Weymouth’s haunted emery state has a different type of ghost
One of the most interesting haunted places in Massachusetts is one you’ve probably never heard of – yet.
This Weymouth mansion doesn’t have the grizzly history of a Lizzie Borden House or the tragic Salem witch trials; in fact, it is a place that has been filled with love, light and reverence throughout its existence.
The Emery Estate may be under the paranormal radar right now, but it won’t stay that way for long.
What is the story behind the Emery Estate of Weymouth?
The Emery Estate was built in 1903 to be a replica of George Washington’s Mount Vernon home in Virginia. The Emery family purchased it in 1916, and different generations lived there until September 2010, when the last Emery to live in the house, Allan Comstock Emery, Jr., died at age 91.
The town of Weymouth had the first opportunity to purchase the estate and the 24 acres surrounding it, which it did for $1.9 million using funds from the Community Preservation Act. The land is now known as King Oak Hill Park, and the Emery Estate overlooks the park and offers great views of the Boston skyline.
The property also includes a shed and garage, as well as a “children’s playhouse” which is probably about the size of many ordinary houses in the city.
The Emerys were a very devout people, and for more than 30 years they held a weekly Bible study for teenagers in their home.
Allan C. Emery was the executive chairman of the Greater Boston Billy Graham Crusade. Graham, the internationally acclaimed evangelist and one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, has visited Emery Estate in Weymouth several times over the years.
There is even a room called the “Billy Graham Room” where it is believed he stayed when he visited family.
How the Paranormal Can Help the Emery Estate
The eight-bedroom, 4,000 square foot home sat empty for a few years, but now the paranormal is helping to bring it back to life.
Christy Parrish, who led the successful Middleboro effort to revitalize Oliver’s historic and haunted estate, is now set to do the same for the Emery.
After initially conducting his own investigations to determine if the Emery estate was indeed haunted, Parrish began helping raise funds by hosting ghost hunting events and renting the property to paranormal investigation teams earlier. This year.
And the house did not disappoint.
What kind of paranormal activity is happening at Emery Estate?
I recently had the chance to investigate the Emery Estate for the first time, and it was unlike any other paranormal investigation I’ve done.
In many other haunted places in New England, you’re dealing with ghosts who lived a century or two (or sometimes three) before ours, and they don’t know what we’re trying to do when we’re trying to communicate and interact with them using our modern ghost hunting tools.
The spirits of the Emery domain, however, seem to have a good grasp of the paranormal investigation process and the devices used. Because of this, they seem to be more interactive and accurate than other spirits I’ve encountered.
What happened during the paranormal investigation of the Emery estate?
I was with a group of about a dozen people, and Parrish showed us around the house before we started investigating. She explained the history of the Emery family, the property, and recounted some of the activity they had had in each room.
During this visit, while in a room on the second floor, I felt something nudge me in my upper right arm, not once but twice. I just assumed it was something trying to get my attention and thought we could try to communicate with him later as I didn’t want to interrupt the tour.
Once we started investigating, I went to the basement with a group of people to hang out in the dark and try to get a “feel” for the place. I continued with my usual first attempt at communication – hitting the old “shave and cut a haircut” knock with my flashlight, and immediately receiving the “two-bit” double knock in response.
We had already made an interesting start.
Later, we were on the third floor, in another bedroom, where people were shot in the shoulder while standing inside the closet. I went into the closet myself to see if the same thing would happen to me, and almost immediately I felt a pressure on my right shoulder, as if someone was leaning on me to get up. The motion sensor lights inside the closet were turned on, even as I stood still.
The only other item in the closet was a cane, and I discovered that was because the alleged spirit pushing on my shoulder was actually of a physically challenged person, leaning on my shoulder to stand up.
I asked if he could latch on to my other shoulder as well, then I felt pressure on my left shoulder. After a few moments, my arms were slowly pushed towards my center, until they were practically touching.
The ghost was apparently hugging me from behind.
I jokingly asked if he could break my back too, and felt pulled back as if he was trying to honor my request.
At the same time, we were using a device called EchoVox which enables real-time spiritual communication; it contains all the phonetic sounds of human speech programmed in, and it randomly flows through them, allowing spirits to manipulate the device to use phonetics to make words.
Just about everyone there that night had the same experience except for a man named Rob. He never felt anything on his shoulder, and we finally figured out that maybe it was because Rob is over six feet tall and maybe too tall for the spirit to reach. When asked aloud how tall the spirit was, the EchoVox device said it was just over five feet tall.
Perhaps the funniest interaction, however, was when the device randomly said “happy birthday.” Even though it wasn’t the birthday of any of us, one of the people, Kim, said that her birthday was a few weeks before, but the friend who accompanied her that evening, Kristin, was from him give a birthday present earlier in the day, because she hadn’t seen her since before her birthday.
As Kim told us this, the device spat out “no Walmart,” and both women burst out laughing.
We asked why it was funny, and Kim told us she gave Kristin a birthday present that she tried to pass off as something handmade from Etsy — before finally admitting that she had bought it at Walmart.
Way to blow up his place, ghosts.
After the investigation
Even after everyone left to go home with a wealth of amazing experiences to share, the activity continued.
I stood outside the house with Parrish, who was telling me more stories from the field, and we watched shadowy figures criss-cross the property, moving around a bit before vanishing into thin air.
Emery’s estate is a unique haunted place like I’ve never experienced before, and I can’t wait to see what Parrish and the town of Weymouth can do with it in the future. The house needs a lot of attention, but if anyone can help turn the supernatural into a super makeover, it’s her.
Photo by Billy Graham from the Brearley Collection/Boston Public Library (CC BY-NC-ND)
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