The Benjamin House was commissioned by a very interesting man, but there has been a lot of interesting "history" since 1873. John Forbes owned the house about 2 years; whereas, the Crist family cared for the home about 35 years with five children! The stories of that era had to be interesting! A door in the basement is adorned with names and + signs (even a heart or two). We were going to auction the door to see which of the area citizens or Crist kids would prize it the most. It is a part of history that some may wish to hide. Oh well, who would be interested in a Heidi + ????? or Chuck + ?????
Many people stopped to visit that first summer and the comments often involved tunnels, ghosts, and the underground railroad. Well, it is a big old house and there are noises sometimes. One day I walked up the stairs from basement to ballroom and was getting a bit winded near the top. My head was down watching the steps and my hand went up to grab the bannister at the top to help with the last few steps. Can you imagine my fright when my hand landed on something cold but softer than wood? Something like "skin" and it moved a little. After all the ghost stories, I must tell you that my hand flew up into the air as quick as if I had touched a hot pan. My heart stopped and my mind was trying to understand the situation while my feet were shifting into reverse. Well, as much as I didn't want to see something from "Night of the living dead", I did look up. There stood a carpenter who had just rested his hand on the bannister before me. His eyes said, "gotcha", because a couple days before I had walked up behind him and made a loud noise. What goes around, comes around and we both laughed (me because I was so relieved).