Coffee With a Ghost

Let's meet here for coffee some evening. The Sepia Saturday prompt shows two gentlemen meeting for coffee at a coffee shop. I would imagine they would serve us coffee as well as something like rum to add to it at the Moses Brown Pub in the basement.


This building has a lot of rich history attached to it. Sometimes with all that history there has to be a ghost or two attached to it. As we sip our coffee we won't be alone. Apparitions have been know to hang out late at night sometimes showing themselves in a shadowy alcove.

The Brown Square Hotel is now the Garrison Inn still in business. It is named for the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison who's statue is found in front on the square.

The original owner Moses Brown was said to be an eccentric himself. Originally a carriage maker and into real estate, he imported sugar and molasses and became one of the richest men in the city by making rum.

But ask a Newburyport native and you’ll find that room 408 is said to be haunted by Sarah White Banister, the heir to the building’s original owner. Staff members have seen her there in the past. Recently in a nearby room, a woman staying there alone described talking with a little girl. Another occurrence caused the housekeeping staff alarm when they heard what they thought was rushing water from a third floor room. No guests were scheduled to be there, but inside they found the the television blaring static. Even now, the television can be heard turning on when guests and staff pass by the closed door in the hallway.



So if a little girl haunts room 408 who is haunting the pub in the basement? Moses himself?
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