S.K. Pierce Haunted Victorian Mansion – Part 4

We are one week away from headed up to the Victorian in Gardner, MA to celebrate my birthday during the psychic fair.  I was reviewing more YouTube videos when I came across this one and thought you may find it interesting.  I know I did.

Seeing that my friend Wendy was just there last week and her group hear a roar at the same time another group reported seeing an apparition, I thought this was a perfect one to share.  Could the growl she heard have come from the same spirit as the one in the video?

The video has some shaky moments.  I believe it was produced to be that way.  It’s not your computer acting strange.

If you are interested in learning more about this Mansion, please visit the other 3 posts I have written on this blog about it…

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The Fearing Tavern (Museum)


If the thought of ghost hunting excites you, THIS SATURDAY NIGHT there will be an event in Wareham, Massachusetts from 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM.  This includes dinner, lectures, and hours of ghost investigating in four haunted buildings!  Click on the first link in my “Sources” area at the bottom of the page for tickets and further information.  Jeff Belanger, author of the book I have sitting right next to me, “Encyclopedia of Haunted Places,” and about a dozen others will be a guest as well as Tim Weisburg, who is responsible for the findings below as well as several other notable paranormal investigators.

The Places scheduled for touring this October 12th will not only of the Fearing Tavern, but also of the Old Methodist Meetinghouse (circa 1835), the One-Room Schoolhouse (circa 1825) and the Union Chapel (circa 1880).


The Benjamin  Fearing Tavern, named for the Fearing family, one of the founding families of the town,  who owned it for 200 years, is now owned by the town of Wareham’s Historical Society in the state of Massachusetts.  It was originally a home that was turned into a tavern in 1747.  There have been preservations done several times since it’s been built but it has kept the look of the time period as much as possible.  Additions were made to the location in 1765 and 1820.  Walking in is like stepping back in time to the revolutionary time period with all the artifacts and time period furniture, some of it donated by generations of the Fearing family themselves.  It is quite a treat.

There is  great deal of history in this old place.  For instance, according to one of the books I used as a source, “EVP – Electronic Voice Phenomenon – Massachusetts Ghostly Voices,” by Michael Markowicz, approximately 200 British soldiers stopped here for some spirits and a bite to drink before heading out to burn down a cotton factory.  It also served as a court house and post office for the town of Wareham.

Michael Markowicz, host of “East Bridgewater’s Most Haunted” a local radio program, got together with an investigative team some time before 2009 and investigated the tavern.   The results reported in his book included EVP evidence from the investigation.   A voice that states, “Ze Attic” which sounded like it was spoken by a German voice then a noise resembling a broom sweeping the wooden floor when the spirits were asked if they lived there.

A strange bit of evidence was also captured that they could not explain.  There was nothing in the home that would make the noise of a slamming, then latching iron gate or door.  He points out that indeed, not all evidence captured is in the form of voices.  Just after the noise is captured, a voice is also caught stating, “Christ did penance.”

A little girl’s voice was captured asking, “Wanna play dress up,” as the team was headed for the basement area.

The fourth voice was of a man with an accent and was very clear.  IT was captured in a controlled environment.  He said, “We got ‘em mouse holes in here.”

The final EVP that is mentioned that was captured during this investigation is of a man who confesses to murdering his grandfather. “Hey Ashford, I killed Grandpa Ash!  I just knew you’d feel the pain.”  A voice states in reply, “then consider it… a gift.”

Forty six other EVP’s were captured by this team that night.

As I was reading about this in the Book, EVP Electronic Voice Phenomenon – Massachusetts Ghostly Voices – Michael Markowicz, where the above evidence is taken from, it mentions a light that travels toward a bookshelf as it blinks and disappears into the wall.  They called it, “Tinkerbelle.”  I wasn’t going to mention it, that is, until I found it on YouTube.  Take a look at the full video.  I didn’t see it the first time but keep watching!!!

I’d say that’s pretty amazing.  What do you think?

So, will you be heading out last minute to check these locations out?  Let me know if you have ever been there or plan on going!


One of the Most Haunted Places in New England


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History of the Hoosac Tunnel:

During the early 1800’s there was no direct route that connected  Boston’s railroad to upstate New York.  The completion of such a route was being sought in order to increase the transport of goods from businesses back and forth from these areas.

In 1825 a route was proposed by a man named who Laomi Baldwin surveyed the land for the proposed canal route but it was shot down.  It was determined they would have to bore a hole through the mountain and that would be far too costly a venture.

Alvah Crocker, a paper mill manufacturer from Fitchburg, MA opened his Fitchburg Railroad in 1845 which traveled from Boston to Greenfield.  In order to connect the railroad to New York, there would need to be a way through the Deerfield River Valley and somehow pierce through the Hoosac Mountain that stood in the way.

Tragedy in the Tunnel

Mr. Crocker obtained state funding in 1854 to start burrowing through the mountain near North Adams, MA, but many problems ensued.  There were many issues including political, monetary, structural, engineering, etc.  Thirteen years later, the tunnel, still under construction, met with tragedy.  There had been deaths prior to this but on October 17, 1867, an explosion killed the 13 people inside the shaft.  There are approximately 200 deaths in the Hoosac Tunnel, later nicknamed, “The Bloody Pit.”

The Haunted Hoosac

According to the book, “Haunted Massachusetts,” two of the deaths occurred due to an explosion during a premature detonation that was set off by a man named, Ringo Kelley.  Kelley was never convicted of a crime.  On the one year date of the anniversary of the explosion, Kelley was found strangled in the tunnel in the very spot the two men had been killed.

After this incident, many workers walked off the project because they stated they were hearing agonizing voices of people who were not there.  The project almost came to a halt due to the number of employees who would not return so investigators were hired to put their minds at ease.  It was an unsuccessful effort due to the investigators also hearing moans coming from the tunnel.

Phantom workers have been reported to be seen by many as well as mysterious lights, chilling voices, whispers and other unearthly happenings.

My son, Austin took a trip to the tunnel with his freshman class as part of a class called, “mountain classroom” at Ayer High School.  He states they walked a little ways into the tunnel before coming out.  He and his friends did not have an experience nor did they see anything unusual.

There is no trespassing in the tunnel so if you go, please be aware that it is still used as a functioning railway and police patrol the area.  (I do believe the class had been given permission to enter when they did so there may be a way to contact someone for permissions.  You may try the museum if you  have a group or class who would like to go.)

If you or anyone you know have been to this location, please feel free to share your experiences or stories that you have heard about the location.

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Above: East Tunnel Portal

Additional Information:

The first train passed through the 4.75 mile, $20 Million tunnel in February of 1875 with the official opening July 1, 1876.  A room was carved out in the center of the tunnel for walkers.  Passenger service was suspended in 1958.

The Heritage State Park Museum & Visitors Center is located in North Adams, Massachusetts and houses many artifacts from the construction, an audio/visual presentation of the construction process as well as other educational material about the area.

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The Haunted Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Inn and Museum


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Borden HomeFall River, Massachusetts was home to the Borden family in the 1890’s. Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered in the home on August 4, 1892. Their daughter Lizzie was tried and acquitted for the brutal crimes against her father and step mother due to lack of evidence.  Her sister, Emma, who had been away on a pleasure trip,  believed too, that she was not guilty of the crime.

In 2007, Tim Estiloz spent the night in the house and relays the history of the murders and the house today in this 7 minute video below, (“Lizzie Borden: The TRUE Story & The Murder House Today.”)

COMING SOON:  According to the official website, Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum, if you are too afraid to spend the night in a haunted house but have an extreme fascination, there is another option.  The house is set up with 16 cameras throughout and the main website offers a membership to which you can view their ghost cams from the comfort of your home.  They don’t guarantee you will see any ghostly activities (just to satisfy their lawyer they say) but they are hoping you will catch orbs, apparitions and astral projections.  They are hoping to have 4 cameras up and running by the end of this month (October 2013) and the rest active soon after.

If you go to the website above, you can find more info.  The current pricing for October 2013 is $15 for a tour.  They run every hour on the hour, every day, except major holidays, from 11-3 and last approximately 50 minutes.  Reservations for a tour are not necessary unless you have a group of 10 or more.

There are other options besides the tour.  You can choose to spend the night if you dare, but children under age 5 are not permitted.  You have the choice of just renting the room, doing a full bed and breakfast, “half board” or “full board.”  I was unable to get the rates at this time.

What are some of the things you have heard about the case or the house?  We will never know if it was Lizzie who committed these murders.  Perhaps with modern day science we could have pulled prints found from the axe in the basement, but even then, if the axe belonged to the family an argument could be made that her prints would be on it anyway.  Could it have been her sister who returned early from her trip or the maid, even a passer-by or neighbor who had a disagreement with the Bordens.  Again, we will never know.

Let us know if you have visited this location and if you think it is haunted.

Thank you for stopping by.  Check out my posts of other haunted locations and feel free to check out my other blog site, The Peace and Happiness Project.

Missy Bell

Halloween Activities and Games for Your Party


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Are you planning a Halloween gathering this year?  Here are some ideas for games to play.  Some of these can be played at any age.  I will be DJing a Halloween event for a local school and wanted to share some games for them to choose from and thought I’d share with all…

la10275134_1007_doughnuts_xlDonut Gobbling Contest

Donuts are tied to a string that is tied to a rod or ceiling, (Duct tape should hold the string) so that all the donuts reach the guests.  Have them knees down to make the game more difficult.  They put their hands behind their back and if anyone can eat the whole donut without it landing on the floor or using their hands, they win a prize.  To make it easier, mini donuts could be used or to make it even more difficult, you can use blind folds.

APPLEApple Bobbing Contest

This is an age-old contest.  Each person gets 3 turns to grab an apple using their teeth.  If they succeed, their prize is the apple.  (Be sure to remove apples that have been bitten into before the next person takes a turn.)

costumeCostume Contest

You can choose who judges the costumes.  It can be the hosts, by holding your hand above each participant and the person who gets the most screams wins, or by secret paper voting.  You can do overall costume winner or you can choose to do it by categories, Scariest, Funniest, Most Creative, etc.

scariestScariest Witches Cackle/Ghost Howl/Scream Contest

This can be done as 3 separate contests or all as one.  Each person gets a chance to sound scary.  They choose which category or noise they want to make.  The scariest, wins.  When doing this with young children, you may want to tell them that you will let them know when it is their turn.  You can follow it up with a group cackle or howl at the end.

Halloween-Wooden-TagsHalloween Candy Jar Guess

Candy corn can be used but to make it easier to count without contaminating the candy, wrapped candy, such as Hershey’s Kisses is easier.  Using slips of paper, people guess the number of candies inside the jar.  The person who comes closest wins the jar.  A mason jar or themed jar will work.

LLBalloon Relay

Using black or orange balloon, set up even teams with one balloon and one plastic spoon. (The larger the groups, the longer the race but will require more prizes.)  The team stands on one side of the room and travels to a designated distance and back.  They need to carry the balloon on the spoon the entire way.  The bigger the balloon, the harder it is.  If the balloon touches the floor or they use their hands they have to go back and start over.  This provides a great deal of laughs.  The fist team to complete, wins.

hotPass the Balloon/Apple Game

If you already have balloons or apples from other games you can use them or other Halloween themed objects.  This is played like a hot potato game.  When the music starts pass the object in to the right around a circle.  When the music stops, those holding the objects will be out of the game.  The smaller the circle, the less object that should be used until there is one left for two people.  The last one holding the object when the music stops is out and the other person wins a prize.

972740490_drq5m-xl-2Mummy Wrap Contest

This requires at least 4 rolls of toilet paper per group of 3 people.  The group will wrap one of the members in toilet paper.  Once all the toilet paper has been used, the group the has wrapped the person with the least amount of them showing, wins. (Be sure if you are working with children that they do not wrap the person’s nose or mouth.)  This is always a huge hit!  If, you’re doing this with younger children, designate children of the same height to be wrapped.  Not only does that make it more fair but by choosing the person who gets wrapped, you may save some arguments.

indexCostumed Dance Contest

Everyone wearing a costume competes in this dance contest.  The best dancer is recognized and awarded a prize.  Runner-up prizes can be given and the voting can take place however the hosts choose, by them or the guests.

wordsHalloween Word Search Contest

Using the word search to the left or use one that you have created, print out several copies and give them to groups of 3 or 4.  Each group has 5 minutes to complete the search.  The winning team will be the one with the most words found or the group who finds all the words first. (Additional word searches can be found at Google Images.)

candy guessCandy Bowl Guess (2 Games in 1)

This requires a bowl or two of mixed candy to be kept out of site.  When it’s time for the game, each group of 4 people are handed slips of paper.  The bowl is shown quickly to the players then hidden again.  The group who can guess the most different types of candy they saw in the bowl wins a prize.  PART 2 – Blindfold the contestants and each person gets to pick a piece of candy from the bowl without the other people seeing the bowl’s contents.  The person turns to the group, hold up the candy and guesses what it is.  If they guess correctly, they keep the candy.  If they do not, it goes back into the bowl.  This game can go on until the bowl is empty.

These are enough to keep your party going for a while with lots of smiles and fun for all.  You can pick and choose or use them all.  There are many that are not listed here.  Please share what your favorite game is for Halloween.  Be sure if you are planning a party to read the comments for more suggestions.

Enjoy your party!!

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Missy Bell

The House of Seven Gables – Part 2

The house of Seven Gables, also known as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion is located  at 115 Derby Street in Salem, Massachusetts and is listed on the National register of historical places.  It was built by John Turner in 1668, making it the oldest wooden mansion in New England.  It was owned by the family for three generations before it was taken over by the Ingersoll family.

John Turner’s oldest son who was named after him, eventually inherited the property.  It is said that he feared for the safety of his sisters during the Salem witch trials and built a staircase along the fireplace up to the second floor to provide a place for the girls to hide if the magistrate came looking for witches during the crazed historic witch scare.  It is hidden through a narrow door next to the fireplace where it looks like wood would have been stored.

It has been said that the house is haunted.  Many people have said they have seen a ghost roaming the hallways and they believe it to be the ghost of Susan Ingersoll. Susan is the cousin of author, Nathaniel Hawthorne who visited the location often.  He later went on to write a book entitled, “The House of Seven Gables,” which was a follow up to his successful book, “The Scarlet Letter.” Others speculate that the ghost of a young boy was seen and may have been Nathaniel himself.

There are several other historical buildings that were moved to this site, including Nathaniel’s childhood home, which was moved more than 50 years ago.

You can view this quick 2:45 minute video for a quick view of the house:

anonym7gab1I have found several pictures online of photos taken from outside the house that shows what could be an apparition but nowadays with Photoshop, it would have to be a photo from someone I know in order to believe it.

The Grave Addiction site posted this photo of a woman in the window that was submitted to them.

The mansion is now owned by a private organization who has restored the house to its original construction.  It is said that they will not allow psychic or paranormal investigators into the home to report their findings.  According to one of the pages they want to keep the home undisturbed.  So, there are no ghost tours.  They do offer walk through tours in which they give the history of the house and you can view hundreds of historical artifacts.

If you are interested in reading about what some people have experienced as far as paranormal activity, there are several personal accounts that were written in to the author of the website, The Grave Addiction. 

People have reported to hear screams, whispers, and the feeling of an entity who followed one person home.

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The House of 7 Gables – Part 1

With Halloween being right around the corner, I wanted to blog about places of interest in Massachusetts you can visit if you are interested in the paranormal.  Since this is a fairly new blog site, I wanted to start out covering local areas for friends and go from there.

Today, I chose to start a short series on The House of 7 Gables.  The reason I chose this is because of my mother.  I don’t think she would mind me sharing this story.  It’s always been one that has been shared over the decades during holiday gatherings.  The story never changes.  My mother’s grandmother was “sensitive” as is she,  She passed it to me and to my oldest son.  I won’t say psychic because I don’t think it’s that.  We just seem to be in tune to more activity for some reason.  We are also honest people.  We do not make up things for grandeur.  What I share with you is the truth as I know it or as it was told to me.  There may be an inconsistency, but this is 100% what I remember to be true.  My mother would never fabricate such a story.  If you knew her, you would agree.

Before I go any further, let me state, for the record, we believe in God and are Christian people.  I was called out on this yesterday because of my belief in the afterlife and want to just make that clear.  I choose to believe in the existence of the paranormal for the simple fact that I want to believe that after we die, we have the ability to watch over the ones we love and I draw comfort in feeling that my dear relatives who have passed have the ability to watch over us.  I’m comforted by that.  In times when I am utterly physically alone, I don’t feel alone.  That’s my choice to believe that and I don’t want to in any way, force this belief on anyone else.  These posts are written for you to take away what you will and believe what you will, that’s the privilege you have of being unique.

With that out of the way, let me share with you my mother’s story.  I will go further into detail about the history of the 7 Gables tomorrow…

My mother had been having a recurring dream for many years.  She was running from something or someone and she would get to a place where she felt safe and be running up a flight of stairs.  The stairs would start closing in on her and she would awake in a panic.  That was it.  Her entire dream.  There may have been more detail that I don’t recall, but, like I said, I don’t want to embellish the story for fear of telling you something incorrect.  She never shared this dream with anyone, except maybe my father, until much later.

One night, she and her friends had decided to use a Ouiji Board, just for entertainment to pass the time.  She trusted these people.  I grew up with these women and trust them as well.  I don’t think they would manipulate a board.  Anyhow, one of the questions they asked was what my mother had been in a past life.  The board stated she was a witch.  They all got a good laugh out it and shook it off as being a fun night.

staircaseThe dreams continued.  My mother was born in Pennsylvania.  We moved to Massachusetts when I was young.  When I was about 13, so about 1983, her sister came to visit and they decided we should all go to Salem.  My mother had never been.  They began the tour and when they got to the staircase at the House of 7 Gables my mother FROZE!  That had been the staircase in her dreams!  She was petrified to go to the top.  She learned that was the staircase the women accused of witchery would climb and hide out from their accusers in an upstairs room.  It took her a lot to climb that staircase but after that day, the dreams stopped.

I never knew what to make of it.  I never saw the staircase myself.  I sat outside and waited for them to finish the tour.  I was either being stubborn that day or the place scared me, I don’t really recall.  You decide for yourself.  I’m not going to say my mother was a witch in her past life because I have no proof of that.  No one would.  But where did this dream come from?  How did she keep dreaming of this staircase that she had never seen?  She had never read a book about the house, and no one ever gave her a history before she was there and she had never seen it on TV.  It was simply a local attraction she went to visit.

I’ll let you take away from this what you will but I would love to hear your comments.  Please be nice.  As I said, this is not fabricated for entertainment.  This is a true family story with just the facts.

Have you ever had a recurring dream?  I have.  There are 2 I have had since I was young and I cannot explain them.  I’ve never had anything like them happen and I hope I never will.

Please feel free to stay for a while and visit my other posts about paranormal activity and strange occurrences.  I have a second blog that is currently being updated daily that I hope you will visit if you are looking for ways to reduce stress and or increase the happiness and peace in your life.  It is The Peace and Happiness Project Blog Site by Missy Bell

Thank you for visiting!

Missy Bell

S.K. Pierce Haunted Victorian Mansion – Part 3

1235177_609215189136607_221283621_nSo, if you have read part one and two of the S.K. Pierce Haunted Victorian Mansion, you may have interest in heading to Gardner, MA and checking it out for yourself.

There is a psychic fair going on October 18 and I think I will attend to see why I feel so drawn there.  (To see the flyer better with the times and prices, just right click and save the image to your computer and re-open it.)

I know about tarot readings, but have never had it done.  I have had my palm read a couple of times and some things have actually come to fruition.  I want to be a skeptic but I want to believe.  It must be the Libra in me, always trying to make the scales balance.  They never seem to though.  I do believe in ghosts, having seen a full body apparition and had many experiences throughout my lifetime (see my first post, entitled, “Where the Ghosts Live,” for more on my own personal experiences) but I’m not sure how much I believe in fortune telling.  I’m sure it all has to do with the credibility of the medium for me.

I saw there will be automatic writing and fork bending, which look interesting but I have to say that I honestly am not sure what a divination workshop or table tipping is all about.  So I figured I would do a little research and share what I found.

Tomorrow is my birthday so I think I will make this trip to celebrate and invite some friends along.  I have included the flyer here.  If you are local and would like to check it out, feel free.  It starts at 6pm and goes, “to the witching hour.”


Divination is the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means.  So, I would only guess that a divination workshop is meant to teach you how to use items to try to read the future.  Some methods include reading tea leaves, tarot cards, etc. but I’m not sure exactly which will be offered.

Table Tipping

When I mentioned this to a few people I realized I was not the only one who did not know what this was.  Let me show a video I found that may give you a visual insight.  It looks like a seance where a leader asks the spirits questions while people gather around the table and gently place their hands on the table.  If spirits are so inclined to answer, they tip the table in response.

Here is a video I found of a different location.  You decide for yourself.  Everyone will have their own opinion as to whether they think this is real or can even happen.  I cannot give an opinion.  That is only because I would need to be there and see it happening and trust those around the table.  That’s how I am.  I’d love your opinion…

So I have a couple of questions for you… Which of the events above would you choose if you went and what did you think of the video?

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S.K. Pierce Haunted Victorian Mansion – Part 2


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1380723_10151673118023456_1383467710_nAs promised, there will be several parts of this series on the S.K. Pierce Haunted Victorian Mansion in Gardner, MA.  I have been asked by the owner to do a piece on table tipping.  They will be having a psychic fair at the mansion on October 18th that includes several different types of investigative styles that you can choose to participate in.  I will be covering, hopefully tomorrow, what table tipping is, hopefully a video example, what is going on at the fair, i.e. the times, prices and how to get tickets.  The proceeds from tours and events go toward the repair and upkeep of the mansion.

I urge you to read part 1 after you finish this one if you find this interesting.  It is about my experiences and my knowledge of the house and how I first became aware of it, a video clip of a voice from the beyond answering a question very clearly, and detailed summary of the deaths and unexplained happenings as well as a description of the findings from the recent episode of Ghost Adventures.

I am also hoping to do a video interview with a dear friend of mine who is, as I write this, at the mansion on lock down for an investigative tour.  I know she has already had an experience as she has shared via text.  More on that soon.

In this, part 2, I would like to share with you a 6 minute video short tour of the Victorian with Owner, Edwin Gonzalez.  He will be leading Kat, Tony and Wendy from Maine Ghost Hunters on a tour of the house during which he will explain several happenings that have taken place at the mansion with the past owner as well as some things that other investigators have witnessed.  He also shares some of his own stories while you get to see what some of the inside of the house looks like.

What did you think of the reflection in the mirror they showed in the beginning that was caught on a Nikon camera without the flash setting?

This is the last video for the night.  It is also from Maine Ghost Hunters.  It is about 3 minutes and shows a short flashlight session with communication from the spirits.


If you have visited this house, what were your experiences.  Please let us know in the comment thread.

There are a great number of videos on the internet with EVP and video evidence that are much longer.  I will keep this a short post.  More tomorrow on “Table Tipping.”

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Thank you for stopping by,

Missy Bell

S.K. Pierce Haunted Victorian Mansion – Part 1


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1234026_10151673118423456_1634851980_nLet me start off by saying that I can already tell you that this will be a several part series.  If you have interest in this Gardner, Massachusetts mansion, please follow this blog for more.  It will be my main focus for this week as I will be adding new posts with much more video evidence.  I anticipate this to be at least a 4 part series!  I am enamored by this place.  It’s as if I’m drawn to it, time and time again.  I will eventually gain the courage to sit in on a live investigation, which they do offer many of.

(If you are from this area or plan on visiting for one of the scheduled tours of this Haunted Victorian, please also check out my other local post on The Haunted Rev Cemetery.  You can find a link to the left in the sidebar or you can open this link in a new window or tab by right clicking on it and remain on this page for what follows.  The Rev Cemetery in Fitchburg, MA (Dean Hill Cemetery)

I recall the first time I heard of “The Gardner Victorian.”  I was an intern in Worcester and met Mark, an on air personality for a local radio station.  He was living in the home at the time and we were on the subject of the paranormal and he began telling us about the stories of the house.  At the time Ghost Hunters had already been in the home as well as the psychic we were about to have visit the station, Gary McKinstry.   Both had been there for investigations that turned up solid evidence that he wasn’t just imagining things.  He took us into one of the production booths and let us listen to a sound bite of an EVP they had captured during an investigation.  The voice sounded like he was speaking a different language.  He had it translated and told us what was said but for the life of me, I can’t remember.  (Could this have been the voice of Eino, the Finnish Immigrant who lived and died tragically in the house in the 60’s?)

Mark went on to share a story about a time that he had gone across the street to pick up dinner and there were 2 men standing there staring at the house.  He offered to give them a tour.  (I couldn’t recall every detail since the story was told to me so long ago but I conferred with a video in which Edwin recalled the story as I recall, except that I wasn’t sure about the last two messages.  I remember the one about the dog as told per Mark.)  During the tour one of the men had seen a woman standing in front of him who looked like a servant.  She had given him 3 messages:

  1. He relayed to Mark that she said she didn’t appreciate the dog roaming the house freely, (Mark’s dog was in the basement, 3 stories below, a fact which the man would not have known.)
  2. The second message was that there was something in the basement that had to be removed.  It took quite a bit of searching but they found mason jars in an area behind the stairs that had swastikas on the label.  When they took the jars out of the house, the wind ripped the label off and it disintegrated.  (They realized after that S.K. Pierce was Jewish.)
  3. The man was also told that he should be cautious and watch his daughter because she was going to be bitten by a dog.  Sure enough, a couple weeks later, Mark received a phone call from the man who informed him that indeed, the prediction was accurate and his daughter had been bitten.

I never took Mark up on his offer to let us tour the house.  He was in the midst of moving out at the end of my internship.  One night, a few years ago, I was so drawn there that I stopped at the pizza place across the street with my son, Dan. We asked if the current owner offered tours and if they would mind if we stopped by unannounced and asked.  The owner said he knew the owners of the mansion and didn’t think he would not mind if I knocked on the door.

988740_10151673117853456_1877319040_nAs we stood in the doorway talking to Edwin, my son and I both saw what looked like an apparition on the landing of the stairway that looked like a young woman.   He told us a quick story about how the activity had started to pick up a great deal during recent times.  He had two little dogs that were barking in the background and he pointed out that there are times that when the dogs barked, an entity will growl back.  My memory is a little foggy about this part but I though he mentioned there being something about the dogs not wanting to go near the staircase.

Edwin Gonzalez and Lillian Otero are the current owners and have reported that they have been driven out of the house due to the way the extreme activity has affected them.  Immediately after moving in they started experiencing several unexplained events.  At the time, they did not believe in ghosts.  In several videos he recounts plant holders that moved without visible influence and a man who appeared in front of his face that he can still picture clear as day.  He says that right after the man appeared he left the house to get something to eat across the street and calm down and had noticed a lot of commotion.  A man had just had a fatal heart attack.


The house on 4 West Broadway, was built in 1875 in “The Chair City,” Gardner, Massachusetts by then, king of the chair manufacturers, S. K. Pierce who had the previous house that stood there moved to make room for the mansion across the street from his factory.

There have been 7 reported deaths attached to this house, according to an investigator with Ghost Adventures…

  1. Susan Pierce, Sylvester’s first wife, died in 1876, although, they could not be sure if she died in the house.
  2. S. K. Pierce passed on January 28, 1888.
  3. Ellen Pierce, his second wife died in the home from cancer in 1902.
  4. Ellen and Sylvester had 3 sons.  Edward, who was the oldest, married Bessie and they had a daughter, Rachel who died of the Spanish flu in 1916 at the young age of 2 years old.
  5. Bessie Howe Pierce also died in the house.
  6. Eino Saari, a Finnish Immigrant who died on April 3, 1963 passed away in the master bedroom from smoke inhalation.  He had been smoking and possibly drinking in bed and was found burned to death.  Some people argue that it was spontaneous combustion because there were no burn marks on the walls or the floor but the mattress had caught on fire and put itself out.
  7. In 1965, Edward had lost the home after gambling it in a poker game and the new owner let Edward live in a room in the basement where he later passed away in 1967.  It is said he still occupies that area.  Here is very short chilling video of a voice captured during an investigation that sounds as if they are saying the name, “Edward.”

Other Compelling Stories:

1380723_10151673118023456_1383467710_nEdwin tells the story of two young boys who had moved into the neighborhood.  Their mother had stopped by to ask Edwin how many children they had.  When he told her they didn’t have children, the woman state that her son had seen a young boy in the window shown here, wearing a white shirt and shorts who had said he wanted to play with them but his mother would not let him outside.

When I inquired last month, September 2013 via their Facebook page, Haunted Victorian, about tours that were being offered I received this response from I believe, Edwin; “Hi Missy… Here is some info: The mansion is known as being one of the most haunted homes in the country. My story started about 5 years ago when I purchased the mansion.  Neither of us knew anything about the home’s reputation of being haunted.  We saw the home for sale online, quickly made an appointment to see it, and fell in love with it right away. The mansion charmed us. We immediately experienced unexplained ghostly encounters on the very weekend after buying the home.  Never having experienced any paranormal activity in Boston and not believing in ghosts, this was very difficult for us to deal with. We officially moved in in April of 2009. Over the next few months, we began to experience moving objects, whispering and chanting, loud banging on our master bedroom door, voices calling our names, footsteps, slamming doors in the middle of the night, shadows, tapping, sounds and smells, and even full body apparitions. Lillian would see large shadows darting from room to room in the basement when she was alone there. One time she was driven to leave the basement when she observed a shadow hovering over her shoulder. In contrast, on another occasion Lillian was led to the basement for no reason after hearing voices, and she began digging for hours until she unearthed a bone. In the fall of 2011, we abruptly moved out. The activity became just too much to handle. For example, Lillian awoke to find herself held down on our bed. After a few minutes Lillian began to scream. She does not recall screaming “take her off me,” but those screams still echo in my head.”

During the 9/2013 episode of Ghost Adventures, they interviewed New England Paranormal Researcher, John Brightman IV who had done a recent investigation in the home.  He had received evidence of a recording stating, “Squeeze every throat,” just before he was scratched by something unknown.  He showed pictures of his ribs where he had been scratched and it appears to show the roman numeral, IV.  He is the 4th in his family and no one had known that before this event.  He cla1384215_10151673118068456_747405751_nims to have been attacked a second time as well.

Edwin stated during the interview with Zak Bagans that 3 mornings in a row he saw a young woman in white levitating near his bed, crying uncontrollably.

The most recent investigation by Ghost Adventures turned up some bone-chilling evidence.  On camera they caught loud banging upstairs that could not be debunked, a golf ball sized orb float past Zak and Aaron into the area where they hear the banging, a mist-like ball float near them in the basement, a voice state, “He’s here,” when they asked the question who is down there with them.  On the third floor they used the spirit box to ask questions and received chilling responses.  They asked if the spirits remembered Edwin who had, by then, already moved out with Lillian, a little girls voice came across with a drawn out, “hiiiii….”  When asked, “Do you want them to leave,” there was a definative, “No,” but then Edwin asked, “Do you want us to sell the house,” a “not sure,” answer was given.  The final question had my hair standing on end.  Edwin asked the name of the woman who lived in the house.  “Lil-li-an,” was spoken very clearly in a woman’s voice and also caught on tape.  It was a chilling episode with a great deal of evidence and back story from the owners.

This is only part one.  I will be covering this house with more throughout the week.  Please follow the blog or check back if this house is of interest to you.

Thank you for visiting.  Please come back for more…

Missy Bell


  • YouTube Video from Maine Ghost Hunters ; “MGH – Haunted Victorian Mansion Tour w/ Owner Edwin Gonzalez,” Uploaded April 25, 2011
  • Ghost Adventures Episode, “Haunted Victorian Mansion,” Aired on 9/20/13
  • TelegramTowns.com “Gardner Mansion Shelters Ghostly Past,” 7/2-/2013
  • YouTube Video from Marc Arvilla, “Edward Haunted Victorian,” 7/28/2013
  • Haunted Victorian Mansion Facebook page, Conversation dated, 9/17/13
  • All photos were taken by me, Missy Bell.