Episode four of Stranded begins with sceptic Jeff, his fraidy cat girlfriend Shannon, and there big lug of a pal Tommy driving from Philadelphia to the backwoods of New York. Their destination: Burn Brae Manor. Evidently not your friendly neighbourhood historical mansion, it was originally built as a gift for one Margaret Ellis, daughter to the president of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. After Margaret’s infant son died, she decided to hang herself on a tree in the yard. Now her ghost haunts the house, along with the voices of several dead children. Charming!
After getting lost and winding up at a “freaky, Norman Bates-looking motel,” the trio arrive at the notorious mansion that, according to Tommy, smells really old. They do a little light reading about the place's eccentric past and spend the first night together in Margaret’s room—which boasts a lovely view of the tree she hanged herself from. Not content with the ice cold showers they’re forced to take the next morning, the group explores the cellar in search of a hot water heater. They eventually find what they were looking for, in addition to an electrocution chair, which Jeff tests out with highly distasteful glee.
The rest of the trip is filled with your average variety of mysterious basketballs appearing out of nowhere, the blissful sounds of crying ghost babies, strange growling, a ghost sighting, and a field trip to the graveyard. (Jeff: “There’s a cemetery in the back... Let’s go!”) Although they consider themselves “the worst paranormal activity investigators ever,” Jeff, his gal, and their pal do put on a good show when it comes to looking bat-shit scared. By the end of their vacay, everyone is certain this house is legit haunted.
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