A Brief History: “The Victorian”, as the house is commonly known, was built by furniture maker S.K. Pierce in the year 1875. It is named based on its beautiful Victorian architecture, complete with a mansard roof, huge bay windows, and classic wood furniture. Located at 4 West Broadway in Gardner, Massachusetts, the house was home to the likes of P.T. Barnum (one half of the founders of the Barnum and Bailey Circus), and President Calvin Coolidge. The house was bought by Edwin Gonzalez and Lillian Otero in 2008, and that is when the two brought many of the paranormal experiences that took place in this house to light. The couple moved out in 2011. The house is currently used for ghost tours.
Haunted History: These claims come from the many deaths that took place in the mansion: Pierce’s (the architect’s) son lost the mansion in a card game in the early 1900s and supposedly died in the house. There are also stories of a girl drowning in the pond in the yard, and a man in 1963 who spontaneously combusted in the middle of the master bedroom floor, and claims of a brothel being active in the home as well, in which one of the prostitutes was murdered in one of the second-floor bedrooms. Some of the hauntings include shadowy figures, unexplainable footsteps, doors slamming, a small boy running past the windows. One of the neighbors actually asked the most recent couple if their son could come out and play…the couple had no children. The reason the couple left the house: Lillian felt a pressure on her chest and she felt paralyzed. This was the couple’s breaking point, and they decided to leave their beloved house behind.