by Bruce Preston
The sign over the door of The Windham
Restaurant says “Food & Spirits” and
that may be truer than you think. The restaurant occupies
an old house built around 1812 by The Dinsmore Family. The
house was home to Isaac and then Horace Dinsmore for many
years. But who else has lived in this house, and more importantly,
who is haunting it now?
Three Restaurants have occupied the house.
The first was a Thai restaurant, then a French, and finally
The Windham Restaurant. The staff of each has experienced
some “unusual” events. The “spirits”
singled out the blond waitresses of the French restaurant.
They would feel their hair being played with by some unknown
entity. “It” would also unclasp their jewelry.
The New England Ghost Project witnessed one such event.
While an investigation was underway, one of the waitresses
experienced a cold chill, and then her necklace just fell
off her neck for no apparent reason. She became hysterical
and began to cry. This was not the first time it had happened
and she was getting tired of it. However this wasn’t
the only game “it” liked to play.
Sometimes, when the staff would come in
early in the morning they would find the chairs on the second
floor turned around facing the window like someone was watching
a parade. The place settings would also be moved so the
forks and knives were crossed like an “X”. Perhaps
the most dramatic example of moved objects happened to a
bunch of empty boxes wrapped like Christmas gifts. They
were once found suspended from wall to wall (in mid air)
above the staircase on the third floor. Another time the
mock Christmas boxes were stacked like towers. And on yet
another occasion, a key to the third floor door disappeared
only to turn up later - jammed in a window frame.
is all very interesting, but had anybody seen the
“spirits”? The answer is an astounding
“Yes”! In addition to the staff, several
customers also reported seeing the spirits. A little
boy was seen in the second floor wait station. A girl
was seen wandering around the restaurant, and “Jacob”
a name given to the spirit by
|the wait staff, was seen
several times. These strange happenings continue to
plague the current owners of the establishment, now
known to its patrons as The Windham Restaurant.
When Vess and Loula opened The Windham
Restaurant, strange things continued to occur. On one
occasion, Vess looked on in shock after a shrimp disappeared
from a plate he was preparing in the kitchen. At other times,
expensive dishes flew off the kitchen shelves and shattered.
Wine glasses in the bar sailed across the room and smashed
onto the floor. Windows that were closed would later be
found opened. Lights would turn on -seemingly of their own
accord. Electrical problems plagued the restaurant. These
spirits were getting costly. Once again, the staff, as well
as patrons saw “Jacob” or the “man in
the blue suit”. In fact, one time, Loula saw what
she thought was a man falling down the stairs, but when
she ran to help him, he had disappeared. Footsteps and little
children’s voices can sometimes be heard reverberating
from the second floor, but when the staff goes upstairs
to investigate, there is no one to be found. No floor of
the restaurant is free from paranormal activity. Even in
the cellar, a man’s voice has been heard by the employees
calling out to them.
The New England Ghost Project has investigated
the restaurant several times and what have they discovered?
Maureen Wood, the NEGP’s psychic
investigator has had several run-ins with the “spirits”
of the Windham. She discovered that the boy’s name
is William and that Jacob died of a heart attack and possibly
fell down the stairs. Through trance medium ship it has
come to the team’s attention that Jacob’s unrest
may be contributed to papers buried somewhere within the
confines of the cement cellar. Several EVP’s (“the
electronic voices of the dead”), photos and videos
have captured the strange phenomena at the restaurant, including
a photo of a little boy, whose image disappears into a beam
of light. There is also video taken of a door opening- by
Is The Windham Haunted? All evidence points to three or
four spirits, but the investigation continues. For more
information on the investigation of the Windham Restaurant
go to: www.neghostproject.com.