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Deerfield Inn –
Place — Deerfield Inn
81 Old Main Street
Deerfield, Massachusetts 01342
Deerfield Inn web site
The Deerfield Inn can be found in Historic
town of Deerfield. Take Greenfield Road to Memorial Street. Bear to
the right, onto Old Main Street. MAP Deerfield is 23 miles north of
Northampton, and south of Greenfield, out in the countryside. 91
runs near Deerfield. Directions
The Deerfield Inn is a lovely 1885 vintage
inn, complete with a lovely verandah in the front of the two story
structure. It has a lovely collection of antique furniture, and a
peaceful, friendly aura. Rooms are beautiful, and very comfortable.
Meals are delicious. Tom and I had a great time staying here on our
summer road trip of 2010.
The Deerfield Inn has 24 guest rooms of
various types and sizes. Eleven guest rooms are located in the 1885
structure, while thirteen rooms are in the newly renovated carriage
house. Nice perks are the two guest living rooms with comfortable
nooks for "conversation and quiet time."
The Deerfield Inn was built in 1884, by the
two Bradly brothers who had just lost their inn, burned to the
ground on the village common. They picked this location, near the
Deerfield River, to rebuild their inn, thinking that it would be
closer to a water source; perhaps preventing another total loss
from fire. This location also was on the stage coach stop, a
natural source for customers; travelers looking for a nice place to
spend the night. People traveling in carriages and by horseback
also appreciated having an upscale inn at this location.
Business was so good that they could afford
to enlarge their inn, just a year later. They hired a local
contractor, George Arms who was a gifted builder with an eye for
beauty and skill in constructing upscale inns. He knew just how to
enlarge the little inn into a guest-pleasing hotel. For years, the
Deerfield Inn was a favorite place to stay for people traveling
through on their way to Boston, or Northampton.
John and Cora Carlile were the owners
during the early part of the 20th century, enjoying what they did
immensely. In the 1920s, a brochure claimed that The Deerfield Inn
had "the atmosphere and charm of early days, with modern comfort
and convenience." There were 30 cent breakfasts, only a dollar
bought dinner, and the traveler could have a double room with
running water for only 3 dollars.
On August 28th of 2011, Hurricane Irene
flooded the nearby Deerfield River, which caused an overflow that
flooded and ruined the basement, the first floor of the Deerfield
Inn and their carriage house, causing also a loss of electricity,
and bringing on the need to be closed for restoration until the
spring of 2012. The water and sludge ruined the common rooms in the
older structure of the Deerfield Inn, while the newer guest rooms
suffered destruction in the carriage house.
On their Facebook page, the public can keep
track of the Deerfield Inn's progress, as they make lemons out of lemonade,
making the ruined parts of the inn even better. They are still
taking reservations for 2012 when they open again.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
People who dabble in spiritualism and
seances while alive, seem to be open to staying or visiting their
favorite spots in this world after passing into the spirit world
Mansion * Villa Montezuma * Hill-Stead House )
Cora Carlile held seances, trying to
contact her husband, John after he had died and passed over.
Sometimes owners of mansions or businesses
stick around to supervise or help the living who are the current
living owners of the property.
Hotel * Kelton
House Museum * Olde Pink
House * Brumder
Both John and Cora really enjoyed running
their Deerfield Inn; perhaps a little too much.
People who enjoy a place while alive,
sometimes after they passed, come to visit or stay awhile to enjoy
Hotel * Jekyll
Island Club Hotel * Jean
Bonnet Tavern & Inn * General
Wayne Inn )
There have been many many guests over the
years who loved staying at The Deerfield Inn.
Current owner of The Deerfield Inn
describes her spirits as being "mischievous, bossy, and, well,
A lot of the activity happens in rooms 48,
43 and 41.
General manifestations that could be done
by any of the spirits here:
— Lights flash by themselves
— Mysterious knocks on the doors,
made by unseen hands
— Books move by themselves and
— Tables are moved to the middle of
The female entity of
Cora – A strong, female presence (The "bossy" one)
Her see-through presence, wearing her
dressing gown, has been seen, walking around in various areas of
the inn, keeping an eye on things.
Late at night, owners have been tapped or
pushed gently on the back by Cora, as a reminder that they should
go to bed.
A male entity, who is
thought to be her husband, John
This entity has been seen by the living
going about his business.
Perhaps he is the one who moves the tables
to the middle of the rooms.
The male entity of
perhaps a former guest, Hershel (The silly one)
Hershal visually makes himself known as a
bright box of bouncing light
Room 48 – Hershel, a good-natured
spirit, gets his chuckles playing little tricks on the guests who
stay in this room.
Rearranges their covers and pillows, pulls
all the Kleenex out of the box, etc.
This entity loves to make a mess –
tosses magazines and books all over the room.
Hershel loves children. He will rock one of
the rocking chairs on the front porch to amuse the kids.
Plenty of personal experiences have been
reported by staff and guests for many years. Perhaps some private
investigations have been conducted here, but the results have not
been published on line. The stories of the paranormal
manifestations have made it to several online publications. The
owners have said that they also have ghost-free rooms, as well as
the haunted ones.
They know the names of their spirits, so
someone must have found out for them; either by an EVP, or a
psychic or medium.
More activity will probably increase in
frequency, once the inn has been renovated and restored once
A BIG PROBABLY SO. The staff and guests
have learned to live with their spiritual residents; a bossy
innkeeper, a can-do male entity; probably her husband, and a silly,
good-natured male spirit who loves kids.
by Thomas D'Agostino
"Haunted Hotels in Massachusetts" page on eHow.com
"Ten Great Places to Sleep with a Ghost" article on Paranormal Daily News
"25 Haunted New England Inns" slide show on Boston.com
"Haunted Inns in New England, Part II - Boston Bed & Breakfast" on Examiner.com