Cape Cod - The Barnstable House
— The Barnstable House
3010 King's Highway/Main Street
Barnstable, Massachusetts 02630.
The Barnstable House can be found just
north of the town of Barnstable, along the King's Highway, 6A, that
turns into Main Street.
The Barnstable House was built in 1716, by
James Paine, who has the posthumous honor of being related
to Robert Treat Paine, a signer of The Declaration of
Independence. It was built over an underground river, which
can be a convenient labor-saver, or an accident ready to happen,
depending on the circumstances. In the basement of the home,
there was an opening that led to the river, so people in the house
could get water from this river. Michael Aston, founder of the new England Society of Paranormal Investigators shared with me
how this 1716 home was constructed: "The Barnstable house is unique
in such a way that the original house was built from 1 tree and was
sailed over by boat in three pieces. This is the house you
The first floor had the usual common rooms.
The bedrooms were found on the second floor. The third floor
attic room was finished and fairly big, probably used for living
space at some point in time. The basement was a useful space
as well. The layout of this home made it a versatile property, that
could be used for a variety of purposes, which insured that it
would be well taken care of throughout its existence. It was
never allowed to become a woe-be-gone fixer-upper.
Besides being a family home for many people
over its very long existence, this lovely structure over the course
of the years became an inn and restaurant/tavern, because of its
location; right off the main road, attracting weary, thirsty,
hungry travelers. The locals also enjoyed a good beer, and a fine
meal. During the 1970s; when the Barnstable House was vacant, a
fire started, probably in the third floor attic room, but was
quickly put out by firemen.
In recent years, The Barnstable Restaurant
and Tavern moved down the street into another building, and this
colonial structure became a commercial building, housing several
businesses that serve the Cape Cod area. The dining room
became the conference room. Though the inside may have been
modified a little, to better serve as business offices, only one
small addition was added in the 1970s. Considering the age of this
structure, being 268 years old, that is pretty remarkable.
Today, it is a busy home to several
businesses, who take the paranormal activity in stride, knowing
that the spirits are benign, and won't hurt them; though perhaps a
little mischievous, strong-willed at times, and even a bit
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
For a variety of reasons, The Barnstable
House has been and is popular with spirits of people who loved this
structure. The Barnstable House has been nicknamed, "The House With
11 Ghosts." Eleven spirits have been felt/seen by psychics
and mediums that also like to visit, or hang out in the structure.
Many families and people have enjoyed living/working in this
handsome home, that was a business and home for so many years.
Dr. Savage, who owned the home at some
point experimented with the occult in the home, perhaps in
spiritualism, which can open a door to the spirit world, making it
easier for spirits to stay and/or just visit.
( LeDuc Mansion * Villa Montezuma * Hill-Stead House * The White House Mrs. Lincoln would hold seances
in the White House, to contact her deceased children. )
Tragic, sudden deaths of children/youth by
drowning or other means can cause their spirits to stay among
their family or loved ones in their comfortable home they had in
( Saint Augustine Lighthouse * Copper Queen Hotel ;( Son of Maid ) * New River Inn * Inwood Manor )
A young girl, Lucy Paine, probably in the
4-7 year old range, was the daughter of one of the early
owners. Lucy fell through the opening that led to the river that
runs under the house, and drowned in the water.
People kill themselves to escape what they
think are unlivable circumstances; to avoid facing the emotional
pain, shame, and disappointment of the moment. When doing this act
doesn't make their pain go away, they sometimes find themselves
unable to move onto the other side.
( Hotel Bethlehem * Hotel Adolphus * * * Skirvin Hotel * Stranahan House )
A former owner, filled with despair and
hopelessness after losing all his money during The Revolutionary
War, facing bankruptcy, ended his life by hanging himself from one
of the trees on the property.
Former inhabitants/servants of a cherished
building, sometimes chose to stay in their earthly home/building in
their after-life, enjoying their memories, and keeping an eye on
the new owners.
( Hemingway House * * * Southgate House * O.C. White's Pub )
A crabby, disagreeable entity, known as
Captain Grey, sulks around the basement cellar.
Several women who lived here when they were
alive, have been seen in this house.
The male entity of
His apparition has been seen by folks,
through the windows in the upstairs, sealed attic, that is not used
by the living; but apparently Edmund finds that area just fine for
his existence in this world.
The male entity of
Expresses his sour disposition by slamming
the doors, probably getting some chuckles when the living jump!
The clear apparition of Captain Grey has
been seen in the Cellar by various owners, staff and others,
Male Entities of
Colonial Tavern Server(s)/possibly an owner among
When The Barnstable House was a restaurant
and tavern, people would be sitting in the tavern, when a
life-like, solid man, dressed in colonial attire would pass their
table, carrying a tray of old-fashioned beer mugs ("tankards").
Other times, patrons would be approached by
other life-like "colonial servers" who also turned out to be
spirits, perhaps trying to help the tavern owner.
Female child entity,
She was/is a sociable little girl, trying
to find someone among the living who would play with her. Her
favorite game was playing ball.
Lucy would suddenly appear in front of some
guest or staff member, getting a variety of reactions - from
startling them to scaring them silly.
Lucy probably played mischievous pranks on
the living, trying to get their attention.
After the fire, she attached herself to a
piece of furniture that was being moved to The Barnstable
Restaurant and Tavern down the road, where she was hoping to find
people in this world to play with her. It was no fun in an empty
house, and now it smelled of smoke!! She has since come back
to play, and now probably likes both places.
She did a lot of mischievous pranks again
on the living to get attention at her new home, The Barnstable
Restaurant and Tavern. Lucy pestered a staff member to the
point where the staff member told her to stop, because she couldn't
play now; had too much work to do. Lucy pouted, and went away
for a time, but did come back.
Lucy has since come back to The Barnstable
House to play, and now probably likes both places. EVPS of a
little girl have been caught on tape recently, and it is thought to
Entity of a
The description given of her from the
firemen who saw her, after some thought: A young woman, wearing a white gown-like dress, with long blonde hair, who floated
along instead of walking.
Mentioned above, a fire broke out in the
house in the early 1970s, when the building was temporarily empty.
Smoke was seen, pouring out of a roof skylight. As to what
happened next, I found two slightly different stories.
Version 1: The firemen arrived
quickly and saw a woman looking at them through a window on the
third floor. When they got to the room, it was empty.
The woman was floating above the front yard lawn, wearing a long
white gown, for several minutes, before disappearing.
Version 2: The firemen went into the
house to put out the fire, and tried to find the source of the
smoke coming out of the skylight as well. Suddenly a
girl/woman was with them, moving about the group, asking strange
questions. These firemen were the only ones who saw her, and
didn't realize it at the time that she was a spirit, not a living
person. After all the excitement, they had time to think
about it, realizing that she floated rather than walked. While she was seen in solid form, her color wasn't normal, but
This woman was seen floating across the
street after the fire to the Beechwood Inn, choosing to stay there
Entity of a female,
former Lady of the House - has been seen in the rooms on
the first floor, especially the dining room.
A lawyer who had opened an office in one of
the spaces on the first floor was working at his desk, and saw and
heard the latch to his door open. He saw an entity of a woman, with
a hatchet in her hand, calmly walk through, on her way to do a
chore, like killing a chicken for dinner?
This same lawyer saw the same woman
churning butter by the fireplace.
Perhaps she is the entity who preferred
that the old-fashioned tallow candle chandelier be lighted, and
would do so herself, during the time when The Barnstable House was
an inn, catering to tourists and visitors to the area.
Throughout the years of this structure's
existence, many personal experiences of paranormal activity have
been reported. Not only does this property have many reports of
personal experiences with paranormal activity, but spiritual
investigations done by psychics, sensitives and mediums and the
gathering of hard evidence as well, backs up some of the claims
The New England Society of Paranormal Investigators,
is an experienced group, that uses a variety of equipment, as well
as being skilled in the art of catching inspiring EVPs from
spirits on their investigations. True to form, they captured some
intelligent EVPs at Barnstable
House. Use good headphones to hear what they caught on their
They have shared a digital video of what happened during an an
EVP session at the conference table in the former dining room. in
an area that was right behind the investigators asking questions, a
heavy whale, attached to pole in a cast iron stand, solid and
sturdy, fell over by itself with a big bang!!
After thanking the unseen entity, for
making his or her presence known, the investigators tried to
re-enact this, but realized that it took some force to knock it
Perhaps, was it the grouchy, salty sea
captain, trying to get some chuckles, and recognition? It is
sort of in his style, as he likes to slam doors, to startle the
living and perhaps get noticed.
A BIG YES INDEED!! The Barnstable
House has lived up to its reputation of being the home of 11
spirits, give or take a few. As living people sometimes need a
change of scenery, so do some of the entities who stay at
Barnstable House, who apparently visit other establishments close
There is hard evidence captured and shared
that backs up the personal experiences of many people, from former
and present property owners, of the inn and restaurant days, to
firemen on duty to owners of the various businesses who inhabit the
Haunted Massachusetts, by Thomas
D'Agostina, Schiffer Publishing, 2007.
Article by Jack Sheedy, found on The New
England Society of Paranormal Investigators.
Intelligent EVPS * The New England Society of Paranormal