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Colonial House Inn –
The Colonial House Inn can be found on the
North Shore of Cape Cod, in Yarmouthport. Located on Main Street,
which historically was call the King's Highway.
277 Main Street
Route 6A, Cape Cod
Yarmouthport, Massachusetts 02675
800-999-3416 * 508-362-4348 * Web
Open year round * 21 rooms * Weddings and
Receptions * Social Events Up to 150 guests.
Lunch and Dinner served, featuring
"Traditional New England cuisine."
The original house was first built in 1716,
by Captain John Minot, a soldier and physician. In 1730 another
part of the present building was built next to the Minot house by
the Josiah Ryder family, a two story Federal style home with a hip
roof, an attic and a basement. The Ryder family lived there for
only a short time. Captain Joseph Eldrige bought the home. During
the Revolutionary War, this house was used as a hospital and room
24 was Dr. Minot's operating room.
For the next 100 years was known as the
Eldrige House, being passed down to descendants, such as Dr.
Azariah Eldridge who enjoyed living in this Cape Cod location. But
more room was needed. Another house which was floated over from
Nantucket, was added on a foundation at the rear of the original
Eldrige building as more living space was desired. It wasn't until
1860 that this house was added directly onto the main structure and
added a third floor while they were at it. The Minot house was also
made part of the Eldrige building along with two other
nineteenth-century buildings, in the latter part of the 1800s. A
mansard roof and the portico sitting on the top modernized the
house to fit in with the Victorian style homes being built at this
Other people who owned the Eldrige House
include U. S. Congressman Thomas Thatcher, Charles F. Swift and
Ella Bray (local historians) and the Simpkins family.
Sometime along the way this once private
residence became an Inn. In 1979, The Colonial House Inn was due
for a renovation. New owner Malcolm Perna did extensive work to
create three intimate dining rooms, large guest rooms with private
bathrooms. The carriage house was turned into suites and a
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
This Inn has seen a lot of history, a lot
of human drama being around for so long a time in one form or
a) Being built close to the King's Highway,
Indians and other people over the years came to town right by the
property, perhaps were treated, operated on by the good Dr.
b) During the Revolutionary War, the
building was turned into a hospital. Some of the wounded must have
died here, and could've stuck around.
c) After serving as a home for many people,
the building became an Inn, a place of relaxation and rest: A place
with fond memories has been known to attract entities who loved it
during their life time, and chose to stay here.
1) Room 224 -The entities of Dr. John
Minot, Ralph Waldo Emerson and of an Indian girl have made their
presences known to the living
a) The good doctor apparently is still on
duty. Dr. John Minot gave a young bride on her honeymoon a start
one late night in room 224. He appeared as a misty gray figure,
standing about 4 feet from her side of the bed. After studying her
for a bit, the figure floated to the foot of the bed, and slowly
faded away. Her husband slept through the whole thing!
b) The presence of a young Indian girl,
perhaps a victim of a disease or died giving birth haunts this room
c) Since 1966, Dr. Minot seems to have
company, besides the Indian girl. It has been reported that the
entity of Ralph Waldo Emerson has been haunting this room as well.
Perhaps Mr. Emerson stayed in this room either on holiday or is a
place where he used to write.
Psychic Research: gonewengland.about.com Investigation Web
b) The voice of a young Indian girl singing
a native song in her own language was recorded by one
c) Feelings of sadness and pain were felt
by investigators in this room, which makes sense as this was an
operating room at one time.
d) Both investigators staying in this room
were touched by cold hands.
2) Downstairs Area
a) Someone likes to supervise the dining
area. When a waiter attempted to swipe a customer's credit card
through the machine, an unseen presence from behind grabbed the
card out of the waiter's hand, taking it away. The card was
eventually found in the cabinet below the payment counter. Perhaps
the customer reminded the entity of a scalawag from the past with
3) Front Office Hauntings....
a) Front Office is the favorite place of an
entity which looks like a monk.
b) Books on the shelves in this front
office have fallen off all by themselves. This entity must like to
Check It Out In Detail: gonewengland.about.com Investigation Web
After being informed of all the results
done by the Investigation group, whose web-site is listed above,
the owners of the The Colonial Inn realize that they may have a few
more nonpaying entities, than the trio which haunts room 224. The
entities are basically well-behaved and are accepted as part of the
deal of owning a very old place!
Sources include: GhostTraveller.com