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Join American Hauntings in Palmyra, Missouri (just northwest of Hannibal) for a ghostly night at Elmwood Farm Home – now home to Someplace Inn Time, a bed and breakfast where from which many past occupants have never checked out. With connections to slavery, the Civil War, and a number of family deaths, it’s no wonder that it’s gotten an eerie reputation for being haunted.
The brick home that stands at the heart of 40-acre Elmwood Farm was built in 1853. Although the land was originally owned by Andrew Muldrow – who purchased it in 1848 – it was sold to John and Katherine Garner, who built the house, stone barn, slave quarters, summer kitchen, pole barn, and granary. It was a thriving farm, worked by slaves, with 18 acres of crops, pasture, timber land, a natural spring, and a pond. The Garners had 10 sons and one daughter, Queen, who tragically drowned in the water cistern in 1856 when she was only four-years-old. The legends say that she – along with her father – has never left the farm. Many guests claim to have heard a little girl singing near the site of the old cistern and, occasionally, when walking across the grounds, they have felt a small hand take hold of their wrist.
During the Civil War, the house was also said to have been used as a makeshift hospital – and many believe those who died there have also never left. Another former occupant, a woman named Annie Foreman, was the owner of the house during the hospital and war years, is believed to be the “woman in white” who is often reported by guests and the current owners.
The farm was next purchased by Sam and India Logan. India’s brother, Kelion Franklin Pedicord, was a Confederate officer who fought with Quirk’s Scouts, Morgan Cavalry, Kentucky (India published a book about her brother in 1908). He died in 1905 and while he was buried in Palmyra, his spirit has apparently never left his sister and brother-in-law’s farm. His presence is strong in the house and stories say that he is very flirtatious with women who come to visit.
The Logan family sold the house to the Saffarans, who had several daughters and were known for the large and extravagant balls they held in the house. The sounds of phantom music and violins have been connected to this family. They later sold the house to the Picketts in 1932, but Mrs. Pickett refused to live in it. Her grandson made an apartment in the house in the 1970s, which he used when he came to the area on hunting trips. He was the last occupant of the house of any kind until 2011, when it was purchased Joseph and Janice Dryer, who bought it with plans to turn it into the bed and breakfast that they operate today.
The Dryers, of course, quickly discovered that they were not alone in the house. In fact, Janice believes that she has encountered at least 30 ghosts during the time they have lived at Elmwood Farm! Ready to try and experience them for yourself? Join us for a night of history and hauntings as we search for the lingering spirits of this historic house. This is your chance to not only be a part of the building’s rich history, but to discover what paranormal secrets still lay hidden in the darkest corners of Elmwood Farm.