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In the spring of 1965 my family moved to a tract house in a subdivision that once had been part of an estate. I do not recall how soon after we moved that I started seeing what looked like a man's foot in a boot, with the pants leg going down over the heal. This appeared in front of the TV as I as laying on the floor one night. At first it scared me, but I never said anything to my mom or stepfather.

Not long afterwards I began seeing the swirl of a long skirt in a yellow calico fabric in the hallway leading to the bathroom. It was if a woman was doing something. I always felt like she was cooking, and her movements made the skirt of her dress move. No one else said anything about seeing these two things and I saw them so often it was routine and never bothersome.

I always had the feeling our home was built on the site of a log cabin from long ago and what I was seeing were moments from the owners' lives. Except for that first time I was never afraid and as long as I lived in that house I saw them. My step-niece lives there now and I have no idea if she has ever witnessed them or not.

It seems I have been in tune with things beyond this life since I was a child, and I have always just taken them in stride, just the way it is for me. I have seen and experienced things since the age of ten. Some visual, some auditory and a few ESP things that have gone beyond what everyone has happen from time to time. I always have felt like it is due to my Scottish and Irish ancestry.

As I travel on in this life I try to keep an open mind to the fact that there are things which happen that "logic" cannot explain away.

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RedWolf (31 stories) (1292 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-16)
I've only been to LaGrange once forv m y grandmothers 70th birthday. The 1st floor would be as you expext kitchen bar & dining room. Yes there is still a musket ball hole in the wall. The second floor was for private dining. The rooms were a pretty good size. I went to Sagamore Hill once when I was a kid and once with one of my kids. That trip was cut short because the A.C. Was broken and the kids got so biotchy we had to picnic on the lawn which was nice. I never got to go to Walt Whitman's Estate or Willim Floyd's Estate. Montauk Point has always been my favorite. We used to go to the wineries on the North Shore but have found that Pa. Has better wineries.
msforgetmenott (17 stories) (316 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-14)
That is really interesting Red,
I will have to look that up, can you picture in your mind what these places looked like at that time.
We had two down graded storms (hurricanes) hit at this time 2011 on our land. It washed out acres of rich dirt, at total of measured rain in a seven day time frame was 24 inches. We all joked as the river flows in your direction, the dirt ended up in the Long Island Sound. Not enough to help slow down erosion though I guess.
Nature is evolving of that I am certain.
My best,
RedWolf (31 stories) (1292 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-14)
Yes it was like a stage coach stop. In fact the place that they put the coaches and horses is now a garage.
I don't remember the exact reason he was shot at but I believe it was an assassination attempt. Muskets were not terribly accurate especially pistols. But as I said that is just lore, it could have been someone else who was shot at, but the bulllet (musket) hole was left there for all this time. When the man renovated he just hung a picture over it. The name of the weigh station was named the La Grange Inne on the corner of Montauk Highway and Higbie Lane. The Higbie and Udall families were the first families to make a North South road on Long Island. There are a lot of historical landmarks on Long Island. Sagamore Hill (Teddy Roosevelts home) William Floyd's Estate in Mastiic Beach, Walt Whitman's Estates in Huntinton Station, and of course the Montauak Lighthouse which was commisioned by George Washington. Orginally it was about a mile away from a cliff but is now about a qauarter of a mile from said cliff because of erosion but some brave souls planted plants on the cliff that slow the erosion so the light house doesn't fall into the ocean. Yeah I know TMI but I just wanted to just to give you a little history of my 19X120 mile Island excluding erosion. If it weren't for the Fire Island Sea Shore there would be more erosion and Sandy did a number on that,
msforgetmenott (17 stories) (316 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-14)
Hi again RedWolf, I forgot to mention that George had slept in several places along Rte. 9 in MA also, so it is claimed. The Brookfield Inn was one of them. Our friends spent the last 25 years restoring that building to period and then opening it again as a B&B. I believe, as it is recorded he spent several stops there in route to Boston.
I have a question, why was he shot at, or what was that story, it is interesting. He also was known to have not slept alone also, while Martha was left in VA.
Have a great day!
msforgetmenott (17 stories) (316 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-14)
Good and Great Morning to you Red,
You are right and that crossed my mind as I wrote it. There could be several reasons why a woman would do kitchen duties and be in Sunday dress.
By weigh station did you also mean stage coach stop? My Family ran a Stage Stop locally, where the horses would be changed or guests rested over night and were fed. All gone and buried under before my Dad's time. The Notee Post Hotel.
I guess this author will not participate, so we will not see responses. Oh well
RedWolf (31 stories) (1292 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-14)
I agree with everything you say, except for one thing. When there was going to be a barn dance or Sunday social the woman would throw on her finery and a heavy apron on to finish baking or cooking. This way the food would not be too cold nor to hot to eat when the time came to eat it. Or another perspective would be that if her husband owned a weigh station (sort of a hotel,restaurant) she would be forced to cook and serve the food and she would have to look good all of the time, While the husband would usually tend bar or greet guests.
The only reason I bring up a weigh station is the town I grew up in had the last remaining weigh stations on Long Island. At one point not too log ago the owner wanted to renovate this historic landmark. He got the okay to renovate but he added on too
Much and made it look too much like a modern restaurant and the town told him to put it back to the way it looked or they would grant the historic society ownership. The moron even tried to cover a bullet hole that town legend said someone tried to kill George Washington. Although George WAS there on several occasions there is no proof somebody tried to kill him there. The guy who had to restore the weigh station almost went bankrupt and had to take on partners
msforgetmenott (17 stories) (316 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-05)
Hi there dunsu,
I found your well written story interesting, we all feel the past around us, yet you have seen it, quietly with-in your home.
In an gentle and harmless way.
If you could remember the boot, it's style and color. Also the type of heel it had. Was it well used or shiny. Was there stitchery.
This and the color of pant as well as the material would perhaps bring to light to your mystery. Your State is filled with later history, than some. It help could pin down a timeframe.
Also did the dress and boot seem higher than the current flooring or did the step seem right on your flooring.
It might have been unusual for a woman to be cooking in a yellow dress, colors were often saved for best, drab was more common for working. The material would also be a factor.
Thanks for sharing.
valkricry (47 stories) (3190 posts) mod
7 years ago (2015-09-05)
dunsu, I can't help but wonder if you did a bit of digging if you could come up with support for your log cabin theory. Then again, it could have easily been part of a wagon route, or a soddy. What you saw really does sound residual.
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7 years ago (2015-09-05)
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7 years ago (2015-09-04)
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Manafon (4 stories) (74 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-04)
Dunsu47--Your account is a very interesting one and does sound like a residual type of occurrence, especially as you saw these two fragments of a woman and a man over and over again doing the same things.

If you think your step-niece wouldn't be alarmed by your earlier experiences in her house you really should ask her if she has seen anything similar. It would be fascinating if she has!

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