In 1966, M.P. and Judith Fellenz of Highland Falls, New York, registered at Concord's Colonial Inn and were given Room 24 on the second floor. The newlywed couple was looking forward to their stay in our quaint New England Inn. The next morning, however, the bride looked rather pale. About two weeks later, Loring Grimes, the Innkeeper at the time, received a letter from Mrs. Fellenz. It read in part:
"I have always prided myself on being a fairly sane individual but on the night of June 14 I began to have my doubts. On that night I saw a ghost in your Inn. The next morning I felt too foolish to mention it to the management, so my husband and I continued on our honeymoon. I wondered whether or not any sightings of a ghost had been reported or if any history of one was involved in the history of the Inn.
The incident sounds very melodramatic. I was awakened in the middle of the night by a presence in the room—a feeling that some unknown being was in the midst. As I opened my eyes, I saw a grayish figure at the side of my bed, to the left, about four feet away. It was not a distinct person, but a shadowy mass in the shape of a standing figure. It remained still for a moment, then slowly floated to the foot of the bed, in front of the fireplace. After pausing a few seconds, the apparition slowly melted away. It was a terrifying experience. I was so frightened I could not scream. I was frozen to the spot . . .
For the remainder of the night, I could not fall asleep. It was spent trying to conjure a logical explanation for the apparition. It was not a reflection of the moon as all the curtains were completely closed. Upon relating the incident to my husband, he said the ghost was included in the price of the room."
If you'd like a haunted room in our Inn, ask for Room 24. Paranormal activity has been investigated in other areas of the hotel as well. In early 2005, two organizations investigated at Concord's Colonial Inn: Ghost Images Paranormal Investigations and Spirit Encounters Research Team. Most recently Syfy's hit show Ghost Hunters did an hour-long episode on the Inn to explore paranormal experiences. Watch the show here. Season 6 episode 14, titled "A Shot in the Dark".
Ghost Hunters - Watch the TAPS team from Ghost Hunters investigate the Inn's ghostly guests. Look for Season 6, episode 14.
The Today Show - Watch Campbell Brown as she explores our haunted history.
BostonGlobe.com - "Historic Inn Scares up a Ghost Story" by Sally Heaney
BostonGlobe.com - 25 Haunted New England Inns: Concord's Colonial Inn" by Nicole Durate
GhostVillage.com - "Episode 61: Concord's Colonial Inn"
A&E's Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal: Watch "Episode 13: Vanished" to see our beloved Inn prominently featured on the second season premiere.
Gallup Poll - "One-Third of Americans Believe Dearly May Not Have Departed" (article notes our Inn's haunted history).