Can you believe we’re over halfway through the 2012 Virtual Haunted House tour? Hopefully you’ve been enjoying our tour stops as much as I have. 🙂
Today, I’m highlighting a house right in my neck of the woods in St. Paul, MN: the Griggs mansion. The Griggs mansion, which stands on Summit Avenue, a street noted for it’s string of period homes from the early days of St. Paul, is said to be the most haunted house in St. Paul. It has received that dubious honor by having reports of seven different ghosts within its walls.
The big difference between the Griggs mansion and many of the other haunted houses I’ve featured so far is that the Griggs mansion is a private residence. That made doing the on-location video below a little bit more challenging as I didn’t want to be too obvious about what I was doing. My film crew (my 11-year old stepson Ryan) and I found a quiet spot in an alley behind the house. Check it out:
Who May Still Walk the Halls?
In the early 1900s, a young maid reportedly hung herself on the fourth floor landing after a romance went sour. A team of journalists from the St. Paul Pioneer Press attempted to stay in the mansion in 1969, but were driven out before the night was over because of ghostly, unexplained sounds they heard on the fourth floor.
A former gardner, Charles Wade, is said to have enjoyed spending time flipping through books in the library. Visitors have heard an eerie rustling in the library, and the speculation is Charles continues his favorite past time even in death.
A man in a Civil War uniform has been seen in the house, and is thought to be Chauncey Griggs himself, the original owner and namesake of the mansion.
Looking to Buy Your Own Haunted House?
You may have noticed the “For Sale” sign off the left in the picture at the top of this post. Yep- the Griggs mansion is currently for sale for a cool $1.1 million dollars. I’m not sure if it’s because of the price tag, or the house’s reputation, but the house has been waiting for the right buyer for three years.
For an inside look at the house, check out its real estate listing here. Honestly- it’s gorgeous and maintains many of its original features. If you can just get past the ghosts, I think it could be a fantastic place to call home.
Tomorrow we’ll be visiting the Houghton Mansion in North Adams, MA. If you are enjoying the virtual haunted house tour, please share it with your friends! See you again soon!