The olde world charm of the Historic Village Herberton has apparently encouraged some of the olde world inhabitants to linger, including an original licensee of the old Bakerville Pub, which has a new lease on life as the Bakerville Tearooms.
Village owner Connie Kimberley said the final licensee of what had been the Federal Hotel at Bakerville was Stella Pedersen, who took over the running of the hotel in the 1920s from her mother-in-law Albertina Allen.
Albertina’s first husband, Hans Pedersen died at a young age in a mining accident, and she and her second husband, John Allen, took over the hotel licence in the early years of the new century.
Stella Pedersen maintained the circa 1890 premises as a private residence after surrendering the hotel licence in 1960.
In 1990 the building was moved in three sections from Bakerville to the Village 18kms away. It was restored and recreated as the Bakerville Tearooms, offering lunch, morning and afternoon tea.
“We think the lady in the Tearooms is Albertina, who died in the room where the pantry is,” Connie said. “She wears an old-fashioned long, white dress. The girls often see her walking through the pantry to the door.
“A number of people have spoken about seeing or feeling a presence around the Village, especially in the dress shop. We don’t discount anything as too many people have volunteered information about sightings.”
Recently, Nomad Paranormal Investigations set up for two nights in the Tearooms with their recording gear and are still assessing the results.
Ghost hunter Katie Campbell said this was the second time they had investigated the Village. “On our first investigation we saw a white opaque smoke figure on the back deck of the tearoom.
“It watched us for about 20 seconds then disappeared. This same figure was photographed three days earlier by a guest on the front verandah.
“On this occasion, we had some equipment activity happen in the dress shop, which was interesting when randomly our EMF detecting machines went off for no reason.
“In Elderslie House we had temperature fluctuations and rattling doors, although we won’t know for sure until we review the footage again.”
Ms Campbell said they record on four different cameras, allowing them to review the footage afterwards from multiple angles. “We will also make up a short video of the evidence as well,” she added.
“Ghosts” of a slightly different nature will also be the subject of an historical Sunset Stories event run by the local Lions Club at the Herberton Cemetery on November 12.
“Ghosts of a Mining Town” will feature a dramatised telling of the lives of six local identities, including George Kidner who, in 1881, transported the crushing mill to Moffat’s tin battery at Herberton on bullock teams all the way from Port Douglas.
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