Perhaps it is the time of year. Halloween seems to make us think about "out of the ordinary" research possibilities. Here's one I thought you might enjoy.
The Welch House Inn is located at 56 McKown Street in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The Inn reportedly is haunted. When current owners Susan Hodder and Michael Feldmann purchased the inn four years ago, they were told that a benevolent spirit lodged there. "I was skeptical," said Hodder. And then the mysterious occurrences began.
There is an old wind-up mantle clock that requires a key for winding. The key was lost years ago; so, of course, the clock never moves its hands. Yet the clock will chime abruptly.
One visitor was outside, looking at the three windows at the front of the inn. He saw the figure of a woman pass by the first, second, and third window. There is only one problem: there is a wall between the second and third window. To quickly pass by the third window, the "woman" had to pass through the wall.
The "woman" in ancient clothes has been seen by others, has had brief conversations, and has even given her name. Most interesting of all, a family genealogy compiled many years ago identifies the woman.
You can read more in an article by Lisa Kristoff in the Boothbay register at http://boothbayregister.maine.com/2006-10-26/haunted_inn.html.
Could someone ask her if she knows any of my Maine relatives a bit further inland?