With Halloween just over a week away, people may be looking for an interesting venue to celebrate. Look no further with a Massachusetts bar named one of the creepiest haunted bars in the U.S.
Thrillist compiled a list of 17 bars and restaurants that offer the haunted experience across America with Stone’s Public House in Ashland, as one of the chosen.
“Stone’s Public House takes its name from original owner John Stone, who was a very bad man according to one paranormal expert,” reported Thrillist. “After speaking with the six to seven spirits who allegedly live at the bar, ghost whisperer Ralph Bibbo claimed they told him Stone killed a boarder who won big in a card game in 1845.”
Stone’s Public House was built by John Stone, a Massachusetts resident, in 1832 and named it the Railroad House.
Stone operated the Railroad House for less than two years and then started to lease it. Stone passed away in 1858, and W.A. Scott bought the business ten years later.
According to the MetroWest, the business took its toll on the Scott family. All three of Scott’s sons became alcoholics, two of them dying of cirrhosis of the liver while they were relatively young. The third son, George Scott, was committed to a mental institution.
Over the years Scott neglected the building and finally shot himself.
In 1976, Leonard “Cappy” Fournier, bought the building and is credited with first exploring the paranormal side of the building and is quoted on the website talking about bringing paranormal investigators to the building.
“When I bought them to the upstairs function room they all felt the strangest feelings in the back half of that room,” said Fournier. “Every single one said the same thing in that upstairs room. That’s what made a believer out of me.”
“All the psychics perceived more than one spirit, mostly sullen male phantoms,” Fournier said. “Psychic Lee Sonnenfeld had the same peculiar sensation,” reported the 1984 article. “A drunkard named Burt Philips may have died at the inn during the 1890s, she said. Now, Philips’ spirit refuses to leave the inn because it enjoys the atmosphere there.”