The Murdock-Whitney House and the Isaac Morse House have lured in paranormal investigators from all corners of the globe.
You can take their word for it, or you can investigate yourself!
Two of the most historic and haunted locations in New England stand side-by-side in Wichendon, Massachusetts. The quiet beauty of the Murdock-Whitney House and the Isaac Morse House speaks of days long past—except for the spirits that still reside within their walls!
Elisha Murdock, founder of E. Murdock Company, built the family home in 1850 for his wife, Rohanna and their three children: Ellen, Sophia and George. The youngest of the family, and only son, met a young demise at the age of seven. When Sophia inherited the property circa 1900, she made many additions to the original home blending classical and Victorian styles.
It was a warm and inviting home decorated and constructed in fine elegance. The spacious renovations allowed plenty of room for the lengthy visits of extended family as well as for entertaining friends. Sophia was known for her recitals where she would play her Chickering Concert Grand Piano. Although the fine instrument has long since been donated to a local church, it is rumored that sometimes you can still hear the eerie tones of someone playing echoing throughout the home in the twilight hours of the morning.
For five generations the beautiful house was a home for the Murdock-Whitney family until December of 2000 when upon the owner’s death it was bequeathed to the Winchendon Historical Society. With such a rich history, it is easy to understand why the family still watches over the property making certain that all who visit are entertained.
Right next door you will find the Isaac Morse House that was first built in 1790 by Robert Ruggles. Isaac Morse, born in 1775, was the father of 15 children. His first wife, Miriam, bore ten children and his second wife, Frances gave birth to five. Morse was a very influential man in Winchendon up until his death in 1860.
In 1939, the home was bought by Dr. Alton Skelton. It remained in their family until his second wife, Evangline, sold the house to the Porters in 2007. Today it belongs to the Winchendon Historical Society and serves as the Gift Shop. On the property there are several antiques and artworks that lend to the haunted credibility of the house. Steeped in history, you will not want to miss the opportunity to explore its depths and seek out the spirits that are waiting to tell you their stories!