Iowa October 10, 2016
The Story Behind This Haunted Iowa House Is Truly Terrifying
We’ve all heard the legends, tales about old homes filled with the residue of past lives, where unexplained things happen and there’s much speculation about whether or not ghosts inhabit the corridors. Maple Hill Mansion is one of those places. In its 150-year history, local legend has surrounded the house with chilling tales of mystery and ghostly apparitions.
Known as Maple Hill Mansion, or the Haunted Mansion of Jasper County, the house originally was built by Joseph Grayson Long. It’s been said to have been a stop on the underground railroad, and there is an underground tunnel connecting the house to the barn.
Built in 1865 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the structure is the oldest wood-frame historical house in Jasper County. Over its 150 years of existence, it has built up quite a reputation for being occupied by evil spirits.
The house has had several owners, and many of them have reported ghostly activity, like apparition sightings and objects moving on their own.
The house is a hotspot for local legends, where not only have there been ghostly sightings, but people have reported being touched and grabbed by unseen hands. The house is believed to be haunted by Regina Long, the original owner of the home.
People have also witnessed seeing a ghostly figure standing in the windows, pulling back the curtains.
Over 20 years ago, reporters even spent the night in the house with a team of paranormal investigators to see if they could find any evidence of ghostly activity.
The newest owner of the mansion, Sherri Meeker, relocated the home a few miles from its original location due to weak ground conditions in 2013. She plans to restore the home to its former glory.
There has been some speculation amongst the locals about whether or not the evil spirits followed the house to its new location.
Below is a video with more footage of the inside of the house:
This is just one of the many haunted places in Iowa. To learn about other haunted spots, check out The 11 Most Terrifying, Spooky Places To Visit In Iowa This Halloween.