JOIN US for an event in collaboration with Frenchman Bay Library at 2pm, December 11th, 2022 at the Recreation Center:

We’ll be hosting Maine author Michelle Shores to discuss her new book, “The Gathering Room: A Tale of Nelly Butler” – based on the true story of America’s earliest documented haunting that took place right here on the shores of Taunton Bay.

For those unfamiliar with the story, the events took place starting in 1797 on Butler’s Point (now in Franklin). George Butler’s first wife Nelly died in childbirth, but then began appearing and speaking from beyond the grave to crowds that came from as far as Machias to the cellar of Abner Blaisdell’s house. This proved to be an issue for his new bride-to-be, Lydia.

Michelle’s book provides a whimsical look into the events from the eyes of those who experienced them.

We’ll provide the historical facts of this famous haunting and Michelle will speak on her inspiration for this fascinating creative endeavor that is sure to bring the story to life in a whole new way!

Copies will be available for purchase and refreshments will be provided.