has been occupying the "Hollyleaf
Inn" since march of 2004. The original
building dates back to 1756 where it
reportedly was a tannery. Over the years
there have been numerous reports of sightings
and unexplained events. While we have
experienced only minor unexplained events,
like noises and movements out of the corner of
We have yet to spot any full
blown apparitions or paranormal events, but
the testimony below from the previous owners
helps to document the history of the building.
We look forward to maintaining the existing
building, being caretakers of the building,
rather than the owners.
"By his own admission, Richard
Butkus is gregarious." That would ensure
that a stay at the Hollilief Bed and Breakfast
on the Durham Road (Route 413) in Wrightstown
will be filled with clever banter and
Perhaps some of Richards
conversation may even spill over into the
Richard and Ellen Butkus have
never seen anything themselves, but several of
their best guests have had encounters in the
18th century farmhouse rooms-some encounters
this :family" publication cannot fully
The couple purchased the "Hollilief"
("We inherritted the name," Ellen said.
"The holli part is because of the holly tree
out front and the "lief", we are told, means
"beloved" in Norwegian.") in 1990 and were
told by the previous owners that with the B&B
came a boo or two. Ghosts, that is.
It's interesting to note that
Richard Butkus is an accomplished dowser.
And, at the drop of a hat, he'll instruct
anyone who asks in the fine art of using a
It was a dowser who also used
his skills to identify some of the energy
within the walls of the beautifully decorated
fieldstone home and on the more than 5 acres
Richard said that although he's
never witnessed an apparition in the Hollilief,
he has often heard something.
"I'll be by myself in the
living room and I'll hear floorboards
squeaking in the upstairs hallway when there's
nobody up there. At first i disregarded
it, but then i started paying attention and it
made me wonder."
Those former owners told the
Butkuses that a guest there had told them that
they saw a filmy form of a long haired woman
in Room four.
Strange things have happened in
that same room and at least two others.
Ellen remembered a couple who
spent their wedding night and then their fifth
anniversary night in the Hollilief. When
they checked out the second time, the woman
told Ellen that she had witnessed the rocking
chair in the room rocking gently back and
fourth in the middle of the night while her
husband was sound asleep next to her.
Another woman once reported
seeing a misty figure gravitate down the
central hallway. As she stared, the
figure compressed and slid under the door of
And room one was the scene of a
most bizarre encountered which was reported by
a male guest.
He told the innkeepers that
sometime during the night a female ghost came
through the door - through the door, that is,
and sidled up to the bed. Then it sidled
up to him in the bed and, well...we'll leave