Sise Inn -
House -The Sise Inn
40 Court Street
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801
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The Sise Inn can be found in the small,
charming New England seaport town of Portsmouth, which is 15 miles
north of the Mass. State line, and about 60 miles north of Boston,
off Route 95.
This 1881 Queen Anne style
mansion-turned-inn, has three stories, a ground floor, plus a
"bright atrium," that was part of the contemporary addition that
was added on by the owners, when the old mansion was renovated and
made into an inn, in 1986. The inside of the now upscale Sise Inn
features beautiful butter wood paneling, a Victorian atmosphere,
complete with lovely antique furniture that fills every room, and
complements the modern touches added; like a brass elevator
This 1881 mansion was originally built by a
wealthy businessman, John Sise, for himself and his family. It was
in continuous use as a private residence until the mid-1930s, when
it began to be used for business and professional services. The
mansion itself served as business offices, a doctor's suite of
offices, a beauty parlor, a fashion shop, apartments, and a
half-way house for mental patients.
The following incidences were reported by
Sise Inn personnel, guests, and a former mental patient. They
suggest that a male and perhaps a female entity are unseen guests
in this classy inn.
Suite 204 on the third floor, and the area
around it seems to be the favorite haunt of one or two entities.
They seem to enjoy playing with the ice machine, throwing ice, and
have the compelling need to lock and unlock the doors, much to the
annoyance of the living.
1) All rooms were securely locked when not
being used by guests. On a night when there were no guests on the
third floor, the desk clerk heard the ice machine on the third
floor working. She went up to investigate, and found a trail of ice
leading from the ice machine into the then open door of suite 204,
where the remainder of the ice taken lay in a heap on the floor,
with not a seen human presence anywhere near the third floor.
2) At 2 o'clock in the morning, guests in
suite 204 found that their key wouldn't work in the lock. The
experienced desk clerk couldn't open the locked door either. The
manager had to come over but had no luck with his emergency key.
Because all the rooms had been rented that night, a locksmith was
called at 4 o'clock in the morning. Oddly, the locksmith had no
trouble opening the room with the couple's original key, when he
tried it. Some entity wanted a private moment in the suite, or was
trying to lock some unknown foe out.
3) The key to this suite 204 was constantly
missing, unlike the other keys that occasionally were taken by
mistake by guests. This suite 204 key was always mailed back to the
Occurrences that took place in other guest
rooms throughout the Sise Inn.
1) A rather cheeky male entity likes to go
up behind an unsuspecting maid cleaning up a room, and put his
hands gently on her hips.
2) One maid felt herself being pulled
gently into a closet by an amorous, unseen male presence.
3) Various maids have walked through cold
spots in rooms that have no physical explanation, and find
themselves having trouble with door locks that worked fine the last
time they tried to unlock these same doors.
4) One female guest, while lying on her
bed, felt an unseen presence lay down next to her, pushing down the
other side of the bed.
5) An unnerved guest asked for a new room,
when the potted plant suddenly flew off the coffee table in his old
room. While he was reading, he heard a noise, looked up and saw
this amazing sight; a flying potted plant.
6) The Elevator is known to go up and down
at will, with the door opening and closing by itself.
7) A small rocker, located next to the
check-in desk, has been known to deliberately rock by itself.
8) A clerk was startled to find the big,
seldom used scissors that are kept under the desk, lying on top of
the desk, after just a quick trip to the parlor, only a few feet
away from the desk, and within hearing distance. He would've heard
if a living person had moved them.
9) One afternoon, a peculiar looking man
came into the inn and asked the clerk if the lady ghost was still
there. Perhaps an entity had appeared to him during his stay at the
Possible Identity of the entity or
1) It is rumored that a butler of John Sise
fell in love with a maid. But when their relationship went sour, he
killed this maid and then hung himself in the room, now known as
Suite 204. There is no factual evidence that this ever
2) A known murder happened two houses down
from the Sise Inn, way back in 1905. A man murdered his wife. Maybe
the woman and/or her murderous husband decided to move down to the
Sise house, as entities have seemed to do in other instances.
3) However, those kind of entities who die
violently, or do violent deeds, typically are in more pain, and
tend to lash out at the living, or relive the circumstances of
their death over and over again, unable to find peace without help
from a medium, psychic or para-psychologist. It is possible that
the woman entity could be trying to lock her murderous husband out
of the room, before he killed her, which could explain the door
lock and key problems. However, there are no feelings of fear/rage
picked up by guests, and no screams for help have been heard. She
just may feel Sise House is a safe haven, and may not realize that
she is dead.
4) This male entity, however, seems to
think of himself as a ladies man, and basically teases the living,
while enjoying the electrical toys; the elevator and ice machine.
He may be locking the doors to insure privacy while re-experiencing
a previous amorous Rendezvous.
Whoever these entities are, they enjoy the
Sise Inn, and the owner is willing to put up with their personal
habits and preoccupation with ice, keys and locked doors, as no
effort has been made to send them to the other side. While these
entities can annoy the living, they don't generally try to scare
anyone out of the inn; just get a little attention, to let the
living know that they are there.
Yes, the above manifestations still
mystify, annoy, amuse the living as they share the Sise Inn with
these ghostly presences.