If there’s one thing Texans love, it’s a good ghost story. With Halloween creeping up on us, we thought we’d celebrate some of our favorite haunted Texas real estate.
The Grove is an 1861 home in Jefferson, a small East Texas town around 40 miles northeast of Longview. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Texas Registered Historic Landmark. At first glance, you may mistake the building for a cozy old home. But this private residence is home to more than just the living.
Some call the house one of the most haunted locations in the Lone Star State. The chilling ghost stories date back over a century. The first sign of paranormal activity was in 1882 after T.C. Burke purchased the home. He and his family moved out after only a month.
Prominent specters in the home include a wandering lady in white and a man rushing through the garden as if late for an appointment. A rascally ghost in the den is particularly fond of the ladies.
In La Grange stands a beautiful Victorian Gothic building now home to the city’s visitor center and chamber of commerce.
The former Fayette County jail housed many infamous “guests” during its time, including two members of Bonnie and Clyde’s gang. But it’s rumored that some visitors never left.
The most disturbing of the apparitions is the Widow Mary Dach. The mother of three was accused of killing a farmhand who helped her after her husband’s death. Sentenced to death in 1933, Mary was to be the first woman sent to the electric chair, but she starved herself to death before the penalty could be given. The suicidal spirit is said to haunt the halls of the historic building.
Fortunately, not all Texas ghost stories are sinister.
The USS Lexington, a decommissioned aircraft carrier harbored in Corpus Christi as a floating museum, is home to a friendly ghost. Up to 200 visitors have reportedly seen this white-uniformed, blue-eyed young seaman.
“Charly” reportedly died on the ship after a Japanese Kamikaze attack off the coast of the Philippines on Halloween in 1944. But the sailor is no haunting figure. Reports claim the seaman is a “polite young man” who shares his knowledge of the ship with visitors.
It may be a coincidence, but the Lexington‘s nickname has long been “The Blue Ghost.” The Japanese Navy reported sinking the aircraft carrier four times during World War II. Japanese sailors believed that the ship was able to return from the grave.
There are so many more Texas ghost stories, but we’ll end it there. What’s your favorite piece of haunted real estate? Let us know by tweeting to us @TexRec with the hashtag #HauntedTXRealty.