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SK Pierce Haunted Victorian Mansion

SK Pierce Haunted Victorian Mansion

4 West Broadway
Gardner, Massachusetts
01440 USA

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Gardner, MA is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, SK Pierce Haunted Victorian Mansion. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

The History

This incredible Queen Anne Victorian style home was built by Sylvester K. Pierce in 1875. Sylvester Pierce was a wealthy businessman who achieved his fortune as the owner of the S.K. Pierce and Sons Furniture Company. His plans were exquisite, for he wanted to spotlight his great success as an entrepreneur. This grandiose 7,000 sq foot mansion, was appointed with only the artistic details throughout its 10 bedrooms and 11-foot ceilings. So incredible was the craftsmanship, that it too 100 men a year and a half to complete it. Painstakingly, this masterpiece was fit for a king, and he made certain that noble guests would be a part of it.

His guest list was were the grandest icons of the era, including former President Calvin Coolidge, Minnesota Fats, Bette Davis, P.T. Barnum, and Norman Rockwell, while also serving as a well-known meeting place for the Freemason Society.

Unfortunately, this grand lifestyle did not have fate's cooperation, and all started spiraling out of control. Pierce, his wife Susan, and their son had big dreams when moving into this one of a kind mansion, but their dreams fell apart. Mrs. Susan Pierce mysteriously succumbed to a bacterial illness just weeks after moving in. After a year of mourning, Pierce married Ellen Pierce, a woman 30 years his junior, with whom he had two more children. Pierce passed away in 1888 leaving behind his new wife and their three sons. When Ellen Pierce passed away years later, the three sons bickered constantly over ownership of the mansion and the chair business. The Great Depression ended up stifling the business and eventually, SK's youngest son, Edward, took control of the mansion.

The mansion took up some had times with dwindling monies from the business. This led to temptations that darkened the history of this masterpiece of a home. Edward turned the mansion into a boarding home where some unsavory activities such as drinking, gambling, and prostitution became the norm. There were even tales of murder. It is said that a prostitute was strangled in the infamous red bedroom on the second floor while another border, a Finnish immigrant named Eino Saari, burned to death in the master bedroom in 1963. Some believe that this was spontaneous combustion as there was little damage to the surrounding room. Another story has a young boy being drowned in the basement.

Because of all its variables, this property has been difficult to embrace fiscally, physically, and spiritually. Therefore ownership has been unsteady and fluctuated. Just recently, a book called "Bones in the Basement" described recent homeowners Edwin Gonzalez and Lillian Otero attempt to restore this house bought in 2009. They heard the stories but weren’t convinced of the potential strength of spectral energy. In the fall of 2011, they abandoned their dreams and flee the property. (Get the book, listed below) to find out what led them through their fright and flight.

Today, it is offered for a haunted house attraction, private investigations, paranormal research, and supernatural events. Overnights are available for those that are prepared and brave enough to do so. This place is considered by many supernatural enthusiasts as one of the most haunted Victorians in the country.

The Hauntings

Due to its dark and troubled history, and the emotionally charged devastations endured in this property, it is absolutely saturated with intense paranormal activity. The phantoms of the Victorian Mansion include the master of the house, S.K. Pierce, his wife Susan Pierce, and Edward Pierce, his son. There is also Mattie Cornwell, who served as a nanny for the children. Another spirit that lurks in this property is David who is believed to have been the red room strangler. Of course, all the victims are also present, including the prostitute murdered in the red room, a young boy, a younger girl (thought to be Pierce's granddaughter, Eino Saari), and some other unnamed dark entities that lurk in the basement.

The hauntings here are classical but on a steroidal surge. The owners, workers, and guests have experienced disembodied voices, chants, and full-body apparitions. Furniture will move on itself and the screens will fly off from the windows without explanation. People have heard doors slammed and the sounds of disembodied footsteps on the stairs and hallways. You may feel sudden drops in temperature, smell rancid odors, and see shadow people. What is not typical in a haunted house are the roars of invisible lions that actually shake the house. Many believe this is the former Mr. Pierce relaying his extreme anger or displeasure with the current state of the home.

There is a poltergeist here as well. Some have felt the pressure of hands pushing them down with great force. One visitor was shaken when she felt the pressure of hands attempting to push her down the massive stairs. Another, more shockingly, was almost forced out of a third-floor window.

Many paranormal specialists have declared that the entities and their activity in this mansion are more advanced than they have ever seen. For these spectrals are capable of incredible harnessing electrical and kinetic energy to impose experiences that would take great power, such as moving large objects and impose their will physically on their current surroundings.


More reads about this property and other haunts in Massachusetts... 


Bones in the Basement: Surviving the S.K. Pierce Haunted Victorian Mansion - Edwin Gonzalez & Lillian Otero's Story Kindle Edition by Joni Mayhan  (Author)  Format: Kindle Edition     Haunted Massachusetts Paperback – April 27, 2007 by Thomas D'Agostino  (Author)     Haunted Massachusetts: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Bay State (Haunted Series) Paperback – June 11, 2020 by Cheri Farnsworth  (Author)


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Date added: Jun/16/2020 | Last time updated: Jun/14/2021

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