Thistle Hill

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Thistle Hill was originally built in 1903-1904 for Electra Waggoner Wharton, daughter of wealthy rancher and oilman William “Tom” Waggoner and his wife Ella. The historic home is now available for touring and private events. Witnesses say that the 1970s renovations may have awakened some spirits, as two apparitions began to show up in the house: a woman in white who appears on the grand staircase landing and a man in tennis clothes with a handlebar mustache. Phantom music has come from the ballroom, and footsteps and voices have been heard here as well.

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1509 Pennsylvania Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104
United States

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32.737927, -97.34242990000001
Tarrant County, Texas
Nearest Towns:
Fort Worth, TX (1.5 mi.)
River Oaks, TX (4.1 mi.)
Westover Hills, TX (4.2 mi.)
Westworth, TX (4.2 mi.)
Edgecliff Village, TX (5.5 mi.)
Sansom Park, TX (5.9 mi.)
Haltom City, TX (6.0 mi.)
Forest Hill, TX (6.2 mi.)
White Settlement, TX (6.9 mi.)
Lake Worth, TX (7.5 mi.)

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  1. I worked at Thistle Hill 1996-2001. I, and other staffers, experienced a strong smell of BBQ. It did not smell outside. Cooks was not cooking. We followed the odor to the Ballroom.

  2. I lived there from June, 1958 to May, 1959 and this is the first time that I have heard it was haunted. At that time it was managed by the Girls Service League who rented rooms to girls who lived out of town and were going to school in Ft. Worth.

  3. i grew up in ft worth and visited Thistle Hill a few times. why aren’t you mentioning Winfield Scott and the ghost of the little boy in the upper window?

  4. Traci Francisco  |  

    I had my bridal portraits done there in 2011. I didn’t have any experiences per say but I did feel like I was being watched.

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