Phillips' Folly

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Phillips’ Folly is a three-story brick house begun around 1828 by Williams B. Phillips. Its nickname came about when Phillips vanished when only the frame had been built, leading folks to believe he had run out of funds for the project. Phillips came back a few years later and finished the home, becoming the town mayor in 1833. The house’s basement contained a jail cell, in which runaway slaves and drunks were imprisoned. Later owner John Armstrong, who died in the house in 1851, has been seen as an apparition with his ghost Newfoundland dog on the upstairs front porch. The man and canine ghosts wrestle and play at night. Also seen here was another former resident, John Pearce, who either committed suicide in the back parlor or died fighting a duel. The ghostly sounds of a duel have been heard in the house.

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227 Sutton St
Maysville, KY
United States

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38.648102465784106, -83.7671093345125
Mason County, Kentucky
Nearest Towns:
Aberdeen, OH (0.6 mi.)
Maysville, KY (1.3 mi.)
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Dover, KY (9.8 mi.)
Mays Lick, KY (9.9 mi.)
Germantown, KY (10.7 mi.)
Bentonville, OH (10.9 mi.)
Sardis, KY (13.0 mi.)


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  1. About ten years ago I did some work in the upstairs bathroom off of the main bedroom where the porch is attached. I was told by the caretaker there that the place was haunted. He told me the man who lived there was involved in a duel and killed the other man. Apparently he was so upset he committed suicide, as he pointed to the fireplace and said right over there. then preceded to leave.I had nothing happen but was very uneasy when a massive storm rolled in with crashing lightning. Believe me, I kept looking over my shoulder the rest of the day. Thought I would convey the story I was told.

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