Famous Haunted Houses
In 1881, Sarah Winchester, the widow of famous gun maker Oliver Winchester, became convinced that she needed protection from the evil spirits of all the people killed by Winchester rifles. A psychic advised her to continually add rooms to her San Jose, California, mansion to confuse any ghosts that may try to find her. (It’s not clear why ghosts, which can supposedly move through walls, would be confused by the rooms, but it apparently made sense to Winchester.
The Bitch House a.k.a. Claude Reign's Estate This huge ivy-covered Victorian mansion is truly one of the eeriest and scary places that I have ever encountered. A place of much history, it was inhabited for years by the wealthy Biddle family who at one time owned most of West Chester, PA, as well the once famous "black-and-white" era film actor, Claude Reigns. (Who starred in Casablanca, among other movies...) Found on the outskirts of West Chester, this mammoth structure has been ab
James Brown House 326 Spring St, Manhattan This former home of a Revolutionary War veteran is most famous for the taverns that have occupied its ground floor, including today's jovial Ear Inn. But several decades ago, a sailor named Mickey was killed in an accident in front of the building, and many believe his mischievous spirit still harasses patrons to this day.
Molly Brown House, Denver, CO - was built in the 1880's and is famous for it's previous owner, the "Unsinkable Molly Brown". Once set for demolition, it has been preserved and restored, and now serves as a museum. Activity includes shades opening and closing on their own, shadow figures, the smell of cigar smoke (non-smoking house - Molly's husband was known as a heavy cigar smoker) and apparitions.
Summerwind - Called Wisconsin's most famous haunted house Summerwind did invoke images of fear and foreboding. It sat among a stand of pine overlooking West Bay Lake in northern Wisconsin. This once proud mansion had fallen into disrepair as vandals, bats and the harshness of the Wisconsin winter combined to reduce the structure to a mere shell of it's former glory.
he Willard library was built in 1885 which makes it more than 110 years old. The Library is the oldest public library building in the state of Indiana and is housed in a Victorian Gothic building in Evansville, which is near the downtown area of this southwestern Indiana city of 130,000 people. The building still functions to this day as a library.
New Jersey Haunted House This house was abandoned in 1913 in Cape May, New Jersey after the mother and father murdered their five children. The motive for the brutal muders has never been determined. Their farm and property was turned over to the Town and has since been a vacant shell of its former self..
One of the scariest haunted hospitals. The hospital is the second largest hand cut stone building in the United States. The hospital was built to hold 250 mentally ill patients. In 1950 the patients numbered 2400. Many were tormented, tortured and believed to be murdered there. Charles Manson once was a resident there. The asylum closed in 1994.
J.B. Moore and his family, including two visiting relatives, were murdered in this home by an intruder on June 12, 1912. The case remains unsolved, but suspects at the time included a traveling preacher and then-U.S. Senator Frank F. Jones. Jones was a business partner of Moore's, and the two had bitterly parted ways in the weeks before the murder. The landmark Villisca Axe Murder House now operates as a museum…a fate not uncommon to properties too spooky for residential use.