This is the very earliest ghost report in my collection. There might be earlier ones out there, but I don’t know about them.
The first line is interesting. The reporter says that, to many, the notion of a house being haunted had become “extinct.” As I discuss in the Introduction to my book version of Spectral Edition, few publications in the first half of the 1800s supported a belief in ghosts. In the U.S., it seems that the Civil War opened a door — if not for believing in ghosts — then for such belief to be addressed in newspapers.
This article is quoted in the Introduction of Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspapers, 1865-1917. Featuring close to 150 of the scariest, strangest, funniest, and most intriguing ghost reports from my collection of over 300, the book is available in paperback and Kindle format at Amazon in the U.S. or Amazon in the U.K.
Each Wednesday, I post another authentic ghost report here at the Merry Ghost Hunter.