Part of the Family
In a story dating back to 1973, a very old house on 91 Old Sudbury Rd, Wayland MA, was reported to be haunted. The house was originally built in late 17th or early 18th century. The house’s biggest claim to fame was that Lydia Maria Child lived out here final years there. (She was the poet who wrote “over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go”). Over the years other rooms and pieces were added to the house. The owners of the house reported that half of the house felt cold and extremely frightening (the living room, family room, front hall, and screen porch). The other half also felt inhabited but by a warm and comforting presence.
The children were in the dining room one day. There was a door that was always kept open that led to the front hall. In a modern house such a door would probably seem out-of-place as openings from one common room to another are usually doorless, however, in this house there was a door between the two rooms. Suddenly this door opened then violently slammed closed. This happened about four or five times. Then, as if two invisible people were fighting, the door slammed back in forth very fast for about 10 or 15 seconds.
Thing of this sort, as the family tells it, happened so often that they became regular. Strangely enough, one of the children later reported that when he moved out of that house, he always felt his new dwellings empty without his family ghost.