The Girl At The Gate

Are you tiring of Bacon’s Castle stories yet? I sure hope not, because I have another one to share today.

I may have mentioned previously that I worked for one season, in 2000, as a historic interpreter at the Castle. Marshall also began his ten-year employment there that year.  One afternoon, he and I were the only staff members working, and at one point, we had no visitors in the house or on the property.

The gift shop/admission office was located at the rear of the house, but there was a hallway leading to a front window. And through the window, you could see the gate at the end of the drive. I was sitting at the desk, and Marshall was standing in the center of the room, looking down the hall toward the window.

Suddenly, he began staring intently in that direction, leaning forward as if to get a better look.  He didn’t say anything at first, but glanced at me and pointed toward the front gate.

I thought: that must really be an unusual car coming down the drive.

Finally, he said something like: “there’s a girl standing at the gate”.  I stood up from the desk, walked around it and went over to where he was. By that time, she had walked behind one of the brick posts.

We immediately began walking through every room at the front of the house, looking toward the highway, but never saw anyone.  A few minutes later, a family drove through the gate, came in and signed up for a tour. We asked if they’d seen anyone walking along the highway: they hadn’t.  (Bacon’s Castle is on a quiet little country road, and a person wouldn’t have had time to walk to any of the nearby houses.)

I’ll always remember what Marshall asked me shortly after this happened. He said: “Mom, you do believe me, don’t you?”.  Well, yes, I do believe him. First of all, because he’s my son, and also because I witnessed first-hand his reaction to what he saw at the gate.

He said the girl wasn’t dressed as women dress today, but rather was wearing a long, white dress, and was standing directly in the center of the drive, looking toward the house.

A few years later, a visitor had taken a tour guided by one of the other interpreters. When the tour was over, the visitor asked Marshall who that girl would have been that she saw in the garden. She described her just as Marshall described the girl at the gate to me.

Marshall and I will tell you that this was something we couldn’t explain. And perhaps some things just aren’t meant to be explained.

25 responses to “The Girl At The Gate

  1. That’s a little mysterious…just in time for Halloween weekend!

  2. I remember you telling me about this when it happened. I sure wish I’d seen ‘The Girl at the Gate’, don’t you?!! We both know Marshall would never say this if he hadn’t seen her.

  3. Love your stories about Bacon’s Castle! I was going through pictures last night – am going to do a ‘Halloween Through The Years’ on my food blog – pictures of the kids in their costumes. I saw pictures we took at Bacon’s Castle during our visit – I’ll make that one of my posts – such a fascinating place! Wish we had seen the girl while there!

  4. I couldn’t possibly get tired of your stories about the Castle…they are fascinating. The girl at the gate is, no doubt, just one of many, many spirits “living” there or in the area….just think how interesting it would be to hear THEIR stories!


  5. Amazing little mysterious like this are like the spice of life. They keep you on your toes. It makes sense there would spirits hanging around Bacon Castle, if I was a spirit that’s where I’d want to go… heck I’m not a spirit and I still want to go hang out there if I could. lol
    I never grow tired of your stories. They’re a joy to hear. 🙂

  6. AMAZING! These stories are so interesting. And spooky. I am definitely a believer in “some things just aren’t meant to be explained”…..

  7. I’ll never tire of your stories from the castle. This one is so interesting!! I believe Marshall too.

  8. Of course I believe Marshall!

  9. Great story and perfect timing!

  10. No, I’m not at all tired of these stories, especially this one. Perhaps these spirits come to stir us up, especially the younger generation. How can you not believe if you or yours have “seen” it?

  11. Wow! And, no, I am not tired of these stories….they sort of go with this time of year, don’t they?

  12. I think this is such an interesting topic! I have always been interested in the unexplained happenings. Have a great day and weekend!

  13. Keep the stories coming!! I love hearing about stuff like this… especially near Halloween 😉

  14. Waaaaay tooooo scaaaaary….. I’ve got goosebumps.

  15. And the girl on tour that asked me about the “girl in the garden” told me to keep my eyes open, because I would see the mysterious figure again one day. My eyes were always open after that, but I never did see her again. But, who knows? I’ll be going up there again someday; maybe then??!!

  16. Wow!! You’re going to have me believing in ghosts!!

  17. Fascinating! My daughter is very ‘sensitive’ … in that “other worldly” sense of the word – especially through her dreams. I really do believe there’s a spiritual world ever present around us ~ no way to know what form this presence will take or in what ways it influences or protects us. Any idea, from your study of the history of the castle, who the little girl might be? I’d be sooooo curious to figure her out!

  18. Have you tried to find out who she might be? Is there a story that relates to a child that age in the lore of Bacon’s Castle? I think you might have a petite mystery to solve here! Great post.

  19. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Wonderful story thanks to you and Marshall for sharing. Somethings we are not meant to understanding just to see.

  20. I love reading your stories, Dianna.

  21. I have no words!
    Just …WOW.

  22. It seems to me I remember hearing stories of a girl in a ‘nightgown’ crossing a field behind Bacon’s Castle. Maybe that was her.

  23. Wow, Dianna! The hairs on my arms are at full attention! Thanks for providing the link to this mystery.

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