Understanding Site Layout
When interviewing clients, it is a good idea to have them show the investigators around the site, pointing out areas that may be of particular interest. In small homes and businesses, the setup and floor plans may be so simple that there is no concern whatsoever about team members tripping over obstacles or getting lost in a maze of interconnected rooms. But in large older buildings such as the Paine House Museum in Coventry, Rhode Island, even seasoned investigators easily lose their bearings.
The Paine House was built in 1669, and the interior rooms are like a maze. The wooden-shingled structure is an extremely active site with a perplexing interior layout. Andrew Laird says that it is possible to become very disoriented or even temporarily lost when conducting an investigation at this site. With no electricity or heat in the building, investigators find themselves faced with a very challenging set of circumstances. Maggie Florio, a sensitive and an investigator who works with Laird, found the site a challenge but was also thoroughly intrigued by it. It became her favorite place to investigate, and she revisits again and again.
Although Laird and Florio are extremely familiar with the site, they still experience moments of confusion in the rat's nest of room leading into room leading into room. Site layout becomes a real issue when it comes to setting up electronic surveillance equipment, with cords and power lines snaking through doorways and corridors. The best locations for the equipment must be planned quite carefully, both to keep the team safe and to optimize the possibility of catching the most paranormal activity.