Winston House

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In 1874, a tornado took the life of lady of the house Judith Winston, who was crushed beneath rubble. Her sons pulled her from the wreckage, but she died in the front bedroom on the eastern side. Since 1982, the 1824 house has been a museum and event space. Mrs. Winston is said to once have rattled the chairs that were being set up for a wedding until the bride called out an invitation to her. Mrs. Winston is also said to make the walls “weep” in the entry hall when a storm is near. Other stories say original builder William Winston’s spirit has been seen at the top of the stairs and walking through the halls, and white figures have been seen through windows after the house is closed for the night.

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200 N Commons Street E
Tuscumbia, AL 35674
United States

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34.738516297916284, -87.70125031471252
Colbert County, Alabama
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  1. This place is really haunted. I am a graduate of Deshler High School. We used to go in there and “misplace” items. Like move a book from one shelf to the other, or move a picture frame to another table, or “accidentally” leave a window opened. Only to return to find everything put back, just like we were never there. Also there are several wedding photos that people have where the entire picture is solid black except for a single little light. Also the auditorium at Deshler High School is haunted. A man died while working up in the catwalk. Sometimes you can hear him up there walking and dust will fall form the ceiling.

    • Many homes in this area are haunted. To have them stay away from our house we used to play Christian radio. They would move on. They would try to return. Especially after you went on vacation. There is nothing to fear. It’s just not fun to be around. You get used to it. I always wondered why the demons would want to be in a house filled with Christians. The Civil War took place in this area. The North did some wicked things to the towns people and destroyed some of the buildings. Indians used to live here also, and they were forced out. They may also be buried here. We would all hear whispers and see shadows, usually at night. Things were worse after midnight. I always tried to be in bed before 12. Most of the homes are nearly 100 years old or older My home was just under 100. It was filled with antiques.

  2. I went to Deshler and was in band and drama. The whole campus is haunted. Trust me! There is someone in the Auditorium that moves props, used to rattle chairs, and you get random unwanted feelings in there. The winston home is definitely haunted as well.

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