Built in 1716, the Concord’s Colonial Inn is located in Monument Square in the heart of Concord, Massachusetts just twenty miles from Boston. The historical building was originally not an inn at all, but was built for the purpose of storing ammunition and guns. The charming structure is one of oldest inns in America and has served many purposes from that of a shelter for shielding well prepared Minutemen from the scattered out British Armies to eventually becoming the home of author and poet Henry David Thoreau who resided there from 1835 to 1837. The residence later served as a boarding house up until the early 1900’s when it officially became a fully operational inn properly named Concord’s Colonial Inn.
Concord, once known as Musketaquid by the Native Americans offered crisp and clean rivers that were once the food source as did the massive corn crops that they grew with relative ease. British settlers soon discovered the wealth and beauty of the area and began to build a community in 1635. That peaceful calm resonated from the very core of the town and quickly spread word to those looking for serenity and a quiet place to think. Those hard to find qualities soon made Concord a literary hotspot during the 1800’s, and the grand opening of the Concord’s Colonial Inn offered guests a relaxing place to hang their hat while they aspired to discover their creative juices.
News of Concord’s lush surroundings traveled fast and the upper class were soon flocking to the area, including novelist Louisa May Alcott and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson whose ghost haunts the inn which just happens to be a short walk from his final resting place at the nearby Sleepy Hollow Cemetery on Bedford Street. Eye witness reports from guests and much of the staff who have seen his ghost roaming the upstairs hallways and frolicking about causing havoc in the dining areas merely hold onto the conviction that his ghost still resides at the inn today. The Concord’s Colonial Inn is renowned for having free spirited ghosts walking amongst the guests, almost as if they are a part of the setting. Cold spots, the feeling of being touched and apparitions floating in mid-air are not an abnormal event at this very haunted inn, and most of the receptive guests appear to be waiting for something unexpected to happen.
The town of Concord wasn’t always peaceful; in fact it has quite a colorful past that includes battles with the smallpox plague that nearly wiped out the entire population and the Battle of Lexington and Concord that occurred during the Revolutionary War. During the spring of 1775 the citizens of Concord were forced to muster after being warned by a group of messengers headed by Paul Revere that a small British Army was prepared to attack by force to recover stored weapons. Bloodshed led wounded colonists to the local medical practice located at the inn where many citizens died on the operating table. Known today as room 24, it is an actively haunted location at the inn that draws in ghost hunters, historians and the media.
Room 24 has been repeatedly investigated by paranormal groups and has today been determined to be a popular room where the spirits appear to congregate. Shadowy masses often times dressed in Revolutionary war gear are virtually everywhere, and this comes as no surprise to those who are familiar with the history of the inn and know that the haunted room 24 was once a medical practice with a operating room where Dr. James Minot performed many surgical procedures. A Native American female ghost is often seen in the room acting out her nursing duties. The ghost often touches those who walk into the room and cool breezes often accompany her presence. The dark haired ghost with the braids is believed to be the doctor’s former assistant who is oblivious to the fact that she has passed on and the orbs freely flowing throughout the room are believed to be the wounded soldiers that died in the room.
Letters from past guests filled with detailed ghostly encounters who had stayed at the inn have opened up a whole avenue that has expanded into themed paranormal events that have become a big deal at this New England inn. Media sources like the Boston Globe were quick to pick up on all of the ghost stories linked to the inn and everyone from SyFy’s Ghost Hunters and the Today Show to Ghost Village and A&E’s Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal has featured the Concord’s Colonial Inn on their show or they have written detailed accounts centered around paranormal activity that has taken place at the inn over the years. The staff has had several hits and misses with the other side while working at the inn and one direct hit occurred when a server attempted to swipe a guest’s credit card through the terminal and it literally flew out of his hand as though someone behind him had grabbed it. The card was later found in a closed cabinet.
Today the Concord’s Colonial Inn is considered to be one of New England’s top destinations due to the careful consideration and transformation given to the inn by present owner and Hotelier Jurgen Demisch who purchased the property in 1988. Jurgen has managed to expertly pull the inn together with a thoughtful blend of modern conveniences combined with a deep historical background that is apparent in the touches found throughout the establishment. The Concord Colonial Inn offers two bars, outdoor dining on a quaint patio, refined dining, casual meals, Sunday brunch, afternoon tea and historical rooms bewitchingly dazzled by properly placed antiques and other special touches that allow you to flow back into time and relax in a peaceful setting where worries and stress are far, far away. Of course the inn offers a little something extra for guests who would like to encounter the paranormal.
Host’s Maureen Wood and Ron Kolek keep offer weekly uploads in the popular Ghost Chronicles that feature interviews from some of the most famous ghost hunters in the field of paranormal research. The pair are also experienced investigators with the New England Ghost Project who recently had the privilege of visiting the Concord’s Colonial Inn. Ron took the liberty of spending the night in the most haunted room at the inn, room 24 and the team interviewed the staff. They did not come away dissatisfied. Their high-tech equipment picked up on a mass of activity from images to cold spots and voices. The employees at the inn could not dispel the evidence as it is a part of their everyday life when working at the haunted Concord, but you can decide for yourself by visiting the inn or listening to the findings of the paranormal investigation at: http://www.ghostvillage.com/resources/2008/gc_01162008.shtml
Location: 48 Monument Square, Concord, Massachusetts, 01742 Phone: 1-800-370-9200