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Mudhouse Mansion today. What's that in the window...?

Mudhouse Mansion is a house located outside Lancaster, Ohio. Some claim that it is haunted. According to locals in Lancaster, the house was built in the early 1800s by a government official who lived there after the Civil War.

The man kept slaves in Mudhouse Mansion, even though it was illegal. It seems this man didn’t abide by the law, and kept his slaves locked up in an outbuilding at night. He treated his slaves very poorly. The conditions were so bad that one slave started building a tunnel underneath the wall of the outbuilding.

He dug a little every night after the lights in the mansion had gone out and the slave owner and his family had gone to sleep. Eventually, his tunnel was completed, and he squeezed himself down the small opening and came up on the other side of the wall.

In the dead of night, he crept towards the mansion, slipped the lock on the back door, tip-toed up the staircase, and vengefully killed everyone inside. In the morning, locals discovered what had happened, but all the slaves had escaped and no-one was ever charged with the crime.

The house lay vacant for years afterwards. Nneighbors heard strange groans and shrieks coming from within the empty mansion. Everyone believed it was haunted by the ghosts of the slave owner and his family. Nobody dared to enter the menacing-looking building.

According to local legend, a man actually did buy the house in 1892, and moved in with his wife and their 3 children. Neighbors saw the family moving in, unloading their belongings and carrying them into the house. And then… Nothing. No-one ever saw them again. The family never left the house. Neighbors thought it was very odd for a family of 5 to spend all their time indoors.

When one neighbor looked out her bedroom window, all she could make out was the figure of a woman, dressed all in white, standing at the second floor window. The figure wasn’t doing anything, just standing there, staring at her. When the neighbor looked again, the following day, she saw the figure again, standing in the same position. Every day, whenever the neighbor looked at Mudhouse Mansion, the figure was always there, standing in exactly the same position, giving her this unblinking stare.

On the tenth day, she called the police and asked them to investigate. When policemen broke into the mansion and climbed the stairs to the second floor, they were greeted by a terrible sight. All five family members were hanging lifelessly from the ceiling by nooses. They were all dressed in white bedclothes. It appeared that they had taken their own lives.

The figure the neighbor had seen was the mother of the family. She hadn’t been standing at the window; she had been hanging there… For ten whole days.

After that, nobody would live in the house. It has remained vacant to this day. People still come to visit the old mansion, but the current owner will not allow anyone to enter the property. She is afraid that if anyone goes in, they will never come out alive.

Some local children call it “Mary’s House”, and tell each other that the famous Bloody Mary of legend grew up there. People who live in the area say that on cold dark nights, you can sometimes still see the figure of a woman, all in white, standing motionless at the second floor window.

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Originally uploaded on March 4th, 2012