Haunting the Houghton 2016

Houghton Mansion by Frank Grace

Saturday, September 17, 2016
6:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Houghton Mansion
172 Church Street
North Adams, Massachusetts

Your $99 ticket includes: dinner, snacks, lectures, a tour, and hours of investigating this famous New England haunt! If you choose the overnight option for $129 you get the chance to spend the entire night and join us for a Paranormal Pajama Party–breakfast the next morning is included! Please note you need to bring your own sleeping bag for this option (there are no beds). Please read the Accommodations section for details.

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About the Haunt:

As seen on Season One of Ghost Adventures and Season Ten of Ghost Hunters!

Houghton Mansion Library by Frank Grace

Built by the first mayor of North Adams in 1890, the mansion is now home to a Masonic Temple, though the secretive society isn’t the only resident. The building allegedly holds the ghosts of a suicide victim, A.C. Houghton himself, and the spirit of his daughter, Mary, who died in a tragic car accident August 1, 1914.

As Houghton’s fortune grew, so too did his real estate holdings. The mansion at 172 Church Street was his third and most lavish home in North Adams. The original roof was Spanish tile, the siding was clapboards that were thinnest near the bottom to give the illusion that the building was larger than it really was.

A.C. Houghton, his wife, Cordelia, and youngest daughter, Mary, moved in to the opulent mansion in 1900.

In 1905, when his health began to fail, Houghton resolved to cut back, but at 61 years of age, he still made his business affairs his top priority. It was during this difficult time that his daughter, Mary, announced she would never marry. She would instead devote her life to caring for her father.

Old age and poor health continued to wear down A.C. Houghton’s ability to work. In the spring of 1914, Houghton purchased his first car, a Pierce-Arrow, seven-passenger touring vehicle. He figured the rides in the country would be relaxing.

The family charged their loyal servant, John Widders, with the task of learning to drive the automobile. On August first of that same year, Houghton asked his newly-trained driver to bring the Pierce-Arrow around for a trip to Vermont. In the car that day was A.C., his daughter, Mary, and family friends Dr. Robert Hutton and his wife, Sybil of New York. At 9:00 AM, the group left North Adams with Widders driving.

Houghton Mansion Basement by Frank Grace

About 30 minutes later, the Pierce-Arrow was in Pownal, Vermont, climbing a street now called Oak Hill Road. A team of men and horses were parked on the right-hand side of the road working on repairing the surface. Widders pulled Houghton’s car over to the left in an attempt to drive around the construction crew. The car’s tires hit a soft dirt shoulder of the street, which sent the vehicle tumbling down a steep embankment. All but Mary Houghton were thrown from the car. Mrs. Sybil Hutton was killed instantly when the Pierce-Arrow rolled on top of her. Mary, though, suffered serious injuries and died a few hours later at North Adams Hospital.

The three men only suffered minor injuries and were allowed to go home that same day. Though the state of Vermont cleared Widders of any wrong-doing, the Houghton’s trusted servant couldn’t forgive himself for the deaths. Early in the morning of August second, Widders went into the Houghton’s barn and shot himself, taking his own life.

Though A.C. Houghton suffered no serious physical injuries during the accident, the tragic events broke his heart. He died ten days after the crash that took his daughter’s life.

The mansion remained with the Houghton family until 1926 when A.C.’s daughter, Florence, and her husband sold the building to the Freemasons.


6:00 PM – Arrive/Meet and Greet

6:30 PM – Dinner

7:00 PM – Historical overview of the site

8:00 PM to 1:00 AM – Investigations

Mini-Readings with Psychic Medium Stephanie Burke: SOULED OUT
Readings are 15 minutes each, and space is limited. Please note that you may miss some of the lecture or tour depending on your time slot. Readings are limited to one person. If you wish to bring in an additional person for your reading, they must also pay the full price. PLEASE NOTE: The mini-reading time slots are now souled out.

Want to join us for a paranormal pajama party at the Houghton Mansion? For just $30 more (per person) you can spend the night with us in the mansion after the main event is over. The price includes breakfast the next morning! Please note: you’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag. There are NO BEDS. This is roughing it, folks. You’ll be sleeping on the floor–or spend a few extra hours investigating on your own! Please note we’ll need to leave by 9:00 AM

If you don’t want to spend the night at the mansion, but still want to find a local hotel, we suggest heading to either Bennington, Vermont (about 25 minutes north), or Pittsfield, Massachusetts (about 30 minutes south), to find a hotel at a reasonable price.

To add an overnight spot to your ticket, please click on the PayPal button below (you’ll have the option to adjust the amount of spots on the next screen).

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4 thoughts on “Haunting the Houghton 2016

  1. Mark Linn says:

    This sounds like an awesome event and I cannot wait to go!:)

    1. Mark Linn says:

      It would be neat to make contact with spirits in the house.

  2. Is there anyway I can make a reservation without a credit card? I don’t have a credit card.

  3. Renee says:

    wow!i want to go!!!!!!

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