By Thomas D'Agostino
The Trask Museum at 35 North Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts, became one of the most haunted buildings in the area, but not for its long-tenanted ghosts. The 1829 structure acquired a most curious artifact that soon proved to be haunted: an ancient perambulator, more affectionately known as a pram.
Former curator and director Ric Cone visited an antique shop in nearby Kingston, looking for curios for the museum. It was there he spied the pram sitting high up on a shelf almost completely obscured from view. The relic was in excellent condition and he felt it would make an exceptional addition to the museum. He expected to pay at least four hundred dollars for the piece but when the owner of the store gave him a price of less than one hundred dollars, Ric was shocked. "I just want it out of my store." was the simple answer the shopkeeper gave.
The pram was taken back to the museum and placed in a room where it could be proudly displayed, but during the night, it moved. No one thought anything of it, thinking it just rolled from the uneven floors or vibration of traffic. It was secured back in place, but the pram refused to stay still. Each day the museum opened the pram had rolled out of its resting place despite being secured there by several means.
One morning, a docent named Yoko opened the museum but could not fully open the door. The pram had jammed itself into the doorway, blocking the entrance to the building. An old wax doll had been placed in the pram for effect but every morning when the museum opened, the doll would be facing the nearest window as if peering out to see who is passing by.
Visitors to the museum witnessed the pram move seemingly on its own. One day the pram was found thrown on its side with the doll on the floor face down. It was then decided that the doll was the cause of the haunting and it was sold. The proceeds were donated to the museum. The pram, however, continued its midnight strolls.
A seance was held in an effort to find out what was causing the haunting of the pram. It was discovered that an 18th century boy came with the antique and played with it every night. He and a few other child spirits now resided in the museum and were not in a hurry to leave. Other pranks included the opening of the grandfather clock's door, pictures floating across rooms and doors opening and closing. The ghost of a woman is also seen looking out the window as if waiting for someone to arrive.
Dead of Night Tours in Plymouth recorded the movement of the pram and the voice of a child ghost looking for his mommy. The museum soon became known as the house where things move and was eventually shut down due to the haunting. The museum is presently tenanted only by the spirits that reside there, playing with the pram and other objects that were once displayed for the living.
There are a few tours that feature the museum on their walk. If you decide to take one, look closely for the ghosts that may actually be looking out for you.