Weekly Top Ten Real Estate Hot List Tue: 10-23-2012
For a taste of the Halloween hauntings yet to come, the sounds of a ghostly train are said to echo through the hills below the abandoned home of dead railroad magnate Benjamin Ames Kimball. This 3,980 square foot rusticated (bring a hammer and a bag of money for repairs) is on twenty acres atop Lockes Hill looking out over “The Broads” of Lake Winnipesaukee. Designed after a ghost-filled castle on the Rhine River in Germany, this charmingly creepy haunt with interior oak all shipped over from England has ‘old-world charm’ while creating an eerie ‘new world’ feel .
Be sure that the original owner, railroad baron Kimball, would like to see some lucky buyer turn this overgrown twisted property from something out of the The Shining back into a ‘one-of-a-kind’ showplace with a Shining Time Station feel. Good prospect for resort development or private family compound where you’ll sit around an evening bonfire telling ghost stories and listening to the ghost train chug chugging from somewhere down below.
Kimball lived at the castle during the summer months and had a railroad station built at the bottom of the hill so he could use his private rail car to commute to work each day. He died at the castle the morning of July 25th, 1920. Possibly the ghost train heard is still waiting at the station. Maybe some early morning, his own ghost can be seen heading down the hill toward the waiting train.