Ghost Stories

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The Livingston Inn at Halloween

Halloween is coming!

In case you didn’t know, the Furlan family loves all of the holidays, and it’s especially fun being in such a beautiful, elegant, historic home.  Peggy is such a wonder at decorating, and we feel incredibly fortunate to have such a fabulous canvas to “paint” on, decoration-wise.  Look at the fantastic Livingston Inn with its Halloween costume on:

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Our newest addition: Mrs. Deadwalker greeting guests from the front parlor.

Over the years, certain owners of the house have claimed that there might be ghosts here, though we’ve never really experienced anything like that.  However, last week we had a guest who’d been in a car accident a couple of years ago, and she told us that since that time, she’s been able to see ghosts. Honestly, I’m not completely sure how I feel about ghosts, but there seems to be a lot of compelling testimony from trustworthy people that makes me think I can’t completely discount the idea.  Just because I can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

So our guest stayed one night, and over breakfast the next morning told us she’d seen two ghosts in her bedroom.  One was a gentleman dressed in an outfit from the past, probably from the early 20th century; one was a great big cat!  She said that both ghosts had pushed at her – fairly common practice, according to our psychic guest – and each one had jumped on the bed.  She felt like they were trying to get her attention, rather than threatening her in any way.

Needless to say, we were fascinated by the story, especially so close to Halloween.  Did you know that Halloween traditionally was considered the day when the world of the living and the world of the dead had the thinnest veil between them?  People dressed up in scary costumes to keep the dead on their own side of the curtain.

I have to say, I still haven’t seen a ghost in The Livingston Inn, and that suits me just fine.  I like the story our guest shared with us, because, to me, it simply adds to the rich, textured history of our historic home.  I don’t know if it’s true, but it is interesting.

And since that night, I will say this – there have been two odd instances we’ve never experienced before.  One was a spring rod curtain that fell out of the window completely on its own, and one was a flap on a trash can that started swinging completely on its own, while we were in the same room and no one was anywhere near it.  Now certainly there are a number of explanations for each of those things that make complete sense.  We won’t argue with you on that point, nor will we try to convince you they were caused by our own seemingly friendly resident ghosts.

But since we’re growing ever closer to Halloween, it is kind of fun to consider…

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Our graveyard in the front garden on a recent foggy night.