Is Stone's Public House In Ashland Haunted?


ASHLAND, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Staff at a historic restaurant and bar in Ashland have long reported spooky goings-on, and say the building is haunted by several spirits.

Stone's Public House was originally built in 1834 by John Stone as a lodging for train passengers.

As the story goes, Stone killed a man who was playing poker inside, because that man was supposedly cheating, and buried the body in the cellar. That man's ghost allegedly haunts the restaurant to this day.

Also reported to haunt the bar is the ghost of a little girl who was killed on the nearby train tracks.

Assistant Manager Elizabeth Cocuzzo led WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe up the creaky stairs to a second-floor room where the blood-stained children's dress said to have belonged to Mary J. Smith is framed on the wall.

"Mary is a ten-year-old girl that apparently had gotten hit on the tracks, and she was brought into this building," Cocuzzo said.

Employees have reported hearing footsteps, giggling, and even a bouncing ball.

"I've heard a few footsteps coming out of the hallways," Cocuzzo said. "The General Manager has left her office door open several times and has yelled out into the hallway, 'Hello? Hello?' and no one's been there, so we're guessing that it's Mary running up and down the hallways here."

The restaurant has been featured in a number of publications about paranormal activity.

What do you think?

WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports

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