The Haunted Old Stone House, M St NW, Washington, DC 20007, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 3051.
The Old Stone house was built in 1765 and served as a private, residential home for decades. The house has a long reputation of being haunted. The following ghost story is from Maggie Lignon, whose family lived there for three decades.
"The first time (of a ghostly encounter) I was up on the third floor by myself in the dressing room. We were told to bolt the door and latch the bottom latch which I did. I felt like someone was watching me and when I turned around there was a woman standing there. The first thing I did was look back at the door to make sure it was bolted and latched and IT WAS. I asked her who she was and how she got in the room? She told me not to be frightened. By that time, I had the latch unlatched the bolt unbolted and I was flying down the stairs with my dress still unzipped only to reach the bottom of the stairs to a smile Rae Koch who said, "I guess you met Mary?"
Another paranormal experience reported by Mary was one day she while in the house, she passed by the sitting room and noticed that the furniture had rearranged itself and a fire was going in the fireplace.
Mary also gives an account of a male ghost who lurks in the third floor bedroom. She describes him as "evil, mean, cruel, and loathsome." Mary states she was recently in the house and "unfortunately he is still lingering about." Mary also reports that: "There is also a little boy who really upset my son when he was younger - apparently the little boy didn't play fair and my son got upset because - he couldn't fly "that way." Additionally, she states that "The man who used to just work in the kitchen as if we weren't even there - he never seemed to mind us and we just let him do his thing."
Mary recounts that "when we were kids my sister was sitting in the window by the stairs and the back door was open - she jumped off the window and screamed, "Aren't you going to help that lady?" There was no lady there - she had seen our Great-Great Grandmother collapse at the back door where she died in 1919.
Despite all these ghosts lurking about, Mary states "it is a marvelous house - and even before I knew my family history with the house, it had always felt like home and when I found out that my family had lived there for 3 decades I understood why it had always felt like home. The Old Stone House is now operated by the National Park Service and is open for tours. For information call (202) 426-6851 or visit http://www.nps.gov/olst/index.htm
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