Owners of an 18th century restaurant believe a ‘ghost’ has been caught on camera, with locals flocking to back-up the sighting with their own spooky stories about the establishment.
Library Restaurant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, uploaded a video earlier this week from their CCTV that showed a ‘ghost’ eerily passing by the front of their restaurant.
Staff say the spirit set off the motion detector as it floated by and don’t believe that the imagery could just be lights from a car or a gust of wind.
The restaurant in the Rockingham Hotel has a long history of hauntings that have been documented in detail over the years.
It’s described as ‘an elegant, 1785 mansion set as a clubby backdrop for steakhouse fare, wines and a buzzy bar scene.’
The 238-year-old business is known to be a hot-spot for high-profile politicians – including presidents George Washington, Franklin Pierce, James K. Polk, Theodore Roosevelt, Chester Arthur, William Taft, and John F. Kennedy.
The restaurant wrote: ‘Our building – the Rockingham – is well known for its ghosts and notably the ones in the Library basement.
‘Last night, for the very first time our motion detector alarms INSIDE the building were set off by this camera motion caught on video in the dead of night outside the window.
‘The motion detectors inside cannot see what the camera outside sees! It is not lights from the car – because you can see how others are picked up and there is no horizontal wind blowing. So what can this be!
‘Make of it what you will but this has never happened before! Spooky coincidence for the time of year?’
The chilling footage has attracted a lot of attention – especially from local customers who shared their own ghost stories about the ‘haunted’ restaurant.
A Facebook user said: ‘The lady in white. Some residents had claimed to see her in the hallways. One wrote a poem about her experience.’
Multiple people said the women’s bathroom at the restaurant is haunted.
One comment said: ‘I have been to the library many times, and I assure you that there is a female ghost in the bathroom area in the lower level’ and another shared the same claim, saying ‘that’s definitely a ghost and I’ve seen plenty of them. I used to live across the street. The women’s restroom at the Library is haunted.’