Haunted Houses - Liberty Hall 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? Liberty Hall Mansion was built by Senator John Brown in 1796. The structural plans of this fine mansion were designed and drawn up by Thomas Jefferson himself. Senator Brown had studied law in Jefferson's office. The Brown family lived at Liberty Hall until 1956, when this grand mansion was willed to the Colonial Dames of America, to be a "living museum of Kentucky history." The ghost of Mrs. Varick, Mrs. Brown's aunt, haunts the beautiful, red brick mansion the most. A caretaker while she was alive Mrs. Varick appears to still feel the loyalty to be the home's caretaker. She has been seen by many employees and guests. While the Brown family lived in the home Mrs. Varick's ghost was seen tucking them in, folding their blankets, straightening their clothes, and other acts of thoughtfulness are a mile long list. There exists a photograph of Mrs. Varick's ghost. While restoration work was being done on the mansion the curator took photographs and in one a grey lady can be seen coming down the staircase when there was no one there.

What do we know as fact? Thanks to this site we know General James Wilkinson originally owned the land in 1786 who sold the land to Andrew Holmes who turned around and sold it to John Brown. John Brown started building the home in 1796 and his family moved into the home in 1801. It is not factual that Thomas Jefferson designed the house, no one knows who the architect was. There are two homes on the property; Liberty Hall bequeathed to John's son Mason and a second house he had built on the property for his son Orlando. Between these two houses is another house, the Chinn-Sutterlin house which is built on a tract of land sold by the Brown family to William Chinn sometimes in the 1870s. The great-granddaughter of the John Brown, Mary Mason Scott, died leaving Liberty Hall to her brother John Matthew Scott who in turn sold it to Liberty Hall, Inc, a non-profit organization. They opened the home as a museum in 1937. Anne Hord Brown, the last descendant of Orlando Brown, left her home to the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Kentucky. The Orlando House opened as a museum in 1955.

Thoughts: There are multiple accounts of paranormal activity by those who have lived, visited and worked in Liberty Hall.

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2011-07-23 21:03
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