Paranormal investigators Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman of Paranormal Lockdown volunteered to spend 72 hours at Oliver House. Two female “full body apparitions” and a dog have been reported at the 18th-century house in Middleboro, Massachusetts. The Oliver House was built in 1796 by Boston-born Harvard graduate Judge Peter Oliver for his son, Dr. Peter Oliver, Jr. Judge Oliver was a Loyalist during the American Revolution which he referred to as the “Rebellion” and believed was illegal. The Olivers were forced to leave Massachusetts in 1776 and eventually settled in England.
According to the history blog Recollecting Nemasket, Benjamin Franklin spent three nights at the Oliver House in the summer of 1773, when the Loyalists were reportedly trying to win over Franklin. It didn’t work. The Oliver House and its contents were confiscated by the Commonwealth. The town of Middleboro now owns the house and provides ghost tours for $25 per person. Paranormal Lockdown airs Fridays at 9pm on TLC.
[Franklin would not have been a fan of Paranormal Lockdown as explained in the excellent children’s book Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France]