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Trick or Treat: 1937

Trick or Treat: 1937

1937. Rowan County, N.C. "Maxwell Chambers house, Spencer vicinity. Structure dates to ca. 1800-1810." Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

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I wonder ...

Seeing a photo of a place like this always makes me wonder, what did it look like when it was brand new? who would have lived there? What happened to those people? Why did the house end up abandoned?

And it still exists!?

Hard to believe unless this is a different Maxwell Chambers house.

Heavily modified but the view with four upper windows looks the same.

Our gang

OK, If you want to join our gang you have to knock on the door and then count to 10 before you run away.


Instantly reminded me of the kind of place Ben would have visited.

Leave 'em alone

This is the perfect haunted house, BETTER than anything the movies have depicted, since there appears to be several apparitions, reflections, shadows and forms showing up in several of the windows, even the one at ground level in the cellar. There is what looks like two large space alien eyes appearing over the broken slats in the shutter just to the right of the door and a womanly white shape in the window to the right of that. There is definitely something showing up in the left window, first floor and the second floor windows on the right. A ghost hunter told my daughter that they often appear as reflective, unexplainable, translucent orbs in photographs but I see none of those here. Still I feel this is a verifiable, ghost-occupied house of a happy family of spirits that just want to be left alone. Happy Halloween.

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