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very unhappy couple. Apparently, the husband paid more attention to his dog than his wife. There was some drinking and carousing involved too. When he died, she said since he’d lived like a dog, he could be buried like a dog, just dig a hole and roll him into it. A sad story involves one of the Goldsboroughs, of Goldsborough House, once a rich and powerful family in these parts, but seemingly cursed from the beginning to be unhappy. Poor Williamina Goldsborough was born the daughter of Reverend Dr. William Smith in Chestertown, president of Washington College and a powerful figure in the Anglican Church. She fell in love with Dr. Thomas Craddock, and he with her. Unfortunately, Rev. Dr. Smith and Dr. Craddock fell out over religion and politics, and the engagement was imperiled. Williamina and Thomas planned an elopement, but ultimately her fear of her father’s anger was greater than her love, and she begged off. She ended up in an arranged marriage with a minor member of the Goldsborough family. Her greatest moments of happiness were found at the High Street home of her sister-in-law and best friend. Here there were parties and dancing, and she was loved. Alas. She died at 28, probably in childbirth, and is buried at Christ Church, up the street. Thomas Craddock never married. All his life he treasured a ring Wil-

Ghosts abound on Cambridge’s High Street. f loating ghosts abound. Sad tales of dead children who still play on the stairs, the spirits of pet cats, even a tree that sings, are all part of the folklore of this unique street. Take the tale of the lady who was so house-proud, she never let anyone enter her best parlor, lest they disturb its perfection. When she died, where do you think they laid her out? Why, the forbidden best parlor, of course, where her miffed ghost still fusses over the dust. When she was laid out, the family left her alone overnight with her beloved cat. In the morning, when they returned, the parlor door was locked, and the key nowhere to be found. Finally, they took the door off the hinges. In the best parlor, they found the deceased in her casket, the key beside her. Some say the cat did it, but how a cat could lock a door remains a mystery. A few homes down, there lived a 20

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November 2014 ttimes web magazine  

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