The Grove (also known as the Stilley-Young House), is an 1861 historic home in Jefferson, Texas. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. In addition, The Grove house has been called the most haunted place in Texas.

The Grove’s history dates back to the 19th century when the property was purchased and the house that became known as “The Grove” was built. It has been featured in the television series, "If Walls Could Talk" on the cable channel HGTV. It was selected “as one of the top twelve most haunted houses in America” by “This Old House,” and was also named as one of the "eight scariest places in Texas" by "Texas Monthly" magazine. These are just a few documentations about The Grove.

The Grove has a vibrant history of unexplained happenings: voices, sounds of footsteps, moving objects, and other ghostly phenomena. These stories indicate that The Grove is the most haunted building in Jefferson, and perhaps the most haunted site in Texas. According to Patrick J. Hopkins, a previous owner who turned The Grove into a restaurant, many mysterious events occurred while he was at the house. These events include mirrors falling off walls, loud wails heard coming from the upstairs, unexplained moisture in spots around the house, and the constant feeling of being watched. “Legend has it that the property lies in an area where several murders occurred, and several unmarked graves reportedly lie under or near the house”. Hopkins’s niece and her friends recall seeing a black man lying in the street, and as they went to see if he needed help, the man supposedly disappeared. This black man could have been a man rumored to have been hanged on the back porch of the house.

A ghostly woman has also been reported many times being around The Grove. She was spotted in the house by Hopkins right before he was opening up the restaurant. The woman has also been reported by a neighbor and her sister, who saw a “glowing white figure” on the porch. This woman has been said to be the original owner, Minerva Fox Stilley. She has often been seen walking beside the house and then stepping up through a wall of the house. On the inside, she emerges from the wall and then walks across the width of the house. This strange path makes more sense when one considers that the wall that she steps up through was once the back porch to the house before an 1870 addition was made. Instead of stepping up through a wall, she instead is probably stepping up onto the back porch, coming through a door that was at the back of the house, and walking across to what would have been the children's bedroom.

The most haunted location in Texas? Who knows. What is sure? The Grove is rich in history (see Wikipedia.org) and has been a place of supernatural experiences for many people over the years. I get goosebumps just thinking about visiting it. You?

Source: Wikipedia.org

 

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As Dennis Bardens writes in Ghosts and Hauntings, “The harbingers of death, or death visitants, are those spectres whose coming presages doom or disaster, either immediate or imminent. There is a strong supposition that on occasion, telepathy—contact between two minds separated by distance, but habitually in sympathy—plays a part.”

Here is a statement made to Mr. Bardens by Mrs. Maureen Hayter of Baltimore, Maryland:

‘In November 1942, I was living in Minnesota with my three children while my husband, Lieutenant Commander Hubert Montgomery Hayter, U.S.N., was far away in the Pacific. (He was forty-one on October 17th and was First Lieutenant and Damage Control Officer in the heavy cruiser U.S.S. New Orleans.) One night I was awakened by a terrific jar, so violent that I got up and went downstairs to investigate. I found nothing amiss and again retired. Suddenly my husband was beside me, and we were bathed in a heavy mist. But his arms were protectively about me. We had been months apart, and now I had such a sense of that protection and of being reunited. I looked up into his face. There was a look of ineffable longing and of sadness. I touched his cheek, and it was so cold. Next morning I decided that it had been a comforting dream, for I had not heard from him for some days. I was strengthened and buoyed up by it. Days passed, then I recalled his expression and the cold I’d felt with foreboding. Thus, when I received the fateful telegram announcing that he had been killed in action, I felt that I had been forewarned and given the needed courage to meet the disaster. Checking back, it had all occurred on November 30th, when the Battle of Tassafaronga took place, and when he perished courageously after saving all his men. I am not a dreamer, and I firmly believe that his heroic spirit and presence was transmitted across those many miles to reassure and sustain me. It was truly a final farewell.’

Source: Dennis Bardens’ Ghosts and Hauntings

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Kennecott’s ramshackle ghost town is a mining town abruptly abandoned in 1938 when the copper mines shut down. It’s now a part of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest national park in the country. To get there, visitors drive 60 miles through the wilderness, down the gravel McCarthy Road, along the old Copper River and Northwestern Railway tracks.

Reports of paranormal activity along the abandoned tracks abound and have for decades. That’s not all that makes it one of the most haunted places in America. Some claim to have seen old tombstones along the route. The gravestones then vanish by the time the visitors make their return trip. Others have reported hearing disembodied voices and phantom children laughing. Reportedly, a 1990s construction project here halted after workers were scared away by spooky sounds and inexplicable events.

If you make your way to Alaska, the breathtaking scenery along the drive to the Kennecott mine is worth the drive. Just be ready to see some sights—both physical and ethereal—that may take your breath away.

Source: Hartford Extra Mile (extramile.thehartford.com)

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Many thoroughfares are associated with local legends, but this Chicago-area road is known for so many uncanny events that it frequently turns up on lists of the scariest roads in America. Drivers on Archer Avenue say they’ve seen ghoulish monks, ghostly horses, and something called the “gray baby.”

The source of the hauntings, however, is much older than most think.

Supposedly, Archer Avenue is built on Ley lines—lines that long-forgotten groups of people drew between important monuments. These lines are said to channel all of the earth’s energy, both spiritual and alive, around the planet, like rivers of surging spectral energy. Many believe that building on this Ley line has caused the road’s history of hauntings, which began as early as 1934. 

The street itself is just, well, a street. Yet, this twisted avenue seems to hold some of the most haunted experiences Illinois has to offer. It begins in Lockport and winds all the way north into the edge of Chicago’s China Town. 

The stretch of Archer Avenue between St. James Catholic Church and Resurrection Cemetery is the area where visitors are most likely to encounter its best-known resident, Resurrection Mary.

Reportedly, Mary is the ghost of a young woman on her way to a ball. An oncoming driver struck her, which resulted in her death. There have been dozens of reports of Mary hitching rides with drivers and then entirely vanishing into the Resurrection Cemetery near Chicago. There are no explanations for this occurrence, and no malicious intent has been heard of when speaking of the spirit. 

Then, there is Sacred Heart Cemetery. Sacred Heart is a small graveyard dating back to the time when farms still dotted this area. It can be found along Kean Avenue in Crooked Creek Woods, south of the haunted intersection. 103rd Street dead-ends in front of the cemetery. Out of all the stories in the Archer Avenue “triangle,” Sacred Heart might be home to the most incredible: the strange tale of the “grey-haired baby” of Sacred Heart Cemetery.

According to Richard Crowe, the legend began in the 1950s.  Allegedly, a man and his wife died in a car accident near the cemetery. Their baby somehow survived by being thrown from the vehicle and stays in the forest preserve, feeding off the local wildlife. Sometimes on moonlit nights, passing motorists catch a glimpse of a hairy creature in their headlights, and equestrians riding on the nearby trail report something unseen spooks their horses.

Another version of the legend takes a more supernatural turn. A woman named Terrie told Richard Crowe that in the 1970s, locals believed a werewolf to be buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery. A small, nondescript stone in the graveyard corner appeared to be set apart from the others. This gravestone is the source of the rumor. Moreover, the fence near this grave is purposefully bent downward. Terrie said, “Rumor was this was so the werewolf could get in and out.”  

The surviving feral child version of the tale almost makes the story seem plausible. After all, there are documented cases of children raised by animals, but how long could such a person stay hidden at the outskirts of a metropolis like Chicago? It’s been over five decades. Nevertheless, many believe that they encountered something strange and mysterious lurking in the woods around Sacred Heart.

Archer Avenue, to say the least, is one busy supernatural roadway. If you are in Chicago, it may be worth a drive. Who knows? You may meet an ethereal hitchhiker or spot a Lipan.

Until Next Time,  

Sources: mysteriousheartland.com; The Hartford Extra Mile; Blueprint, soutblueprint.com

 

 

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I write Christian supernatural thrillers – the traditional thriller, grounded in Christian truths and with a splash of the macabre. I came across this article and thought, “Well now, here’s a true life mix of a paranormal murder mystery and thriller.” Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

On January 23, 1897, 23-year-old Zona Heaster Shue died under mysterious circumstances at her home in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Strangely, by the time a doctor arrived, Zona’s husband, Erasmus “Trout” Shue, had already moved her body from the downstairs area to the bed and dressed her. Throughout the next few days, Trout displayed some bizarre behavior over his wife’s passing, but since the cause of Zona’s death was initially believed to be heart failure, no one suspected foul play. However, weeks after Zona internment in the cemetery, her mother, Mary Jane Heaster, paid a visit to the local prosecutor to ask for her daughter’s body to be exhumed. This decision was motivated by alleged visits from Zona’s ghost.

Mary Jane claimed that Zona’s ghost had visited her for four nights and revealed that Trout was an abusive husband who had broken her neck by strangling her in a fit of rage. The authorities agreed to Mary Jane’s request and exhumed her daughter. An autopsy revealed that a broken neck caused  Zona’s death. Trout was arrested and charged with his wife’s murder, even though the evidence against him was purely circumstantial. On the witness stand, Trout’s defense attorney challenged Mary Jane’s story about her supposed encounters with the “Greenbrier Ghost.” Mary Jane never wavered from her original story, and her testimony proved so convincing and believable that the jury could not disregard it. In the end, they found Trout Shue guilty. He was given a life sentence at Moundsville Penitentiary, where he died three years later.

Source: Listverse. The author is Robin Warder.

 

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