Join Haunted Rooms America as we take on the notoriously haunted Edinburgh Manor in Iowa. Regarded by many as the most haunted place in the state, it was a place of darkness, fear, and hopelessness, for all who entered, and the echo of this torrid past still lingers to this day. Do you have what it takes to roam the dark corridors and empty rooms of this one-time mental asylum?
During the mid to late 1800’s the land on which the building now sits was used as a poor farm and was home to many residents, or inmates as they were sometimes referred. Many of these “inmates” were discharged but for those that weren’t they ultimately stayed there until death. The bodies of the dead were eventually released to family members, and those that had no family to speak of were laid to rest in the pauper cemetery located on the property. However, there are some that claim bodies were buried in various other places around the farm.
The poor farm was in operation until 1910 when it was demolished to make way for a new structure, the current Edinburgh Manor. During its many decades of operation, there was an untold number of deaths here, and there were also instances of mistreatment of residents. As was common during the early 20th century, asylums like Edinburgh Manor were short-staffed, overcrowded, and ill-equipped to treat mentally ill patients.
The spirits of the patients and inmates still roam the dark decaying rooms to this day, leading hundreds of investigators to flock there every year, including paranormal TV crews like Ghost Adventures. Like all visitors before you, you will likely come into contact with malicious spirits, like the one christened “Joker”. He’s described as a tall slender man with a wicked expression and malevolent character. You’ll likely come face to face with him near the boiler room or the small padded room where he ended his own life.
On the first floor, there’s the spirit of a little girl who loves to play. She’s often heard singing, giggling, and running up the hallway. The spirit of a man who killed himself in one of the janitor closets also roams this area, and in one of the rooms, there’s a very oppressive feeling – the location where a woman was brutally raped.
Another of the most common sightings is of a female apparition dressed in white who is often seen standing at a distance on the second-floor landing. She disappears as soon as she’s seen.
Edinburgh Manor is without a doubt a menacing location that is certainly not for the faint of heart. Those of you brave enough to take on this infamous building with us can enjoy a full night’s investigation, as we have exclusive access until 10 AM the following day!