Monday, July 9, 2012

A Haunted, Historical Summer Hideaway

This might seem like an unusual post for a blog which focuses on historical romance. There’s some history involved, but there’s a paranormal twist. And the cool thing is, this isn’t a fictional tale.
For the last dozen years or so, my family and I have been fortunate enough to have a summer hideaway on a lake to go to when the weather becomes hot and unbearable like now. There’s a story behind the history of this cottage that I still haven’t attempted to validate yet because, well, I like the mystery and suspense behind it.
I love getting away. I’m writing this post in the living room where it’s nice and cool – my excuse for beating the heat. LOL Maybe someday I’ll research the history of this house, but for now, I prefer to make up my own scenarios for the why’s and how’s.
My Aunt who now owns the cottage went to a psychic some years back after she and her husband bought the place. The psychic told her that the spirit of a Union soldier and his dog lived there. She said that William, as he was called, took his life in one of the four bedrooms upstairs. Now that is creepy, but why would he do that? Makes you wonder. At least it does me. Did the war take too much of a toll on him? And being a romantic, did he lose someone he loved?
The house was moved to where it stands now in the early 1900’s. From where, I don’t know. That’s another mystery I’d like to unravel. I believe it was build in the 1860’s. It’s completely feasible that it could’ve been William’s house. There’s only been one odd incident that made us all wonder if he has a sense of humor. We have two televisions and one day we couldn’t find the remote for one. When we came back the next time, both remotes were on the table. The psychic didn’t think that William was a mean spirit, but perhaps lonely. We’ll say hello to him and I like to think he’s watching over the place while it’s empty. And watching over us while we’re there. Though just to make sure he wouldn’t scare me, I prayed silently and asked him not to, that we weren’t there to cause any trouble, but to stay there in peace with him. And well, it’s worked so far.
I know that some don’t believe in hauntings, but for those who do, have you ever experienced anything paranormal good or bad? Did it frighten you? Have you traveled to any historical sites that are said to be haunted? And if so, did anything happen?

Abbey MacInnis is a published author of Contemporary Western romance. Along with Contemporary, she writes Historical, Paranormal and erotic romance. Whether a Medieval knight, regency rake, or cowboy or cop, her heroes are always strong men who’ll love their women unconditionally.
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  1. Hey Abbey! I can say that I've had my share of the paranormal. Lived in a house on the lake in Gainesville, Georgia. First week we moved in I heard, what I thought was one of my daughters call for me, but both were asleep. Many nights I would wake up and feel like my youngest had crawled into bed with me but no one was there. Found out from a neighbor that a young boy had been killed on the property when a tree fell on him. Does make you wonder about them being lonely.

    1. Wow, that's really creepy. Very interesting story. :)
      THanks for sharing!