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Minerva Visitations

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George Ridenour
Rights Held By
Ypsilanti Historical Society
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It is a quiet Saturday in October. The Archives are alive with activity. Lights are aglow on a cloudy day. Everyone is talking and above, in the museum, visitors are looking at the Quilt display. While working on the computer Jessica looks out the door toward the new stairway leading to the archives. She asks “Where did that lady go? She was coming in here, I saw her.”

Asked where she was and what she was doing, Jessica answers, “I saw her coming downstairs, she was dressed in grey and her hair was pulled up in a bun! I thought she was coming in here but instead she walked straight forward and disappeared.” No one else in the Archives had seen the figure.

Previously, in the window of the “Children's Room,” a shadowy figure was seen. Again, the sun was out and the figure was profiled in the window. Previous sightings had been in this very area on other occasions.

Recently, while touring the house during the showing of the quilts, a visitor approached a volunteer docent. The visitor asked what had happened in the area “where all the kid's toys are located?” When asked the reason for her question she replied “there is a great deal of sadness in that area of the house!” Although, not seeing or experiencing an apparition, she too, felt the feelings of sadness in the same area where the “woman in grey” had been seen!

Another time while working alone, a historical society member heard the door bell ring. She called out but no one answered! Going to both doors, she observed no one near the door or in the yard. Perplexed, she went back to work. Later that same day, she noticed a sensation of being “brushed” by something while standing near a table in the house. Noting that there was no sensation of evil or foreboding she feels that she, too, had a visitation from “the lady.”

Strangely, most sightings have been during the day! Does Minerva Dow still inhabit the house her husband, Asa, built in 1860? Many have doubts of the veracity of these “sightings” and the odors of perfume that has been experienced at 220 North Huron Street. Can reports of five persons be delusions?

What does go on at 220 North Huron Street when the lights are turned off and darkness surrounds the house? Right now no one is saying!


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