“Haunted House Damaged by Fire,” The Advocate reported in December 1936 about 6 Webster Place. Undaunted, Minerva Perry bought the house the next year from the Seamen’s Savings Bank, which had foreclosed on it. Gary Reinhardt, president of the Provincetown Business Guild, owned the property from 1987 to 1997, when it was opened to the public as Six Webster Place, a bed-and-breakfast. Christopher Duff and Mark A. Westman (pictured) bought the property in 2005, and it is once again a private home. They believe that the structural bones of the house, like hand-hewn floor joists, date as far back as the mid-18th century. And the couple’s imaginative renovation did not involve repairing a mysterious breach at the base of the chimney stack. “Our contractor told us, ‘Whatever you do, don’t close up the opening,'” Westman recalled. “‘That’s where the spirits come and go.'”
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