The two-story, house known as the Reed Homestead was built in 1809 for Oliver Reed Jr. and his family in Townsend Harbor, Massachusetts. He, his wife and four children (the couple had five but only four reached adulthood) turned this federal-style house complete with pine floors, crown glass windows, and a mural on the second floor into a home four generations of the Reed family would enjoy.
Today, the house is used as a nonprofit museum operated by the Townsend Historical Society who acquired the property in 1973. Visitors show up to witness the magnificence of the past including the mural attributed to the founder of Scientific American Magazine, Rufus Porter. It is believed of the 160 murals Porter painted in homes throughout New England the one in Reed Homestead, painted sometime between 1800 to 1835, is one of the most well-preserved still in existence. Of course, others are more interested in its resident ghost.
Tragedy struck one of the Reed children. Hannah experienced the loss of her baby which devasted her. Not being able to handle the pain, she decided to take her own life by hanging from the staircase. It is believed now the grieving mother still haunts the residence turned museum. Noises, door coming off it's hinges, apparition, and footsteps have been witnessed and heard by employees and visitors. Has Hannah taken her agony with her to the afterlife?