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THE HOUGHTON MANSION, NORTH ADAMS

One of the most well-known ghosts linked to Houghton Mansion is ‘Mary’ a girl thought to the daughter of the original owner, Albert Houghton, who died in a car accident in August of 1914.

Mary had dedicated herself to looking after her father and upon learning that both Mary and a trusted servant, Mrs. Hutton, had died in the accident he was unable to forgive himself and ended up shooting himself in the basement of the house the following day. The mansion is now a Masonic Temple.

There have been various ghostly tales linked to the building over the years.

For example, one of the masons says that he and his wife were in the records room when they both heard the sound of papers being shuffled. They looked around but no-one else was in the room. As the sound got louder the tow fled the building in fright! On another occasion, 2 Masons were sitting in the building when the side door opened and shut with both hearing the distinctive sound of it.

There were about 2 feet of snow on the ground that night and after the door was heard to close it was as though there was someone stomping their feet to knock off the snow. However, on investigating the noises they found no-one in the room, no-one outside and no footprints in the snow!

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