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LaLaurie Mansion | Haunted LaLaurie House

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Why are so many people intrigued by the LaLaurie Mansion?

Why is it that people can be spotted standing around snapping photos of the building on any given night? (To say nothing of the number of ghost tours that crowd the cracked sidewalks, huddled around a guide who speaks of medical experiments and torture? It might have something to do with the volume of ghost stories and accounts of the LaLaurie Mansion’s hauntings. It might have something to do with the tragic events that caused the hauntings in the first place. Before we get into the ghosts and the hauntings widely reported at the LaLaurie Mansion, we should start by telling you who Madame LaLaurie was.

Madame LaLaurie

Early sketches of the infamous Madame Delphine LaLaurie in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Early portraits of the infamous “Mad” Madame Delphine LaLaurie

The woman who became infamous as the ‘Cruel Mistress of the Haunted House’ was born Marie Delphine Macarty. She was born on March

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The Abandoned 46-Bedroom Manvel Mansion In Pearland, Texas

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In the small city of Pearland, Texas lies two huge abandoned mansions on adjoining lots. The larger of these properties (which this post will focus on) is 60,175 square feet in size, features 46 bedrooms, 55 bathrooms, an indoor swimming pool, and a 9 car garage. To the locals, it’s known as the Manvel Mansion.

Unfortunately, over the years this abandoned Manvel mansion in Pearland has started to fall into decay. Vandals have damaged much of the property, breaking windows, spraying graffiti, and ripping out wiring and AC ductwork.

Manvel Mansion, Pearland

The two adjoining lots, with the larger of the mansions on the right. Both uncompleted, with no landscaping, the larger one never even had a drive or front gates.

THE HISTORY OF THE HOUSE

Both these properties were built in 2001, however, neither was fully completed and neither have

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Vanderhorst Mansion on Kiawah Island

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Down a picture-perfect tree lined drive and across a perfectly manicured lawn lies an expansive plantation house whose history dates back centuries. The Arnoldus Vanderhorst Mansion was the main residence on a South Carolina plantation that, at different points in time, extended across the whole of Kiawah Island and was bordered by the Kiawah River, the Stono River, and the Atlantic Ocean.

 

The island was settled by the English in the late 1600s, and the property changed hands several times until 1771 when it was willed, and divided into two, to Mary Gibbes and Elizabeth Vanderhorst (wife of Arnoldus Vanderhorst), by their grandfather John Stanyarne. Stanyarne had acquired Kiawah Island in 1717 and raised cattle and indigo on the island plantation in the 1700s.

 

The Vanderhorst family was established in South Carolina towards the end of the 17th century. Gen. Arnoldus Vanderhorst (or Vander Horst) was a Revolutionary War hero,

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Smith Mansion – The House That Killed Its Owner

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As you make your way through Wyoming’s Wapiti Valley, perched upon a hill just outside of Cody is a strange looking building known to locals as ‘Smith Mansion.’

Smith Mansion Sat On Hill

Smith Mansion

The home was built over eighteen years by local man Francis Lee Smith. Smith, who worked as a full-time engineer in Cody, made the property in his spare time.

Francis Lee Smith

Francis Lee Smith, designed and built ‘Smith Mansion’ from scratch.

Unfortunately, the house didn’t have a fairy-tale ending one would hope for. In 1992, disaster struck, and construction on the property came to an end, forever.

THE HISTORY OF THE SMITH MANSION

In the 1970s, Smith was inspired by an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. After a huge fire on the nearby Rattlesnake Mountain, much of the timber was left up for grabs for anyone willing to lug it away.

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16 Photos Of Shaq’s New Million-Dollar Mansion

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Add Shaquille O’Neal to the list of sports stars who are moving real estate this summer. The former NBA legend has dropped more than $1.1 million on a property outside Atlanta, which makes for a convenient commute to his work at Turner, where he’s an NBA commentator for TNT.

O’Neal’s house does not disappoint: The property features two separate homes, along with a large backyard pool and a barn. Combine the two home and you’re looking at 7,400 feet of space — more than you and I might need, but just the right size for the Big Diesel.

Take a photo tour of Shaq’s new acquisition, which actually seems like a lot of house for that modest price. Let’s all move to Atlanta!

Curb Appeal

Front of House

The main house is a five-bedroom, six-bath monstrosity. One has to wonder how often that sixth bathroom will get used.

Related: Shaq Thought Phil

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Wesley Mansion – Florida

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   The Florida Panhandle was once covered in virgin forest, Garden Fountain - Eden Gardens State Park, Florida with thick stands of longleaf pines and hearty cypress. Here in the Panhandle, about halfway between today’s Fort Walton and Panama City, William Henry Wesley set up a lumber company during the late 1800s. The operation utilized the area’s dense forests and took advantage of nearby access to Gulf of Mexico ports to transport lumber. A small city grew up around the mill, with crews and their families living in 20 company owned houses.

   The Wesley House, located in Point Washington, is all that’s left of the Wesley timber business. The 5500 square foot mansion is the centerpiece of Eden Gardens State Park, a wonderful reminder of the region’s past history. The 163 acre park, preserving the Wesley home and surrounding gardens, is bordered with old oak trees draped in Spanish moss. Built of southern yellow pine, the mansion is surrounded

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Carson Mansion – Wikipedia

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historic building in Eureka, California

The Carson Mansion is a large Victorian house located in Old Town, Eureka, California. Regarded as one of the highest executions of American Queen Anne style architecture,[2]:33 the house is “considered the most grand Victorian home in America.”[3] It is one of the most written about and photographed Victorian houses in California and possibly also in the United States.[3]

Originally the home of William Carson, one of Northern California’s first major lumber barons, it has been a private club since 1950.[3] The house and grounds are not open to the public.[4] It currently is owned and occupied by the Ingomar Club.[4]

Carson family history[edit]

The Carson Mansion in 1902

William Carson (July 15, 1825 New Brunswick – February 20, 1912 Eureka), for whom the house was built, arrived in San Francisco from New Brunswick,

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The True Story Behind The Bizarre Mansion

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Though the ‘Winchester’ movie might be pretty scary, the true story is quite weird itself.

There was no plan – no official blueprints were drawn up, no architectural vision was created, and yet a once-unfinished house took shape on a sprawling lot in the heart of San Jose, California. Inside, staircases ascended through several levels before ending abruptly, doorways opened to blank walls, and corners rounded to dead ends.

The house was the brainchild of Sarah Winchester, heir by marriage to the Winchester firearms fortune, and since the project began in 1884 rumors have swirled about the construction, the inhabitants, and the seemingly endless maze that sits at 525 South Winchester Blvd.

The Origins Of The Winchester Mystery House And Its Tormented Brainchild

Sarah Winchester

Wikimedia CommonsSarah Winchester as a young woman.

Today, the house is known as the Winchester Mystery House, but at the time of its construction, it was

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DOWNTOWN HARRIS CLAY MANSION | Georgia Luxury Homes | Mansions For Sale

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THOMAS-CLAY HOUSE AVAILABLE IN THE HEART OF SUMMERVILLE. This impressive and massive home has come on the market after being in the same family for well over a century.

This three acre estate was built in about 1893 by Landon Addision Homas, Jr. and his wife, Minnie Fleming Homas, it replaced an earlier home that they purchased in 1886 from the General Homas Flournoy estate, but which unfortunately burned in 1890. Named “Cloister Garth” by Mrs. Homas, it features an eclectic design in the Queen Anne architectural style, but also incorporates many Colonial Revival details.

Typical of the Queen Anne style, its walls are made of stone, brick and wood with a red clay tile roof. Its asymmetrical plan has an unusual arrangement, even for a Victorian era house. Hardwood floors, some parquet, and moldings and millwork are found throughout the main rooms.

 There are six bedrooms. Oversized 1/1 double

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Greek revival mansion has spiral staircase, formal kitchen, catering kitchen, custom floor

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This Greek revival home is a replica of the antebellum D’Evereux Hall mansion in Natchez, Mississippi. The mansion features a spiral staircase, two kitchens, and custom cypress flooring throughout the 7,450 square foot home.

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