Our unceasing quest for the paranormal recently took us to the small town of Chesterfield, New Hampshire. The site had once been the location of a luxurious home, built in 1931 by Madame Antoinette Sherri. After the construction was complete, droves of Sherri’s friends made their way from New York city to play at the Madame’s lavish, secluded home. Locals soon found themselves knee deep in New York city’s young and eccentric.
Rumors of revelry and intemperance within the walls of this magnificent home ensued for years – and still remain – but while these may be interesting for a tabloid publication, our focus was to investigate claims of paranormal activity.
Though destroyed by fire in 1962, remnants of the extravagant home still remain. The most striking feature of the ruins is an arched staircase, which breaks free from the forest floor and reaches upward to nowhere. Witnesses claim that anyone who touches the stairs will hear music; they say it’s the same that once resonated from the castle’s interior. We all touched the stairs and sat on them, and a few of us even climbed to the top, but alas, we heard no music. A later review of our recordings also came up empty.
Next we took a shot at another claim that Madame Sherri herself appears when she is called. We checked to make sure we were alone and then let out a few robust calls to the deceased Madame. This proved to be in vain; she never showed. Stuck up snob, or just a sound sleeper? Your guess is as good as ours.
We returned home relaxed and rejuvenated from our nature walk, but upon review of the evidence, we found nothing conclusive, or even out of the ordinary. But what we did come away with was a glimpse into the life of a independent, and adventurous woman who found solace in the peaceful woods of New Hampshire.
Even if the ruins of Madame Sherri’s castle, or the chance of a ghostly encounter are not of interest to you, the surrounding area is beautiful, and well worth the trip. The Madame Sherri Forest, now owned by the Society for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forests, contains 488 acres and many miles of hiking trails.