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    "Death is no more than passing from one room into another." – HELEN KELLER

The Orleans Inn

Adjacent to the shore of Town Cove in Orleans, Massachusetts sits an aging Victorian beauty. In 1875, Aaron Snow began constructing a beautiful mansion for his wife and seven children. The time and effort it took for him to build such a magnificent structure earned its past nickname, "Aaron's Folly". He ran a store on the first floor of this six-story building which included bootlegging and burying a stash in the waters of the cove. Snow's son, William H. moved the family business in to the center of Orleans where it continues to operate under by the Snow family. Aaron died on May 10, 1892, as well as his wife. For ten long years, this Victorian structure saw no life within its walls.

Then in 1900, two sisters bought it and turned the beloved home in to a boarding house. A seedier side of life was introduced during the Roaring Twenties. Some of the female boarders decided to "entertain" male clients in their rooms, leading to a scandalous reputation for the home. Two of these prostitutes met with death a few years later, one shot to death right in front of the parking lot. The home passed through many hands, including the Irish Mafia (allegedly), until the 1940s. The days of scandal were left behind. The northeast and southwest wings were added to the structure shortly after World War II and the building became first a summer, then a year-round hotel. The business prospered but tragedy would not be a thing of the past.

In the 1970s, a bartender named Fred was found hanging in the cupola. Most immediately wrote it off as a suicide but some think it may have been murder. Some time later, a dishwasher named Paul hung himself in the basement. Ed and Lauri Maas purchased the dilapidated inn during 1996 with plans to level the property. Once they learned of its history and alleged hauntings, they invested a couple million dollars in to restoring the structure to its beautiful splendor.

Three spirits are believed to haunt the Orleans Inn: Fred, Paul and the prostitute who was killed in front of parking lot and later named after a snow family member (Hannah) after her true identity could not be obtained. Doors have been known to open and close on their own. Shadows were seen by construction workers. Cats have often been heard particularly in the closet of Room 4 although there are no cats on the property. It's believed the two sisters who owned and ran the boarding house were fond of cats. Heavy footsteps have been heard going down the stairs in to the basement, a place where Paul is believed to occupy, along with disembodied voices. Fred has been seen and heard in the bar area. Glasses have a tendency to slide off tables. Candles which are blown out suddenly become relit. "Hannah" has been known to stroll around the property naked.

9 comments:

Above the Norm said...

One of the places I want to visit is New Orleans. That Inn sounds like a scary place to stay. I love to hear about places with interesting history and equally interesting ghost stories. One to add to my list.

Anonymous said...

This place is in Orleans, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, not New Orleans, LA

Anonymous said...

sooooooo strollingg aroundd the propertyyy nakkeddd <3

bryan said...

lol im watching ghost hunters and they are investigating this hotel so i wanted to get a better understanding of what happened but it sounds like a place i would want to go for a night or two

Anonymous said...

its a fake
ghost hunters is fake

Anonymous said...

This Inn is owner by my best friends parents and I have been there a few times. She used to stay in one of the rooms and yes, it is haunted and creepy as hell!!

Anonymous said...

I never believed anything like this until my wife and I stayed there. We didn't know a thing about it being haunted, or that it was on Ghost Hunters. The owner put us in room 4 purposely and when we checked out asked if we saw anything unusual. Well we did...or at least my wife did. We only stayed a day but she kept asking me if I heard the cats. Creepy. Weird. Interesting.

Anonymous said...

Not knowing the haunted history of the Inn at the time my husband and I had dinner there last year while vacationing at the Cape. It was a beautiful summer evening so we chose to dine outdoors, thus not allowing us much time to get a feel for the Inn itself. After dinner I visited the restroom and I can honestly say that I had a very eerie feeling the entire time. Very hard to describe...not like someone was watching me but a feeling that maybe something bad had taken place there. Now that I know the history of the Inn I really want to go back!! Probably sounds crazy but I find it very intriguing...maybe instead of just dinner we will stay overnight this time.

Anonymous said...

Something definitely happened in the bathroom. Eerie feeling as well! Like someone is still there. Don't know how to describe it but I wouldn't stay there alone but it is fun with someone.

 
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