A house ghost in a powdered wig is as revered a tradition as Indian pudding at the old inns and taverns in this history-laden corner of New England.
For a Halloween piece for the newspaper some years back, I visited several places said to be haunted. Here are some of the stories I was told.
In Groton, the Stagecoach Inn and Tavern dates to 1678. Its guests over the years have included Paul Revere, presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, and William H. Taft, and, if you believe the stories, a full complement of ghosts.
"Many people have seen many things," said owner George Pergantis. "The lights go off. A waitress said she heard her name called over and over. I'm from the old country - I don't believe these things."