The Ale House
The fate of this once-popular watering hole brings up an interesting question: What happens to ghosts when the building they haunt is turned into a parking lot? That's what happened to the Ale House -- a bar with more than its share of local lore.
Originally, it was a farmhouse, then turned into a speakeasy during Prohibition. Some say it eventually became a brothel, but this is probably a little bit of embelishment derived from the fact that in the 1970's it was a "gentilemen's club" bar called Galloping Jugs. By the time of its demise, it had been gentrified into a French bistro, a seafood restaurant, and eventually a homey English-style pub in 1981.
In 1999, work began on a new strip mall nearby. At the end of a three-year legal battle the Ale House was demolished to make room for a parking lot. Which brings us back to the ghosts -- what of them? Three distinct entities have been detected in the Ale House. The most popular were Maggie, the servant; and the Sea Capitain. Some have theorized that the captain killed Maggie, and both were damned to haunt the house. But there is a third, unexplained spirit -- that of a tall, thin woman. Among the ghostly mischief:
- Guests could hear their names being called from no apparent source.
- Some guests have reported being pinched when no one was near them.
- The shadow of a woman was occasionally seen coming down the stairs.
- The giggles of a young girl could sometimes be heard.
- Candles would light and extinguish themselves.
- Glasses would occasionally fly off the racks.
- Chairs would rearrange themselves.
- Construction finish: 1897
- Renovated: 2001 - Demolished.
- Type: Restaurant
- Stories: 3
- May 22, 1981 - The Ale House opens as a bar.
- June 3, 2001 - The Ale House closed and was demolished to make way for a parking lot.
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