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    "Death is no more than passing from one room into another." – HELEN KELLER

Reader Submission - Newlyweds in a Haunted House

My name is Andrew Mahaney and this is a real haunting story.

In Colonial Beach, VA in a moderate sized two-story row house, within a small very old beach community on the Potomac River, my wife and I bought this house that had been on the market for many years. As a newly married couple we bought the 60 year old house and immediately started to fix it up, adding new flooring, and a kitchen. From the moment of this buy and change everything went down-hill:

1) Even during the first night we noticed the back room to house was extremely cold, in the dead of summer with no A/C this room should have been cold. My children complained of this.

2) My wife in this room would shut closet doors only to have them open and this would go on several times a day.

3) Electrical disturbances would also happen in this same room, with lights turning on and off for no reason scaring my two sons at all hours of the night, to the point they had to move to the upstairs bedrooms.

4) One night my wife and son Andrew were watching TV downstairs and heard a person walking all the way across the upstairs hallway from one end of the house to the other; they both looked up and followed this person with their eyes/head all the way; then looking back to each other scared and in disbelief!

5) My mother-in-law who can also testify to this sleeping one night in the upstairs room heard voices, and some-one consistently with their fingers rolling them against the wall as if they were passing the time and watching her; and then she never came back again and only would come into the front yard.

6) As the year went on, we heard footsteps around 1-2 am coming up the spiral staircase, when no one including our sons were in the house at the time; only we were in the upstairs master bedroom (this happened several times a week)

7) We would hear footsteps going across the tin roof above the bedroom late at night, and this was clearly human steps not a squirrel per say.

8) One night my wife was in the master bathroom and I was in the bed watching TV and a loud male voice in the hallway leading to the other bedroom, sounded out as a high to low pitch yawn. Started high and then finished low in pitch. My wife ran in “Did you hear that?” “Yes I did” and she said “Stop playing around!” and I told her it was no game and it was time to realize we had a paranormal presence

9) After speaking to our neighbors we realized the family before us were petrified and their children paralyzed in fear so they had to leave the house without notice; we again have more witnesses;

10) One day my wife heard a voice down-stairs calling her name; so she stated: “Andrew I’m up here!” The voice called again and again to her and she repeated this again and again. Finally she came downstairs and I was not here. She called me at work and I was still at work. Some presence again attempted to make contact.

11) It was with this that we finally realized we had to move and finally did sell the house

12) After speaking to next-door neighbor (need to get their POC info) we realized the CAUSE; she stated an old man and his wife lived here; he died in that back room and he stated: “Please never sell this home and keep it always in the family; I built it with my bare hands and I want it to stay in the family!” Well after he died eventually Doris put an extra floor on, put in a spiral staircase, and sold the house, and we of course made improvements (new windows, flooring, kitchen, carpeting).

13) We also talked to the previous renter before us and they were run out of house due to the noises behind the walls, hearing footsteps at night, and seeing black shapes moving in the hallways late at night. When their kids would not sleep in their own rooms they broke their lease and hit the road. So yes, this was real, and there are many, many witnesses to this haunting.

Seven Sisters Inn

via Judy Kapral on Pinterest
Named for the original owners seven daughters, the Seven Sisters Inn are two beautiful Queen Anne and Gothic style Victorian houses in Ocala, Florida. They offer candlelit dinners, gourmet breakfasts, accommodate weddings and even have murder mystery events. A perfect bed and breakfast to get away. You can stay in one of it's 13 themed rooms. One snag though. The inn has permanent guests who will keep you on your toes.

Seven Sisters International House (purple) was built in 1892 and was the family home for entrepreneur and influential Ocala citizen Charles Rheinauer and his wife Emma. The couple moved in to the house in 1895 and remained there until they each died 30 or 40 years later. It is believed the house was possibly built on the very spot of a triage nearby Fort King. Her sister, The Scott House (pink) may or may not be on the site where a battle between soldiers and Seminole Indians took place. The original house was built in 1888 but burned down.

Some paranormal experiences include voices, shadows, footsteps, furniture moves, doors slamming, lights turn on and off, things move from one room to another, cold spots, people being tripped on stairs. Some spirits have been spotted as well, including a dressed-up female, a young boy, female wearing white and an old man.

So, is the Seven Sisters Inn haunted? You can find out for yourself. The Purple House has been reopened, remaining a bed and breakfast. However, the Pink House has been converted into business offices. Go to www.sevensistersinn.org for more information on how you can stay in the inn or submit a ghost story.

Sources:

Seven Sisters Inn Website

Ocala.com - "Ghost Hunters" drawn to Ocala Inn

Little Oak Road

South Dakota lacks an abundance of ghost stories and legends. However, a small community known as Little Eagle has resident ghost who made one of their roads his home.

Witnesses have seen a 6 ft tall male spirit with red eyes along Little Oak Road. Who is he? It's uncertain. And if tall and red eyes weren't creepy enough, he is often spotted dancing and jumping high in the air. If you get close to it, the spirit looks at you and then vanishes. His spirit may not be alone. There are reports of a variety of other spirits haunting Little Oak.

Who are they? There is a story a section of the road was built over a cemetery. This could certainly explain the multiple haunting. However, others dismiss the claim. Another thoroughfare called "Cemetery Road" could be the reason for the confusion. Neither pieces of information have been really verified as of yet.

If you find yourself in south central South Dakota and come across Little Oak Road, be on the lookout for a spirit or two.

Sources:

Hauntin.gs - The Haunting of Little Oak Road

Strangeusa.com - Haunt in Little Oak Road


 
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