Iowa October 23, 2016
There’s Nothing More Terrifying Than These 10 Genuinely Haunted Houses In Iowa
Now that October is here, there are so many fun things to do, like carving pumpkins, making caramel apples, and, of course, Halloween. It’s that time of year when most people are ready for a good scare. While Iowa has plenty of Halloween haunted houses, complete with sound effects, actors and good scary fun, there are also those that are genuinely haunted, with terrifying stories and ghostly encounters to go along with them. These 10 haunted houses in Iowa will genuinely terrify you.
1. Villisca Ax Murder House
Villisca became notorious when, In 1912, an entire family was brutally murdered by an unknown assailant in their sleep with an ax. The house is said to be haunted by the ghosts of the murdered family. The house is now open for tours, and brave souls can even spend the night there if they want to go ghost hunting. 508 E 2nd St., Villisca, IA.
2. The Mason House Inn
This historic 1846 hotel in Bentonsport is said to be haunted by several spirits. In Room 5, there have been reports of the ghost of a young boy pulling on people’s clothes while they sleep. People have also seen his apparition on the landing. A man named Knapp was murdered in Room 7, and it’s believed that his spirit still haunts the room. People have also seen a floating, disembodied head in Room 8. On the 3rd-floor, people have reported seeing the ghost of an old woman. 21982 Hawk Dr., Keosauqua, IA.
3. Mathias Ham House
This house, built by Mathias Ham, was built in 1856 and is now a museum. It’s said that at least four members of the Ham family died in the home. One of the daughters, Sarah, shot and killed an intruder one dark and lonely night. It’s said that the murdered intruder’s lamplight still wanders the house after dark. People have also reported lights turning on and off on their own, and disembodied voices and footsteps. 2241 Lincoln Ave., Dubuque, IA.
4. The Cunningham House, Allamakee County
This old house, called the Cunningham house, is located in Allamakee County. This house looks like a haunted house straight out of a horror movie, and one only wonders what ghostly activity goes on inside. The house is on private property, so if you’re brave enough to go and find it, you’ll have to be ok with viewing it from the road.
5. Granger House Museum
The Granger House Museum is a beautiful, historic Victorian house, museum and cultural center, built in the Victorian Italianate architectural style. It’s said that the house is haunted by the ghost of a woman whose white figure is seen at midnight, sitting in front of a window. 970 10th St., Marion, IA.
6. Alice French House
This historic mansion in Davenport was the summer home of the writer, Alice French. Her father was the town mayor, and he originally owned the house. It is said that his spirit is often reported by visitors to the house. Some people say they’ve seen a distinguished gentleman in an old-fashioned suit in the parlor, and others have seen lights mysteriously turning on and off and doors slamming on their own. 321 E 10th St., Davenport, IA.
7. Brucemore Mansion
Brucemore Mansion is a historic 21-room mansion, museum and community cultural center. It is also believed to be haunted. People have reported seeing a glowing entity in the library in this beautiful Queen Anne-style mansion. 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA.
8. Grenville Dodge House
This house in Council Bluffs was owned by General Dodge and his family. It’s now open for community tours, and it’s also said to be haunted by the General’s ghost, who wanders around the house or sits in his rocking chair. It’s also been reported that around dusk every day, you can hear two men arguing, and you can see mysterious flashes of light on the house lawn. 605 S 3rd St., Council Bluffs, IA.
9. The Jordan House
This historic Victorian home located in West Des Moines was a stop on the underground railroad and is now a museum. It’s also said to be haunted by the ghost of the young daughter of the original owner of the house, who has been seen and heard playing throughout the house to this day. 2001 Fuller Rd., West Des Moines, IA.
10. The Haunted Mansion of Jasper County
The Haunted Mansion of Jasper County, aka, Maple Hill Mansion, is said to be one of the most haunted houses in the area. It’s believed to be haunted by the original owner of the home, Regina Long. People have reported seeing apparitions and objects moving on their own in the house, and even being touched and grabbed by unseen hands.
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