The Story Behind Illinois’ Most Haunted House Will Give You Nightmares

The McPike Mansion has been called one of the scariest structures in the United States, and it definitely ranks as the most haunted structure in Illinois. Originally built in 1869 by Henry Guest McPike, it is located in Alton, Illinois (a town with a haunted history in itself). It has repeatedly been the center of paranormal investigation. According to the owner, two ghosts haunt this property: former owner Paul Laichnger and former domestic servant named Sarah Wells. Flashlights will die out unexpectedly and lights will flicker. There is the strong smell of lilac in the attic, which is the kind of perfume Wells used to wear. What is really creepy is how things look in photos. You might see figures or orbs of light in photos that were definitely NOT in the shot.

The structure is on the National Register of Historic Places. It stayed abandoned for quite a while before being purchased. It would have been restored and converted into a hotel, but it was not eligible for grant money despite prior assurances. Nevertheless, you can visit the McPike Mansion and go on a tour. There are also annual camp outs.

Here are some pictures of the building:

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And here is a video of the mansion:

Have you visited this mansion? Did you have any ghostly encounters?