The Beattie Mansion
The Beattie Mansion is an epic place of historical significance. It exists in Saint Joseph, Missouri and has been known locally as “The House on the Hill.” It was erected back in 1854 by Armstrong and Eliza Beattie as their family home, though it was destined to become much more.
Armstong would later pass away from Cholera in 1878 and Eliza would follow in death just two years later. Since, this wealthy couple had no heirs, their house would take on a new purpose and became a “Home for the Friendless.” This meant it was used as a refuge for the city’s homeless, aged, orphaned and later, even those suffering from mental health and addiction issues.
With so many to pass through the Beattie Mansion, experience trauma there and even some death, it seems to have created the perfect storm for hauntings. This was eventually experienced first hand when the building was acquired privately, after a long stint of sitting empty, and efforts to restore the building into a bed and breakfast were halted by paranormal forces.
Hauntings of the Beattie Mansion
The Beattie Mansion was long rumored to be haunted, yet private owners attempting renovations in 2004 would get a true taste of the ghosts within. Supposedly, efforts were halted and abandoned due to the paranormal events that contractors experienced within the home, leading them to refuse to work on the building any further.
Since then, investigators have been allowed to enter the mansion and found that a number of spirits seem to dwell within. Likely the most spoken of and prominent spirit within the house is that of Eliza Beattie. Many people claim to have sighted her on the second floor and it’s not uncommon to hear her footsteps down the hallway or even her singing.
Another spirit who is often seen on the second floor, is that of young, four-year-old Mabel. So much so, that she has even been given her own bedroom upstairs. Mabel is historically documented as having passed away in the home, yet it is also thought other children also cling to the building’s haunted walls.
Some have also claimed to encounter a grumpy man in the basement who is believed to be the home’s former caretaker. He isn’t described as malevolent or aggressive, yet can question why visitors enter his space.
Plenty more activity has been documented within the Beattie Mansion. Some have heard strange noises, voices, seen objects move on their own, witnessed or heard doors slamming and even sighted apparitions. Other interesting stories of sighting shadow figures making their way across the ceiling and in the corners of rooms have also come out of the property.
Visiting the Haunted Beattie Mansion
The Beattie Mansion is an interesting piece of Missouri history and the legends of this place are sure to stick around for some time. Overnight visits to the mansion can be organized online. Some bedding and heating within the building are provided, yet majority of the building contains no heating or cooling. I highly recommend a visit for any paranormal investigation team looking to check out new venues that are not as highly investigated.
If you enjoyed this article you might also like to read about another nearby haunted property, know as the Sallie House.
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