The Legend of Loralei

The Legend of Loralei

Something Mysterious…

Although this legend has not been authenticated, it has caused quite a stir among Victorian circles…

At the turn of the last century vast tracts of Brooklyn farmland were purchased by developers that would build beautiful estates to attract the industry moguls of the day. One such mogul, an owner of a vast shipping fleet, known as Captain Bartholomew Olmstead, purchased a small parcel of land and proceeded to build a house to honor his fiancé whom it was rumored he had met abroad.

Captain Olmstead labored vigorously on his home and spared no expense for his bride-to-be. The one curiosity about the affair was that no one had ever met the woman and it was rumored she was still abroad waiting for the home to be completed. Not even her name was known to the locals until the captain placed his finishing touch on the house, a plaque dedicated to his bride: Loralei.

Because the evening unfolded as planned, it was all the more perplexing the next morning (and for a month of mornings afterward) to learn that the couple had completely vanished, leaving the home in a perfect state to itself. Although many explanations were offered, some say that their happiness was too great for this corporeal world and that they live somewhere nearby but unseen.

In October of 1993, the current owners acquired the house which was in the process of restoration. During the renovation process, a crude sketch of the Loralei plaque was found under a pile of old newspapers. It was assumed that the sketch was of the original plaque fashioned by Captain Bartholomew Olmstead. A new plaque, based on this design, adorns the house.

To this very day, guests at the Loralei often experience a kind of euphoria and tranquility. Perhaps the original couple are responsible but we like to think that it is partly our efforts too.

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