While deep trance channeler Gordon Ellison returned to the séance table for a second session with other members of the Paranormal 101 Hamilton a group, our group was given free reign to explore the upstairs of the haunted Blythewood Manor Bed & Breakfast.
As we moved from room to room snapping photos, Gary, the Paranormal 101 Hamilton organizer, told us some of the history related to the site. In one of the bedrooms, the spirit of a young boy has been seen. Gary said he was told he could not go outside to play so he opened his bedroom window and snuck out onto the overhanging roof. Unfortunately, he fell off, broke his neck and died.
In the same room, Gary said, a man die in the bed, while in another room at the back of the manor, he noted that it was where several slaves once slept. Apparently, it is the most active room in the house with various paranormal activity taking place and… it is the only bedroom currently being rented to curious visitors.
A woman also lost her life in this old manor when she slipped on the winding stairway and fell to her death.
The new owners of the historic site, Wayne and Stafanie, have been running it for about four and a half years. Over this time, they have undertaken some renovations and restorations on the site to reflect its original and grand Gothic Revival style.
The building was originally called Brampfield Hall, which was constructed in 1872. According to the inn’s web site, “James Brampfield built the house for his wife Margaret…” The site remained in the family until John Bampfield sold it in 1969.
As guests arrive at the site today, the front hallway greets them with a large collection of Brampfield family photos and the inn’s owners happily relate the history of the site to all who stay there.
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