Liberty Hall

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Built by Senator John Brown in 1796, Liberty Hall Mansion is said to be haunted by at least three ghosts. Mrs. Brown’s kindly aunt, Mrs. Margaret Varick, died of a heart attack around 1817 in an upstairs bedroom. She was buried on the grounds but was lost when the graves were moved; after that, she began to appear as a kindly apparition, nicknamed the Gray Lady. Another ghost is believed to be a visiting Spanish opera star, who disappeared when she was walking from the gardens out toward the river. She was never seen again; speculation was made that she was abducted. A dark-haired female apparition is sometimes seen running through the gardens, her mouth open in a silent shriek. The third entity seen here is the ghost of a War of 1812 soldier in a British uniform, seen peeking into the living room windows.

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202 Wilkinson Street
Frankfort, KY
United States

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38.19978727400233, -84.88117773677061
Franklin County, Kentucky
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  1. Carolyn Paetow  |  

    I’ve been to Liberty Hall three times, though it was many years ago. The first time, the elderly guide told my parents, husband, and me that the society ladies who ran the place would not approve of her talking about a ghost–but she did anyway. She said that the ghost of an aunt was often seen, especially during times of the day in which the family would have been busy. On one visit, she showed us a photo that looked like a double exposure of a woman in period dress descending the stairway. She claimed that photos had been taken before renovation, and this unexpected image resulted. On another visit, she said she came to work one day and found a bracelet that proved to be from the era in which the aunt had been at the home. The last time I visited here, a young woman was the guide. I asked about the ghost, and she said that when she was a schoolgirl, her class toured the house. While they were there, the glassed doors of a secretary flew wide open. I’m sorry that I never experienced anything myself there!

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