Russ House

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The historic Russ House, built in 1895, is said to be haunted by several ghosts. The house serves as the home of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s visitor center. The grounds were the site of the 1864 Battle of Marianna, where several soldiers were killed. Another point of interest is that builder Joseph W. Russ, Jr. committed suicide in 1930, during the Great Depression. Witnesses have detected mysterious scents of perfume, and elevator doors operate by themselves. Besides being seen in photographs an apparition of a mustached man has been seen standing at the top of the stairs and another man has been photographed looking out the house windows.

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Geographic Information

4318 West Lafayette Street
Marianna, FL
United States

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30.777507, -85.23590289999999
Jackson County, Florida
Nearest Towns:
Marianna, FL (0.6 mi.)
Greenwood, FL (7.8 mi.)
Cottondale, FL (8.5 mi.)
Alford, FL (10.9 mi.)
Bascom, FL (12.5 mi.)
Jacobs, FL (12.6 mi.)
Jacob City, FL (13.1 mi.)
Malone, FL (13.2 mi.)
Grand Ridge, FL (13.6 mi.)
Campbellton, FL (15.4 mi.)


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  1. i was a small kid and i was playing with my friend down by the stares i pushed my friends car out of our tent and i went to get it and my friend looked up at the top of the stairs and i looked and there was a man at the top so i turned on the light and it was gone i turned it off and he was there then i did that again and i shut the light off and he was right in our face i was so scared i nearly pooped my pants

  2. Emily Nicole Rabon  |  

    My little brother was married at the Russ House and his reception was held here as well. I never saw anything but I definitely felt something. It was a horrible sadness & I cried uncontrollably for most of the night. They definitely we’re not happy tears. I will never set a foot inside of this house again & I refuse to look at it when I drive by.

  3. Scott Williams  |  

    how much does it cost to spend the night there to do and investigation. I am a paranormal investigator and would love to investigate it. if anyone has any idea i would greatly appreciate it very much.

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