Malvern Manor

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Built in the late 1800’s as a hotel initially to service the railroad. Was eventually turned into a nursing home and then a group home for the mentally handicapped. It serviced everyone from those with Down’s Syndrome to the more exotic of diseases like multiple personalities and schizophrenia. The building was shut down by the state of IA for many different reasons including neglect. Multiple deaths have occurred on property as well.

Many things happen in this 10,000 square foot building. Voices, bangs, shadow people, grabs, hair pulls, you name it and it most likely happens on a daily basis.

Overnight investigations are open to the public and by reservation only.

(Submitted by Josh H)

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Geographic Information

103 East 3rd. St.
Malvern, IA
United States

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41.00164292029192, -95.58468715844356
Mills County, Iowa
Nearest Towns:
Malvern, IA (0.1 mi.)
Hastings, IA (4.7 mi.)
Silver City, IA (8.2 mi.)
Tabor, IA (8.5 mi.)
Glenwood, IA (8.8 mi.)
Randolph, IA (8.9 mi.)
Emerson, IA (9.6 mi.)
Pacific Junction, IA (11.2 mi.)
Mineola, IA (11.3 mi.)
Imogene, IA (11.8 mi.)


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  1. After watching your video….”Grace” was NOT her name and you have identified the incorrect room for her. We KNOW which room belonged to “Grace” and she is being portrayed as something other than what she was. She was a sweet little lady that enjoyed everyone. She had her outbursts but was a very sweet lady to my children who spent many days and nights in the Cottage. Also it has been identified that the “Halloween” pictures in many of the ads are not of clients at the Cottage but these pictures were taken at the NEW Nishna Care Center on the other side of town. Everything I have said can be verified! Can the owners of this business do the same? I think everyone that is still alive who worked at the Cottage or have family members that were residents at the Cottage need to speak up and stop the terrible accusations that these people are portraying. These people are basically saying , if you worked there, you may have been the abuser, or if your loved one was there they were not protected by the State of Iowa or the Cottage Employees. It is a BLACK MARK for the town of Malvern.

  2. We have traveled to several haunted locations in the last few years. A year ago we visited Malvern Manor. I will say without a doubt this is the one location that I felt an emotional experience. You hear of people and “feelings” which I’ve never had when visiting other locations. As soon as we started to take the curved hallway to Ida’s room, a wave of panic struck me. I went into complete fight or flight mode and felt the need RRRRRRUUUUNNNNNN out of the manor. Also, on the first floor in the addition, I couldn’t bring myself to walk down the one end of the hallway. Again, I have visited several locations in Iowa and other states-I’ve done an overnight in MO state Penn-nothing to date has shook me as much as Malvern.

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