September 19, 2014
Rebecca McClung still haunting 101 E. Main Street
Meghan Pottle | Staff Writer
Ghostly rumors have been flying around the upstairs window of 101 E. Main Street since Rebecca McClung was murdered on April 12, 1901.
Rebecca was 61 years old when she died and had lived in Mason her entire life. She married John McClung and they rebuilt a house on 101 E. Main Street.
Rebecca was found beaten to death in her bedroom with two pieces of wood. John was arrested for the murder, but he was acquitted.
After John McClung was found not guilty, he spent two years in a mental hospital.
Mason High School sophomore Preston Hutchinson currently works at Banana Leaf. Hutchinson said he hasn’t had any strange experiences with Rebecca’s ghost yet, but he believes that she still haunts the restaurant.
“(The workers) set out food each morning for Rebecca in a room, but that’s all I know,” Hutchinson said.
Businesses have closed on 101 E. Main Street such as Tea Roses and the Chokolate Morel.
Gay McCurley has been a trustee of the Mason Historical Society for 30 years and said incidents with Rebecca’s ghost have been reported several times.
“There was an incident when the Chokolate Morel restaurant was there some years ago,” McCurley said. “A glass bottle fell off a tall shelf and broke. When the employee went to clean up the mess, the soda was cleaned up and the glass pieces were stacked as if somebody had already picked them up.”
Nichole Wilson teaches AP English Literature at MHS and worked at the Chokolate Morel until it closed. Wilson said that its employees were encouraged to talk about the ghost to customers.
“I think in many cases it was a destination point for the great food that they served, but also because people knew about Rebecca,” Wilson said. “So, we were encouraged to talk about it as part of the history of the restaurant.”
According to McCurley, stories of Rebecca’s ghost standing in the upstairs window of the room she was murdered in have been reported several times. Locals claim to have seen lights moving inside the building and heard voices coming from inside.
“When John McClung died, his sister buried him right next to Rebecca at Rose Hill Cemetery, which I think is the last insult,” McCurley said. “You murder somebody and are laid to rest next to them.”