Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wickham Farmhouse, Cutchogue

Not all haunted houses look creepy. This farmhouse, built in 1704, is one of the oldest English-style houses in New York State. On June 2, 1854, however, it became the site of a vicious slaying. James and Frances Wickham, along with a 14-year-old servant boy, were axe-murdered in their bedrooms. A 21-year-old Irish farmhand named Nicholas Behan was to blame. He was captured, following an intense manhunt, according to The New York Times archives. He was discovered hiding in nearby woods, put on trial, hung and buried in an unmarked grave. Descendents witnessed a ghost standing over their bed in 1988 and sealed off the bedroom.

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