25 Haunted New England inns
The Deerfield Inn doesn't have mopey, run-of-the-mill phantoms. Inn owner Jane Howard said her ghosts are mischievous, bossy, and, well, silly.
For example, a spirit called Hershel enjoys playing little tricks on the guests in Room 148. He appears as a bright box of bouncing light, which Howard described as similar to a pay phone box. Hershel also enjoys making a mess. He sometimes tosses magazines around guest rooms, or rearranges the bed covers and pillows of sleeping guests. However, he loves children and if any come to stay, to delight them, he will rock one of the porch rocking chairs (left), leaving the others still.
Over the years, guests have reported the same strange happenings again and again, said Howard, including finding all the tissues pulled out of the tissue box in their room. However, the inns sometimes silly spirits have never caused anything too scary to happen, she said.