A cool fall breeze isn’t the only thing that will send a chill down your spine at the Keillor House Museum in Dorchester, N.B.
The curator believes the more than 200-year-old homestead may be haunted by the head of the former Keillor household.
“It is just a really creepy place to be when you are alone,” said Donald Alward.
The home was built in 1813 and sits next to the former jail in the town.
This weekend, museum staff are hosting a heart-stopping haunted tour through the historic house to raise money to keep the museum alive. And a longtime volunteer says there are stories that will raise a few hairs on the back of visitors’ necks.
“I have been working here as a volunteer for 40 years and when I would be working upstairs in the hallway, I could feel someone breathing down my neck almost like they are intimidating me saying, ‘what are you doing here.?'” said Alice Folkins.
She and Alward believe that hidden somewhere inside the museum walls is the ghost of Mary Keillor. Ever since she died in 1899 and the contents of the house were sold off, there’s been an unseen presence that can be felt by visitors.
“Sometimes we hear doors slamming, but usually it’s latched shut,” said Alward.
“I don’t think she is happy with (the house being sold) and I think that is why she is still here to make sure everything is back in its place.”
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Alward said that artifacts at the museum suddenly vanish and make their way into another room.
“We come in in the morning and we find things moved and we have to put them back,” said Alward, “She was a very prim and proper woman that wants everything in its proper place.”
Folkins says she is just trying to focus on the upcoming haunted tours, and won’t let the creepy incidents scare her.
“You know, it kinda freaks you out a little bit but you just try to ignore it,” she said.