Historic Haunted Houses – My Ghost Hunt

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It is time for Haunted Houses and Ghost Hunting.

Haunted House photoThe Farnam mansion below is located in the city of Oneida, New York and has a rich and interesting history.  The original owner is the namesake of the house, Stephen Head Farnam.  He was a successful businessman and died in the house in 1897 of a stroke.  Then, a few years after his death, his widowed second wife, Sarah, sold the mansion to Mary Dyer Jackson who was an early women’s suffrage movement activist.  She was famous for submitting a petition to legislature for women to have the right to vote.  But, she sold the house after just 5 short months and people spread rumors that spirits were why Mary Dyer Jackson sold the house so soon.  Then, a doctor and his wife bought the house and it was while down in the basement in his lab that the doctor had a heart attack.  Following that, two more people bought, lived in, and died in the house up to the 1980s. 

Historic Farnam Mansion

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Finally, it was turned into a Bed and Breakfast.  The current owners, The Gray’s, renovated the mansion to its former glory and it is now a Dark Shadows themed Bed and Breakfast called the Collinwood Inn for paranormal investigators and ghost-hunters, who have reported supposed spirit activity.  

If any house is reported to be “Haunted“, it is not a house I want to visit at night.  

black scaredy cat

For I am a scaredy-cat.  

Dark Shadows was a soap opera on back in late 60s to early 70s about a vampire named Barnabas Collins, there were witches, warlocks and more in the soap opera.  Now, in 2012, there is a film out based on this same soap opera.  You may have seen commercials for it where Johnny Depp is playing Barnabas Collins, the vampire.  

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Famous Winchester House is on the National Register of Historic Places in San Jose, California and is called Winchester Mystery House.  It is in Northern California and the original owner was Sarah Winchester, widow of winchester gun magnate William Wirt Winchester.  The freaky- deaky thing about this house is that it was under construction for 38 years and is reported to be haunted.  Supposedly, a mystic, medium told Sarah that she had to leave her home, travel west, and must build a house for herself and the spirits of the fallen from the “horrible Winchester weapon.”  And, that she must never stop building and then will live forever, but..if she stopped building, then she would die.

Another version is:

“Winchester and the baby girl died suddenly and Mrs Winchester, stunned by the tragedy, fell into a coma so serious that physicians despaired of her life.

“Finally she recovered and, at a friend’s suggestion, visited a medium. During a séance, according to those familiar with her story, she received a communication from her dead husband in which he said: ‘Sarah dear, if our house had not been finished, I would still be with you. I urge you now to build a home, but never let it be finished, for then you will live.’ “

Still another version is:

“After the deaths of her daughter and later her husband, she consulted a medium who told her that she must build a house and never cease building it, otherwise the spirits that killed her family members would come after her, too. After that she began construction on the maze-like house full of twists, turns, and dead ends, so that the spirits would get lost and never be able to find her.” –per wikpedia

And also, she believed that if houses were never finished, then no spirit or ghost could settled into it.  Forgive me because now I have to say this:  “If you build it, he will Not come.”


Reports are that the house was at one time seven stories high.  Today, per wikipedia – the house has 40 bedrooms, 2 ballrooms, 47 fireplaces, 10,000 window panes, 17 chimneys, 2 basements, and 3 elevators.  Sarah was obsessed with the number 13 and had things in 13, like a chandelier with 13 candle holders.  Me, I want to stay away from the number 13 and Friday the 13th especially.

Today, vampires are extremely popular and so is ghost hunting for that matter.  How about you, do you watch the vampire shows and read the books about them?  Do you watch the ghost hunting shows on TV?  I know my daughter loves the ghost hunting shows and seems to not realize how influenced she is by them because now, she completely believes houses are haunted and ghosts are real!

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