President Truman once wrote a letter to his wife that the white house was as” haunted sure as shootin.” Many reports of noises and apparitions have been reported there, and some of the most influential people in government have been witnesses.


The most well known ghost has been that of Abraham Lincoln. He has been seen in his bedroom, which was an office at the time, and sitting near a fireplace. The first person to see his apparition was First Lady Grace Coolidge, who lived there in the 1920’s. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was a guest in the White House, and just took a long bath. When he came out naked, he saw Lincoln at the fireplace. “You seem to have me at a disadvantage, Mr. President,” he was rumored to say, and Lincoln gave a brief smile and disappeared. Others who claim to have seen him are Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and Dwight Eisenhower. People have also reported seeing his son, Willie as well, who died on 1862 of Typhoid fever.

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There is also the story of David Burns, the former owner of the land where the White House sits, who is reported to walk his headless body around the grounds at night. Abigail Adams ghost can be seen in a cap and lace shawl carrying a laundry basket to the East Room. There were also several sighting during the Taft years. Several people have heard Andrew Jackson as well, either laughing or swearing behind the closed door of his office.


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First Lady Ellen Wilson requested that the rose garden be dug up and removed. The ghost of Dolly Madison appeared and refused to let the workers do so. Since then, the smell of roses permeates sometimes in the hallways.


Ann Surat’s mother, Mary was hanged in 1865 for her role in Lincoln’s assassination. She can still be seen knocking on the front door of the White House asking for her mother’s pardon. She is also seen sitting on the steps every July 7th.


But Patriotic apparitions aren’t confined to just the Capitol. One of the most haunted places in the battlefield of Ghettysburg, Pa. There is a claim that there are perhaps more spirits here than anyplace in the world.

Whether or not you believe in ghosts is a matter for another post, but experiencing a haunting is the ultimate proof. I have yet to truly experience any “spirits” of my own, but it’s not for me to say if the stories are true or not.  We used to believe that the gorilla and giraffe were a myth, until someone actually saw one. Perhaps they are the same as us, but on a different level or dimension, or perhaps they really are what’s left of us when we die tragic deaths.

I’ll be on vacation from my blog for a few days, but I’ll be back on July 6th with another post or series. Until then, have a pleasant holiday, and if you’re traveling, drive safely.


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