The Oliver Estate in Middleboro, MA was built in 1769 on the ashes of the Wampanoag native tribe, who lived peacefully in these regions for thousands of years. Sadly, most of them died from disease brought across the Atlantic when the pilgrims moved into the area. Visitors included dignitaries like Benjamin Franklin, John Quincy Adams and Paul Revere and many enslaved people brought here by Nathanial Russel to be collected by their new ‘owners’. Not exactly the ‘free north’ people often imagine in much of America’s politically selective history.
This building played a pivotal role in the revolution and had a part in the formation of the sons of liberty. When Benjamin Franklin allegedly stole documents of then governor Thomas Hutchinson, the Oliver family were exposed as sympathizers to the Crown. Once this was revealed, the situation became tense and one night a mob of angry townspeople stormed the house yelling and screaming demanding the Oliver family come outside. When an opportunity arrived, the family seized their chance escaping out the back to the adjacent fields and to safety. They made passage across the Atlantic to the safety of England, never to return— At least not in living form.
Over the years staff and guests have reported all manner of alleged paranormal activity. Reports including full bodied apparitions, children’s laughter disembodied voices, footsteps coming up and down the stairs and more. The Ghost Finders investigate!