When Carol Matsumoto purchased a dilapidated house in Poquetanuck, Connecticut she could never have foreseen the psychic and paranormal path that the house would take her along.
Originally built in 1754, this piece of important American history was clearly a challenge on many fronts - not least of all because it’s new owner took on its renovation with few resources other than a powerful sense of faith and divinely-inspire purpose.
Today, Captain Grants Inn is a popular bed and breakfast establishment with visitors coming from all over the World to appreciate its charm and sense of history. However, some come simply to savour its remarkable notoriety as a building full of nightly hauntings and other strange paranormal activity.
A Rocky Beginning
In the early chapters of her book, Carol Matsumoto reveals something of her own personal history as well as the circumstances that led up to her taking possession of the very rundown property. She explains how she was forced to tackle building problems and bureaucratic obstacles before she turned the property into her home into a place from which to run her successful accommodation business.
Initial problems within the project were borne from its location and the crumbling stone foundations which started an endless list of challenges from the time at which she purchased the building at a knocked-down price in early 1994. However, alongside the practical issues emerged a strain of paranormal events that continues even today when, at the authors own estimation, there are no less than twelve spirits in the house - all of which she has personal psychic connections and in-depth conversations.
As the book progresses Matsumoto weaves into her account a detailed description of the main spirits and the way that she managed to drawn them into revealing their own sometimes tragic past. In time she came to know them personally and was able to corroborate their previous earthly existence alongside the names on the gravestones found in a nearby, deserted cemetery.
For example, she describes how she communicates with spirits such as Deborah who lived in the 1700s but died at five years of age. Deborah has been caught on camera and heard by guests giggling or playing with balls in the attic.
Another frequent guest is John, an eleven year old boy who died in the early part of the twentieth century and Daniel, son of one of the men connected to the house from the mid 1700s, who keeps guests awake during the early hours of the night by walking around the house in heavy boots - and there are many more.
Whilst most spirits have proved to be friendly - and some even approved of the writing of this book and the documenting of their stories, this is a personal account of first-hand paranormal activity from the pen of someone who has been at the forefront of a daily life living alongside those who have yet to transit into a higher plane or state of being. The challenges of maintaining this precious relationship have been great - but so have the personal rewards.
Our Review of The Ghosts of Captain Grants Inn by Carol Matsumoto
It has been a ling time since I enjoyed a book on the paranormal quite so much as I did reading The Ghosts of Captain Grants Inn by Carol Matsumoto.
Not only is it beautifully written and richly illustrated with personal photos, this is a book that takes its reader through an important process leading from initial shock that a building can be quite so haunted to a deeper understanding of the challenges of running a business alongside the sprits of the dead.
From reading her account it is clear that this has presented specific difficulties with several guests, not knowing the place is haunted, becoming upset by the nocturnal activities of the spirits, and through to staff, such as Amie her housemaid, who witnessed a small girl appear and walk through her hands. She was so freaked out she would not return for three days.
Despite the challenges and problems, the author's already abiding interest in the spiritual world has resulted in a story that is subtly different and more engaging than most books on the paranormal. For this reason I wholeheartedly recommend The Ghosts of Captain Grants Inn to anyone who enjoys a riveting and thoroughly inspirational tale of dark spirits, and otherworldly skullduggery - all mixed in with a good dose of Americana.
Credit: Review copy kindly supplied by Llewellyn Publications, USA.