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‘Haunted’ Middleborough house to be featured in cable TV show

The reputedly haunted Oliver House will be featured in an episode of “Paranormal Lockdown.”Handout

Watch out, “Ghostbusters”!

The town-owned and reputedly haunted Oliver House in Middleborough will be making its screen debut in an episode of the cable television show “Paranormal Lockdown.”

A publicist for the show said the Oliver House episode will be the first of the second season and will air early in 2017 on the Destination America cable channel.

The premise of the show is that “paranormal investigators Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman are confined to America’s “most haunted locations” for 72 hours, during which they try to figure out what supernatural activity is, or isn’t, happening.

The first “Paranormal Lockdown” aired in March 2016, and took place inside the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, an abandoned facility in West Virginia.

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The film crew was at the Oliver House from June 26 to July 1.

The Oliver House was built in 1769 for a Loyalist family and seized by the Sons of Liberty, who sold it and used the proceeds to help finance the American Revolution, according to Middleborough Selectwoman Leilana Dalbe, who is active in promoting the site.

The town of Middleborough bought the historic building in the spring of 2015 and since then has received $170,000 in grants to renovate the exterior and make it more handicapped accessible.

Dalbe said the plan is to keep the building open more frequently, hold more events such as “ghost tours,” and ultimately rent the space for functions.


Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com