Saturday, July 30, 2016
Murdock-Whitney House AND Isaac Morse House
151 Front Street
Winchendon, Massachusetts 01475
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6:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Isaac Morse House by Frank Grace
Don’t go in alone.
Two years ago Legend Trips were the first group to hold an event at the haunted Murdock-Whitney Mansion. This year we’re back, but now the Winchendon Historical Society has also invited us to investigate the Isaac Morse House right next door!
The Isaac Morse house was built circa 1790 by Robert Ruggles, who was the architect and builder. The home has 10 rooms and 5 fireplaces and was once the home of Isaac Morse (1775-1860) and his wife Miriam Spofford. The couple had 10 children together, and Isaac fathered five others with his second wife, Frances Stephens of Amherst.
Morse had much influence in Winchendon business, church, and public affairs. Since he was also a large landowner, the inhabitants referred to the neighborhood as “Morse’s.” Isaac Morse died in 1860. This imposing house was purchased by Dr. Alton Skelton in 1939. Dr. Skelton’s second wife Evangeline sold the house to Dennis and Christine Porter, and now the home sits on the National Register of Historic Places. But it’s also seen tragedy. There was a suicide in this house, and given its long history, it’s possible there were other deaths as well. The Historical Society has only recently acquired the property, and they’re eager for answers. Is it haunted? Help us figure it out!
Whomever the old woman is that haunts the Murdock-Whitney House, she’s very protective of her home. She wanders the hallways, and is especially averse to allowing people into her bedroom. Her footsteps are heard throughout the house, including the mysterious third floor, in which the staff refuses to enter by themselves.
Built from 1820-1830, the Murdock-Whitney House is the home of the Winchendon Historical Society and one of the town’s most beautiful and historic mansions, with its Colonial Revival redesign and Victorian elements.
It was built by Elisha Murdock, son of Ephraim Murdock and founder in 1834 of E. Murdock and Company on River Street, Waterville. E. Murdock and Company was the second oldest industry in Winchendon and became the oldest and largest woodenware manufacturing establishment in the country. Elisha Murdock was also the first president of Winchendon Savings Bank, chartered on March 31, 1854. It remained the home of members of one of the most successful and longest-standing families in Winchendon until becoming the home of the Historical Society.
This location has only been open to paranormal investigation for about a year and a half, but has already become one of the most sought-after places to investigate in all of New England.
6:00 PM – Arrive/Meet and Greet
6:30 PM – Dinner
7:00 PM – Historical overview of the sites
8:00 PM to 1:00 AM – Investigations
Jeff Belanger is the author of over a dozen books on the paranormal (published in six languages) including the best sellers: The World’s Most Haunted Places, Weird Massachusetts, and Who’s Haunting the White House? (for children). He’s the Emmy-nominated host, writer, and producer of the New England Legends series on PBS, the writer and researcher for the Ghost Adventures series on the Travel Channel, the founder of Ghostvillage.com, the Web’s most popular paranormal destination according to Google.com, and a noted speaker and media personality. He’s given talks at colleges and universities, corporations, conferences, and libraries around the world. He’s given a prestigious TEDx talk in New York City, and he spoke at MENSA’s national conference in 2014.
Belanger is also the host of the cable/Web talk show, 30 Odd Minutes, which is available in over 3 million homes in the United States. He’s written for newspapers like The Boston Globe and USA Today. He’s been a guest on hundreds of radio and television programs including: The History Channel, The Travel Channel, PBS, NECN, Living TV (UK), The Maury Show, The CBS News Early Show, CBS Sunday Morning, FOX, NBC, ABC, and CBS affiliates, National Public Radio, The BBC, Australian Radio Network, and Coast to Coast AM.
Tim Weisberg created the Spooky Southcoast Radio Show along with Matt Costa in late 2005, seeking to combine an entertaining and interactive talk show format with the world of the paranormal. Tim is also the author of Ghosts of the SouthCoast, he’s the writer and researcher for the Ghost Stalkers series on the Destination America channel, and he’s been featured on The History Channel, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, and LIVING TV. A sports writer by trade, Tim also covers the Boston Celtics and the New England Patriots for The Standard-Times.
Andrew Lake is a New England native who has been fascinated with ghosts ever since his first encounter with one at the age of eleven. Since then, Andrew has traveled around southern New England investigating haunted locations and interviewing folks who have had their own experiences with visitors from the other side of the veil. He is the founder of Greenville Paranormal Research and the author of Ghosthunting Southern New England (Clerisy Press). Along with being a regular on the web-cast television show 30 Odd Minutes, he can be seen in the documentaries The Bridgewater Triangle and The Legends of Dolly Cole. He also appeared on the television series Monsters and Mysteries in America and has contributed to Spooky Southcoast radio.
The man simply known as “Moniz” began investigating the paranormal more than 25 years ago, and brings that experience to “Spooky Southcoast” every week. Matt is a research chemist who isn’t afraid to bring the paranormal into his lab and apply the scientific method to his investigations. He’s been published in books such as “Left at East Gate” by Peter Robbins and Larry Warren, “Witness” by Budd Hopkins and “Glipses of Other Realities” by Linda Moulton Howe. Specializing in UFO investigations and abductee cases, Moniz is also the UFO editor for FATE Magazine and has been featured on The History Channel, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel and LIVING TV. Matt is also one of the Oddballs featured each week on the paranormal television program “30 Odd Minutes.”