I recently came across a story about the Gardner Massachusetts haunted mansion and had never heard of this historic dwelling before. There is a very interesting story surrounding the family who currently owns the home and their ongoing paranormal experiences. Several well known paranormal investigative groups have been here over the years.
The home was originally built in 1875 by one very wealthy Sylvester Knowlton Pierce who was the founder of the SK Pierce & Son Chair Company. Famous visitors to the home included Norman Rockwell, Bette Davis, President Calvin Coolidge and P.T. Barnum.
The home is reportedly haunted by the ghosts of:
- A murdered prostitute
- A young child who drowned on the premises
- The first wife of S.K. Pierce, Susan, who died of illness only three weeks after moving in. She contracted a bacterial infection.
- A nannie by the name of Mattie Cornwall who loved the mansion.
- Members of the Pierce family
- S.K. Pierce himself
- A border by the name of Eino Saari who died from spontaneous combustion in 1963.
After his first wife died, Pierce married a woman by the name of Ellen who was 20 years his senior. This marriage upset Pierce’s son terribly. Ellen eventually inherited the property instead of Pierce’s son and when Ellen died, her son Frank took over the home in the early 1900’s. Frank eventually lost the home in a card game but was allowed to live in the basement. It is reported that he is one of the ghosts. The home also operated as a brothel and one of the “working girls” was murdered in an upstairs bedroom.
The house stood vacant for 20 years and was scheduled to be demolished but a young couple purchased the property. They, unfortunately, didn’t stay long and it was again put up for sale and purchased by the current owners in 2008.
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