Have you ever had an unnerving feeling when you walk into an interior inspection? Something that makes the hair raise slightly on the back of your neck? Imagine having to appraise one of these properties!
1. The Lemp Mansion
Known as one of the most haunted places in America, the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri was built in 1868 as a luxurious home to the millionaire Lemp family. It later became an office space for their brewery, and then deteriorated into a run-down boarding house. Several members of the family died within, four of which were suicides. It is now a restaurant and bed and breakfast, but many guests, staff, and investigators claim to have seen, felt, and heard various disturbances by the deceased Lemp family.
2. The LaLaurie House
The haunted history of the LaLaurie Mansion in the French Quarter of New Orleans is perhaps one of the best-known stories of haunted houses in the city. It tragically recounts the brutal excess of slavery in a horrifying and gruesome manner. For more than 150 years since the torture and slaughtering of an uncounted number of slaves, sightings of apparitions resembling the slaves who once resided there have been documented.
3. Amityville House
It is actually uncertain if this house is haunted or not, but it is without a doubt full of tragedy and reported oddities. The Amityville Horror, as it is known, started in 1975 with the shooting of 6 family members by the family’s eldest son, who was only 23 at the time. Roughly a year after the murder, the Lutz family had moved in. Within a month, several unexplained things happened causing the family to flee. The happenstances that occurred over that month, such as sensations of cold and being touched, visions, and even levitation, will forever go down in movie history.
4. Joshua Ward House
Let’s just say that the builders of Joshua Ward’s house didn’t quite think it through when they began construction on the large brick styled mansion. The land and foundation had been built upon a house that once belonged to the infamous Sheriff George “The Strangler” Corwin, who was known as one of the most notorious interrogators and witch killers in American history. So, as you can imagine, building the Joshua Ward House directly over top of the home where Corwin lived, committed murders, and eventually died, is pretty much a perfect recipe for paranormal activity. There are three spirits that supposedly haunt the Joshua Ward House.
5. Flagler Mansion
A not-so-scary tale, and a lot closer to home for us here at ACI, many claim the Whitehall Mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, home of Henry Flagler – the man our county is named after – is haunted by Henry himself. Flagler built the 75-room, 100,000-square-foot Gilded Age mansion as a wedding present for his wife, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler. The couple used the home as a winter retreat from 1902 until Flagler’s death in 1913, at the age of 83, in which he incurred fatal injuries after falling down a flight of marble stairs inside.
Today, the Whitehall Mansion is a Museum, listed as a National Historic Landmark and open to the public. Some come to see the pride that went into the architecture of yesteryear, and some even go there in search of the ghosts of Whitehall’s illustrious past. To this day, although long dead and buried, Henry Flagler and Mary Lily Kenan are said to still walk the stately halls of Whitehall Mansion.
We hope you enjoyed these spooky tales. Have a safe and happy Halloween!