Real Haunted Houses: Oakleigh House

Oakleigh is a historical house turned museum that is located in Mobile, Alabama. It is the centerpiece of the Oakleigh Historic Complex, a group of buildings that contain a cottage, Union barracks, and an archives building. In 1833, James W. Roper, a brick mason, dry goods merchant and cotton factor, built Oakleigh. During the building phase of the house, Roper […]

Real Haunted Houses: Sweetwater Mansion

Sweetwater Mansion is a plantation house located in Florence, Alabama designed by General John Brahan. The mansion received its name from the nearby Sweetwater Creek. It was first occupied by Robert M. Patton, the son-in-law of John Brahan. Robert M. Patton was elected as governor of Alabama in 1865. Sweetwater was one of the largest plantations, with a slave village […]

Real Haunted Houses: Winter Place

Winter Place was constructed between 1850 and 1870 and is located in Montgomery, Alabama. The North House was the home of Joseph S. Winter and his family, and is the earliest of the constructions. The second building, the South House, was built in the 1870s and was the home of Joseph’s daughter, Sally Gindrat Winter Thorington, and her husband Robert […]

Real Haunted Houses: Barker’s Slave Quarters

In the Old Cahawba Park between Selma and Orville in Alabama, you can find a lot of intriguing stuff, ranging from archeological finds, a gothic-style church, remnants of strane wells, the foundations of a prison camp, to the remnants of the Barker’s Slave Quarters. It is certainly an interesting plave to visit, being a de facto ghost town, so if […]

Real Haunted Houses: Old Shelby Hotel

Built in 1863, the Old Shelby Hotel, formerly known as the Dannemora Hotel was located next to the Shelby Iron Works. The hotel was a popular weekend destination for the public, but the employees of the Iron Works also used it as a boarding house. It was the first hotel in Alabama that could offer electricity and internal plumbing to […]

Real Haunted Houses: Drish House

Drish House was built in 1837 by Dr. John R. Drish. It was built in the centre of a 450-acre plantation. Dr. Drish, who was a widower himself at the time he built the mansion, married a wealthy widow, Sarah Owen McKinney. The house features Ionic columuns in the front and rear, and two-story pilasters dividing each bay on all […]

Real Haunted Houses: Thornewood Castle

The Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, Washington, is a beautiful, romantic, sprawling castle that is ideal for weddings and other parties. Although by all means extaordinary, the castle is also supposedly haunted. The castle of Thornewood was used as a set for Stephen King’s horror movie “Rose Red”. The History Built by Chester Thorne, one of the founders of the Port […]

Real Haunted Houses: Croke-Patterson Mansion

The Croke-Patterson Mansion can be found at 420 E. Eleventh Avenue in Denver. Today, it’s a hotel, but it was home to Senator Thomas Macdonald Patterson once. The house looks pretty much like a castle, but apart from an architectural marble, it’s supposedly very haunted as well. Thomas Croke The first owner of the mansion was Thomas Croke. Born in […]

Real Haunted Houses: Bliss Mansion

The Bliss Mansion can be found on 710 West Robinson Street in Carson City, Nevada. The house looks quite peaceful from the outside – but on the inside, the place is supposedly pretty haunted. The History A three-story house completed in 1879, the Bliss Mansion was built by millionaire Duane L. Bliss. With fifteen rooms and built in an “Italianate […]

Real Haunted Houses: Winchester Mystery House

Considering I just watched a movie about the Winchester Mystery House, aptly named Winchester, I decided I had no choice but to write about this house this week. I’ve been avoiding the Winchester Mystery House for a while because it’s just so well-known, and I’d like to focus on less well-known ghost stories for my haunted mansions series. Either way, […]