Warning: contains topics that may cause an uneased feeling. Advised to not read at night or rather with someone when easily feeling unsettled.
There are many (abandoned) buildings that behold ghost stories, or well, paranormal ones. I’ve always been interested in such stories, including abandoned buildings. Sure, the question will always be the same: are such stories true? Multiple buildings have been visited by paranormal scientists, and they said it was true. I’ve researched multiple stories last year, for no real purpose. In several parts, I’ll be telling all international paranormal stories! Today: part 5!
1. Kenmore Plantation (Fredericksburg, Virginia)
This plantation was built in the 1770s, around 1776. This historic home is the only surviving building of the Kenmore Plantation. It was owned by the younger sister of George Washington, named Betty Washington Lewis. Colonel Fielding Lewis, Betty’s husband gave money for the war against Great Britain while the Americans went for their independence. His ghost is said to haunt the house since his death in the 1780s. He’s said to spent many hours in the upstairs bedroom, worrying about his money while wearing Revolutionary-era clothing, poring over financial documents. He also seems to turn doorknobs and can be heard sometimes, just as his footsteps.
2. Adam Thoroughgood House (Virginia Beach)
This house belonged to Adam Thoroughgood, who was a successful tobacco farmer and businessman. Sure, no one lives here anymore, but spirits do. Two have been seen occasionally at the house. One appears to be a man dressed in a brown suit. Some believe it’s Adam Thoroughgood himself, wandering the halls. But this hasn’t been confirmed. There’s also a woman dressed in 18th-century clothing. The woman’s name is Sara Offley and carries candles around the house. People sense unsettled souls, watching from the building. They feel cold drafts while inside and candlesticks get suddenly levitated and thrown onto the floor. Even several heavy pieces of furniture were suddenly shifted. A psychic once sensed a lot of unhappiness and pain. Perhaps those who died violent deaths in the house were trying to communicate. A former resident shot himself in the head, halfway up the stairwell sometime in the 1700s. There’s also the ghost of a red-haired woman, dressed in traditional colonial garb. She roams around the property, as some say.
3. Manresa Castle (Port Townsend, Washington)
Charles Eisenbeis, born in Prussia, lived here in 1892. After his death, it stayed empty for a few decades. However, inside, it hasn’t been. There have been numeral reports about electrical devices that turn on and off and doors that open and close on their own. The third floor seems to be the most haunted. Footsteps and voices have been heard on this floor, but room 306 seems to have the most paranormal activity. A female entity has been seen and felt here. She loves going through guests’ possessions and moves things around. You can often hear her sing in the bathroom. The dining room and the former chapel, now also a dining room, has been reported active too. Eisenbeis’ wife Kate seems to be the cause of this. People also reported that glasses suddenly fall, either from a height or on the table itself.
4. Cedar Grove Mansion (Vicksburg, Mississippi)
It was originally the home of John and Elizabeth Klein. However, it also had a dark side, with family deaths. One of their sons was killed on the stairs of the porch on the other side of the house. A gun went off by accident, killing him instantly. He was only seventeen years old. A daughter and two young children died here too. However, their deaths were described as ‘death caused by sickness.’ John enjoyed smoking the pipe. While standing in front of his study, one can smell the pipe smoke still. Elizabeth has often been seen throughout the house as if she’s doing her chores like she used to do. The entity of a young girl has been seen too, walking down the stairs. And people often hear footsteps on the back porch’s stairs. However, soldiers originating from the Civil War have also been seen walking around the house and terrain. Which isn’t weird, as the mansion was a hospital during the Civil War.
5. Sauer Castle (Kansas)
It was built in 1871 by the Austrian Anton Sauer. During his time living there, it became a location of traumatic tragedies for the family. Two people killed themselves, one little girl died in the pool on the terrain. But it all starts with the owner’s death, Anton in 1879. He died in the second-floor master bedroom. His wife Mary, died in 1919. Their daughter Eve married a widower, who committed suicide with a handgun at age 73. She then had a child with one of his sons (who wasn’t her own child). She died as an infant, drowning in the swimming pool on the west side of the house. Eve herself died in 1955. Paul Berry bought the house after Eve’s death, where he lived until he died in 1986. Ghost stories began in 1930, as all those deaths weren’t all as peaceful. Several immaterial voices have been heard throughout the house, either laughing, yelling or crying. Doors open and close on their own and people say they felt as if something was staring at them all the time. Objects seem to suddenly fall or make a lot of noise when people pass.
That’s it for part 5! Which story have you heard before? And which one seems the most ‘creepy’ to you?
Love, Deem ❤