Ghosts That Haunt The White House
The History of the White House
The White House is the most recognizable house in the world. It's unique from other homes in so many ways. It is where the president resides during his term (or terms) in office. It's where the president works too. What also makes the White House very unique is that it is open to the public and free tours are conducted.
The rich history of the White House is like no other home in the United States. The house was designed by Irish-born James Hoban under George Washington's instructions between 1792 and 1800. Washington chose the location but interestingly, he never lived there. The first president to live in the White House was John Adams.
The White House survived two fires. Deliberately set on fire by the Britsh during the War of 1812 and in 1929 when an electrical fire broke out in the West Wing.
Many people have died in the White House in the 210+ years that it has been inhabited. President Henry Harrison, First Lady Letitia Tyler, President Taylor, President Lincoln's young son Willie Lincoln, First Lady Caroline Harrison, First Lady Ellen Wilson and President Grant's father-in-law, Frederick Dent all died in the house.
Séances have also been held in the White House during the Lincoln, Reagan and Clinton administrations. President Lincoln and First Lady Mary Todd held séances in order to contact son Willie from the other side. Rumors of Hillary Rodham Clinton making contact with Eleanor Roosevelt have been around for a while.
It's no wonder why so many people who have lived in or visited the White House throughout history have insisted the White House is haunted.
Dolley Madison is responsible for planting the White House's beautiful rose garden. She prized her rose garden so much that her spirit frequently checks up on it.
It was during the Wilson administration when Dolley's ghost was most active. First Lady Edith Wilson wanted to have the garden removed. The workers hired to perform the task of removing the garden were never able to do their job. Dolley Madison's spirit simply wouldn't let them. The workers were distracted constantly by her angry ghost and finally fled. First Lady Edith Wilson gave up and left the garden alone.
After two centuries the roses in Dolley's beautiful rose garden still bloom. Nobody has dared to remove this garden since Edith Wilson's failed attempt.
First Lady Abagail Adams is the White House's oldest ghost. The White House was still new and many of the rooms were cold and damp. The East Room was the warmest and dryest room in the house. A perfect room for the First Lady to hang her laundry.
Through the years, her ghost has been spotted hanging clothes in this room. Sometimes people can smell wet clothes and laundry soap in the East Room. She has also been seen walking to the East Room with her basket of laundry.
President Abraham Lincoln
Honest Abe is the most famous spirit to haunt the White House. President Abraham Lincoln dreamed of his assassination and even saw his dead body. Sure enough, just five days after General Robert E. Lee surrendered, the beloved president was assassinated by a Southern sympathizer.
Lincoln has been known to pace the grounds of the White House when the nation is in danger. His ghost was most active during the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. First Lady Eleanor often used the Lincoln Bedroom as her study. Late at night she would sense his presence. When Queen Whilemina of the Netherlands stayed at the White House, she head a knock on her bedroom door late one night. She arose from bed and opened the door only to find herself face to face with President Abraham Lincoln. She fainted dead away. Prime Minister Winston Churchill saw Lincoln when he stayed at the White House. One night he emerged from his bath and found Linclon sitting by the fireplace. A young clerk from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration claims to have seen President Lincoln sitting on his bed, putting his boots on.
President Calvin Coolige's wife, First Lady Grace, saw Lincoln's spirit standing by the window in the Oval Office, looking out with his hands clasped behind his back. Daughter of President Ronald Reagan, Maureen, claimed to have seen Lincoln's ghost several times. Tobias Johnson has been a butler since the days of the Kennedy administration has been reported saying that Lincoln's ghost is a polite and harmless one who will get your attention by tapping you lightly on your shoulder.
The Demon Cat
Perhaps the most creepiest ghost of all is that of a phantom cat which has been seen in the basement of the White House. From far away, the cat looks like a harmless kitten but as you get closer, the kitten gets bigger and looks more menacing. The cat makes its appearance before something devastating is about to happen to the nation. The cat has been seen before President Kennedy was assassinated and before the Stock Market crash of 1929.
Many other spirits have been reported at the White House. A British soldier who died in front of the White House during the War of 1812 is often seen at the front entrance holding a torch.
First Lady Mary Todd often heard President Andrew Jackson 'cursing up a storm' during her stay at the White House. President Harrison can also be heard rumaging through the attic. President Truman has been spotted and President Johnson's daughter Linda sensed Willie Lincoln's presence in his former bedroom.
Indeed, the house located at 1600 Penslyvania Ave. is by far the most famous home in the United States. It is also perhaps the nations first and most fascinating haunted house.
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