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Haunted Dwelling — Jean Bonnet Tavern and Inn
6048 Lincoln Highway
The Jean Bonnet Tavern and Inn is located near the intersection of Old Forbes Road and Burd Roads; Routes 30 and 31, on the outskirts of Bedford.
The Jean Bonnet Tavern is a sturdy, 4 story, 1762 building, built of stone and timbers, with terrific structural bones that will last a very long time to come. While the basic building has stayed the same throughout its long history, inside renovations have taken place over the years, to make it a viable building for the living who owned it. What was once the foundation of a French fort, became the basement of this 1762 structure. This area was transformed once again into a tavern/restaurant, in 1958. What is the ground level floor, is the front door of restaurant.
Going through the front door is like stepping back into the 1700s. The visitor sees lots of wood paneling and some very cool, large fireplaces, wooden tables, and a really narrow and steep staircase that leads to the second floor of the restaurant, that also has a bar. On this floor, the visitor also finds the entrance to the 4 bed and breakfast inn rooms in the back of this third floor, which were part of the original 1762 structure. On the wall is a copy of the early inn's rules for guests. The rooms all have access to a porch area to enjoy the breezes and the view.
The fourth floor attic area was turned into a suite, and later an apartment. This living space has been used by the owners of the building, and perhaps by the servants of the owners, throughout the years. It has also been rented out at one point, as part of the inn business, but is now used as an apartment.
Being so close to two Indian trails, the original building that stood here in the early 1700s was an unofficial, informal French fort, trading post. After the French had left the area, the William Penn family owned the 690 acres, which included the land where the French post had been. Hans Ireland, who was what we would call today a land developer, bought this lot, in 1760, and then sold it to an Indian trader, Robert Callahan, who saw it as a perfect place to build upon the existing foundation of the fort, a rest stop/trading post, and personal home. The Indian trails had become the main roads Old Forbes and Burd Roads (Routes 30 and 31) for traveling by many on their way from eastern Pennsylvania to the Ohio River, and territories beyond. During the Revolutionary War, Callendar joined George Washington's forces, using his skills as a scout to help in this war effort. George Washington and his men stayed here, to rest, regroup and even perhaps plan their battles.
In 1779, Jean Bonnet and his wife bought the tavern, applied for a license, and ran it as a "Public House." Travelers coming down the near-by main roads could stop for a meal and a drink, and spend the night in a relatively safe building. Bonnet built a stable and barn, just across the road from the tavern. It also was a haven during times of Indian unrest.
Throughout the years, this building has passed through many hands, and in many instances earned its keep by being a tavern and inn. Some did turn it back into a private residence, but because of its location, being a commercial business was too good to pass up for most of the owners.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
Taverns and Inns in the 18th century were used as a court facility, because of the lack of civilization, and no official courthouse building. People were tried in front of a jury and judge, and if convicted of a capitol crime, were hung on the premises, either outside or actually inside the building. There were two known hangings done inside the Jean Bonnet Tavern.
People executed, killed or murdered within or near a building sometimes like to stay in the place of their demise.
In 1958, when then new owners, Frank and Lucille Enyeant were digging up the ancient basement to renovate this area into a tavern, the workmen uncovered a skeleton with a broken neck, wearing what was left of his clothes, bit of button and metal, worn by men in the 1700s. These remains of a gentleman suggest that he was executed by hanging for some crime. Uh oh!
Another body was discovered during the 1980s, when the floor was repaired.
There are two theories/stories as to who these executed gentlemen could be, and why they were given the death penalty and suffered a death by hanging.
Being friends with Robert Callahan, George Washington and his men stayed here. Soldiers who die in battle, sometimes hang around a spot where they felt comfortable, and had good times shared with others.
Male entities of an officer and at least one enlisted man have made their presence known.
During the Revolutionary War, the upper rooms were rented out to families of soldiers, and others on the rebels' side of the fight. Throughout human history, a common trial to endure is having to wait patiently for a loved one to return home to their loved ones, yearning with all their strength to see their beloved. Tragically, for some reason, sometimes the loved ones don't ever show up again, creating heart-break for those who patiently wait. During the rest of their life, their distress for some reason can't be healed or let go, in some instances.
When these heart-broken survivors die, they can't let go of this world, because part of them still wants to wait for their beloved's return.
Entity of a yearning, love-lorn young woman - There are two stories about her circumstances.
This first story took place during the Revolutionary War. A scout for George Washington, probably a friend of the owner, Robert Callahan made a rendezvous lovers' date with his lovely girlfriend at Robert Callahan's home/trading post, to be held after the young man's latest military assignment. Unfortunately, he was killed. She never heard of his death. The day that he was supposed to return came and passed, making his young beloved more and more anxious, unable to eat. After months of waiting, she died of a broken heart.
Another more scandalous story explains that Robert Callahan was a married man with a family at another site, but had this young woman on the side, living with him in this building. She foolishly slept with him, and wanted marriage to improve her status; becoming a married woman instead of a mistress. Finally, Robert promised to marry her when he came back from his upcoming trip. He stayed away for quite awhile, hoping that she would be so happy to see him, that marriage wouldn't be brought up.
Unfortunately, because of his long absence, she became more and more distraught, and finally died from an illness she caught, and couldn't fight off, because her emotional distress had lowered her immunity. She remained a disgraced, kept woman in her death.
Patrons who enjoyed a tavern/inn while alive, often don't let the fact that they are dead stop them from continuing in enjoying the favorite watering hole.
Past male patrons/guests of this building gather here.
People who were employed as servants/helpers during their lifetimes, sometimes don't want to give up their service to others, even when they are no longer living.
Guests are still being attended to by unseen servants, who still take their duties seriously.
Third Floor Bedroom area:
The attic apartment/suite:
While there have been a boatload of personal experiences reported, there isn't much hard evidence, such as EVPs or pictures published on line - YET. However, a paranormal group called GHOST SOLDIERS, who were investigating the tavern for a pilot, were able to catch some EVPs in the fourth floor apartment. http://ghostsoldiers.tv/id19.html
Brenda Dick caught on film a real clear picture of a shadow man during a busy time in the restaurant. You can see through him to the bricks. http://ghostsoldiers.tv/id19.html
The picture was taken near the place where the horse thief was known to have been hung.
A very strong "PROBABLY SO" is in order. Many people have consistently experienced paranormal events, and have had personal experiences that could either be residual or from actual intelligent spirits. The investigation group, Ghost Soldiers, captured some great EVPs, but also reported that they helped a soldier entity crossover to the other side, perhaps the one who talked to them. There are probably more soldiers there, as soldiers like to stay together, even in death. Some of the EVPs could've come from other entities, like the servants reported there.
More investigation from other groups I'm sure will confirm their existence.
The picture captured by Brenda Dick sure what looks like an entity to me, though others in the paranormal field may want to challenge it, or try to recreate it themselves to try to debunk it. Considering the personal experiences of people seeing apparitions, it is very plausible that this picture is a photo of a spirit.
I strongly predict that other investigation groups will find other hard evidence of other spirits in this building when interest is sparked, after the pilot is shown on TV.
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