As it’s Halloween, I thought you all might want to hear a little about the ghosts at the Isles of Shoals. I was prompted to write about it as I saw this article in Gossiportsmouth‘s twitter feed. At the very bottom they mention Isles of Shoals ghosts:
Since the 1800s the nine islands ten miles off of Portsmouth have been haunted. Hawthorne even wrote about “Old Bab,” a ghost who lived between the hotel and the sea. At the Oceanic Hotel on Star Island people have heard sounds as if someone is rummaging through drawers and moving furniture on the fourth floor – only there’s nothing but Continue reading →
Seeing as it’s just about Halloween, seems like it’s time for this post! Careful… some of this is NSFW (not safe for work)…!
Along with a box of donations from the 1950s- 1980s was this racy retelling of the Smuttynose Murders- can anyone tell me who wrote it, when, and for what purpose? Was it for a Pelican Coffeehouse or something? Maybe a Pel Pages? I can’t imagine this was appropriate for a Pel Show for a conference. Let me know if you have any leads! Continue reading →
At the Discover Center there is currently on display the murder ax, shown above, on loan from the collection with a note that says there is definitive proof that Louis was indeed the murderer. There is more information available at Anatomy of an Ax Murder and other books and resources at http://vaughncottage.omeka.net/freelouis so you can decide for yourself!
On my historical tour of Star Island I stop to talk about all nine islands at the summerhouse- you can see them all from that vantage point, and I mention a little bit about each.
At least once or twice when I mention that White Island was named for Captain Joseph White who was brutally murdered in Salem, MA in 1830 they ask how, and sometimes if it was in conjunction with witches. (folks always think witches when they hear murder and Salem, MA).