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Abandoned House, Frankfort, Maine

June 19, 2012 | by

© Corinne Botz. Click to enlarge.

My sister and I always heard our names called. My father always said it was the wind, but the wind don’t say your name. I didn’t like going up on the third floor, that’s where I saw a man sittin’ in an easy chair. Sometimes it sounded like people were walking around the house and running down the halls. When we first moved there the floor in the back room was all cluttered with love letters. Maybe that guy died there or somethin’. That place made me feel so weird. My mother died in the house the day we were moving out; I feel like a part of her is still there. It was always cold in the house so my mother was happy we were moving to a warm place. The moving vans had just left, she was finally gettin’ out of the house and she never got out. As bad as I wanted to leave cause it’s creepy, I miss it. I’m not sure if it’s true but I heard that the man who bought it won’t stay there ’cause it’s haunted. The place has been empty for a long time.

—Cheryl, who lived with her family in the house from the 1950s until the 1970s

Corinne Botz is a Brooklyn based photographer. A solo exhibition of her work opens in July at RedLine Gallery in Denver. She will be exhibiting Haunted Houses in a group exhibition at Museum Morsbroich in Germany this fall. To see more haunted houses or to hear ghost stories, visit the Haunted House project.

22 COMMENTS

20 Comments

  1. Marilyn Doe | October 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I was born in 1954 and lived in Frankfort until I married in 1977, when I moved 5 miles away into Winterport. Arlene Clark Welsh and her husband Ray lived in that house from my first memories and town history. Arlene was an elementary school teacher for many years at the Frankfort Elementary School that is now the Post Office, Town Office and Rec. Dept. building next to the Congregational Church. Arlene died in that house in the mid 1960′s from liver failure. The house was vacant for awhile, then the Bigelow family moved in. They were from Belfast if I recall correctly, a very large family with kids in the school system. I remember Roy Bigelow was in my class. After they left the home, Danny Harrison from Stockton Springs bought the property and did extensive restoration. A couple purchased the home and it stood vacant for many more years. In the most recent 5-6 years, someone owned and finished the back addition, which was the original kitchen, and lived there. The building stands vacant again today. The original home was luxurious, with marble stairways, bathrooms with marble sinks, the ceilings about 10-12 feet high with woodwork throughout that was enormous and beautiful. As kids, we would fish in the Marsh Stream just north of the home, and catch eels. We would take the squirming things, hook, line and sinker to her. She would take it off the hook and cook it for dinner. I remember watching her cook the eel, it would literally flip and flop in the frying pan, I guess as the muscle’s contracted with cooking. I do question the validity of the ghost stories and time frame that is documented in Cheryl’s story.

  2. Mary Ellen Martel | October 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I have to agree with Marilyn’s knowledge of the house. My parents were friends with Arlene and Ray and I was in that house many times. Arlene lived there in the early 60′s ~ she was my teacher in 1963 which I remember clearly because it was in her 4th grade class that we heard about President Kennedy’s death. Cheryl certainly did not live in the house with her family in the sixties. I would add that in 18 years of living in Frankfort, several of which were on the little road that loops behind this house and many more on the stream Marilyn refers to, I have never heard any talk of ghosts in the old house. I feel certain my father, who had lived in Frankfort his entire life, would have told us those stories. Everyone in a small town would have known about the “ghosts in Mrs. Welch’s house>”

  3. K | October 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I grew up in Winterport during the 80′s with lots of family in the Frankfort area and we heard all kinds of stories about ghosts that “lived there” I recall sneaking up to the outside of the home one day and being scared just because maybe I would a see a ghost. I think I was a child with an active imagination. I just know that no one ever really lived there while I was a child and in its day it was a beautiful home.

  4. Mark Q. | October 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Hi ladies! If you want a haunted house come to Prospect! Arline and Ray were nice people and the house was elegant. Remember she always gave out bags of potato chips at Halloween. I remember the day Kennedy died and Dottie ran around saying I was dead because I had worn a Kennedy mask for Halloween, we were in third grade. I believe the house is for sale and I think it is 65K. It could be beautiful again, let’s buy it and move there! Wouldn’t we have fun, maybe square dance in the parlor!

  5. Andrew Mooers | October 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks you for adding the extra details, history. The house in Maine grabs your attention and many have noticed it, wondered about it for years. It does “speak” to you even just driving by!

  6. Amanda Hamilton | October 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    A friend of mine rented the apartment when they re modeled the back He lived there for only a couple months and moved out because he saw a ghost and strange things kept happening. This friend of mine did not believe in ghosts nor would be one to make up this kind.of story. I truly believe its haunted. There are so many ghost tv shows out there right now the owner should definately contact one of the shows to come and investigate like they did with Fort Knox. Id even like to take a tour of the house and id pay the guy to let me in. He should really make it a bed and breakfast type place!

  7. Jody Hart | October 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I think this Cheryl must have been Cheryl Bigalow? I remember some of the girls but having a hard time recalling their names…Pat,Sandra, Cheryl? Anyone remember..maybe a Roy & Tom….

  8. Jessica Newman | October 26, 2012 at 9:34 am

    i think it would be so neat for Ghost Hunters to go in and check it out! just like they did Fort Knox! :)

  9. Afton | November 11, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Does anyone know who lives in this house now and how i can contact them?

  10. Sue Baumgardner | November 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Afton, Contact the Frankfort Town Office and inquire as to who the owner is and his address. Perhaps they will even provide you with a phone number or email adress. Good luck. If you need further assistance email me and I will get the info for you. CardArtFTH@yahoo.com

  11. DHolmes | November 29, 2012 at 8:09 am

    nice to see they are working on it now.. my husband and I looked at that house.. but it needed too much work.. always hopesd someone would love it..

  12. Denise Walton | December 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    The house is in the January/February 2014 magazine….This Old House. It’s the featured home for save this old house. Listed for $65,000…. Seems like a wonderful house!

  13. Tara | December 10, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I just googled this house because I too saw it in the This Old House magazine – just today! it’s a beauty!
    I do Reiki for a number of buyers and sellers on homes and properties and just from the photos of this place, any energy that surrounds it is good energy – energy that just doesn’t want to go,,, but can , as long as the right people do well by the house…. If I could convince my husband to move up there, this would be a first pick! a true beauty!

  14. Malcolm | December 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Oh, my word, folks! Sure, the house has architectural detail galore; and for romantics it sings. But for those of us who have worked in housing rehabilitation, it moans. As a subscriber to This Old House (and a former resident of Frankfort), I was surprised to see it featured in the most recent issue. And I drove to Frankfort today to see it once again. In the several photographs I took, I can see the cash register ringing. My initial estimate was $200,000 in rehab costs; having seen it today, I’m thinking I badly lowballed that figure. I sincerely hope someone will buy it and restore it; but for upwards of $300,000, who wants a house in Frankfort–smack in the backwash of a more prosperous time? Of course, the Frankfort Business Center, about the size of a single-family ranch house (not exactly the Mall of America) may draw some from outside the community. Not! By the way, I too am a romantic; but I am also a pragmatist.

  15. TK | December 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I live about 1/4 mile from the place. A few winters ago, I freed a trapped pigeon that had fallen down inside a broken wondow that was boarded up from the inside. A fellow named Griffin and his wife lived in place for a few years and rehabbed some of the kitchen and a little more of the place a few years ago. However, to bring the place “back to life” would require hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s a town fire hazard at this point.

  16. Malcolm | December 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I can appreciate TK’s thought that the house is a town fire hazard. In only glancing at CMP’s meter installation the other day, I did not note that it was tagged out—that the power to the place had been disconnected. In truth, I was surprised to see a fairly new meter trim in place. I wonder who confirmed that the house’s interior wiring was safe enough to energize (if it has been). I would guess that a qualified electrician updated everything from the weather head down the wall through the meter trim and terminated it at a new breaker panel—and left the rest of the wiring alone.
    The other concern is whether the building constitutes an “attractive nuisance” per the Maine Statutes: Is it a lure for kids who can’t read No Trespassing signs? The building seemed pretty secure. But someone bent on arson could raise hob with the place.
    I am sincerely sorry to see the place give up the ghost (or ghosts). Very sorry. And I hate to be the merchant of gloom and doom. But the house is going downhill and picking up speed. There are so many breaches in the exterior surfaces—broken windows, rotted and missing trim, the remains of a chimney. Even the vertical stub of a 3” diameter PVC pipe at the rear wall. And who can tell about the roof? I can imagine starting repairs and finding structural pieces in exterior walls rotted because of all the rain that has entered over the years. Discouraging. I wish the sellers the best.

  17. DimitraD | January 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Unfavorable jobs and family relations, poor ecology of huge industrial cities, unabated noise of crowded streets, fast food and take-always that are eaten instead of healthy homemade dishes, dirty water, excessive medicine intake, lack of sleep and physical activities – that is the short list of harmful factors ruining our central nervous system and causing stress and depression.

  18. Angel Callahan | January 19, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Hello, I am the founder and leading paranormal investigator of Prana Paranormal. I have been saying for a long time I would like to have our team investigate that home. We have no idea on how to contact the owner. Our email is prana.paranormal@yahoo.com our phone number is 631-4604 and our website is pranaparanormal.com we are a free service and out of the Bangor Area, we are also on Facebook. Please spread the word in hopes that someone can get into the home and investigate the many stories that are told.

  19. afton prescott | June 9, 2013 at 8:41 am

    hello my name is afton prescott. I am very interested in getting into this house before it get demolished. Please email me at afton_prescott_101@yahoo.com asap please

  20. j | October 31, 2013 at 6:30 am

    this house kicks ass for some reason i dont know why and 3000 miles plus away in canada on the west coast i came across the image months ago looking to purchase foreclosure since the market crashed years ago ive become infatuated though i have no knowledge of carpentry etc this pic of this home in frankfort has enticed me so muchits my face plate on my phone n laptop there is something so peaceful about the treat property only because every search locals etc say theres a story but im still unable to search archives truly captivatingive run out of searches but still it remains

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