Is the famous Hanover Street cigar bar, Stanza dei Sigari, haunted? Tune in to SyFy channel’s “Haunted Collector” on Wednesday to find out.
The Boston Herald devoted Tuesday’s front cover to the “North End Ghost Hunt” in the cigar parlor, owned by the Riccio family since 1927. Stories abound about the lights suddenly going out, floating black masses and broken shelves.
Producers also did some research on the building’s history. According to the Herald article:
The building was built in 1896 and served as a “baby farm,” a Victorian-era practice in which people took in children whose families couldn’t care for them in exchange for cash.
The elder (David) Riccio, 58, was born in the building, and heard different tales from his father and grandfather, but was shocked by the news. “We were freaked out it was a baby farm,” he said. An additional claim was equally unnerving. “Haunted Collectors” told the Riccios that children died there.
Taped last November at the Stanza dei Sigari location under Caffe Vittoria, “Haunted Collector” airs on the SyFy network, Wednesday 3/13/13 at 10:00 pm.