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Tinker Swiss seeing bigger tour turnout after national feature

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Halloween's been over for months, but some people still need their paranormal fixes. One spooky Rockford landmark is in higher demand than ever and it's all thanks to the national spotlight.

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum got its 15 minutes of fame in October when it was featured on the SyFy series 'Ghost Hunters.' All of a sudden, tours of the place were booked. More volunteers had to come in just to show extra people around. January and February are usually quiet months at Tinker Swiss, but employees say business has been scary good.

"Thanks to the 'Ghost Hunters' episode we're actually halfway booked up until the middle of February." -says Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum Curator of Collection Ashley Downing.

This time of year, around five people normally show up for the twice-monthly paranormal tours. Friday night, Tinker hosted 40. The show put the museum on the map and brought in unfamiliar crowds.

"People come five, six hours away just to see the house just because it was on 'Ghost Hunters.'" -Downing adds.

Museum workers say family members who lived in the home haunt it and it just might be true. SyFy channel employees picked up spirit sounds during shooting.

Audrey Mora and her friends know of the show, but they're drawn to Tinker Swiss by adventure.

"This is the only local thing to go to, to start out. We really wanted to know more about the history and see if there was anything so we've got all kinds of gadgets with us today and we're just going to try to catch some electronic voice phenomenons or something." -says Mora.

As a local resident, she's happy to have a place to explore not too far from home.

"It is kind of cool that Rockford is offering something like this."

If you'd like to see for yourself, the next tour is January 18th.

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