The Damned Story: In Preston sits Captain Grant's Inn, a rustic bed-and-breakfast that for over two centuries has succeeded both as a temporary refuge for travelers and a permanent home ... to ghosts!
In 1754, Captain William Grant built a "suitable" home in Poquetanuck Village for his beloved wife Mercy and their children. Even though Captain Grant later died at sea, the abode served the family well -- Mercy lived there well into her 80s, followed by three generations of Grants.
According to the inn's website, during the Revolutionary War, soldiers of the Continental Army were garrisoned there; during the Civil War, escaped slaves were sheltered there. The house underwent a significant renovation in the mid 1990s, and now features numerous named rooms, six working fireplaces and a three-story porch. Poquetanuck's first cemetery is also located behind the inn.
Apparently, one room in particular -- the Adelaide Room -- is a hotspot for paranormal activity. One guest claims to have awakened in the middle of the night to see next to her bed a woman dressed in Colonial-era garb, holding hands with two children. There have also been claims of the TV turning itself on and off as well as the shower curtain being knocked down without provocation.
Some visitors have reported hearing random knockings and seeing unusual shapes; one guest described the sensation of having her face caressed by invisible hands, another told of the shade of a young child passing through them. Paranormal investigators have also allegedly recorded EVPs here, including the voice of a young girl. Phantom footsteps have been heard in the attic.
The owners of the inn have described their supposed ghosts as "protective" spirits, and have only reported positive -- if eerie -- experiences.
Captain Grant's is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been featured on Home & Garden TV and in Yankee Magazine as well as being listed as a haunted inn by CNN and USA Today. It has also been in an episode of A&E's "Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal."
Our Damned Experience: We have yet to visit Captain Grant's Inn, but it looks like a great place to spend a night with spirits and, apparently, without our children, you know, unless they are psychic (which they are not ... yet).
If You Go: Capt. Grant's Inn is a well-appointed and highly recommended bed-and-breakfast, open to the public year round. It is located on Route 2A in Preston, and offers every pleasant amenity for which a visitor could ask. For reservations, call 860.887.7589.
As mentioned, Captain Grant's embraces its haunted history, so feel free to mention it when making arrangements.
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