Franklin Pierce College - The Manor - Peterson Hall

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Franklin Pierce College’s The Manor, aka Peterson Hall, was once a brothel run by an Edna McGuinness. Her large portrait is said to still hang in the stairwell leading to the second floor. Edna’s apparition has been seen looking out the window and a piano has been heard playing although there is not one on the premises.

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40 University Drive
Rindge, NH
United States

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42.78044507077972, -72.05721160760731
Cheshire County, New Hampshire
Nearest Towns:
Jaffrey, NH (2.9 mi.)
Rindge, NH (3.1 mi.)
Fitzwilliam, NH (4.3 mi.)
Winchendon, MA (6.5 mi.)
Troy, NH (7.0 mi.)
Sharon, NH (7.5 mi.)
Peterborough, NH (8.2 mi.)
Dublin, NH (8.8 mi.)
Royalston, MA (9.7 mi.)
New Ipswich, NH (10.5 mi.)

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  1. I work as night evs at Franklin Pierce university. Today 10/6/2016 at 3am i was cleaning the manor. First i was on the second floor and i heard what sounded like furniture bring moved upstairs but i assumed it was the heat kicking on. I continue my rounds finish with the second floor and hop on the elevator to the third floor. Add soon as i get off the elevator and get started on my work i hear the elevator go to the first floor at which point i hear the ding and there doors open (which only will happen if you hit the call button) at which point i hear it start coming up to the third floor i won’t lie i got a little anxious and shut the door rather hard to continue my round to the next area. I’m entering a room the is an unoccupied office to check the trash usually there is none so i don’t bother with the light. Three steps into three room the door viscously spend behind me. At which point i throw my hands up in the air and finished as quick as possible. Afterwords i go to check my coworker in another building to see if maybe he had messed with me which he obviously hasn’t at which point i told him next time he can do the manor.

    • Justin, I run a paranormal investigation group based about 40 minutes south of FPU. Do you know who I would contact, or do you have a contact that I could get in touch with to inquire about having an investigation of this building? If so, please contact me at -Thank you, Nate

  2. When I was a student at Franklin Pierce in the fall of 1996 I was walking to the campus center from Monadnock dorm for dinner. As I was approaching the manor I could see someone standing in the window. As I got closer I was able to see that it was a woman. She was completely white with all of her hair piled on top of her head. She was wearing a high collared dress with long puffy sleeves and a full skirt. As I walked past she turned her head to watch me. When I got just past the manor I turned back and she was gone. The whole time I was trying to find a logical explanation for what I was seeing, trying out to figure out if it was a reflection from the library, a trick of the light coming through the window on the other side of the room. When I told my friends about it over dinner they were the ones who said I had seen the manor ghost.

  3. I’am currently a student at FPU and I had a strange expirence at the Manor. I was there to have some changes made to my schedule because that is where admin. Offices is held. I got there at 6:30 coming from mt. Wash (my dorm). No one was there considering the offices close at 5ish but I’m a freshman so I had no clue. I walked in and sat in the waiting room for about 10 minutes, periodically calling for assistance but never getting a reply. I was about to give up when I heard footsteps upstairs. Pissed off at this point because I thought they were hiding from me considering it was late in the day and they do deal with a lot of annoying students so I went upstairs to investigate. Of course no one was up there but the second I got to the top of the stairs I froze and a cold sensation ran through my body. It was dark with a few small lamp like lights illuminating the hallway but it seemed no one had been there for hours. As I was about to go downstairs I heard a noise that to this day makes my blood boil. A piano that sits in the foyer like room downstairs began to play a simple little toon. Immediately realizing I was alone I bolted out of the building with basically my eyes closed because I did not want to see any ghosts that day. Hadn’t really brought this story up until I saw what other people have reported so now I don’t feel as crazy though I am not a skeptic haha. Thanks for reading and stay the fuck out of Peterson (or if you’re a student only go there when you have too)

  4. Last night my roommate and I experienced paranormal activity, we believe. We were silently just sitting in the room (mount wash room 160) and our lights we hung up started to flicker to the strobe lights it kept going faster and faster then slowed down and then the tv went out into static. Soon after the lights changed colors like pink, green, purple, blue and white and then would randomly go back to strobe light or just stay at one color and then switch to one solid color. Keep in mind we did not touch the remote. I then turned the lights off with the remote and took the remote battery out and then the lights started I flicker and change colors again. Later that night around 4am my roommates medals fell on the ground and it made a loud noise, then earlier today before my roommate was about to leave and walk out the door her picture frame flew off her desk.

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