Old houses mean a lot of history, and from a long history ghost stories often are formed. All of these houses have had reports of supernatural activity, some more sinister than others.
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1. The Governor’s Mansion, Jefferson City
This mansion has been home to Missouri governors since 1872. Former resident Thomas Crittenden's daughter was born in 1873 and died in the mansion at age 10 from diphtheria. A century later, the home was being renovated and a workman asked the housekeeper who the little girl was who had been playing upstairs all day. There was no little girl living there at the time. This spooked the workman and he left, refusing to return.
2. The Epperson House, Kansas City
Built around 1920, and now a part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the house, originally owned by Uriah Epperson has a long history of hauntings. The ghost(s) are said to be those of Uriah's adopted daughter, and Uriah himself. The woman appears in an evening gown, and organ music is heard late at night. This could be related to the fact that she died in the home at the age of 47 during the time in which the organ was being constructed in the house. Also, a man's arm in a blue suit has been seen turning off a light. The Epperson House was featured on TV's Unsolved Mysteries as one of the Top 5 U.S. Haunted Houses.
3. The Ravenswood estate near Bunceton
Built in 1880, Ravenswood was the grand home of wealthy couple Nadine and Charles Leonard. The home hosted many parties and was the place to be. Nadine died in a bedroom at age 90 and her body was taken out of the home for funeral preparation. A servant, attempting to retrieve clothing for the burial, found the bedroom door locked from the inside. They looked in the room by climbing a ladder and looking in the window. No one was there. They tried and tried to get the door open to no avail. Finally, a servant left to get tools to force the door open. Upon his return the door was open. Over the years, reports of other phenomenon have occurred, including objects being thrown, a music box playing, and sounds of music and laughter coming from the grounds.
4. The Guitar Mansion, Columbia
The home was built in 1859 by David Guitar, who became a confederate soldier during the civil war. The house was spared destruction during the war, however, because David's Brother, who had become a union soldier, prevented it. They never spoke again after the war. The house is said to be haunted by many ghosts including a young boy and several slaves.
5. Vaile Mansion, Independence
Besides former owner Mrs. Vaile appearing in the window or around the property grounds, it is also believed that the home's former use as an asylum left negative energies and residual hauntings.
6. Fear (or Screaming) House in Union
The truly horrifying account of one man's experience with this house was written by former tenant Stephen LaChance. They were amazed at the low rent and puzzled by the latches on the outside of all the doors. What started as small things such as a painting that kept falling off the wall, turned into a malevolent dark ghostly figure, a screaming man, and an attack by the house itself finally forcing them to leave. Turned out the house has had a long history of tenants leaving unexpectantly. You can read more of his story at www.legendsofamerica.com/mo-unionhaunting.html.
7. Grand Avenue Bed and Breakfast, Carthage
This early 20th century house is said to be haunted by a cigarette smoking man named Albert Carmean. It is said that, random smoke smells in the dining room and parlor indicate when he's around.
8. Kendrick House, Carthage
Kendrick House was built in 1849 and is one of the oldest standing homes in Missouri. It was inhabited by The Kendrick family and their descendents for around 130 years and many deaths occurred during that time. Interactions with a child spirit have been reported as well as shadowy figures, and the spirit of a slave woman who had been hung from a nearby tree. You can read more at www.facebook/HauntedHistory/KendrickHouse.
9. Anderson House, Lexington
Now part of the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, this house is reported be be haunted by soldiers who fought on or near the site during the Civil War. The house was built in 1853.
10. Lehmann House, St. Louis
Reports of shadowy figures, voices which seem to come from nowhere, and banging sounds, lead many to believe the house is haunted by the spirit of Mr. Edward Rowse, the original owner, who died in the dining room.
11. The Guibourd - Valle House, Ste. Genevieve
With reports of strange phenomenon going all the way back to at least 1939, this Creole-style house built in 1806 is said to still be haunted. Reports have included furniture being knocked over or thrown, footsteps in the servants quarters, breaking glass, banging, a harpsichord playing itself, and visions of spirits.
12. Longview Mansion, Lee's Summit
Built in 1914 by lumber millionaire Robert A. Long, the mansion is rumored to be haunted by his daughter, Loula, who had been a renowned horsewoman before her death. She is seen riding on horseback, and her bed often appears to have been slept in.
Whether or not you believe in ghosts, you have to admit some of these stories give you the chills. Do you know of any other haunted homes? Have you ever lived in one? Answer in the comments below.