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.