Sunday, October 24, 2010
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook then you’ll know that on Saturday the 16th, I slept in a haunted house. When I first booked the trip I thought, “What an awesome thing to do for Halloween!!” and as the day got closer my thoughts slowly turned to, “A haunted house??? What the heck am I thinking!!?” I’m happy to report that I survived.
I’m sure many of you have heard about the story of Lizzie Borden. You may have even recited the saying, “Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41!” How horrid right?!? If you aren’t familiar with the story then you can read about it here.
When we first arrived at the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast we were delighted to see how authentic it seemed. The rooms were filled with floral Victorian furniture, floral wallpaper and even more floral carpets. I definitely felt like I was thrust back into the Victorian Age. We reserved the attic bedroom of the maid, Bridget Sullivan. Again, the room was full of florals, an old wood chest, a small rocking chair and this extremely creepy, heavy, cast iron, cat statue with glowing green eyes that stood about a foot tall. My boyfriend said, “Oh that cat is CREEPY!” to which I replied, “Oh yea it is! Why don’t you knock it over or something then?” He looked at me like I was crazy because what would knocking the cat over do for us? Nothing. Anyway, there will be more on the cat a little while later ;-)
Once we returned to the house, we were treated to a tour of the entire house with our housemates and given a bit of background about the house, the murders and some ghostly happenings that have occurred. Our tour guide, Eleanor, told us that once, while the owner was staying in our room, the little rocking chair moved from over in the corner to right beside the bedside, almost like someone had been watching her sleep. Weird!!
After the tour we were introduced to our very first séance! How fun! A séance in a real haunted house! A few weird things happened to me during the séance, 1) I felt like someone touched my face when I was observing the séance from the other side of the room, 2) I felt a very cold draft 3) I smelled lavender which the medium explained was the type of soap that Mrs. Borden typically used. Now being the skeptic that I am, I came to the conclusion that what I had experienced was really a muscle twitch, someone opened a window or door, and there was lavender scented spray in the bathrooms. Regardless, the séance was a bit eerie. We were able to communicate with Mr. and Mrs. Borden and ask them questions through the medium. We found out who the real killer was and how the whole thing went down. Was it really Lizzie? You’ll have to find out by staying at the house yourself.
We then went downstairs a breakfast that was similar to the breakfast that those who were murdered had the morning of the murders: Johnny cakes, fruit, and coffee, along with your typical breakfast staples: eggs, sausage, and home fries. Breakfast was delicious and Will was an excellent cook!
After breakfast we began our hour ride to Salem! Look for my next blog post about Salem, Mass. later in the week!