12 Aug 2010
A haunted evening set at historical Horsham site
Ask most Horsham residents about Graeme Park and they'll tell you it's haunted.
The stories of Elizabeth's ghost have been circulating since her death in 1801 and continue to be experienced by the staff, visitors and volunteers today.
Betsy Stedman, one of Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson's closest friends, lived with Elizabeth at Graeme Park after the Revolutionary War.
Shortly after Elizabeth's death, Betsy was visiting Graeme Park and reported “passing Elizabeth on the stairs.”
Mrs. Strawbridge and her husband, Welsh, purchased Graeme Park in 1920. They lived in what is now known as the Penrose-Strawbridge house, elsewhere on the property, and used the Keith House for entertaining. Mrs. Strawbridge had a real love of history and delighted in taking visitors down to show off the old house. On one such occasion, Mrs. Strawbridge reported “hearing the rustle of [Elizabeth’s] skirt” as she was coming down the stairway.
The staff, volunteers and visitors at Graeme Park today have reported smelling pipe tobacco and perfume in the house, hearing children laughing when there were no children about, Christmas decorations pushed off the windowsill of the locked house, unexplained chills and problems with the alarm system due to “motion in Elizabeth’s room,” and the second floor hallway outside her bedroom.
Join Graeme Park and the National Pennsylvania Paranormal Investigators Aug. 21 from 7 p.m. to midnight on a hunt to learn the truth about these mysterious hauntings. The cost for the five hour program is $40, which will include a tour of the house, paranormal investigation of the house and grounds, discussion of the findings and light refreshments. Reservations are required and must be held with a credit card. There is a $20 cancellation fee and no-shows will be billed for the full cost. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Graeme Park with the cooperation of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Graeme Park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1722, the Keith House is the only surviving residence of a Colonial Pennsylvania governor.
Graeme Park is located at 859 County Line Road. It is owned by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and operated by the Friends of Graeme Park. Regular operating hours are Friday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Last tour each day is at 3p.m.
For more information or questions, please call 215-343-0965 or see our website at www.graemepark.org.