The White House is without a doubt the most famous haunted house in America. But is there anything to all the hype? We have all heard the Abe Lincoln stories, but deep in the White House archives there are undoubtedly many more fascinating footnotes. Unfortunately, we have to dig deep these days to get new information on sightings. Reports have dwindled since the extensive remodeling done in the 1950’s, but in and of itself, that remodeling likely didn’t affect the frequency of the phenomena. The reason is more likely that Presidents and their families and staffs refuse to talk openly about things that go bump in the night anymore for fear of ridicule. What a shame! Without rehashing everything that can be found anywhere else on the net, we are going to just list the more interesting and important aspects of the ongoing ghostly phenomena at the White House. The list of people who have admitted to seeing, hearing, or feeling something strange in the house is a long one, extending basically up to the present time, and include Winston Churchill, Grace Coolidge, Theodore Roosevelt, Margaret Truman, Harry Truman, Jacqueline Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, James Haggerty, Mary Todd Lincoln, Lyndon Johnson, Ladybird Johnson, Lynda Johnson Robb, Susan Ford, Maureen Reagan, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, and various secret service agents, secretaries, and White house workers. Amy Carter knew of the stories and tried to summon Lincoln with friends through use of a Ouija board, and Ronald Regan’s dog would bark at the door to the Lincoln Bedroom, but would not enter. The list of apparitions seen, heard, or felt on the premises is a long one too, and includes Abe Lincoln, Willie Lincoln (Abe’s son who died in the Lincoln Bedroom), John Kennedy, William Henry Harrison, Abigail Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson, Dolly Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Tyler, Frances Cleveland (Grover Cleveland’s wife), David Burns (previous owner of the White House land), an unknown British soldier, and a black cat that apparently forewarns of national emergencies. The White House is the seat of the most powerful government in the world, and has been home to some of the most powerful people in the world. With the sense of history that permeates the place, it’s no wonder that so many sightings by so many respected individuals have surfaced, and no doubt there are many more that exist only as whispers within those walls……
This is the historic home of Missouri’s second Governor, Frederick Bates who died here in 1825 at the age of 48. Both he and his wife Nancy Opie Ball Bates, who died in 1877 along with two of their four children are buried in the family cemetery on the grounds behind the mansion. Objects are reported to disappear and later be found at odd locations. Employees have seen the former Governor upstairs in a long black coat through the upper floor windows.
Alex is a ghost who haunts Rose Bed Inn, housed in a former home built in 1908. The Schrader Family owned the home originally, and eventually it was put on the market. A young man named Alex expressed interest in the home. He didn’t have the money to buy the house yet, but he was engaged to a wealthy lady and would soon have the funds. Alex moved in with the Schrader’s to start fixing it up, and that’s when the Schrader’s realized Alex was gay, and had a lover he was hiding from his fiance. When the two found out about each other, Alex disappeared, and later an odor led the Schrader’s to find Alex’s body hanging in the attic. Alex’s ghost now lives harmoniously with the current owners and is known to turn off lights, move objects (or hide them), smoke cigars (strictly NOT allowed), and show himself to guests who share the name Alex with him.
This historic home is now a private residence. At the start of the Civil War, this home was owned by Matthew Moore, the publisher of the pro-confederate newspaper, The Cape Girardeau Eagle, which was taken over by the Union Army to publish pro-Union news. During the war, the house was as a smallpox hospital for soldiers and its thought that those who died here are responsible for its haunting.
Glenn House, built in 1883, is haunted by a Christmas ghost. The mansion was built by Edwin Dean for his daughter Lulu and her husband David Glenn. But banker Glenn lost much of his fortune and they moved out in 1915. The property fell into disrepair until it was renovated in the 1970s. When the house is decorated in turn-of-the-century Christmas style, the ghost is known to open or stack Christmas packages, move decorations, and make cold spots on the stairs. Distinct footsteps have been heard walking through the house when no one was there. An investigation into the home’s history determined that the ghost may be the spirit of a young girl who fell to her death on the staircase.