S.K. Pierce Mansion was owned by the wealthy Sylvester Knowlton Pierce, founder of the SK Pierce & Son Chair Company. It was built in 1875 and was originally located at 21 Union Street, but was moved to where it now stands shortly thereafter. The home had some famous guests, such as P.T. Barnum, Norman Rockwell, Bette Davis and President Calvin Coolidge. Several ghosts are said to haunt the mansion, including S.K. Pierce’s first wife Susan, who passed away of an illness only 3 weeks after moving in. A nanny named Mattie Cornwall who loved the mansion and S.K. Pierce is also said to haunt the mansion, as are other members of the Pierce family. When the house was later turned into a brothel, a murdered prostitute was added to its ghostly roster, and a young boy, believed to have drowned somewhere on the premises, appears in mirrors and has been heard throughout the house. Another interesting note: A boarder named Eino Saari is rumored to have died here of spontaneous combustion in 1963.
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- 4 West Broadway
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- 42.557525995918574, -71.98079770805634
- Worcester County, Massachusetts
- Nearest Towns:
- Gardner, MA (1.5 mi.)
Westminster, MA (3.7 mi.)
South Ashburnham, MA (4.2 mi.)
Templeton, MA (4.4 mi.)
Hubbardston, MA (5.9 mi.)
Baldwinville, MA (6.0 mi.)
Ashburnham, MA (6.6 mi.)
Phillipston, MA (7.8 mi.)
Princeton, MA (9.2 mi.)
Fitchburg, MA (9.3 mi.)
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