Houghton Mansion 

Private Investigation with S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of New England

162 Church Street, North Adams, Mass

June 11, 2016

Investigation & Evidence

EVP Session in the Masonic Temple

"Be-Gone"  Audio clip
Houghton Mansion, North Adams, Mass investigation, June 2016, 

with Lori Miars, Beckett Gann, Kathy Anderson of the NoVA-SPIs and Spirits of New England teams.  During an EVP session where we were using the Ghost Radar app in airplane mode and after several minutes of questions about wanting us to leave, we finally asked them to be completely sure and asked this final question,  "Are you sure you want us to leave?" The response was very clear... "Be" "Gone".

EVP Session in the Masonic Temple

"Be-Gone"  Video clip

Houghton Mansion, North Adams, Mass investigation, June 2016, 
With Lori Miars, 
Beckett Gann, Kathy Anderson of the NoVA-SPIs and Spirits of New England teams.  During an EVP session using the Ghost Radar app in airplane mode, the q&a session used GREEN for yes and RED for no.  Upon receiving several GREEN responses to a particular question, we did as all good Ghost Hunters do and triple checked the question, "are you sure you want us to leave?" and this is the response on video.

The Houghton Mansion is the former home of Albert Charles Houghton and his family.  It is now used as a Masonic Temple.

Albert Charles Houghton, President of the Arnold Print Works and first Mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts, built the mansion in the 1890s. There was a formal garden in the rear. The Houghtons moved in around 1900, the family then consisting of Mr. Houghton, his wife Cordelia, and their youngest surviving daughter Mary, then 23 years old. Another daughter, Laura died as an infant, while three others lived to grow up, marry, and produce their own children. 

In spring 1914, the Houghtons invested in their first car, and sent their long-time chauffeur, John Widders also known as John Winters, to learn to drive it. On August 1, 1914, Mr. Houghton and his daughter, Mary, decided to go to Bennington, Vermont for a pleasure drive. Mrs. Houghton chose to stay home. They were accompanied instead by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Hutton of New York. Sybil Hutton was a childhood friend of Mary's and a daughter of WG Cady. With Widders at the wheel, the car left the Houghton mansion at 9:00 am heading up what is now Oak Hill Rd. The road was under repair, and a team of horses was parked on the right hand side. Widders went around them on the left, at about 12 mph. On the left shoulder, the car tilted and went down a steep embankment, rolling over three times before coming to rest in an upright position in a farmer's field. Everyone except Mary Houghton was thrown out of the car. The men all escaped with minor injuries...The women weren't so lucky. Mrs. Hutton was killed almost instantly when the car rolled over her. Mary Houghton was hurt just as badly and died of her injuries at 3:00 pm at the North Adams Hospital. Expecting to survive, Mr. Houghton was taken home, he died ten days later on August 11th. The investigator for the State of Vermont exonerated Widders of all wrongdoing, blaming the accident instead on the soft shoulder of the road. But Widders still blamed himself and, at 5:00 am on August 2, 1914, he shot himself in the cellar of the Houghton Barn with a horse pistol.  Continue reading.


Houghton Mansion was also featured on an episodes of both ​Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures.


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