Haunted Houses - Strawberry Hill Mansion


Strawberry Hill Mansion


Why did we rate this "Confirmed"? Because multiple sources off the internet sites have experienced paranormal activity at this location & therefore warrants a rating of "Confirmed".

What's the tale? The Strawberry Hill Mansion was built in 1887 by lawyer John B. Scroggs for his wife Margaret. Margaret was a widow and brought her children with her to live in their new mansion. Margaret's eldest son died as a young man while living in the mansion but Margaret's three surviving children continued life within the walls. The middle child, Emma, married a man named John McFadden and they continued to live with Margaret and John after their marriage. After John and Margaret's death Emma and her husband inherited the mansion. In 1918 many children lost their parents to the flu epidemic that had swept through Kansas City. The McFaddens were selling the mansion at the time and so the Sisters of Saint Francis bought the home as an orphanage. The "Lady in Red" is the mansions most famous ghost. She can be seen all over the mansion and has been witnessed by many employees and guests. There is an unknown ghost that lives inside the attic. Their footsteps can be clearly heard pacing back and forth. An unknown male entity haunts the third floor and doesn't like to be disturbed by the living. He has been known to scare employees. It is open to the public Saturdays & Sundays.

What do we know as fact? Thanks to this site we know the home was built by the Cruise family in 1887 in the once Croatian neighborhood. It was purchased in 1919 by the St. John's Catholic church and served as the St. John the Baptist Children's Home until 1988. Parts of the mansion have been restored and a portion of the building is dedicated to the neighborhood's Slavic heritage.

Thoughts: The mansion was not built by Scroggs, it is said that Margaret Cruise married John Scroggs as a widow with four children and their family occupied the home. The paranormal activity reported comes from the "Lady in Red" who supposedly was the victim of a bad abortion, but as well all know the Catholic faith does not support abortion, especially in the 1940s which is how the woman is supposedly dressed. There are also sightings of a man and children in the home, though parts of the mansion as it stands now are not original to the Cruise family home. The reason this is marked "Confirmed" is the amount of outside sources reporting paranormal activity on the premesis.

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