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Haunted House in New Hampshire

Indian shutters failed to protect inhabitants of this New Hampshire house in the 1700s -- or so local legend has it.

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When we bought our 1700s New Hampshire farmhouse, the sellers disclosed that the house was "haunted." This seemed odd, but it didn't bother us. We asked about the "ghost" and were told it is a female ghost that can be heard at times in the back bedroom. She mumbles, so it is not clear what she says. People who have slept in this room claim to have felt the bed being kicked or shaken. Personally I think it's just gas from the furnace going up the chimney (which is near that room) or air from the forced hot air system. We were also told that earlier owners reported actually seeing a woman walking in and around the house.

I'm very much a skeptic but I would love for this ghost story to be true. We keep finding more and more out about this mystery.

As we began moving our belongings into the house we met the people living across the street. Their teenage daughter asked if we knew the house was haunted. We said we did but wanted to hear what she knew about it. A few years ago while she was babysitting a little girl in the house, they heard what she described as a crying woman from within one of the chimneys. They were both so scared that she called the her mother from across the street to come over and stay with them. The mother also claimed she's heard voices in the house other times when she knew no one was home. But neither the daughter nor mother have ever seen the ghost. Other family members claim they've heard music from behind the house in the woods: a harp or flute playing a wild rhythm. Yet when they've crossed the street to check it out, they haven't been able to find its source.

One local legend has it that the back bedroom where the voices are supposedly heard used to be a birthing room/ nursery. Sometime in the 1800s a woman living in the house died while giving birth in this room. She may be the one still haunting the house.

Another story I've heard is that I have heard is that the house was attacked by Indians in the 1700s and the entire family was murdered. The young daughter was reportedly tortured before the Indians killed her. The house does have Indian shutters, but I've been unable to confirm any town records of Indian attacks on the house. an.

On a trip to the library, we found that in the 1970s someone discovered a dateless headstone in the yard. There was no grave at the house, and the name on the headstone -- "Moody Dodge" -- never appears anywhere in the town records. Then, during the house inspection we found a trap door, hidden under the wall-to-wall carpeting and leading to a second basement. This eight by eight basement is six feet deep, and lined with brick walls. I've heard many theories as to what this room was, ranging from a hiding place for escaping slaves on the Underground Railroad to a root cellar . As of yet, I haven't been able to confirm any of them.

The mysterious trap door -- what was the hidden cellar used for?

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I still don't believe there is really a ghost in the house but I would find it kind of neat if there really were. There is a superstition that as long as the ghost lives in the main living area it's a good ghost. Supposedly, it's the ones that reside mostly in the basement or attic that would try to cause harm.