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October 22, 2013

YOUR FAMILY: Heavenly Hauntings

There is possibly a special guest of Angel's Nest Bed & Breakfast who long ago checked in and never checked out


The man assured Dyer he and his bride were sound asleep when a crash sent them sitting straight up in bed. He told Dyer something entered the room through one of the turret’s third-story windows. Dyer said that was impossible since the windows were painted and caulked shut and locked down by screws.

The man could not be convinced that something, a presence, had not entered their room, and they were not coming back that night.

She has had paranormal investigators come into house. Though they have not seen the woman, they told Dyer they believed there was a presence, and commented about the presence of orbs, explaining what they are – spirits – and what their different colors mean. The ones seen at Angel’s Nest were white orbs, which are said to be good spirits, as opposed to the dreaded red orbs.

The question is who is this presence that has made itself visible? Dyer said some think it could be Hartnett’s first wife, Kate Byrne. They married in 1878 in Whitesborough and had two sons, but she died in 1881. But, as mentioned earlier, the home wasn’t built until 1896, and Hartnett remarried in 1883, to his first wife’s sister, Savina Byrne. They had four children. Dyer wonders if the first wife, Kate, who died so young and left behind the two young boys, possibly never left the family. Would she have followed them to the Weatherford mansion and then never left?

Word has gotten out about the haunts on the hill. Dyer said one guest arrived and demanded to see a ghost or she would cancel her reservation.

She said once two other ladies spent some time as guests in the house and upon checking out told Dyer they wanted to tell her who they were, but that they were well known in the field of ghosts and the unexplained and said her house had a presence. They smiled and left.

Dyer admits to thinking of selling the home at times and moving on to other things. She said running a bed and breakfast can be “very confining.”

In the meantime, consider booking some time at Angel’s Nest Bed and Breakfast. The rooms are spacious, beautifully decorated with an adjoining balcony and hot tub and come, possibly, with an interesting encounter of a ghostly kind from a kindly ghost.

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