Solomon Eaton drew up plans for the building that is now the Middleborough Town Hall about 140 years ago. And, according to legend, his ghost still inhabits the building, which was constructed in 1873.
“He died before he saw it completed,” said Middleborough Selectman Allin Frawley. “There’s one school of thought that he’s still walking through his project, making sure everything’s going to be OK.”
In an effort to get to the bottom of the suspicions that the building is haunted, local paranormal investigators visited on Friday night looking for any unusual signs, Frawley said. He said it was the third group that had searched for paranormal activity during his three years on the Board of Selectmen.
A psychic working with the investigative team sensed paranormal presences around the grand ballroom and basement, areas where spirits are believed to roam, Frawley said.
“The psychic did get some impressions from the hot spots, if you will, around Town Hall,” he said.
One such spot is a jail cell in the basement, which serves as a reminder of its storied past.
“It’s got a pretty colorful history,” Frawley said. “At one point it was a jail, it was a morgue, it’s been Town Hall.”
Stories about ghosts in the building have attracted believers in paranormal activity for years. Frawley said many people in Middleborough believe the building is haunted.
“People who work in the building every day, nobody’s real happy about being there alone at night,” he said.
The selectman said he is unsure if he believes in ghosts himself, but there is something strange about Town Hall.
“You see just out of the corner of your eye. Things seem to be there,” he said.
Frawley said the investigators approached him a few weeks ago about conducting an investigation, and the town did not pay or charge them to go through the seemingly haunted building.