Ed Maas laughs when asked if his award-winning Cape Cod inn is haunted. The Orleans Inn reportedly experiences all the slamming doors, gusts of inexplicable cold air, and footsteps that other haunted inns boast, but Maas also has photographic evidence. At a Chatham High School 25th-reunion party several years ago...
TAPS, The Atlantic Paranormal Society, is a paranormal research group based in Warwick, RI. For years, the founding members of TAPS, originally plumbers by day, ghost hunters by night, conducted paranormal investigations in the New England area.
The Orleans Inn was featured in an article "ORLEANS INN'S SHADOWY GUESTS TO STAR IN TV SHOW" Cape Cod Times, Susan Milton. The article discussed how investigators from the hit show "Ghost Hunters" on the Syfy Channel were coming to investigate reports of ghosts spotted on the premises of Aaron's Folly built in 1875, also known today as the Orleans Waterfront Inn.
A five-dollar bill, signed and framed, hangs on the wall above the concierge desk at the Orleans Inn. For the Maas family, it's a reminder of how the inn almost didn't make it and of the clientele who saved it.
The Orleans Inn occupies a former grand, private, Victorian sea captain’s mansion located on a cove near the rotary that takes travelers from the arm at Wellfleet, Eastham and Truro out to the fist that is Provincetown. It’s taller than any other structures around, with a distinctive mansard roof and cupola, the latter built originally to welcome home Captain Aaron Snow from his voyages in the late 1800s.
Hyannis, MA, April 24, 2008: - The Cape and Islands United Way has announced that the Maas family of Orleans will be the recipients of the 2008 Cape and Islands United Way Citizens of the Year award. The Maas family, owners and operators of the Orleans Waterfront Inn, are longtime community and business advocates, and human services champions.