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DINNER & SPIRITS The History & Hauntings of the McMackin House Restaurant

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« on: October 19, 2008, 10:51:25 pm »

A GHOSTLY TOUR OF THE MCMACKIN HOUSE

To tour the McMackin House today is like taking a trip back into the past. There are a number of unusual and unique aspects to the house, many apparent to the unknowing visitor and many as hidden as the spirits who still linger here.

Perhaps the most eccentric of the strange additions to the house is the fence that is located in the back yard. If you walk around to the rear of the house, you’ll see a crumbling stone wall that crosses the yard and extends to the alley. The fence runs near to the original carriage house of the estate. Once surrounded by stables, it was used to house the hearses that were used in the funeral business and it was later converted to living quarters for the old groundskeeper who once tended the place. However, the fence draws the most attention to the remaining grounds of the mansion. Even the most casual visitor will admit the fence is odd, but look closely and you’ll see that most of it is made up of old tombstones that have been cemented into place. The grave markers are joined by a corner stone from a building and even a tablet from the altar of the original St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Salem.

The tour of the interior of the house must begin inside of the front doors. Directly ahead of you, the visitor will see the McMackin House lounge, which was once a garage during the days when this was still a funeral home. Doors were once located at either end, since the hearse often had to be moved in a hurry. In the early days, it was also the town ambulance.

Entering the main section of the house, you’ll notice a pair of portraits on the right side of the stairway. These portraits portray ancestors of Eugenia Aline Drake and were the same portraits that caused other pictures in the house to behave erratically before Hal Harrison could get them placed where they belonged. A picture of George Washington that hangs just beyond near the hostess stand once graced the fireplace mantle in the original McMackin House.

To the left is what has been dubbed the “Adventurer’s Room” because no one ever knows for sure what will happened here next. And this goes for the ghosts, as well as for the changing displays and decorations that constantly surprise the patrons. Originally, this room was two bedrooms in the house, one of which belonged to Flora Jane McMackin. Her daughter, Ellen, told me that she once saw her mother reflected in a mirror in this room, long after her death.

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