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Posted 27 February 2014 - 10:40 PM

I've been in this building for 7 years.  I've known it used to be a coffin factory and a funeral supply manufacturer.  I've also regularly seen and experienced things in this building, but I've never mentioned them to anyone here.  That kind of stuff is very interesting to me and I pursue it every day, everywhere, but the people who work here don't know I'm into it.

Today some of the long-term employees started talking about the odd things they've seen, heard, etc over the past 25 years.  They started sharing experiences and there were a lot of "YES, I'VE SEEN HER TOO" types of responses.

I'll post some pictures and history and stories of this place.  It's in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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Posted 27 February 2014 - 11:04 PM

Thats a teaser, you need to provide more information and pictures!!


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 12:09 AM

View PostJVG, on 27 February 2014 - 11:04 PM, said:

Thats a teaser, you need to provide more information and pictures!!

The building was closing so I had to get out. I'm home now and will start putting up some info.
I had not idea these people (whom I've worked with for 7 years) were seeing these things.
I took some quick photos before I left.
This building is full of thousands of items owned by people who died years ago.  If you believe people leave 'imprints' on the items they've lived with, then the chances are this place is loaded with imprints.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 12:10 AM

(not sure why there are weird fonts in my first post...)


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 12:17 AM

I'll find a larger picture, but this the set of buildings in the 1850s.  The tallest one in the center is all that remains today.
This picture shows horses pulling a hearse.

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 12:24 AM

This is the building today.

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 01:11 AM

Here's a larger picture of the building in the 1800s.  I removed buildings that don't exist today.
I believe this print is from some type of advertising for their mortuary business, probably from a newspaper ad in that era.

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 01:20 AM

oooh coffin factory and funeral supplies! damn it must be haunted


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 01:30 AM

I'll never forget going to a "showroom" for caskets when my mom was dying and wanted me to pre-arrange everything.  I picked out a nice casket and was basically struggling with grief before she even died - then after that when the time came the p***ant who ran the place came to me and said they were out of stock and would I mind taking a "much better" model - it only had a small dent in one corner that wouldn't be seen.  I've never forgotten that. No offense to you but I think the people who sell that stuff are GHOULS and vultures combined.  People who are losing a loved one or have just lost a loved one are the most vulnerable they will ever be in their lives - and people like this creature are more than ready to take advantage of them - it's despicable imo.  THEY are the ghosts....  sorry - just felt the need to vent that.  :blush:

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 01:42 AM

View PostJGirl, on 28 February 2014 - 01:20 AM, said:

oooh coffin factory and funeral supplies! damn it must be haunted

Sounds like a challenge.
What do you want first, the history or the stories about people seeing things?


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 01:45 AM

View Postand then, on 28 February 2014 - 01:30 AM, said:

I'll never forget going to a "showroom" for caskets when my mom was dying and wanted me to pre-arrange everything.  I picked out a nice casket and was basically struggling with grief before she even died - then after that when the time came the p***ant who ran the place came to me and said they were out of stock and would I mind taking a "much better" model - it only had a small dent in one corner that wouldn't be seen.  I've never forgotten that. No offense to you but I think the people who sell that stuff are GHOULS and vultures combined.  People who are losing a loved one or have just lost a loved one are the most vulnerable they will ever be in their lives - and people like this creature are more than ready to take advantage of them - it's despicable imo.  THEY are the ghosts....  sorry - just felt the need to vent that.  :blush:

Best I can tell, this place stopped dealing in the DEAD PEOPLE business about 75 years ago.
But the building is still in the ‘dead people’ business in a way.
It's an antique market, selling the collectible and valuable possessions of dead people.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 01:51 AM

View Postherenow, on 28 February 2014 - 01:45 AM, said:

Best I can tell, this place stopped dealing in the DEAD PEOPLE business about 75 years ago.
But the building is still in the ‘dead people’ business in a way.
It's an antique market, selling the collectible and valuable possessions of dead people.
I understand and as I said, no offense - and I didn't mean to derail- really.  Welcome to UM!

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 01:55 AM

I was drawn to put my business here 7 years ago. There's a story there in itself.

Then to hear tonight as I was leaving that people have a bunch of 'ghost stories' about working in this building.

I'm all in.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 02:03 AM

Soooooo, a "haunted coffin factory"... :blink:

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 02:45 AM

Well stories is a good start . Now see if some one wants to look in to the place . May be some thing will turn up . Or not .

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