Deep in the heart of Illinois lies the infamous Ashmore Estates. Its dark history dates back to the 19th century, when it served as a poor farm, psychiatric hospital, nursing home and tuberculosis sanitarium. Over the years, countless souls met their untimely end within its haunted halls, condemned to suffer in eternal unrest. It’s said that the tormented spirits of former patients, often referred to as inmates, still lurk within, their tortured moans echoing through the corridors at night. Visitors to Ashmore Estates have reported unsettling sightings of ghostly figures and heard disembodied footsteps trailing behind them, chilling them to the bone.
One of the most commonly reported sightings is that of a ghostly figure known as Joe. Joe is said to roam the basement of the building and is believed to be the spirit of a former patient, who suffered a fatal injury when hit by a train. Joe is said to be protective of the maintenance and boiler rooms, and in particular is said to scratch or harass women, who would not have been permitted in the area during its operational years. Visitors have also reported seeing ghostly apparitions sitting in rocking chairs in the sitting room, believed to be the spirits of former residents who passed away while living in the building.
Perhaps the most spine-tingling of all the ghost stories surrounding Ashmore Estates is that of a little girl named “Elva Skinner.” Legend has it that Elva was just six years old when she passed away within the Ashmore Estates. She is said to roam the hallways of the building, her ghostly laughter echoing through the air. Visitors have reported feeling a cold breeze pass by them, only to feel a small hand grab onto theirs, only to vanish into thin air moments later. To this day, the ghostly presence of Elva Skinner remains a haunting reminder of the tragic history of Ashmore Estates.
The ghost stories surrounding Ashmore Estates only scratch the surface of the dark and haunted history that still lingers within its walls. Visitors who dare to explore this haunted asylum may experience unexplained events that can’t be explained by mere coincidence. Whether you’re a seasoned paranormal investigator, or simply have an interest in the supernatural, Ashmore Estates is not to be missed. Paranormal groups and individual visitors can arrange overnight stays and ghost hunts at this historic location, and there’s overnight accommodation on site if needed. If you’re brave enough to step into its haunted halls, be prepared for a hauntingly unforgettable experience.
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