Graeme Park is an historic site in Horsham, Montgomery County. It is owned by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and operated by the non-profit group, The Friends of Graeme Park. It is the only surviving residence of a colonial-era Pennsylvania governor. Graeme Park was constructed in 1722 by Sir William Keith as a summer residence and alternative to his governor's mansion at Shippen House on Second and Spruce Streets in Philadelphia.
The house, originally known as "Fountain Low", has been largely unchanged since its construction except for a restoration by Dr. Thomas Graeme in the mid 18th century and a minor restoration by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in the 1960s. Graeme Park at 859 County Line Road in Horsham is open to visitors on Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and on Sundays from noon until 4:00 p.m.
The Haunting of Graeme Park:
Since the death of Elizabeth Graeme Furgusson in 1801 it has been rumored by the citizens of Horsham, Pennsylvania that the Keith House and Graeme Park are haunted by her ghost. There are many stories from people who inhabited the house, visitors, volunteers and staff. The most common sightings are of Elizabeth walking by the pond, by the big tree, inside the house and on the balcony. Her presence has also been linked to the spontaneous smells of lilac in the house as well as the sound of a spinning wheel. Some sightings of Elizabeth have been said to consist of her sitting or walking with her husband Henry, perhaps making up for the time they did not spend together within actual life.
Graeme ParkOne account of supernatural happenings was reported by Betsy Stedman, one of Elizabeth's closest friends, soon after the death of Elizabeth. Betsy had simply returned to Graeme Park for a visit, but reported that she "passed Elizabeth on the stairs". Yet another account was given by Margaret Marshall Strawbridge who lived on the Graeme Park property with her husband during the 1920s. Mrs. Strawbridge was unsure of what she had truly seen, but was clear that she believed to hear the rustle of Elizabeth's skirts and believed to have seen her coming down the stairwell. When Mrs. Strawbridge was asked about the presence of Elizabeth, she responded "I felt very strongly her presence".
There have been many more stories of scattered items, mysterious noises and smells, the tripping of alarms in the middle of the night and sightings of Elizabeth herself. The community so strongly believes that the grounds are haunted that in 2010 Beth MacCausland decided to look into the matter by hiring Glenn Orwan III, a paranormal investigator, to check out Graeme Park. The idea that Elizabeth Graeme Furgusson roams the grounds may simply be a historic rumor, or a ploy to keep the annual Haunted Moonlight Halloween tours chilling,but there are definitely a lot of believers in the haunting of Graeme Park, who claim that in order to truly believe you need to experience something for yourself.