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The Stories in the House Next Door

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timothysangel1973
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0 posted 06-09-2005 12:16 AM       View Profile for timothysangel1973   Email timothysangel1973   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit timothysangel1973's Home Page   View IP for timothysangel1973

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I have a story to tell about the picture above here.  And, before I even start, I know that there will be those that say "You're crazy" (which gets said alot )

Okay, on with the show...

This house is my next door neighbor.  It sits around about 20 yards from my side door.  As for the historical part of the house, all I have been able to find out is that it belongs to a doctor and his wife both of whom are in long-care facilities now.  The children of this couple come around every few months and cut the grass and stuff like that, but will NOT sell the house, for sentimental reasons that I can understand (I fought probate for my grannies electric toaster and gree cookbook, but that's another story)

Anyhoo... I live in a Famous Historical Revolutionary War Town where a battle was fought right on the ground on which my house now sits.  Our town is filled with the old homes with the "Widows Walk" houses or "Lookouts" as I have heard them called.

The sides of the buildings on mainstreet depict drawings of the war that took place here, and this town is full of old stories about what went on then, and what was left behind.

Left behind? you ask.... YES Left behind.

There have been more than a few "sightings" of those old soldiers, or their wives on the streets of what I call home.

I never used to think anything of it, until...

We got this house and on more than one occasion I have seen a light in that window in the photo above, and have even on occasion seen the curtains part open, as if someone was looking out.  Thinking that I had totally lost my mind, I never mentioned it, until one day one of my children came running in the house and said "Mama, someone is in the house next door... they are standing in the window...come look."  Well, obviously when I went, the "person, or spirit, or wind" was gone.

I told my husband later that night, and he laughed at me, and then a few days later... he too seen the light in the window.

I can never get a good enough look at the whatever it is that I see there so I don't know if it's a soldier hiding out, or a widow waiting or what.

It doesn't scare me though... I actually love stuff like this, and would love nothing more that to really get to see what it is that has made us all crazy like around here.

When you get into the subject of ghosts, or spirits or whatever... you get a lot of different opinions and I won't open that pandora's box here... however, I will ask this:  has this ever happened to anyone else?

It's so neat I think, and I AM doing dome research on the house trying to find out all that I can about it - and maybe that will solve the mystery for me.


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1 posted 06-09-2005 12:46 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Great story and I love all that oooga booga stuff too!  Tima, you will really enjoy this story as well.  It is my all time favorite from this house, and I framed it for my house.
http://piptalk.com/pip/Forum77/HTML/000197.html

When time allows savour it, the time is well spent.

As for the ghost next door - until he takes apples from your tree, I would just let him be.  Would be fun to research who it is though wouldn't it?  If you do, let us know who your friend is will you?
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2 posted 06-09-2005 01:48 AM       View Profile for timothysangel1973   Email timothysangel1973   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit timothysangel1973's Home Page   View IP for timothysangel1973

Oh yes... that is a wonderful story... I feel like I am there, and that house is so very beautiful

Thanks for reminding me about that one

Tima
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Tima...
yep, I like that stuff too....you should offer to help care take the place, tell the kids you could keep a spare set of keys and that you would mow for them and the like...that way, you could go see who was in there...after all, if you thought someone was in the house and you are caretaking it, it would be perfectly alright to go see...I wouldn't however tell the kids you think it's a ghost
Or? You could ask the kids what they know of the history of the place. Maybe they could tell you. Is there anyone in town of an elderly persuasion who might know some history?? I would check into it..I hope you come back to this and let us know...or email us and let us know...now you got me curious.
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oh oh oh I love this stuff. I was working for Fidelity National Title, Appraisal dept, and we would send appraisers out to different houses. I worked the east coast area. WOW its amazing how old houses are out there. I don't think California has houses THAT old. This one lady lived in a house that was an old wagon wheel maker. That house was a mess and had so many problems and would have to do alot of work just bringing it up to code. I watched a show that talked about Loretta Lynn's house or mansion and its history. Very interesting.

Tima, keep us informed on what the history is I, too, am curious to find out.
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Well, I have suggested the caretaker thing to one of the sons, but he said that they don't want to have to pay anyone - then I offered for free and he never got back to me.

I have done some research, and I know that the house was used a hideout for the soldiers at one point.  And then, a lady here in town told me that the doctor used to treat the soldiers, and hide them out long enough for them to get a hot meal and some rest.

So... from there I don't really know... and will have to keep checking on it

Thanks for the interest guys and I will keep you updated

Tima
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6 posted 06-09-2005 03:19 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Tima, this is so much fun.  I'm glad the "sights" don't frighten you.  Chances are, you would enjoy my book when it comes out...simply because it deals with the past, spirits, and the whole oooga booga!

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I was afraid to even open this thread at first tima, half expecting to see a pic of my own house!

And I too, love the stories behind historical houses and have a passion for architecture.

If you've never visited N.O. you simply must!

and speaking of stories in the house next door...well, maybe I shouldn't go there. That one is haunted by the living.
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8 posted 06-09-2005 03:59 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Tima...

beg serenity to "go there"...please!!!

 
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