York to meet with Dr. Benjamin Franklin Goodrich, wooing the industrialist to build the sprawling rubber factory along the banks of the Ohio & Erie Canal in Akron.

Psychic and angel reader Laura Lyn has already scouted out the labyrinth of abandoned tunnels underneath the buildings, and reports "the whole tunnel system is hot with high-energy activity."

While long closed to the public, Lyn says, the tunnels "have their own stories to tell that have been locked up and forgotten."

Tickets are $45. Tours step off at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12. To reserve a time, visit online.

Participants are encouraged to bring along a flashlight and a camera. The tours will meet at the entrance where Building 1 and 2 meet at the complex on the corner of West Bartges and South Main streets.


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