These are pictures and a video from the basement of Larimer Mansion on its 225th anniversary celebration on Aug. 15, 2015. Owners Larry and Lynnette Moisey said it was the last time the basement would be open to the public, but they will continue to host ghost tours during Halloween. They encourage visitors to take pictures and make recordings, and the group Hauntings Research investigates regularly.
While they always try to debunk any “paranormal” evidence brought to them, “Larimer Mansion never disappoints,” Lynnette Moisey said. She’s been in the basement six times since they bought the house in 1985.
“I don’t like the feeling down there,” she said.
According to a pamphlet published by the Moiseys, the house, a bed and breakfast, was built in 1790 by William Larimer Sr. on grounds used in 1755 as a military camp by Gen. Edward Braddock.
The house is on Maus Drive in Irwin, Pennsylvania, just up the hill from Calvin Presbyterian Church, formerly Long Run Church. The red brick building that replaced earlier church buildings was built in 1865.
Land for Long Run Church and cemetery was donated by William Marshall, who with his entire family was massacred by Indians on the property in 1780.
Lynnette Moisey says a recording made at the family’s mass grave in the cemetery says “Ojibwa,” another name for Ojibwe or Chippewa, Indians said to be in the area at the time.
The Moiseys have found correspondence in the house written by a Larimer decendant indicating the house may have been part of the Underground Railroad. Other research done by the Moiseys points to unscrupulous activities at the house during Prohibition.
The Moiseys plan to open a museum at Larimer Mansion in 2016.