You may have heard the phrase – Go toward the light. But in the Lake House, you never want to go toward the light. In fact, you should always run from the light; especially in the case of one particular house resident.
The mines were a dangerous place to work back in the 1800s. Just ask Agnes Switchback; although you probably won’t like her answer. When Agnes and her husband Edgar were expecting their first baby in the late 1800s, Edgar was working in the mines. He took the higher paying job of working with explosives so he could take care of his growing family. His good intentions left Agnes without a husband because of a tragic accident. When Edgar’s boss showed up at Agnes’s door, she simply knew it wasn’t good news. He left her with a single light from Edgar’s helmet; his only remains. The light was her only means of feeling as if he was still with her; besides their unborn child in her belly.
Ten weeks after Edgar’s untimely death, Agnes went into labor while hanging sheets in the yard. She gave birth to a stillborn daughter on the ground. She laid there for several hours crying and holding the baby in a sheet until nightfall when she went into the house. Two weeks later when neighbors realized they hadn’t seen Agnes, and her sheets were still half hung on the line, they checked the house and found her rocking her decaying baby.
Agnes was taken to the Saylorsburg Inn where she could be cared for in her time of need. Weeks of no emotion and no progress, Agnes started to hear voices of witches telling her, “They killed your husband and baby. You must kill them.” One night, a caretaker got a bit too close and Agnes retaliated by biting him in the neck, ripping his artery. As he lay on the floor bleeding and slowly dying, Agnes cursed all that would visit the hotel and recited the verses the witches had told her. She then took a knife off the plate the caretaker brought her and took her own life. As her blood hit the floor, she became part of the tile floor in the hotel.
Today, Agnes Switchback haunts the hotel carrying Edgar’s light. She takes souls. You never know where or when you’ll see her in the hotel because she doesn’t have her own designated room, but heed my warning – You might want to run when you see her. And never, ever look into her light.
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