The first time, the house manager told Albert, “We don’t allow smoking in the house.” The second time, she was told it was her “first sign” of the paranormal dealings in this infamous haunted home.
According to legend, a man combusted in that room. “He died in that room, and he burned up,” she says. “It’s kind of odd.” Albert says there have been “seven recorded deaths” in the house. Cue the ominous organ music.
“The house is absolutely beautiful,” Albert says.
The stately Massachusetts manor, built by one S.K. Pierce in the late 1800s, has many of its original details and a frightful amount of spooky lore. There’s intricate woodwork, a mansard roof, original windows, marble fireplaces, a grand staircase, a widow’s walk, a cistern, and 11-foot ceilings, according to the listing.
According to Albert, luminaries including P.T. Barnum, Norman Rockwell, Bette Davis, and Calvin Coolidge reportedly stayed at the home. Oh, and there may be a few spirits who never left.
According to legend, those who died in the historic house included members of the Pierce family, and their souls have exhibited some restlessness.
A prostitute was found murdered in the “red room” after the home was converted into a rooming house. And a young boy was said to have died in the home. “Many people said they’ve felt him tugging on their leg,” Albert says. And don’t forget the self-combusting man.
The sellers, Edwin Gonzalez and Lillian Otero, bought the place in 2008 and weren’t worried about ghost stories—until they were. “The spirits were so active in the house, they had to move out,” Albert says.
“It’s the second-most-haunted house in New England,” she says. Second best is good enough for us in this case.
The otherworldly activity has been noted in TV shows such as “Ghost Hunters,” “Ghost Adventures,” “My Ghost Story,” and “10 Most Haunted Places in New England,” Albert says. Books include “Haunted Massachusetts” and “Bones in the Basement.”
However, there’s a twist ending to this ghostly tale. Because one intrepid buyer isn’t afraid of possible paranormal activity—the old mansion is under contract, and a relative steal at $ 329,000. Bedtime stories are free of charge.