Aug. 21, 2013 —
However, largely untouched is the upstairs quarters where the Bagby caretaker once lived.
“We’ve had people tell us they see things appear in the windows from time to time,” Thacker said, explaining a ghostly silhouette showing its face in the top floor’s windows.
“It’s definitely a spooky place up there,” Combs agreed. “But it’s a friendly ghost. We’ve never had any trouble from it.”
They had no doubt the ghost was the caretaker from the original Bagby days.
The two researchers are trying to piece together whatever they can find to form a complete picture of George Littlejohn Bagby’s true character and what the mansion was like. Bagby’s past mechanic, Earl Stewart, would take Bagby’s car out for drives while his boss was away on long trips in the late 1930s. Combs and Thacker contacted Stewart, who recalled that, despite being a mysterious character, he was always polite, kind and occasionally humorous.
Many pieces of the Bagby puzzle remain missing.
Using what few leads they have, Combs and Thacker use their spare time to gather information about the mansion and its original owner.
The researchers said Bagby had a few hundred paintings that were sold to an art gallery in Huntington.
They hope to visit the gallery as well as the family burial ground in Winchester where the Bagby family moved while George was still alive.
They encourage anyone with information about the family or the mansion to contact them at Grayson RECC or by email.