April 6, 2013

In Kingfield, you just might have a ghost of a chance

After all, the founder was a man of high spirits -- figuratively and perhaps literally.

By Deirdre Fleming dfleming@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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The 98-year-old Herbert Grand Hotel, located just down the Carrabassett River from Sugarloaf, is frequented by skiers ... as well as possibly some former guests who checked out but can never leave.

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Dawn Sova manages the Herbert Hotel, and also her nerves quite well given she is a permanent resident in the old building that is believed to be haunted.

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But while the hotel has passed through many hands, the stories of the hauntings don't die.

Gregor said his reasons for selling after four years are personal, as he'd like to spend all his time with his family in New York.

"The previous owners were in their 60s and wanted to unload it. Before them the owner had cancer and wanted to unload it. The owners before that had a huge cocaine problem and had to unload it. I wanted to consolidate my family," Gregor said.

So one has to wonder when the current owner leaves, will the stories remain?

In Longfellow Restaurant some locals wonder if it's just something about old buildings that keep the stories alive.

But across the Carrabassett River at the One Stanley inn, Davis discounts the idea.

"I grew up in York, in a 300-year-old house. I ran around it as a child, in the dark, and was never afraid," Davis said. "But when I bought this (inn) 41 years ago and started working on it, there were a few spooky things. Those haven't gone on for 35 years. But when I first bought it and worked on it, one night I was working in a room that got real cold. I got a bad feeling and thought, 'Get out of here, Dan.' But I haven't felt anything since."


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