Dana-Thomas House

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Witnesses who visit or work at the historic house have reported humming voices, chairs being thrown down the stairs, curtains that move by themselves, and an apparition of a woman in black. The woman is believed to be the home’s original owner, Susan Lawrence Dana, who is rumored to have held seances here in the early 1900s. The hauntings are said to happen most frequently on particular days, such as Dana’s birthday, the day her mother died, or the days of the three funerals that were held in the house.

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301 E Lawrence Ave
Springfield, IL 62703
United States

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39.79408167014391, -89.65129634100037
Sangamon County, Illinois
Nearest Towns:
Springfield, IL (0.7 mi.)
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  1. I’m a current high school student. I attend Lanphier high school. I was wondering if there was a possiblilty that our school’s paranormal club would be able to do any investigations at your building. We’re always looking for new places to go. If you would be allowing us to do so, I would love for to contact me so I can tell our teacher that’s incharge of the club. Please contact me as soon as possible. Thank you.

  2. Both myself and a friend toured the Dana-Thomas house on 10/21/2016. After having toured about half the house, we entered a room that resembled a church, complete with arched ceilings and built-in pews. I even said “I feel like I’m in church.” Immediately upon entering the room, my throat felt like it was swelling or closing and I began coughing. I was coughing so much so that I had to step outside the room and into the adjoining hallway so as to not disrupt the tour guide. Each time I felt like I was okay and re-entered the room, the coughing would return. Finally I was able to return just as we were leaving this room. Later in the day, my friend and i were talking a bout the tour and she said she thought she was going throw up while we were on the tour. I asked her where? When? Why?-thinking she was getting sick. She said it was in the same room where I had the coughing fit. She doesn’t have an explanation for it. She just felt incredibly nauseous and thought she was going to throw up. It passed after we left that room. Only when we were talking about this (after the tour)…did we discuss and I learned from her that this house had seances performed in it. Had no idea prior to the tour. I also had no idea it was on the haunted list.

  3. Colin Stoneking  |  

    I went here in jr high on a tour. No one believed me when was in the back of the line and the curtain on one of the beds moved. I knew what I saw was real

  4. Bro, ok this is wild I just found this website out yesterday and I was coming back home from Springfield for my trip with my mom and dad and we toured it yesterday morning. And I just find this out today. Amazing.

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