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The Haunting of Baleroy Mansion and the "Death Chair"

Updated on June 11, 2012
The Baleroy Mansion
The Baleroy Mansion | Source
A white mist as seen looking down from the stairway of the Baleroy Mansion- perhaps a ghost?
A white mist as seen looking down from the stairway of the Baleroy Mansion- perhaps a ghost? | Source
The infamous 'Death Chair'
The infamous 'Death Chair' | Source

The Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is home to the Baleroy Mansion. Besides being rich in history, the mansion has also been reported as being one of the most haunted homes in the United States.

The Baleroy Mansion was built in 1911 by the family of Civil War General, George Meade. The house contains 30 rooms, and it is believed that there are ghosts in every single one. Almost everyone who has visited the mansion has reported some type of paranormal activity.

The Blue Room, which contains the exact sterling silver that was used at a celebration dinner attended by the signers of the Declaration of Independence, is particularly creepy. This is due to a 200-year-old blue upholstered wingbacked chair that resides in the room, which some say once belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte. It is also infamously known as the Death Chair, as many people who have sat in it have died shortly afterward. A malevolent ghost known as Amanda who supposedly haunts the mansion is said to lure people to the chair.

One of those victims was Paul Kimmons, a former Baleroy curator. Kimmons had been working at the mansion for several years and was skeptical about the place being haunted, as he had never experienced anything himself. However, while escorting a psychic on a tour of Baleroy, he saw Amanda floating down the staircase. After that incident, he claimed that he saw her everywhere he went, including in his house, when he was walking down the street, and in the rear view mirror of his car. This caused him a great deal of stress, and one day he felt so exhausted that he decided to sit down in the chair in the Blue Room to rest. He died a month later.

Another spirit that is said to haunt the mansion is Steven, the younger brother of the last owner of the house, George Meade Easby (George died in 2005) who was also the great-grandson of General George Meade. Steven, who died as a young child, has been seen and heard inside Baleroy. Easby had said that one time while he was entertaining guests at the mansion, a crashing sound was heard coming from the gallery room (No one else was inside the house at the time). When they went to find out what had happened, they found a portrait of Steven lying on the floor fifteen feet from the area where it originally hung. The nail was still tight in the wall, and the wire was still firmly secured on the picture. Easby was not able to come up with a logical explanation on how the incident could have occurred.

Easby's uncle and mother are also believed to inhabit Baleroy. Prior to his death, Easby claimed that his mother's spirit led him to an old desk. Inside one of the drawers, he found a letter written by his father that read: "I was brought up not to believe in ghosts and to trust only what science could explain, however I have seen the ghosts and there is no reason to be afraid".

Perhaps now George Easby has joined the many spirits that still call Baleroy their home.

Where is Baleroy Mansion located?

A markerBaleroy Mansion -
111 W Mermaid Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USA
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      Frances G 2 years ago

      Thank you for this story - it sounds super creepy! I would love to visit it some time and as for the chair ..... :D

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      Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you Handcrafted! I'm glad you liked it. :-)

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      Handcrafted1 5 years ago from Central Illinois

      omg.... I am a true believer in spirits in all forms and things that can't be explained. I am so glad to have met you, i really enjoyed this Hub

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      Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Gypsy. :-) I'm glad you found it interesting.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Love the paranormal. Sounds like a place I wouldn't mind visiting. That chair could give one nightmares. Super hub. Passing this on.

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      Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for commenting Seeker and RunningDeer. Yes, the chair is very creepy and definitely not one I would want to have in my home. :-)

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      RunningDeer 5 years ago from Iowa

      This sounds so cool! I just toured an old mansion in a town in Iowa. It was super cool and elaborate, but no hauntings. I wish it had had some! The chair is creepy. Neat find, great hub!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Wow! What a place! The history is fantastic and so are the ghost stories - the 'death chair' is particularly fascinating but creepy!!

      When I hear about child ghosts in does make me very sad, but having said that, for some reason I do find the thought of child ghost also very creepy! It might be due to the fact that a story I heard many years ago was about a malevolent ghost (like Amanda in Baleroy Mansion) who would giggle and whisper like a child but was actually a nasty spirit acting like a child to lure people into a false sense of security. When people approached the area of the giggling/tiny voice, this spirit would then start throwing objects and produce bad odours and would laugh - the sound of the laugh was adult and male - that scared the crap out of most folks.

      This was an excellent hub and a thoroughly absorbing read! Voted up!

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      Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks prasetio and lyric- I'm glad you found it interesting!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, awesome, useful, and interesting. Awesome write up Jenn. I have heard of this place before, seems like through the Civil War rather then the paranormal, but I may be wrong. I always wanted to visit places like this, although I know they can be trouble. I get scared to be honest, from past experiences. However, it would be fun and exciting. Great job on the history and everything else.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love something about mystery. Thanks for share about this house. It's so scary at night. Voted up :-)

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      Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you for the follow and share MsLizzy! It must be an interesting experience to say the least to share your home with a spirit.

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Fascinating. I am a student of the paranormal, and have done a bit of minor ghost-hunting in our own home. (We have a young girl spirit, who can be quite mischievous.)

      I wonder if the group, "T.A.P.S." has ever investigated this mansion of which you wrote? We've seen just about every show of theirs, and this name does not sound familiar.

      Voted up, interesting, awesome and shared. You have some great topics, and a new follower.

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      Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for commenting lipnancy and lucybell. I'm glad you found it interesting.

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      Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Great hub. I found it really interesting to read! And that chair sounds really scary.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Love the pictures of the place. It looks like it was built to be spooky.

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      Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks kashmir- I appreciate it. :-)

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi jennzie, great interesting information about this haunted mansion within this well written hub ! I enjoyed reading your hub,well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for the comment and link goody- I don't mind at all!

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      goody7 5 years ago from over there under the sycamore tree

      I've never heard of this place before either, but this was one very good story. I find this topic to be totally fascinating, and I put a link from my hub to yours here. My hub has become known as "Ghost Central" now on the hub pages. If you don't like the link, then just please let me know and I'll remove it for you at once. Also stop by when you have a moment and check out my latest unbelievable hub, It's right up your alley & it's true. Keep on hubbing :)

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      Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks efeyas! I don't blame you-I wouldn't want to be near that chair either!

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      Elizabeth 5 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      I liked this hub, voted up and awesome! I had never heard of this place before. Won't catch me ever sitting in that chair though!

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      Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Skarlet- Thanks! I appreciate it.

      Manofmystery- I would love to visit this place as well, though I highly doubt I would have the guts to sit in the chair, let alone go anywhere near it. Thanks for commenting!

      Mary- I agree, it looks like any other chair just by looking at it. I still wouldn't want to be too close to it, though!

      Thanks for commenting!

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      maryhoneybee 5 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      That chair looks so beautiful and innocent, but I guess looks can fool you. Interesting hub! That mansion is gorgeous, in a creepy, admire-from-afar kind of way.

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      manofmystery24 5 years ago

      Great paranormal hub. I want to investigate this place! At the same time though, I'd like to stay as far away from that chair as possible! Voted up!

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Interesting hub. Love old homes and their stories. Truly excellent, and voted up