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Bones in the Basement: Surviving the S. K. Pierce Haunted Victorian Mansion

When Edwin Gonzalez and Lillian Otero purchased the historic S.K. Pierce Victorian Mansion in Gardner, Massachusetts, in 2008, they scoffed at the ghostly legends surrounding the house. They didn't believe in ghosts. The house soon proved them wrong. By the fall of 2011, they were forced from their house, narrowly escaping with their lives.

Bones in the Basement: Surviving the S.K. Pierce Haunted Mansion

Bones in the Basement is now available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

Book Signings at the Victorian

Bones in the Basement, the eagerly awaited true account of Edwin and Lillian's experiences at the Haunted Mansion, is now available. You are invited to a book signing at the S.K. Pierce Mansion. Come meet the owners, Edwin and Lillian, and the author, Joni Mayhan. Paranormal experts from around New England will also be on hand to recount their personal eperiences at the Victorian.

Joni Mayhan standing by the front staircase at the haunted S.K. Pierce Mansion in Gardner, MAThis meticuluously researched book contains the complete history of the mansion and its spirits, the owners' frightening encounters while living there, and first-person accounts of friends, visitors, paranormal experts, mediums, and much more.

Come join us at one of the following dates:

  • Sunday, August 24th, 2pm–6pm
  • Sunday, October 12th, 2pm–6pm

So Beautiful, So Haunted

Welcome to the Haunted Victorian Mansion in Gardner, MA, also known as the S.K. Pierce Mansion. When you think of haunted places in New England, one place that comes to mind is the very haunted Victorian mansion in Gardner, MA. Built in 1875, it has a long and colorful history, including rumors of murder and suspicious deaths. It is no wonder that many of its inhabitants are ghosts who have decided not to move out.

About the S.K. Pierce Mansion

Originally a private residence of the wealthy businessman S.K. Pierce, its history of becoming a boarding house and then residence of an eccentric artist whose paintings were a bit disturbing (half man, half beast paintings) might be the reason the Victorian is infested with both active spirits and imprints of residual energy. We, the current owners, and past owners have come to live with the paranormal phenomena that are a common occurrence in the mansion. When you walk through the mansion’s 9-foot mahogany door, you can feel the resident spirits waiting to welcome you. Each visit never fails to yield remarkable paranormal evidence. The ghosts of the dead are very much alive and well at the Victorian.

The mansion has deteriorated to the point where its very survival is threatened. As part of our efforts to save this architectural treasure and historic landmark, we have partnered with volunteers and community members to create "Save the Haunted Victorian Mansion," a non-profit organization committed to raising money to help with essential repairs to the slate roof and damaged soffits and eaves, repairing leaks and ensuring that the mansion can be vital part of South Gardner for many years to come.

About the Owners

My name is Edwin, and my lovely wife Lillian and I are currently the owners of a 26-room Victorian mansion in Gardner, MA. The mansion is known as being one of the most haunted homes in the country. My story started about 5 years ago when I purchased the mansion. Neither of us knew anything about the home’s reputation of being haunted. We saw the home for sale online, quickly made an appointment to see it, and fell in love with it right away. The mansion charmed us.

We immediately experienced unexplained ghostly encounters on the very weekend after buying the home. Never having experienced any paranormal activity in Boston and not believing in ghosts, this was very difficult for us to deal with. We officially moved in in April of 2009. Over the next few months, we began to experience moving objects, whispering and chanting, loud banging on our master bedroom door, voices calling our names, footsteps, slamming doors in the middle of the night, shadows, tapping, sounds and smells, and even full body apparitions.

Lillian would see large shadows darting from room to room in the basement when she was alone there. One time she was driven to leave the basement when she observed a shadow hovering over her shoulder. In contrast, on another occasion Lillian was led to the basement for no reason after hearing voices, and she began digging for hours until she unearthed a bone.

In the fall of 2011, we abruptly moved out. The activity became just too much to handle. For example, Lillian awoke to find herself held down on our bed. After a few minutes Lillian began to scream. She does not recall screaming “take her off me,” but those screams still echo in my head.