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The Chase House

The Chase House

Chase Home
698 Middle Rd
Portsmouth, NH 03801

History:

The Children’s Home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, also known as The Chase Home for Children, was founded in January of 1877.   It was located off of Mount Vernon Street and was home to many orphaned children under the age of 14 to whom it offered education and medical attention.  Residents in the home were generally motherless children who had fathers who were employed in an occupation that kept them from being at home, often they were seafaring men.  It was also home to homeless children or those with poor parents who could not afford to provide proper care.  The home was funded by different religious organizations and shortly after it was founded, George Bilbruck donated the Thomas Bailey Aldrich House at 51 Court Street, and the organization relocated.

In April, 1881, George B. Chase sold a mansion which had been in his family for three generations to the children’s home for only $1.  This mansion was located on 53 Court Street and came elegantly furnished with the deed specifying that the home be “forever held, preserved and devoted to a Home for Children.”   In August of 1883 the home was declared, “‘The Chase Home for Children in Portsmouth, New Hampshire” and the children moved in.  The building next door which had formerly been the children’s home became The Cottage Hospital, which was dedicated to helping the needy.

Chase house signIn February 1915, trustees of The Chase Home purchased 22 acres of land located between Middle Road and Greenleaf Avenue.  On this land, a new fireproof building was constructed and included safety enhancements which met the newest building regulations at the time.  This building still stands today and continues to be used to help needy families and children.

The Haunting:

Many people claim to have seen entities throughout the home.  The spirit of a young girl is often seen roaming the halls of the girls dorms and when she is approached she runs down the hall and disappears.  The claims are that this girl hung herself late one night, and eerie screams and moans are often heard in the girl’s dormitory late at night.  The third floor which was once used to house employees has been empty for years.  Volunteers who have worked in this part of the building say that disembodied footsteps can still be heard walking or running towards the stairs.  These sounds will suddenly stop just as mysteriously as they start.  One volunteer would refuse to close the building at night by themselves because they felt like they were being watched by something unseen.  In the kitchen, the lights will flash on and off and the ceiling fans sometimes turn on by themselves even though the only switch for them is 20 ft. away on the other side of the kitchen.  Volunteers have also noticed locked doors becoming inexplicably unlocked, and they speculate that a spectral key keeper may still roam the property.

 

Resources:

http://voices.yahoo.com/the-top-five-most-haunted-places-hampshire-5024074.html?cat=37

http://hollowhill.com/haunted-portsmouth-nh

http://forgottenusa.com/haunts/NH/8700/Chase%20Home/

http://www.chasehome.org/history.html

http://www.hauntin.gs/Chase-Home-for-Children_Portsmouth_New-Hampshire_United-States_6955

 

5 comments for “Chase Home

  1. THERESA
    November 29, 2013 at 6:48 am

    I was placed in this home when I was nine years old, the third floor was not use at this time I am 56 years old now so yes it has been many years since the third floor was off limits. I was on the second floor this housed the girls and the first floor housed the boys, the stair case was open to the third but that’s all I know I never went up there and I never heard any story’s about any haunting’s not saying that it’s not true. I remember this place like it was yesterday,, I had to sweep the hall, clean bathroom, and toy room, Miss Barbra would also bring out some special stones she kept in the cabinet in the TV room and we made wishes on them for things we would like to have. I could go on and on but I won’t I will let someone else chime in if they wish. Thanks for listening Theresa

  2. Vickie
    August 8, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Theresa:

    My name is Vickie. My sister Karen and I lived at the Home for three years (7 to 10 years old). I am 58 years old… I remember Miss Barbara, Ms. Edith, Ms. Eileen, Ms. Betty. I read all the Nancy Drew books there and took the bus to school. We loved the woods. For some reason, I do not remember any children’s names. There was a older girl – 18 I think who had a room at the end of the hall. I remember a toy house with a magnetic wand that you used to move the people around. They treated us well. Don’t remember any ghosts.

    • Theresa
      August 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Hi Vickie, I remember a girl named Karen she had a twin brother if I am not mistaken, and Patty, Sharon and Donald York also were there the same time I was, it was nice to see a comment on this post.. if you have Facebook look me up THERESA LARKIN DUFRESNE it would be nice to know what has been happening to some of us the past 59 years

    • Theresa Dufresne
      August 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Hi Vickie , I am not sure my other post went through, but when I was there there was a Karen and Kevin I believe his mane was they were twins and then there was Sharon, Patty and Donald York I don’t remember any of the other children I was there for almost 2 years, but if you would like to contact me I have FaceBook I go by Theresa Larkin Dufresne , maybe we could become friends and talk about the past present and future …

  3. Theresa
    August 28, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Hi Vickie, I remember a girl named Karen she had a twin brother if I am not mistaken, and Patty, Sharon and Donald York also were there the same time I was, it was nice to see a comment on this post.. if you have Facebook look me up THERESA LARKIN DUFRESNE it would be nice to know what has been happening to some of us the past 59 years

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