Sunday, October 20, 2013

My Haunted Neighborhood

Laura Breck
I live in an older neighborhood of Saint Paul, and there’s a wonderful restaurant within walking distance that has a well-deserved reputation for being haunted.

It seems that back in the early 1900s, the owner of the house, which is now the restaurant, had a little too much fun with Molly, one of the maids. When she realized she was with child, she hung herself from a chandelier in the third floor parlor.

When we first moved to the neighborhood, I hadn’t heard of the ghost. I walked our dog early every morning, and often came past the restaurant. One misty morning as the dog and I strolled past, I felt a strange sensation, as if someone called to me. The dog wined and stopped walking, tugging for us to go back the other way.

I looked around but didn’t see anyone or any animal, but when I looked up at the restaurant, there was a figure in the window. Hairs rose on my arms and a sense of panic washed through me. I stared for a few moments then it faded away.

Later, speaking with a neighbor, I learned the story of Molly. Now, I avoid looking at the window when I walk by, but when our dog was still with us, once in a while she’d balk at going past the restaurant.

A few weeks ago, friends came for a pub crawl and we started at the restaurant. After a drink, we walked through the restaurant and ended up in the third floor parlor. Hairs rose on my arms, and my girlfriend started rubbing her arms. The guys just stared. There was a group of young women in the room, and one of them asked, “Do you feel her?”

I nodded. “She’s here.” The girls were trying to call Molly. They wanted to meet her. I told everyone the story of Molly, and I shared my sighting, then my girlfriend turned and headed back downstairs. “Too spooky for me!”

For me, too! I avoid places that are said to be haunted. How about you? Do you crave the excitement? Have you ever seen (or felt) a ghost?

Have a great Halloween!
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Margo Hoornstra said...

Love that story. I've never had the experience, but I think I'd like to. Maybe.

Jannine Gallant said...

What a cool experience. I like history and scary, so meeting a ghost would be right up my alley. I finally broke down and wrote a ghost story in She'll Never Rest. I'd love a bit of personal experience, though.

Barbara Edwards said...

I guess being sensitive and a re-enactor let me be in a number of haunted places and to see what others don't. I've only been truly frightened one. Never want to repeat that one.

Alicia Dean said...

Eeewwwww, love this story! You are so lucky! I love the idea of haunted houses and ghosts roaming the earth. I've never had a personal experience, but I know of a few ghostly incidents on a personal basis, and I'm a believer.

Leah St. James said...

What a great story! I've been in a couple haunted places (Revolutionary and Civil War sites and buildings) but have never actually felt any presence. Interesting stuff!