The grand old home about a block south of downtown Mason is known as the Jewett Home. In the 1930’s the Jewett family converted it into a funeral home and operated it until the 1990s. I was told that it was not uncommon for early funeral parlors to be in a house where the family that owned the business lives in the house. That seems really strange to me to live in a house with dead bodies, but it was normal back then. The house was originally built in 1855 by a wealthy developer, J.P. Coatsworth. Former Lansing Mayor Orlando Barnes once lived in the home and during the Great Depression, it was operated as a tea house. I wonder what kind of “tea” they sold during Prohibition and if there were spirits in the tea. It wasn’t until the Funeral home closed and the house was rented out when people who lived there have said they heard strange noises in the home. I am not sure if it’s haunted, but I am intrigued by the cupola on top of the roof. I wonder what the view is like from that little room. The house sold recently and is a private residence.
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