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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 10/08/10

Friday, October 8, 2010

FAMOUS GHOSTS HAUNTINGS THEIR OLD STOMPING GROUNDS!!


   Many important and famous individuals have been born and died within the boundries of the United States.  These ghosts seem to haunt locations that had great meaning for the individual.  Throughout the United States there have been many sitings of famous ghosts.



Robert E. Lee Boyhood Home

General Robert E. Lee


















   Alexandria, Virginia is where the family home of Robert E. Lee stands.  This Revolutionary War hero accomplished many great act throughout his life.  He was offered the Union Army command but declined.  Instead he became the commander of the Confederate Army and saw many great battles.  A child General Lee haunts his childhood home.  He is very playful and enjoys playing pranks.  Sometimes he's seen with his two sisters and a black dog.


Aaron Burr

"One if by Land, Two if by Sea" Restaurant




















   Aaron Burr, U.S. Vice President from 1801 to 1805, is said to haunt the "One if by Land, Two if by Sea" restaurant in New York City.  This restaurant was once Aaron Burr's carriage house.  This ghost is very temperamental and enjoys throwing dishes and moving chairs.  His anger is said to emanate from Alexander Hamilton's recanting on giving him his support for the presidency.  Instead he gave it to Thomas Jefferson.  In 1804, Hamilton was mortally wounded by Burr in a gun duel.


George Washington and his white stallion





Gettysburg Battlefields







  







 George Washington and his white stallion are said to haunt the battlefields of Gettysburg.  The story is told that Washington and his horse materialized to lead the Union soldiers on their stand to hold "Little Round Top" from the Confederates.  Washington is still seen riding the battlefield in his American Revolution uniform on hot summer nights.



Benjamin Franklin

Philosophical Society's Library



















   Benjamin Franklin is said to haunt both the Philosophical Society's Library and the surrounding streets in Philadelphia.  Franklin was born in Boston but made Philadelphia his home.  Franklin and his wife Dorothy are both buried in Philadelphia. The hauntings by Franklin are felt to be connected to his work as a writer, scientist, printer, philosopher, inventor, economist and statesman.  Some say his work will never be done.



Betsy Ross


Ross House





















   Betsy Ross haunts her house in Philadelphia where she made the first American flag.  A weeping woman may be heard, and at times, seen sitting on her bed.  Ross' ghost has not traveled far as her body is buried on the grounds.



Beauregard Mansion in New Orleans

General Pierra Gustave Toutant Beauregard



Battle of Shiloh

   General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, of the Confederate Army, and some of his fallen soldiers are said to haunt his home, Beauregard Mansion in New Orleans.  The soldiers are said to be ghosts from the Battle of Shiloh.  When the ghosts have been seen, they are reliving the Battle of Shiloh complete with the sounds of rifles and cannon fire.  General Beauregard's ghost is said to walk a phantom battlefield whispering "Shiloh, Shiloh".



Abraham Lincoln

Andrew Jackson


















    Abraham Lincoln is said to haunt the halls and rooms of the White House in Washington D.C.  A tall gaunt figure has been seen in several rooms.  There are times that this same figure is seen in the Oval Office window.  This is where Lincoln stood and pondered the Civil War while gazing at the Potomac River.  Lincoln isn't the only presidential ghost in the White House.  Andrew Jackson has visited the Rose Room with some untimely fits.







SQUIRE CASTLE AND THE GHOST OF REBECCA SQUIRE

Squire Castle

   Having the title of the lady of the house takes on a whole new concept when it isn't actually just a house, and the man of the house spends more time in the city at festive gatherings while conducting business rather than spending quiet evenings with his new wife.  Yet through constant separation due to obligations they still remained somewhat happily married by name until the Mrs. met with an untimely death in the very house that she feared once daylight was met by the dark and the noises of the night began to set in.  This is when the nightmares began for Rebecca Squire as her inner-most fears were challenged nightly by what it brought to her relinquishing sanity.  Her evident fear of the country was often mentioned at parties and among other socialites during gala events and gatherings.  She would share with the women that her agitated feelings toward the beautiful castle along with the hours spent alone were playing with  her mind and that she was lonely most of the time.
Squire Castle
   This 1890's sprawling mansion by all accounts is what the lovely Mrs. Rebecca Squire dreamed of, a beautiful estate that she could share with her loving husband, co-founder of the Standard Oil Company, Feargus B. Squire.  Unfortunately, the thought of residing in the country for long  hours by herself sent her into somewhat of an paralyzed state of mind.
   Feargus Squire was as citified as a man could be for the times, but he desired clean country living that would give him the privacy that he desired in his down time.  While tending to business matters he wore the finest tailor made suits, kept up to date with the latest techniques, and listened to what Americans were asking for.  By all accounts he was a serious businessman who desired wealth, status, and a life that both he and his beloved wife Rebecca could be proud of.

Feargus B. Squire

   The British born Mr. Squire had definite ideas of how he wanted his castle designed, and it was anything but American.  The gate house was built for the hired help that never made it to the estate due to a lack of planning and other obligations.  The castle was never fully completed, but it took on the feel of something straight out of an English country estate.  An incomplete ornate gate house, a mans-man hunting room completes with the newest kill, a trophy room and the main house left out no detail of the finest money could buy.
   Rebecca had no desire of living in the woods with the animals, creepy crawlers and other  dangers that the night would be certain to bring to a frightened person like herself.  Her dream was to build in the center of town where life was bustling at all hours and the noises of people passing by allowed her to sleep comfortably.  The estate would dominate her life in more ways than one, but Feargus ws just too busy to be bothered with tawdry details of silly fears.

   The lack of empathy from Mr. Squire played heavily in the heart and mind of Rebecca and soon he discovered that his wife was becoming delirious with emotional outbreaks, crying fits, and tantrums.  Headaches, dark circles under the eyes and other ailments soon began to be commonplace as well.  Her fear of the country and the noises that came from the darkest corners of the nearby woods was taking her very sanity at a faster pace than he could deal with.
   The 525 isolated acres of noises played such havoc on Rebecca's thought process that sleep became something of the past.  She soon became disheveled to the point that solitude was a necessity and she was being left home alone even more by Feargus who didn't wish to share his personal problems with fellow  executives and onlookers who would surely gawk and ask questions.  Her fears of the country had taken over her life quite literally and all was not well in the castle.


   Rebecca eventually refused to live in the castle any longer and for whatever reason Feargus finally decided to listen to his wives needs.  They moved into a lovely home just a few miles from their estate and the Squire castle soon became a summer retreat for the couple and Rebecca started on the path to recover in the noisy city where she could finally once again feel safe.
   The Squire Castle today is a favorite place for paranormal investigators, ghost hunters, and Ohio historians to visit.  It was once rumored that Rebecca Squire met her death in the very castle that she feared by tripping in the trophy room and breaking her neck when she suddenly startled by a noise.  This of course is not possible as the castle was sold before her death in 1922, but until it sold, the couple continued to use it as a summer retreat in an effort to revive their marriage. 


   Further investigating and documented proof shows that Rebecca Squire actually died peacefully in the small community of Wickliffe, Ohio in 1929 surrounded by noise and people.  It is believed that the Squire castle is haunted today by none other than the lady who feared it, Rebecca Squire.  She possibly walks in peace through the rooms and halls in a place that gave her anything but.
   River Road is hauntingly creepy in itself to travel along, but plenty of sightings of Rebecca Squire holding a lantern while walking along one of the many paths adds an extra depth of freaky hair raising mortification to the scare factor.  Screams coming from the castle have been heard late at night, and shadows are often seen around the darkest corners where the moon hits just right to heighten lurking figures wishing to not be caught on camera.


   Orbs are just part of the deal when filming begins at the castle.  Amateurs to Pro's have been lucky enough to catch this phenomenon on film and share it with others.  EMF monitors from paranormal investigators pick up faint whispers, chanting, and definite ghostly action.

HUNEDOARA: VLADE THE IMPALERS CASTLE OF IMPRISONMENT

Huendoara Castle

   Hunedoara is not a name that frequently pops up in conversations about vampires and especially Dracula.  Few people know that Hunedoara is actually the castle where Vlad the Impaler, the man who gave inspiration to Hollywood's Dracula, was imprisoned during the fifteenth century.
   Located in Transylvania, Romania, the castle pretty much stands the way it looked back then during Vlad's time.  The castle is Gotic in style and has both round and square shaped turrets with a red roof, perched over a cliff near the Hungarian border.

Vlad the Impaler

   Hunedoara, or Hunyadi as it is more properly known, has a rich background in Eastern European history.  Because of its close location to Hungary, at one point it was claimed as part of Hungarian territory when the nation was part of the Austrian-Hungarian empire until the end of World War 1.  As with any other castle, Hunedoara, also contains grand rooms for those who once owned it; a knight's hall, diet's hall, guard rooms, and sleeping quarters.  The castle was first built by the Anjou family which claims its origins back to the House of Angevin, a French dynasty that had branches well in to the regions of Poland, Hungary, and the Latin Empire.

Inside Hunedoara Castle

   Vlad Draculea, better known as Vlad the Impaler, was the Prince of Wallachia in the south part of Romania.  He lived up to his name for he was known as a cruel punisher, frequently impaling his victims which would always result in death.  He was only 17 years old when he ascended the throne in Wallachia, eventually becoming greedy enough to want to fight the Ottomans in order to protect and preserve his land of reign.  He allied with the Hungarians, finally launching a crusade againt the Ottomans which resulted in the impalement of over 23,000 Turks.  Leaving his calling card-the impaling stick-Vlad turned back but only to find the Ottoman troops ready to attack and capture him.  Vlad could not be subdued by the armies and his stepbrother Radu was left to fight the Ottoman troops.  The Hungarians gave up on Vlad and had one of their men, Matthias Cornivus, imprison Vlad in Hunedoara castle for crimes against the Turks.

Radu Draculea

Matthias Cornivus


 

















   While at Hunedoara, Vlad continued his bizarre rituals of blood and torture, extending them to rodents, but making friends with the bats.  He continued to eat rare meat that still had blood remaining in it.  During the twentieth century, the castle was restored and turned into a museum.  Visitors can walk through the different  rooms and turrets and hear an occasional mysterious laugh that seems to come from beyond.  Like many castles, the Hundoara is haunted, but it is the ghost of Vlade the Impaler that haunts it.

Vlad's Burial Spot