The McInteer Villa
The McInteer Villa dates to 1889 and is claimed to be one of the most haunted places in the state of Kansas. The gorgeous home was originally built by John McInteer who was born in Ireland in 1827, yet moved to the USA where he started a successful business making harnesses and saddles.
The house would pass through various owners and even functioned as a boarding home for a number of years. During its lifespan, there have been 9 deaths documented within the home, including one by suicide. Some speculate this could have contributed to the prevalent paranormal activity still displayed in the house today.
Haunting of the McInteer Villa
There are many areas of this house that are said to be active with the paranormal, but one of the more mysterious places is the Villa’s basement. This sprawling underground space consists of a number of rooms and no one is quite sure what it was used for. Some have speculated that illegal abortions or darker deeds occurred in the space many years ago, yet it truly does remain a mystery.
One room in particular seems to be the favorite place for a shadow figure to lurk, with many claiming to sight a tall dark man-shaped shadow who also isn’t shy to growl at visitors. Children have also been sighted and heard within the space with reports of babies crying even existing.
The ground floor is another place where activity is present. Here, people have heard strange noises such as the piano playing on its own, or the creaking of a rocking chair, which is also where Goldie, a former occupant of the house, passed away.
The second floor, is again, extremely active. Here, many have sighted apparitions and shadow people, they’ve captured evps and seen objects move. One room which is of particular interest even holds a doll, which is itself supposedly haunted. This doll is actually a marionette, dates to the 1800s and sports real human hair on its head.
Finally, the attic space is another interesting spot. This area has been described as uncomfortable. Many have also sighted a shadow figure up there and a number of women have experienced more physical interactions such as being touched or scratched.
Visiting the Haunted McInteer Villa
The McInteer Villa is an amazingly preserved and decorated piece of history. Day tours and overnight stays can be arranged via the Villa’s website and I must highly recommend a visit. The owner of the property, Steph, is very kind, accommodating and knowledgable about the home and it isn’t a place to be passed up by paranormal investigators.
If you’re looking for other haunted places to visit in Atchison Kansas, I highly recommend also checking out the Sallie House.
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