The Eyam Village Plague Ghosts

The Eyam Village Plague Ghosts

Eyam village, also known as ‘The Plague Village’, was hit hard by the infamous worldwide disease in 1665. The medical condition swept through the small location and ravaged numerous lives, leaving lost souls and confused spirits in it’s wake…


The Plague Village

The plague hit the village in 1665 when a local tailor took a delivery of some materials from a London supplier. The tailor opened the packaging without realising that it was full of disease-carrying fleas.

Within one week from receiving the parcel, the tailor was dead and by the end of September, five more people died.

Twenty more locals died throughout the month of October.

The village slipped into a senseless panic – maybe they should evacuate to a nearby city?

Unfortunately, the locals realised that this would not be possible – they would only end up spreading the plague further.

The villagers eventually agreed to quarantine and cut themselves off from the rest of civilization…even if it meant certain death for them.


The Quarantine 

The surrounding villages and hamlets came together in an attempt to help the doomed villagers of Eyam. They rounded up food and necessities and left them on the outskirts of the village.

The villagers of Eyam would show their appreciation by leaving money in a row of vinegar-filled troughs – they believed that the vinegar would sterilize the coins and make them safe for the outsiders to use.

the doomed villagers of Eyam

The Plague rotted it’s way through the village for the next 18 months, according to the local church records 273 people lost their lives over this period.

Only 83 villagers managed to survive the deadly disease.


The Eyam Village Plague Ghosts

Due to the high number of plague deaths in a short period of time – there have since been many sightings of ghosts and paranormal activity in the area.

One of the most haunted buildings in the village is The Miner’s Arms. Visitors have often reported the sound of footsteps through their bedrooms along with invisible ‘presences’ in the night.

Numerous families have simply packed up and left the building in the middle of the night – too petrified to wait until morning!

The ‘plagued cottages’ area of the village is home to the pleasant faced lady who wears a blue smock – she is reported to awaken people in the middle of the night.

plagued cottages

Eyam Hall was constructed in the village between 1671 and 1676 and ended up being the home of the Wright family.

The ghost of Sarah Mills is said to haunt the hall – a young servant who drowned in the well.

On the top floor of Eyam Hall is a room that is always kept under lock and key. There have been so many paranormal reports linked to this room that the owners have decided to keep it closed off…to everyone.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Eyam Village Plague Ghosts, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Blue Bell Hill Ghost

The Blue Bell Hill Ghost

One of the most famous paranormal reports to come out of Kent is that of the Blue Bell Hill ghost – it has been covered by all the top British newspapers and registers many repeat experiences…


The Suicidal Woman

The most famous paranormal entity from this haunted road is that of a woman who chooses to run out in front of motorists late at night. Eyewitness reports claim that she stands still and locks eyes with the driver before being hit by the vehicle.

Once the car hits this female entity she immediately vanishes – No evidence of a collision has ever been found, nor has there ever been a victim found either.

Research into this area points to this paranormal entity being that of a lady who died tragically in 1965, near the bridge over The Old Chatham Road.

She was involved in a two-car collision when transporting three of her friends to a function. Only one of the women travelling in the car survived the crash.

The driver of the car was due to be wed to her childhood sweetheart the following day – many locals believe that it is her ghost that haunts the Blue Bell Hill.


Paranormal Reports Linked to Blue Bell Hill

About four years after the tragic collision, a male driver posted a report that claimed he had seen two female entities walking down the road towards his car. He was on his way home to Rochester, late at night, when he saw two pedestrians walking towards him.

They had a slight light glow to them as they walked along the roadside so the man slowed down to get a better look. As soon as his car decreased in speed the pair of pedestrians vanished into thin air.

Paranormal Reports Linked to Blue Bell Hill

The same man is reported to encountered the same two ghostly pedestrians about 3 months later.

This time they decided to walk in the middle of the road causing the driver to smash straight through them. When he stopped to check on the carnage behind him there was no sign of the two pedestrians he had hit!


The Maurice Goodenough Incident

Maurice Goodenough was a bricklayer from nearby Rochester. Late at night, on the 13th of July, 1974, he was shocked to witness a young girl hurl herself in front of his car as he drove along Blue Bell Hill.

He slammed on his brakes and jumped out of the car to tend to the girl he had hit, she was lying injured at the side of the road.

Having no medical training, Maurice had no idea what to do with the injured girl. He figured moving her would only make matters worse, so he covered her in a blanket from the back of his car and sped off to the nearby police station in Rochester.

When he returned with the police to the scene of the accident there was no sign of the girl. All that was left on the side of the road was the blanket he had used to cover her injured body.

Police called an official search on the area that went on for a couple of days – all the local hospital records were checked but there had been no admissions matching the description of the girl.

The Maurice Goodenough Incident

Goodenough was interviewed by the News of the World that Saturday night and stuck to his story…even though he was still extremely traumatised by the incident.

He claimed that he was not mad – he had definitely hit a young lady that had simply vanished.

The press had a field day with his paranormal claims and eventually published articles covering the accident back in 1965 – was this girl the ghost of one of the female passengers who had died tragically that night?


The Ian Sharpe Incident

Late one Sunday evening in November, 1992, Ian Sharpe, a 54-year-old coach driver was on his way home to Maidstone.

When he neared the Aylesford southbound turn-off of the A229 at Blue Bell Hill, a young woman walked straight in front of his vehicle. He claimed that the woman calmly stood there and stared straight into his eyes as he crashed into her and run straight over her body.

Sharpe got out of his vehicle fearing the worse…but when he checked the area he found no sign of a body.

Shaken and petrified, he travelled straight to the local police station.

The police managed to calm him down and eventually explained that the area had received many similar reports over the years – it was as though they believed the paranormal incidents themselves.

They did agree to return to the area of the accident with Sharpe but yet again – no body was found. Ian Sharpe later described it as the most terrifying experience of his life.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Blue Bell Hill ghost, please leave them in the comment section below.

Imogene Remus – The Ghost of Eden Park

Imogene Remus - The Ghost of Eden Park

A well known and rather impressive urban park, Eden Park is located in the Walnut Hills and Mt. Adams areas of Cincinnati, Ohio.

The park land was bought up by the city in 1869 – before this a prominent Cincinnati landowner (who was also a horticulturist) named Nicholas Longworth owned it.

Longworth obviously had a lot of affection for the area as he frequently referred to it as his ‘Garden of Eden’. Reports suggest that he used the land as a vineyard.

It is rumored that the park is haunted by the ghost of a lady known as Augusta “Imogene” Remus. She was the unfortunate second wife of a notorious bootlegger named George Remus


Love Blossoms

Imogene initially met George Remus in Chicago when she was a regular to one of his numerous pharmacies. George seemed to see something in Imogene, and before long, he offered her the position of being his own legal secretary.

Both Imogene and George were married when they met, Imogene eventually left her husband in 1917 and George got divorced from his wife shortly afterwards. Remus and Imogene then got married on June the 25th, in Newport, KY.

Eden Park Sign

In January of 1920 the Alcohol Prohibition act came into play and George instantly spotted a loophole in it’s setup. He was able to buy alcohol for his pharmacies through ‘medicinal purposes’.

He then paid a group of his own employees to raid each delivery so he could sell the drink illegally.

George and Imogene eventually moved to Cincinnati where his illegal booze business snowballed – some reports suggest that he was worth in excess of forty million dollars!


Caught

But it wasn’t all plain sailing – in 1925, George Remus was indicted for thousands of violations of the Volstead Act. He ended up having to serve a two year sentence in prison.

When he knew the game was up, and he was going to serve a sentence, Remus handed power of attorney to his wife, Imogene, and transferred all assets to her name.

Unfortunately, he made the mistake of letting this information slip in front of an undercover agent inmate named Franklin Dodge.

Dodge decided to quit his undercover position and started an affair with Imogene.

The pair really seemed to know what they were doing – they immediately liquidated Remus’ assets and hid the money for themselves.

Remus was left with little over $100 of his own empire!

Dodge and Imogene then went as far as trying to get the bootlegger deported from the country…but that attempt failed. They then hired a ‘hit man’ to take Remus out…but that also failed.


Revenge

George was finally released in 1927 and Imogene at once filed for divorce. On October 6th, 1927, both Imogene and George were to attend court for the finalization of the divorce.

When Imogene was on her way to court she was unaware that George was following her car – a chase ensued ending up with Imogene’s car crashing into a barrier at Eden Park.

She exited the car and desperately tried to get away from her enraged husband…but he shot her in the abdomen and she died near the Spring House Gazebo.

Mirror Lake, Eden Park

Remus’s chauffeur had seen all this happen, and decided to make a bolt for it…leaving George stranded in the park next to the body of his dead wife.

Remus then calmly walked to the nearest police station and turned himself in for the murder of his wife.

When he eventually got to trial he decided to represent himself. He pleaded not guilty on the grounds of insanity – caused by the adultery, thievery, and betrayal of his wife.

He was ultimately acquitted in one of the first successful cases of the insanity defence – he ended up serving 8 months in a mental asylum.

By the time he was released, the underground bootlegging industry had been taken over by the ‘real’ gangsters – George never returned to this business.


Imogene Remus

Ever since her murder, there have been numerous reports of Imogene’s ghost being spotted in Eden Park. She is often seen in and around the gazebo she was murdered by.

Eyewitness accounts have her wearing a black gown as she cries silently by the gazebo. She has also been spotted by the nearby reflecting pool throughout the Autumn months – standing silently and gazing at the tree-leaves hitting the water.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

Ye Olde Man and Scythe – Paranormal Footage

Ye Olde Man and Scythe - Paranormal Footage

I came across this interesting paranormal footage whilst doing my ‘spooky rounds’ over the weekend – I often spend my Sundays planning out what content I am going to post to our ‘Mysteries network’ over the coming week.

The footage in question was taken at the Ye Olde Man and Scythe pub in Bolton, UK. It is actually the 4th oldest pub in Britain that dates as far back as 1251.

I usually opt to include paranormal footage in the Real Paranormal Video Footage section of the site, but I thought this would make an interesting post to start the week off!

Take a look for yourself and see what you think…


Paranormal Activity At Ye Olde Man and Scythe

The paranormal footage was first discovered by pub manager Tony Dooley one Friday morning. As he opened up the bar area he accidentally started wading through broken glass on the floor.

He immediately thought the premises had been burgled the night before so he rushed over to the CCTV system to find out who was behind the break in.

Tony watched the footage in horror as a flickering figure appeared behind the bar area – then without warning, the footage suddenly cut off at exactly  6:18 am.


James Stanley

The Ye Olde Man and Scythe pub, which dates from 1251, is reportedly haunted by the ghost of James Stanley, the seventh Earl of Derby.

Stanley was a royalist, whose family originally owned the inn. Reports suggest that he actually spent the last few hours of his life in the pub before he was escorted to his execution – he was beheaded in 1651 toward the end of the Civil War.

The Ye Olde Man and Scythe pub, which dates from 1251

A antique chair still sits in the pub, and legend has it that this was the chair he (Stanley) sat in as he awaited his fate at the hands of the executioner.

Many locals and paranormal enthusiasts believe that this chair has somehow managed to keep the spirit of Stanley within the walls of the old pub.


Stanley’s Not Alone…

During the Bolton Massacre in 1644, hundreds of people were slaughtered directly outside the pub. Many paranormal investigators have visited the pub and claim at least 25 of these slaughtered souls still haunt the premises.

Mr Dooley also claims that he has had numerous contacts with the spirit of an eight-year-old girl and a phantom dog at the pub.

Only a few weeks ago he said he was woken by what he thought was his girlfriend’s dog, Kallie, licking his bare foot that was sticking out of the bed sheets.

He got up to tell the dog off and realized that Kallie was actually sleeping on the bed next to him.

Tony is completely open-minded about the paranormal activity he has experienced at the pub and has invited numerous psychics and investigators over…to see what they could find.

He simply states that: “This is a well-known haunt in Bolton and people are quite receptive of it”

If you have any thoughts or opinions about the topic we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Bassa Villa Hotel Poltergeist

The Bassa Villa Hotel Poltergeist

I’m always intrigued by modern-day reports of poltergeist activity due to the amount of technology we have at hand to ‘capture’ the incidents. Unfortunately, this technology can go both ways…

Technology gives us the power to capture paranormal activity but at the same time it also gives us the power to create hoaxes.

When I first came across the case of the Bassa Villa Hotel poltergeist online, it really did capture my attention…but something stuck out like a sore thumb in the video footage…and I just couldn’t shake it’s effect.

Anyway, watch the video first and see if you notice what I noticed on first viewing…


The Bassa Villa Hotel Poltergeist Footage

The hotel owner, Nick Bevon, arrived at work one morning (in Bridgnorth, Shropshire) to find shards of glass all over his pub/bar room floor. He quickly turned on his CCTV system to see what had taken place in his property the night before.

He was half expecting to see a group of youths messing about in the bar area but nothing prepared him for what came next.

He watched in awe as individual glasses seemed to move on their own in the dark, late at night. Nobody was in the bar – there was no evidence of anyone breaking in!

Nick reviewed the video footage once again and took note that the incident happened at 1:43am – a long time after the last staff member had left after clearing up the bar area. He also checked the other CCTV camera angles out and ended up with the same spooky footage.

The Bassa Villa Hotel

When interviewed Nick went on to explain that the Bassa Villa Hotel was frequently linked with paranormal reports, even before this poltergeist footage was recorded. He claimed that his wrist had been grabbed by an unseen entity on numerous occasions and had even witnessed strange shadow figures walking across the bar room then disappearing.

He links the paranormal activity with a rumour that in the past, two children had been buried in the cellar area of the hotel (many, many, decades ago…one presumes?).


Fact or Fiction?

Okay, back to the video and the main gripe I have with this paranormal report…

Now, before I go any further, I should really point out that I am not calling ‘hoax’ here in any way, shape or form. It’s just that I noticed something in the video that set alarm bells ringing in my head.

Near the start of the footage, above the bar surface where the glasses start moving you can see a number of chalk boards. Notice what’s written in chalk on the board that is directly above the glasses…

“Hi, Thanks For Looking”

Now, this could be a complete coincidence…or it could be someone’s attempt at sarcastic humour?

It may be completely innocent, but I don’t know why this statement would be set above a bar area like this…it just doesn’t seem to fit?

What do you think?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

Tips on Dealing with Paranormal Activities

We have listed some of the surefire ways on how you can deal with paranormal activities. We hope that by the end of this article, you will have already been equipped and armed with sufficient knowledge on what to do if you experience one in the future.

Perhaps it is normal to encounter things in life that may weird us out, frighten or scare us, or just outright make us scream at the top of our lungs. Even in this time and age when everything is easily accessible through the Internet, there are just things that Science finds difficult to explain.

Imagine catching yourself alone in your own house and for some reason a drawer opens up and the air is still and you are far away from it.

Who do you call?

For sure, you would have thought of Ghostbusters, but unfortunately, they are not real. But it’s a good thing that paranormal psychics are here to help you answer stranger questions from strange occurrences in your life brought about by paranormal activities.

But first, let us talk about what is the paranormal, because having had a paranormal experience does not necessarily mean you are dealing with ghosts of the dead or spirits from a different world.

These can very well be energies around you which mean you no harm.

Energies are able to communicate and, more often than not, only need help to know what happened to them so they can finally get a closure and move on.

We have listed some of the surefire ways on how you can deal with paranormal activities. We hope that by the end of this article, you will have already been equipped and armed with sufficient knowledge on what to do if you experience one in the future.


Learning Everything You Can About Paranormal

Not everyone is brave enough to do a research about the paranormal, especially at night. That is why we recommend that you do it out in public with the sun up where light is abundant.

We feel secure and safe in places where it is bright. When doing your research, steer clear of websites that have ominous background music or those that have really dark layout and color scheme.

These elements of the website should not distract you from learning what you want to learn. Watch out for websites that delve deep in the subject matter without using words that are unfamiliar to most humans.

You should be able to learn where most paranormal activities, sightings, and manifestations usually occur so you can prepare yourself should you encounter one in the future.


Being Skeptical and Logical at The Same Time Goes a Long Way

There will come a time when your brain will play tricks on you. It will make you see, feel, and hear—and ultimately make you believe—that you are indeed experience an out of this world activity. This happens mostly when we are scared.

Our minds conjure images that are really not there in the first place. What you can do is compose yourself and do not cause a scene, especially if you are in a public space.

Close your eyes and try to think well if there is a logical explanation of what happened. Those scary and weird noises on the second floor may just as well be mice, the wind, or pipes. It could be the television.

If you panic, you will likely cause a disturbance; worse, you might end up embarrassing yourself. Do not discount the fact that your friends may be playing a game with you, in other term, pranking you for fun.

This is not a good thing to do to someone as it may cause trauma and other permanent fear.


Asking For Professional Help

Some spirits, energies, or ghosts would bother you to no end, and it is normal that you feel scared and helpless. When this time comes and you are no longer able to sleep well at night because of this, asking for help from a paranormal psychic is not something that you should be ashamed of.

Professionals that can help you deal with these paranormal activities, sightings, and manifestations can be in the form of an exorcist, a psychic, a clairvoyant, or a medium.

These experts will know what to do with them and are able to provide you with necessary steps on what you can do to stop these from happening.

They will make sure that these spirits—evil or otherwise—are expelled from your property so you can start getting a good night’s sleep again. Amulets and charms are usually given by paranormal psychics to keep you safe from them, but methods are varying.

These professionals are trained to deal with the paranormal and their years of extensive research and psychic will speak for themselves. You may go online and check for their reputation so you can feel better.


Being Around Friends Also Helps

While professionals tend to your house and dispel the energies bugging you there, you can be with friends for the moment. There is strength in number, or so a popular saying goes.

Be with your close friends who would never take advantage of your situation and vulnerability. You may start talking about happy memories from the past to keep you distracted from the situation.

Whether they are your family, your close friends, your roommate, be with the people you trust the most who know how to calm you down in a very stressful situation; people who can easily lighten up the mood.

You can choose to put on a really funny movie and start laughing to your heart’s desire. Eat your favorite comfort food. You can also choose to go to the nearest church, if you are religious, and start praying and giving thanks for the good things you have received so far and ask for perpetual guidance and safety from the evil elements of this world.

There are worlds that coexists with us, and it is important to recognize that. Some entities, although invisible to the naked eye, are following us wherever we go as they are trying to communicate with us.

We hope that this article helped you enough on how you can react if you experience a paranormal activity. If you wish to share more tips, you can leave a comment down below.

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Himuro Mansion in Japan

Himuro Mansion in Japan

In this article we will be taking a look at the Himuro mansion in Japan. Located on a rocky area within the outskirts of Tokyo, this impressive building hosts many malevolent spirits due to its dark and twisted history…


The Himuro Family

Legend suggests that the Himuro family had a dark responsibility thrown upon them – every half century they were tasked with performing an ancient Shinto ritual.

This ritual centered on raising a woman in secret so that evil forces might eventually enter the world through her limbs (she was effectively torn apart by being strapped to large and powerful oxen).

The final woman that was sacrificed (said to have been in the early 1900’s) managed to strike up a relationship with a local man before her death.

This secret love essentially negated the sacrifice and the heads of the Himuro family became frightened about the demonic force’s response.

Taking a traditional sword, the patriarch murdered his entire family – he felt that this death was a much better option for his family than what the evil forces had in store for them!


Apparitions

Ever since the mass murder of the Himuro family there have been a wide variety of paranormal incidents reported at the location of the house.

The most common of these reports usually involves apparitions of the family members combing the area. These sightings have taken place both in the day and at night.

Apparitions

Witnesses have also reported seeing hand prints made from blood on the mansion walls along with blood splatters…similar to the blood markings left behind by a sword swipe.

Legend has it that the spirits of the mansion have also claimed a few lives over the past century – several bodies have been found with rope marks burnt into their wrists and ankles…


The Twist…

An interesting report from Japan right? But is it true?

The Himuro Mansion is actually best known to gamers who fell in love with the video game Fatal Frame. The creators of this game claim to have based it on the legend of the Himuro Mansion.

The Himuro Mansion is actually best known to gamers

So where is the exact location of this mansion?

Well that seems to divide opinion…but why? Why would the location of such a famous paranormal property be kept under lock and key?

Over the last few years numerous people have come forward online claiming that this story is actually an American urban legend – it has nothing to do with Japan!

There are also those who claim this was a consciously created urban legend – for a viral marketing campaign linked to the game itself!

The urban legend - game screenshot of mansion

Was the presence and the power of the internet the main reason this paranormal report (story) became so popular?

Why do some people still insist that this mansion actually exists and the legend is true?

Is it nothing more than a rather successful attempt at marketing a popular video game?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

Images of Real Ghosts Caught on Camera

Throughout the construction of this site I have come across thousands of images of real ghosts caught on camera (as you can imagine!).

Now, in this day and age of Photoshop we all know that a large majority of these more modern examples are complete sh#t (sorry about the profanity but ‘it is what it is’ at the end of the day!).

Anyway, I’ve tried to showcase as many of the more famous or ‘mainstream’ examples – not all of you will agree with me but you’re free to express your opinions in the comment section below.

Don’t forget to bookmark this page as we will constantly be updating it with new examples we stumble across. We are looking to hit a 10,000 word count eventually…which will make it the largest page on this subject on the internet!


Real Ghost Images Caught on Camera

1) Praying Alone

I decided to include this photograph first as it was taken in the same year I was born – I also find it incredibly peaceful and moving for some reason…

Ghost With Praying Woman

Unfortunately I can only find a small amount of information on the picture itself, so if you have anything to add to it please contact us so we can include it in the article…

The picture was taken by a couple who visited the Worstead Church in Norfolk in 1975. The husband took a photograph of his wife praying silently in one of the old pews.

When they developed the photograph they realized that she was never really praying alone…


2) The Wedding Photographer

This picture was apparently taken by a wedding photographer who was testing out his equipment on farmland where an upcoming wedding event was taking place…

The Wedding Photographer

When he developed the shot he discovered the image of a young child staring right at him. He returned to the farm a few days later to carry out his job and asked the owner of the farm about what he had snapped in the photograph.

The farm owner was not at all surprised with the image and told the photographer that he often encountered the spirit of a young boy in a nightgown walking around his property!


3) The Shining

Those of you that are Stephen King fans will already be VERY familiar with the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. It’s the hotel that inspired the writer to pen The Shining.

The Shining

This photo was actually snapped in April of 2016 by a guest at the hotel – it’s taken inside the hotel’s grand lobby and stairwell.

Henry Yau took the photo and he claimed that nobody was around the stairwell at the time, he just wanted a picture of this famous lobby.

Paranormal researchers have been all over this picture and a larger majority of them think that there are two ghosts in the frame – a woman dressed in period black clothing and a small child to her left…


4) The Hanging Man

In the mid 1950’s the Cooper family were excited to move into their new property in Texas – they decided to preserve this monumental family moment with a photograph…

The Hanging Man

The joyous family portrait seemed to show up a lot more than one would expect…


5) Freddy Jackson

The image below was taken of Sir Victor Goddard’s squadron in the second World War. The photograph was snapped on the same day as the funeral of an air mechanic named Freddy Jackson.

Freddy Jackson

The zoomed-in section of the photograph shows Freddy peering over his good friend’s shoulder as his own funeral was taking place.

Maybe he just needed to let his squadron know that he was okay and he would always be with them in spirit?


6) The Amityville Boy

These days, the Amityville haunting tends to divide opinion due to all the hoax claims that have surfaced over the years…

The Amityville Boy

After Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his family in the house on Ocean Ave. in 1974, Kathy and George Lutz snapped it up at a bargain basement price.

It wasn’t long before they reported green slime oozing from key holes and supernatural entities openly gazing at them from the house windows.

The paranormal activity became too much for the family who eventually fled the property…but they decided to let a handful of investigators into the abandoned house to see what they could find.

This photo of a ghostly image of a little boy was apparently taken by one of these investigators.


The Longfellow Wayside Inn Ghost

The Longfellow Wayside Inn Ghost

If you’re looking for a juicy and genuine ghost story, then the countryside of Sudbury, Massachusetts is where you should be headed next; 72 Wayside Inn Road to be more precise…because that is where you’ll find the legend of the Longfellow Wayside Inn ghost.

The Longfellow’s Wayside Inn which is currently owned and managed by the Ford Foundation Trust wasn’t always known by that name.

In fact, the first structure was built over three decades ago by David Howe in 1707. It was a 2 roomed house with an upstairs bedroom constructed on an ancient Indian settlement for his wife and their first of 7 children.

The Howe’s were well-known inn keepers but it wasn’t until 9 years later in 1716 that David was licensed to run an inn in the premises.

It operated under the name Howe’s Inn when it opened its doors to the public as an entertainment spot. From there the family business was handed down through 4 generations until sometime in 1830 when the last of the Howe’s by the name of Lyman inherited the inn but sadly died without an heir to take up on the business.

Although the Ford Trust has carried out a few renovations on the property, careful consideration was made to preserve much of the original style and decorum. The inn currently doubles up as a museum.

However, maybe it’s important to note here that the original Howe’s Inn had undergone at least seven additions throughout the 4 generations it was passed down to family members.

By the time Lyman was the boss, the simple house had transformed to full tavern and inn with more additional rooms and a downstairs bar plus the parlor that was formerly an added 2-story family quarters.

Short Chronological History

1707 – David Howe builds the original home for his young family

1716 – The Howe’s are allowed to run a public entertainment house under the name Howe’s Inn

Late 1740’s – David’s son, Colonel Ezekiel takes over the business and renames it to “the Red Horse”. He carries out his own renovations adding more rooms which include a ballroom that also acted as the reception. Colonel Ezekiel also used the inn as a meeting for the militia during the Civil War.

1793 – Ezekiel’s son Adam takes over control and builds more additional rooms and a kitchen.

1830 – Adam passes ownership to Lyman his son who ended the Howe’s reign by dying single without a child. However, one of the most notable events during Lyman’s tenure as the boss has to be the time when a writer by the name of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow stayed at the inn in 1862 to get over the death of his wife as well as the writer’s block he was experiencing. Henry was successful with the book titled Tales of a Wayside Inn which he completed a year later in 1863.

1897 – A wealthy merchant named Edward Lemon buys the unused property from the Howe’s and renames it from the Red Horse to its current name, The Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. Edward also remodels the place to include an art gallery where most of his prized art collections were displayed.

1923 – Edward’s wife Cora sells the building to Henry Ford after Edward dies. It is Henry Ford who renovates the inn to what it is today.

1923 to date – the inn/museum is still under the Ford Trust.

So, where did the haunting and ghost stories begin?

The Unknown Jerusha Howe Becomes Famous in the Afterlife

Nobody knows for sure when Jerusha lived at the family property, but one thing is now very clear, she has never left!

As a matter of fact, witnesses and members of the “Secret Drawer Society” have drafted small notes recording their ordeals and encounters with Jerusha’s ghost and stuck them in drawers or other crevices all over the inn since the early 1900’s.

But why is Jerusha’s ghost still at the inn?

Well, historical accounts say that Jerusha was once in love with a Brit who promised to marry her upon his return to the US after a short trip back home in Britain.

Again, nobody knows what happened to the poor chap but he never showed up…but Jerusha was ready to wait.

And wait she did, she kept attending to her chores and playing her music from the piano for years until she also died single and miserable in her old age.

Some people speculate that the guy was a Casanova and that he had a family in Britain – that’s why he never came back.

Anyway, a few centuries later, and Jerusha still hangs on to the idea of love finding her at the inn even after death.

Visitors at the inn speak of an unseen presence that wears a citrus-scented perfume and also enjoys caressing men fondly.

Some men have claimed that she joined them in bed while some report receiving warm hugs or seeing strange lights.

All this happens in two rooms on the second floor; No. 9 and No.4, where her former living quarters are rumored to have been located.

Jerusha’s ghost can also be heard walking up and down the twisting stairway leading to the upper rooms.

More witness accounts have reported hearing music coming from the empty building after everyone has left. Apparently the Copenhagen Waltz is her favorite tune.

Is There Any Solid Proof of this Haunting?

The only evidence confirming the haunting is from the countless notes stashed all over the inn by eye witnesses.

Victoria Shearer (writer/artist) is one of the known witnesses to ever experience Jerusha’s presence. She was treated to some amazing ghost light show while staying in room 4 at the inn.

So, is the Longfellow Wayside Inn ghost story real?

Well, you can make your way to Sudbury, Massachusetts and find out…the numerous ghost notes scattered within the inn’s walls are a good way to start your investigations.

Remember, mysteries are only solved as you move from the known, to the unknown.

FYI: There are claims of two more unknown apparitions currently residing in the inn with Jerusha but that has not been conclusively ascertained.

What do you think?

Do you have any proof of the existence of the other two ghostly residents at the Longfellow’s Wayside Inn?

Is The Queen Anne Hotel Haunted?

Is The Queen Anne Hotel Haunted?

The upscale Bed and Breakfast that seems to be a popular San Francisco spot for weddings has passed through many hands oven the years.

But did the previous occupants really leave the pink-colored crown jewel of Victorian architecture?

Is the Queen Anne Hotel haunted?

The Queen Anne Hotel History

The elegant building was constructed by Senator James G. Fair in 1889. Fair had made a lot of money through his silver mines in the Comstock Lode, located in Nevada.

He decided to put some of this money into a elegant boarding/finishing school in his hometown of San Francisco.

The school became known as the Mary Lake School For Girls and it first opened it’s doors to the public in 1890.

The main reasoning behind this boarding school was not only a monetary one – he also built it so his daughters Virginia and Tessie would have a good education when they arrived at San Francisco.

Over the years Fair had managed to create a strained relationship with his daughters due to his success and the work he carried out – he wanted to change this and become much closer to them.

Senator James G. Fair was known as a bit of a ladies man, and his favorite conquest was a lady named Mary Lake.

He employed her as Head Mistress of the school and she took responsibility for the women from upper-class society that attended the school.

The Queen Anne Hotel History

She absolutely loved the job and loved her close relationship with the young ladies there – she was absolutely broken when the school closed down in 1896.

Feeling she had nothing left for her in the area, Mary disappeared from the city one night and was never seen or heard of again.

Due to financial difficulties, the building was sold on a few years before the destructive earthquake of 1906. Somehow it managed to avoid any sort of damage from this tragedy.

It went through numerous owners over the next several decades before it was finally converted into The Queen Anne B & B Hotel in 1980.

But this much-needed renovation work seems to have disturbed a past occupant…

The Haunted Queen Anne Hotel

When old buildings are renovated, the spirits get upset – often the spirits who reside there make their presence known to the living.

However, the main spirit who occupies this hotel seems to be overjoyed that the building has so many occupants again.

Many psychics who have visited the hotel claim to have come face to face with Mary Lake. They reassure the owners that the spirit is not in any way hostile, but relieved to have a post there once again!

Mary Lake dedicates herself to making sure that her guests are comfortable and frequently unpacks suitcases and even hangs up the clothing contained inside.

Objects that guests drop are consistently returned to their starting place before anyone has a chance to bend down and pick them up.

Many witnesses have woken in the dead of night to feel their bed-covers tightening around their neck. They claim this is not a hostile move, it feels more like they are being gently tucked in against the cold.

Most of the visual manifestations of Mary have taken place in room 410 on the fourth floor of the building.

This room apparently used to be her Head Mistress Office but now it is converted into a very high-end suite within the hotel.

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