Epperson House

Epperson House, near the University of Missouri Kansas City, has 56 rooms and a Tudor-style facade. It also has a reputation for being a haunted hotspot.

According to the university, the ghost of a student in music is believed to be playing the organ in the living room. Security guards reported hearing disembodied footsteps and one officer reported that he felt a car rear-end his vehicle in front of the house. However, he was able to escape and find no evidence of damage.

Ferry Plantation House

The brick plantation house in Virginia Beach is said to be quite crowded. The house, dating back to 1830, is said to be haunted by 11 spirits. Legend says that dancing balls of light can be seen hovering above the roof. Now and again, a Lady in White is said to appear. Visitors reported seeing children playing on the stairs and in the doorways. A ghostly fire is lit in the fireplace by an old African-American man who is believed to have walked upstairs from a sitting room.

Mediums and paranormal investigators have visited the home several times, leaving behind spooky stories and spectral recordings. Fact or myth? The home is available for public tours. Photo Credit: Rlevse Creative Commons

Moss Mansion

The handsome stone mansion located in Billings in Montana was built in 1903. It features up-to-the-minute technology like a call button system for servants, according to the historical society, which now owns it. Preston Moss was a banker and newspaper founder. He also started his toothpaste manufacturing company.

The Moss Mansion witnessed many deaths over the years, including that of Virginia, Virginia’s 6-year-old daughter, who died from diphtheria in 1908. The mansion is not unlike any other old, creaky house with lots of history. It has also attracted ghostly legends. The tale of Virginia, who still wanders around the mansion, is the one with the most historical basis. According to HauntedHouses.com, another haunting is a male who prefers to sleep in the master bedroom. Melville Hollingsworth Moss is Virginia’s sister. From the age of 7 to her death in 1982, she lived in the mansion.

Rotherwood Mansion

Rotherwood Mansion, located in East Tennessee, is said to be home to at least two ghosts. One sad, the other scary.

The Lady in White is the name given to this melancholy ghost. Legend has it that she is the spirit of Rowena Ross Temple’s daughter, Rotherwood owner. Rowena’s first love drowned in Holston just before the wedding. She then married twice more and drowned in that same river where she lost her first husband. According to “Strange Tales of the Dark Bloody Ground: Authentic Accounts of Haunted Honky-Tonks, and Eerie Events In Tennessee”, in 1998, Rutledge Hill Press, Rowena’s wedding-gown-clad ghost is believed to be roaming the riverbanks looking for her first love.

Even more terrifying is Joshua Phipps’ ghost, a slaveholder who ran this estate in the 1840s. According to the legend, Phipps was a cruel master who was hated by his slaves as well as nearby residents. In 1861, Phipps fell ill. Ghost stories claim that Phipps died from his illness, but rather from suffocation after a huge black cloud of flies fell on his bedroom, covering his face. A team of horses tried to lift the coffin to a hill but it wouldn’t move. Thunder cracked, and suddenly a large black dog burst from the casket. The mansion’s grounds are still home to this black hound.

These legends are unusually detailed but they’re probably more folklore than fact. According to Virginia Creeper magazine, the first ghost stories records didn’t exist until the 1940s.

Labadie Mansion

A haunted ruin and a mystery murder? This location in Bartlesville is Oklahoma’s best. The Labadie Mansion is little more than a few brick walls. However, these ruins are believed to be haunted both by Frank and Samantha Labadie as well as Enos Parsons, their former slave.

Legend has it that Frank Labadie, a jealous man, shot Parsons in 1893. He believed Parsons had fathered Samantha’s baby. Frank then threw the baby in the creek. Frank claimed that Parsons haunted him in 1935, a decade later. Frank shot his wife, then shot himself. According to legend, the ghosts of his entire family, including the baby who was in the creek, haunt the ruins and the surrounding woods along with Parsons’ ghost. Ghostly shots are said to occasionally ring out from the trees, triggering birds out of the trees.

Or maybe not. Other sources indicate that Frank and Samantha died in 1935 of carbon monoxide poisoning from a leaky stove. They had been married for 50 years, with no slaves, illegal babies, or murder.

Croke – Patterson Mansion

The Croke-Patterson Mansion is more like a castle than a home in Denver. The mansion was built from red sandstone in 1890. It features multiple turrets and high garret windows. According to local legend, it is also the territory of spirits.

Many of these spooky tales date back to 1970 when the building was being renovated. According to some reports, any work done in the middle of the night would be forgotten by the morning. Two or three guard dogs were purchased by the owners to protect the property. However, the dog that had jumped out of a window the night before was discovered dead in the driveway. According to stories collected by the alternative newspaper Westword, the second dog died after leaping through a window. The third dog was found hiding in a corner.

Residents and overnight visitors claim to have heard the incessant cry of a baby in the attic. Rumors also circulate that a child was hidden in a basement wall. Some claim they have lost their breath at the tops of the attic stairs, and this is not due to Denver’s mile-high elevation. According to some reports, an ex-resident of the house attempted suicide in the attic using poison gas.

It’s not all bad. One resident who was pregnant with triplets reported that she woke up to the ghost Kate, a woman who helped her get out of bed. That’s quite a sweet spirit who you can also meet at carnivalofhorrors.