The 1880 Lebold Mansion, Abilene, Kansas
Reputed to be the most haunted building in one of the most haunted areas in Kansas!
The Lebold Mansion, in Abilene, KS, certainly looks the part as far as haunted houses go with its striking resemblance to the Addams Family home. Its haunting aesthetic both inside and out has drawn people in from Hollywood, as it was recently the shooting location for an award-winning film.
Having been built circa 1880, the home has an incredibly rich history. Built over a “dugout” dwelling of Abilene founders Timothy and Elizabeth Hersey, the first settler child in the area was born on the property. This very dugout is still there to this day!
At the time the home was built, it was known as ‘the finest dwelling west of Topeka’ and it’s been featured on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973.
Located just a stone’s throw from the epicentre of the most haunted city in Kansas, where gunslingers and lawmen would shoot to the death, the Lebold Mansion is one of the most haunted buildings in the area.
Over its 140 year history, it has served as a family home, an orphanage, lodging for female telephone operators, and apartments.
One prior owner was literally driven insane by the spirits that haunt the mansion, with them adamant that the house was “very active”.
This is backed up by a young woman who used to live in the mansion as a child, as she describes how most nights she experienced terrifying paranormal occurrences. Her bedsheets would be violently tugged off her bed, around midnight, and the doors in the home would open and slam shut, without any logical explanation.
The spirit of a female telephone operator is also believed to haunt the home, bound to the place where she tragically died.
A caretaker that temporarily looked after the home is believed to still reside here watching over the building. He passed away in his sleep in the maids quarters.
It seems in large, the many spirits of this historic home are rather protective of the building, many of whom choose to stay to watch over the place and don’t seem to like it if anything is disturbed.
In one astonishing report, a couple of women were talking in the front foyer, when they both suddenly felt the urge to move out of the way of something. It was after they moved when the chandelier that was previously above them, crashed to the floor. They were both fine, but it startled them nonetheless. Perhaps the spirits were warning them, or perhaps something more sinister was at play.
Another common occurrence is the overwhelming feeling of being watched, and a number of people on tours of the house have reported being poked.
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