Cleveland September 25, 2018
The Old Cleveland Funeral Parlor That Has A Truly Creepy Past
As the cool and gloomy days of autumn descend onto Cleveland, locals start thinking about which spooky festivities are perfect to participate in. There are oodles of haunted houses and corn mazes in the area, but nothing quite compares to
truly haunted destinations. In big cities like Cleveland, abandoned buildings house residents that haven’t seen the light of day in decades… but what spirits linger in the ruins of an abandoned funeral home? Now is your chance to find out… if you dare enter Cleveland’s most haunted abandoned funeral parlor.
Before we dive into details about the upcoming haunted tour, you should know a bit about the unusual history of this place to properly prepare you for what’s to come.
In 1941, two unlikely worlds meshed in the most unusual way when Gee & Wills funeral services moved into 2491 E. 55th St. and opened The House of Wills.
The new location (pictured below) was extravagant and beautiful, still overflowing with grand architectural elements from its earlier days as an opera house.
However, the building has a history transcends its days as an opera house and funeral parlor. For over a century, The House of Wills (formerly known as Gesangverein Hall) has lived many lives - not all of them peaceful.
At one point, the building served as a hospital for immigrants and it saw a fair share of deaths and suicides.
Local tales indicate that the site may have once served as a speakeasy during Prohibition.
The building also hosted racial group gatherings, including proponents of the Civil Rights Movement, making it a progressive part of Cleveland history.
The turbulent eras of illegal alcohol sales and sociopolitical turmoil contributed to its reputation as a hotspot for unrested spirits and a few souls are said to still linger on the property.
Visitors have described a series of unusual experiences within its crumbling walls.
Disembodied footsteps and voices are the norm in this haunted destination, but you may also encounter a gentleman in a white suit... perhaps the embodiment of the former owner that died on the premises.
Could the tormented souls of its hospital days still be wandering the halls of this historic structure?
The building was abandoned years ago, and time has taken its toll on the structure. Though dilapidated, the beauty of this iconic building is still evident.
It has transfixed many paranormal professionals, including Destination America's "Ghost Brothers."
If you, too, are fascinating by the hauntings said to take place here, you’ll have the opportunity to investigate for yourself at an upcoming public event on October 29, 2018.
The paranormal tour takes place from 9 p.m. to midnight, and the hours spent in this crumbling and creepy hall may give you chills.
Attendees must be over 18 and ready to sign a waiver. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes or boots, as crumbling paint chips and cobwebs will certainly be abundant. As with any event, please be sure to avoid taking or breaking anything on the premises. You can reserve your spot
Much history is contained within the many rooms of The House of Wills, and some of it is quite murky.
What happened during the speakeasy portion of this haunted house's history? How many people died in these halls, and how many mourned? While we may be left with speculation, perhaps we don't want to know the truth...
There’s a chill in the air and Halloween is right around the corner, meaning it’s time to gear up for autumnal festivities. Get ready for a truly haunting experience, because this tour will kick off the season in one of Cleveland’s most haunted places.
Would you enter an authentic haunted house in Cleveland? Which spooky destinations have you already toured in the area?
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