Are the John Wells Pratt House Museum and Fulton Public Library haunted?

Mrs. Pratt

Mrs. Pratt

FULTON – The Soul Searchers of Central New York are bringing its supernatural detection equipment to Fulton. You’re invited to follow the footsteps through time and try out some of the group’s equipment.

The John Wells Pratt House was built in 1861 by John and Harriet Pratt.

The John Wells Pratt House
The John Wells Pratt House

They had four sons that played and grew up in the house.

Their firstborn, Frederick, died at the age of 3 of “an unknown ailment.”

Sometimes, if you are very quiet you can hear him running in the upstairs hall.

Some have heard a little girl singing.

Others have reported seeing figures out of the corner of their eye walking down the front hallway and when they turn no one is there.

Sue Lane said she made an agreement with Mrs. Pratt that every morning she would say, “Good Morning,” and Mrs. Pratt wouldn’t play any tricks on her that day.

Mrs. Pratt
Mrs. Pratt

In the basement, from time to time, it is said that a workman is seen – or at least “felt.”

Mrs. Pratt, or maybe one of the boys has been known to move items from one place to another and then back again.

The Fulton Public Library built in 1905 on the foundation of a late 1800s building that housed canal workers, experiences books flying off shelves and the laughter of a little girl when no one is there.

Two staff members were surprised at the end of the tours last year when a section of the library closed off to the public had a book fly off the shelf, “I Was Here” by Gayle Forman.

While shelving books, another staff member heard the sound of a book sliding when no one was around.

The Fulton Public Library
The Fulton Public Library

He found the book, “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling, pulled out.

He pushed it back where it belonged and later found it pulled out again.

It is assumed that it is the favorite book of the little girl.

Strange things happen in these buildings!

Join us for ‘Mrs. Pratt’s Halloween Ghost Walk,’ a guided tour of these buildings on October 28.

Tours, every 30 minutes start at the library at 7 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 9 p.m.

Each tour will take approximately two hours.

Advance sale tickets only, available at the library.

Tickets are $20 per person.

Money raised from the event goes to support both the museum and the library.

For more information, call the library at 592-5159.

1 Comment

  1. The Dead
    Ecclesiastes 9
    5 For the living know that they will die,
    but the dead know nothing;
    they have no further reward,
    and even their name is forgotten.
    6 Their love, their hate
    and their jealousy have long since vanished;
    never again will they have a part
    in anything that happens under the sun.

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