Longwood’s Un-Haunted (For Now) Peirce–du Pont House

Visitors at Longwood Gardens occasionally ask me if the Peirce-du Pont House is haunted. Parts of the house go back to 1730, so it is a natural question to ask. I assure them it is not, since I have been all through the house, in all of the dark corners, basement to attic, often with only a flashlight, and if it was haunted, I would know.

That said—if there is any way possible, I will come back someday to haunt it myself.  You may catch a glimpse of me in my fedora looking over the top balcony, or sitting on the stone steps under the flags, or hear me playing chopsticks on the old square grand piano in the library.

I will not moan or walk around holding my decapitated head.  The House is a cheerful place, and moaning and such would be inappropriate.  Besides, I have nothing to moan about. I enjoy my time there.

During the day, I would love to occupy the body of Belin, the resident cat, if it is not already taken.  I hope I would not have to be neutered.

(Harry Houdini also said he would try to connect from the other side, but no one has heard from him yet.)

Note, 10/13/2015:  Since Belin’s recent passing, perhaps we will both come back to haunt the House together.  One of the paid staff is also interested.  She is younger and appears healthy, so we may have to wait for her, but the three of us would be a good combination of ghosts.



About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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