(not) Ocean Born Mary House
was the Henniker, NH home of
Roger Wallace, one of Ocean Born Mary's three sons. The
historical Mary Wallace
, however, moved
in with son William when she was 71 and William lived a mile away.
This house was purchased by Louis Roy of Wisconsin in 1917, and
soonafter, he began promoting it as the Ocean Born Mary House, and
did so until his death in 1965. Although it was never Mary's home,
Roy claimed it contained buried treasure, Mary's furniture and
possibly even her body and her ghost.
lived here in son William's
house from age 71 to age 94 when she died and was buried in the
local cemetery. This house, however, did not survive.
mother often re-enacted the
role of an elderly Ocean Born Mary for tourists who called at the
house in Henniker. Roy charged an admission and pointed out
artifacts and told stories that were part of his elaborate hoax.
Visitors, it is said, could even rent shovels to dig for buried
treasure in his back yard.
Flora Roy in her Revolutionary Era
garb makes candles in her Henniker home as photographed by her son.
These images helped promote the hoax that Ocean Born Mary (born
1720) had lived in the colonial era house.
Roy, the photographer , legend-maker, and owner of the (Not) Ocean
Born Mary House in Henniker. The top images on this page were taken
by Louis "Gus" Roy and appeared in a display of his work at the
Henniker Historical Society. .
CREDITS: All photos courtesy of the Henniker Historical
. These images appear in a booklet available at the society. Visit them online for information on tours and research materials.
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