Friday, August 6, 2010

The House that Haunts My Dreams: The Newton-Allaire House

If you have followed my blog regularly,  you know my family owns a large Victorian house in Northern Michigan.   This house was my favorite place in the world as a child.  It was the cradle of all my dreams and the inspiration for my first stories.  It whispered to me in my sleep and made me believe that there was more to life than we can see, touch, and taste.  The house's ghosts were old and they followed you throughout the house.   I loved the ghosts in the house as I loved the house.  It bound me to a history I knew little of and made me part of a family that went back for generations.

Over the last few years, the surviving members of my family have tried desperately to sell and get rid of this haunted piece of our family history.   This week,  I'm going up to make one final plea to keep it.  My mother and I and our families will take a long drive up North.  It is a thousand miles for us and we will see if there is any hope left.  

My dream is that we could rent the house out.  It is a few blocks from the beach and one block to the bookstore and movie theater.  It is a twenty minute drive to Mackinac City and Mackinac Island.   It has 8 bedrooms and is filled with ghosts and histories.  It seems like it would be a good vacation rental and then we could stay in it during our off weeks.   We will see.  This will be an up hill battle.   Either way,  on Monday I'll post pictures of the old house and use a few of the ghost hunting skills I learned last Friday to see if I can talk to some of the ghosts in the house.  I'm hopeful.  The ghosts talked to me when I didn't want them to as a little girl.  I'm pretty sure they should be even more talkative now that I do want them to talk.

I may not blog again until I get there.   I can't wait.  The painting above is one of the many paintings I did of the house.  Even if we sell it,   the house will always be part of me.

6 comments:

Shawn said...

Sounds like a really awesome place. Good luck with trying to find a tenant. If I had the money, I would be right there haha

Jessica Penot said...

Thanks! I'm glad to know someone would stay there with me.

Pam Morris said...

I know you wrote about this before and it made me feel so sad...I wish so very much you could hold onto this place...I feel that both you and the spirits of this home need to be kept together...I'm hoping for the very best outcome!

Gabriel Alexander said...

Victorian houses are so freaking awesome. Your so lucky!

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

I hope you can keep the house. It sounds like such a treasure!

Jessica Penot said...

Thanks all! Keep your fingers crossed,,, because it is going to be a battle.