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Bourbon House

Cleveland, Ohio

In 1985 Cleveland resident lived in this in the house for 3 years and saw, as well as heard and felt many spooky things. Her young son actually had conversations with on of the ghosts, who, as they found out later, was the man who built the house. There is nothing weird about the history of the house other than it stayed in the same family from the time it was built untill it was bought by this resident. The builder, his wife, their daughter and her husband all died in the house of age/health-related problems. Incidentally, it is located right down the street from Franklin Castle, a notorious Cleveland home!

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sara says:

May 18, 2006, 7:36 pm

Thats scary, I used to live in Cleveland.

stupid says:

August 2, 2006, 3:21 pm

sucker

stupid says:

August 2, 2006, 3:21 pm

****************

people says:

August 2, 2006, 3:22 pm

stupid people

people says:

August 2, 2006, 3:22 pm

ggggggggghhhh

people says:

August 2, 2006, 3:23 pm

lol haha lol sucker

people says:

August 2, 2006, 3:24 pm

bye

angel says:

August 8, 2006, 3:46 pm

ello

Kristy Lee says:

September 17, 2006, 2:47 am

You know some people don’t appreciate the typical things in life such as ghost. But what I think is that ghost are here cause they are being punished sorta like hell. Ghost have not gone to heaven cause they did something aweful or unjust. I think what we call home that is between heaven and hell is actually right in hell and we touch base with it for a little when we experiance actual ghost incounters. Some people my not believe in ghost but believe me they are real. Something that you can not see but feel is sometimes a encounter you will never get, but it is true.

tim says:

October 4, 2006, 5:24 pm

Thats awesome i know what house you lived in. i live arund the corner. im from cleveland

tim says:

October 4, 2006, 5:26 pm

Thats awesome i know what house you lived in. i live arund the corner. im from cleveland.

joe says:

October 6, 2006, 9:32 am

yeah im from cleveland to i lived in cleveland to i lived on monroe acrossed from the cemeteary and alot of other peoples houses where haunted believe me there are ghost in the world and you will some day find out that ghost are real

kackorot_aleon says:

October 8, 2006, 12:57 pm

i bet that didnt ever happen

madREquiem says:

October 8, 2006, 2:01 pm

awww shizz i know where its at.. ive been in the frankin castle

Bobby says:

October 14, 2006, 12:12 am

Im not sure if there are ghosts. It doesnt mean that they dont exist. Ive heard so many stories but I never actually seen one. There is something after we all die. Why cant there be ghosts?

plspencer says:

October 14, 2006, 9:35 am

to all you non believers the haunted house are real!i know i am living in one . i have stayed up mean nights listening to things that go bump in the night .and my son since he was old enough to talk, talking all night to someone that wasn’t there .i ran a day care out off my house for 9 years and listened to countless numbers of childern talk to the ghost,playing with them babies don’t lie.there not that bad my son now 17yrs old doesn’t mind them being around . haunted in Ohio

joshwa stilwell says:

October 27, 2006, 2:33 am

this is kind of a creepy story.. i witenessed this creature are this person i live with my parent to help them with my disabled brother but i am now 26 the first time i saw this figure i was 20 yrs old and the second time i was 23 yrs old but it was almost 3:00 in the morning i was just going to bed i laid down and just started to fall asleep when i heard this sound that i thought was a plastic store bag like the ones you would get from kroger are walmart well this being the first time i saw it i didn’t know my sister seen it a year before when she spent the night here to help my mom finish painting the kitchen but i heard the sound and i use to sleep with the bedroom door openntil after the second time i saw it but i heard the sound i rolled over from faceing the wall and i saw this big dark shadow figure of a man in the bedroom door way outline by the moon shine through the window int the room before you get to my room But I no much more then lifted my head up maybe an inch from my pillow itturned and ran down the stairs got 3 are 4 steps down and the noise stopped so i got up and went to investagate i turned every light in the house on and to my surprise nothing not a soul was awake are ine the house moveing but me. A year later the same thing had happened and i was telling my mom and dad the next day and they said wow u should tell your sister about it and an hour later my sister came to visit and i started telling her i got a sentence in and she finished my story for me and i’m not spooked easily but that was it or me and over the last few years i haven’t seen this anymore but i don’t sleep with my door open eitherand i have bell’s lined over the top of the door way also but other strange happen’s have gone on since my mother hearing slamming door while i was asleep thinking it was me yelling at me then it stopping and the thing that got me bigger in my venture’s of ghost hunting was when me, and my mother was sitting in the living room watching t.v. and watching 3 pens go flying off from the middle of the coffee table in front of the couch one by one we talked about moveing out to somewhere else but we changed are minds i told them i can deal with the super natural if you all can and we have lived here for 6 yr’s now unexplained things have happened since then and we found out who was doing this and he is a ghost that act’s like a child so when this stuff start’s again we just say out loud charlston youre on a time out go to you’re room. and all the way up the stairs you hear stomping on the stairs then my bed room door slams shut and then the attic door close loudly, and friends that spend the night witeness this stuff and ask me how i can sleep in the room that leads to are ghost bedroom i simple tell them he minds his business i mind mine and if you open you’re mind to the so called unexplained anything is possible. And even more strangely his kid’s and wife playing out in the side yard at night that’s does’nt bother me hearing them but it scares the life out of my friend because they now the nearest neighbors with kids would have to drive to my house to play in are yard.

patti linville says:

October 28, 2006, 6:01 pm

to plspencer about the story of the house that was a daycare. can u contact me. at pattil1110@yahoo.com. my name is patti and im a paranormal investigator in cleveland.

Jen says:

October 31, 2006, 2:28 pm

GROW UP!!! Why waste time being rude and obnoxious? I love scary stories, they are fun!

kelsey lochbaum says:

October 31, 2006, 10:09 pm

that is scary but i live right beside cry baby tunle i can her the baby cry ever night at 12:00 it is not scary eney more iam ut to it ive lived her for 5 years now

seth says:

November 11, 2006, 4:48 pm

this didnt happen to me bt it happend to my grandma &grandpa they went to my aunts house in paulding county anyways the neighbors called them and told them their doughters house lights were on so they went over their and shut them all off then when they got outa the house all the lights came back on so they shut them off again then they came back on then they just said screw it and left them on then when they pulled out of the drive way they saw a spooky face and my aunt moved a week later they said that face was so scary they cant even explain it

seth says:

November 11, 2006, 4:52 pm

u no wut the guy talkin bought colored ppl grow up and shut up this is bought ghost no beein a races

Robert Bourbon says:

December 14, 2006, 10:22 pm

I own the house and believe me, it is haunted, I have seen several of the previous residents roaming the halls. It is a great house.

laughing in the face of danger says:

December 22, 2006, 3:41 pm

LOL………..LMAO……….ROFL………ROFLMAO…….:)…..A/S/L…..JK….BRB….IGTG….LYLAS

Audrey says:

January 10, 2007, 2:07 am

im not going to get all christian on ya’ll here but:
there cant be such things as GHOST’s because every dead person either goes to heaven or hell,
BUT! good ghost are angels, bad ones…wel lets just say there satins minions

Quedo says:

January 19, 2007, 6:34 am

Well thank goodness you never got all christian on us all! I used to be a devote catholic as a child…when I was old enough to think for myself and more importantly strong enough to not allow others to continue to force things on me I surrounded myself with lots of people who had many different views of the world from me. Man its interesting when you listen to what others have to say with an open mind.
Yeah I believe in ghosts, mainly because of some personal experiences, don’t mind if you call them angels though, it’s a nice way to remember my wife and daughter.

stephanie says:

January 25, 2007, 9:57 pm

hey i do beliene in ghost i had one talk to me once and thenit killed my bestfriends…it was sad to go to 16 grave yards

luvndaskaterboys! says:

February 4, 2007, 3:09 pm

OOOOOOOOOOOOo wow! omg! thats soooooooooooo scary i think um gonna cry ='( ok this story sucked! lol! But it was ok! lol!

theresa says:

February 5, 2007, 7:10 pm

i live right around the conner from there..im in clevealnd too

Mark Lenox says:

February 7, 2007, 4:55 pm

You dont actually talk to ghosts. you are RETARTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and a compoulseve lier

Quedo says:

February 7, 2007, 11:44 pm

Gee..can anyone else feel all the love in this room? Those were very beautiful words Mark.

chelsea says:

February 9, 2007, 6:45 am

that’s very cool an actuall conversation with a ghost very cool

Katie says:

February 18, 2007, 3:30 pm

what the does franklin castle have to do with anything????

your mom says:

February 18, 2007, 5:34 pm

uh. dis is redickulous. why is da white boi talkin poo bout da balck ppl. BALLINNNNNNN

KJJM says:

March 11, 2007, 3:01 pm

Wow,
Is it seriously that hard to write something intelligibly (understandable)? I can barely understand most of the stories and comments on this page, because people do not take the time to read their comments and correct major spelling and grammar errors. Your story is getting lost in your unbelievably poor English (Is it your first language?).

motherf*cker says:

March 23, 2007, 5:09 pm

y does this hav a link to time?

shut the h*ll up says:

May 15, 2008, 11:05 am

dicks up the ***

Donna says:

September 19, 2008, 4:11 pm

I have lived in Cleveland my whole life. I’ve been to Franklin Castle and have taken pictures of it, but I have NEVER been inside. Every year, there is a group that goes on ghosthunts and Franklin castle is on the ghosthunt. I’ve seen pictures of Franklin castle from the inside, but it’s not the same unless you’re actually in the castle, and are free to walk around and take pictures of whatever you want, as long as it’s okay with the owner(s). I have an interesting experience that I would like to share. This happened about 3 years ago, right after my youngest daughter was born. I was sitting in my living room, just relaxing in the recliner, and I happened to look at the TV (which was not on) and saw a white figure float down the hallway towards my daughters’ room. The strange thing is that I did not catch a glimpse of it with my peripheral vision, I only saw it in the TV. The hallway light was on, which was putting a reflection on the TV screen, and the figure didn’t cast a shadow as it floated or glided down the hallway. Well, I immediately checked on my older daughter, and she was sound asleep. So, I went to check on my husband and my youngest daughter, and they both were asleep, as well. The previous owner died in the house, so maybe that was him, I don’t know. Also, when we bought the house, and all the family was over and everybody was taking pictures, there was a very bright orb that appeared to the left of my dad’s shoulder. My father-in-law was the one who took the picture with his digital camera. That orb could be just dust, or it could be something else. My mom is in a nursing home with Alzheimers, and she’s in her early 60’s. she was diagnosed with AD in her mid 50’s. Maybe my mom was there in that house that day. Only in spirit. My mom is still living. Anyway, just wanted to share a few thoughts. I have always been into ghosts. I have always wanted to see one. I’m starting to doubt what I saw in the TV that night. You know, we all do that. We think that maybe our eyes deceived us, or our mind is playing tricks on us. I have tried numerous times to take pictures with my digital camera, hoping that something odd would show up. My brother says I’m expecting too much. I’m always looking for something to happen. Ghosts just don’t show up on que. They show up when they want to. That’s why I strongly believe in ghosts, and I feel that nothing paranormal has ever happened to me. Like if I walked into a place that is known to be haunted, would I actually FEEL anything? They say that everyone is psychic, to some degree. Anyway, love the website. Peace *_*

RATBOY says:

September 24, 2008, 12:34 pm

That really freaks me out man because ai live close to there.

Bri says:

October 10, 2008, 7:42 pm

This is what really bugs me. I truly find a place where i can share my ideas and beliefs that are the same as those around me and ignorant people just ruin it. Honestly, i could care less if you believe in this stuff or not, but if there was one thing i learned from my mother it was if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say it at all. if you want to hate on ghosts, your in the wrong place.

Also Quedo, your words are so beautiful i’m sorry they had to be desecrated with such ugly words.
I’m a proud clevelander, and a proud paranormal believer, or atleast i hope there is such things as ghosts, because the feelings i feel for them is more profound then i’ve felt for anyone who is alive.

Ian Syn says:

January 24, 2009, 9:09 pm

Why don’t you people learn to type, read and speak the American-English language.

Heaven says:

May 13, 2009, 10:53 am

yeh cleavland is pretty amazingly scary!

Greg Phillips says:

July 19, 2009, 7:40 pm

Just to let all doubters and “nonbelievers” know that this story is completely true. I am the young child (now grown up obviously) who lived in the house from 1984-1987. The old man that I used to speak to was named George and we found out through the genealogy of the home that he in fact built the house and died in it. his wife and daughter did as well. We had many strange occurrences that happened to us while we lived in the home, which i would be more than willing to share with anyone who was interested.

ohioan says:

August 3, 2009, 4:08 pm

I have just starting to almost believe in this stuff. I am still not sure what to believe. my husband and two kids and i have just moved into this house we bought off of a family member. We have been here for a little over two years now. before that it was owned by family members for the last 20 years. it has been passed down for a little while but my family was not the origional owners or anything. I swear my family members were right about it being haunted. At first i thought they were just trying to scare me and it didn’t work. but now i know they weren’t joking. I have had several people that lived here before tell me that they seen, and heard things here. My husband and i had just laid down for bed one night, the kids were fast asleep downstairs in front of the t.v. The kids bedrooms are upstairs but they fell asleep downstairs in the room next to mine. my bedroom door was open and i could see the kids from where i was laying. But my husband and i heard loud footsteps running upstairs. so i got up to see which one of my kids got up. NEITHER. yeah i was scared because I know what i heard and so did my husband. well when my aunt and uncle lived here they seen a old couple that looked like they were dressed in wedding atire, but my aunt said that the man looked like he was wearing a war uniform of some sort. One day when my aunt and uncle were still living here but were not home at the time, another family member came over to drop something off. He walked in the house knowing that no one was home. He set some things down and went to leave the house when he said he heard someone calling his name from upstairs and it was loud and plain as day. So he went to look and no one was there, so he said he left in a big hurry because he was “freaked out”. after my aunt and uncle had moved out of this house, my brother and his wife bought it and moved in right away. We ended up staying with them for a month when times were tough for us. And one day while my brother and his wife were at work, my husband got home from work and he and i had a few beers and played cards. While we were sitting at the table a large can of beer that had been sitting on the table with us, just flew off of the table. I jumped up off of my seat! It was right beside me before it flew off the table. I could not believe my eyes! My husband and i got up and looked around to see if there was any possible way this could have happened…no breeze threw the window, no nothing. That got my heart going. Well we hear noises once in a while but i try to just ignor it. The other night i was laying in bed and it felt like someone had gently tugged on the back of my night gown, i wasn’t all the way asleep but that scared me so much i layed still and didn’t move and then it felt like a hand touched my on my behind. Alarmed and scared to death i jumped up and ran around the bed and made my husband scoot over. He was so tired he didn’t really “wake up” he just scooted over. I was terrified because i know i felt that and there was nothing or no way i could explain it. I could not sleep anymore that night. I stayed awake until my husband got up. I was very scared. But i didn’t see anything so try explaining that. No one would believe you if you told them that. And besides what could you do about it anyways? Nothing. And then there was what happened today, about an hour ago. I was talking with my little girl and she had watched a kids cartoon and it was a “talking house”. Nothing scary but she still asked me out loud if houses have hearts, i told her no they dont and that’s not real. It was just a silly cartoon. Ok she agreed. suddenly while we were sitting there a very large tripple layered knicknack shelf full of knicknacks, flys off the wall and i am sitting here still wondering how that just happend because i just put it up 2 days ago and i screwed screws into the wall and one of the screws were litterly ripped out of the wall and barley hanging there. i took a couple of pictures of it with my cell phone to show my husband. I cant believe it! What do you think about that? someone please comment. I have a hard time believing this stuff but it is getting weirder and weirder around here.

ohio family says:

August 3, 2009, 4:10 pm

I have just starting to almost believe in this stuff. I am still not sure what to believe. my husband and two kids and i have just moved into this house we bought off of a family member. We have been here for a little over two years now. before that it was owned by family members for the last 20 years. it has been passed down for a little while but my family was not the origional owners or anything. I swear my family members were right about it being haunted. At first i thought they were just trying to scare me and it didn’t work. but now i know they weren’t joking. I have had several people that lived here before tell me that they seen, and heard things here. My husband and i had just laid down for bed one night, the kids were fast asleep downstairs in front of the t.v. The kids bedrooms are upstairs but they fell asleep downstairs in the room next to mine. my bedroom door was open and i could see the kids from where i was laying. But my husband and i heard loud footsteps running upstairs. so i got up to see which one of my kids got up. NEITHER. yeah i was scared because I know what i heard and so did my husband. well when my aunt and uncle lived here they seen a old couple that looked like they were dressed in wedding atire, but my aunt said that the man looked like he was wearing a war uniform of some sort. One day when my aunt and uncle were still living here but were not home at the time, another family member came over to drop something off. He walked in the house knowing that no one was home. He set some things down and went to leave the house when he said he heard someone calling his name from upstairs and it was loud and plain as day. So he went to look and no one was there, so he said he left in a big hurry because he was “freaked out”. after my aunt and uncle had moved out of this house, my brother and his wife bought it and moved in right away. We ended up staying with them for a month when times were tough for us. And one day while my brother and his wife were at work, my husband got home from work and he and i had a few beers and played cards. While we were sitting at the table a large can of beer that had been sitting on the table with us, just flew off of the table. I jumped up off of my seat! It was right beside me before it flew off the table. I could not believe my eyes! My husband and i got up and looked around to see if there was any possible way this could have happened…no breeze threw the window, no nothing. That got my heart going. Well we hear noises once in a while but i try to just ignor it. The other night i was laying in bed and it felt like someone had gently tugged on the back of my night gown, i wasn’t all the way asleep but that scared me so much i layed still and didn’t move and then it felt like a hand touched my on my behind. Alarmed and scared to death i jumped up and ran around the bed and made my husband scoot over. He was so tired he didn’t really “wake up” he just scooted over. I was terrified because i know i felt that and there was nothing or no way i could explain it. I could not sleep anymore that night. I stayed awake until my husband got up. I was very scared. But i didn’t see anything so try explaining that. No one would believe you if you told them that. And besides what could you do about it anyways? Nothing. And then there was what happened today, about an hour ago. I was talking with my little girl and she had watched a kids cartoon and it was a “talking house”. Nothing scary but she still asked me out loud if houses have hearts, i told her no they dont and that’s not real. It was just a silly cartoon. Ok she agreed. suddenly while we were sitting there a very large tripple layered knicknack shelf full of knicknacks, flys off the wall and i am sitting here still wondering how that just happend because i just put it up 2 days ago and i screwed screws into the wall and one of the screws were litterly ripped out of the wall and barley hanging there. i took a couple of pictures of it with my cell phone to show my husband. I cant believe it! What do you think about that? someone please comment. I have a hard time believing this stuff but it is getting weirder and weirder around here. let me know what you think.

Suzanne says:

September 14, 2009, 7:44 pm

I am the owner that Robert was referring to in the original post. I lived at what is now Bourbon House for three years as he stated in the post. We bought the house from the estate of the daughter of the man who built the house in 1895. When I moved in, everything was in close to original condition. There had been some modern improvements, such as electricity and plumbing, but all of the original fixtures were in place, and much of the old wallpaper was still on the walls of many of the rooms.

The previous owner of the house had burned coal for heat, so there was a layer of coal dust over EVERYTHING. I was over at the house prior to moving in and was cleaning in one of the upstairs bedrooms. I remember the feeling of being watched, and I looked up and out the bedroom door. There, on the landing of the staircase was a foggy outline of a person–almost like steam or mist. The shape was clearly discernable as a person, but bby the time I blinked and looked again, it had disappeared. I didn’t think too much about it, although it startled me at the time.

When we moved in, my son was almost 2 years old. There were lots of occasions where we would hear or see things, such as hearing voices and footsteps coming from the third floor ballroom as well as seeing shadows out of the corner of our eyes. One time we heard music box music coming from what sounded like the bedroom above the living room, but when we checked upstairs it sounded like it was coming from downstairs. We never could figure out exactly where it came from, but it went away after a few minutes.

There were a lot of other weird things and feelings in the house, but the incident that sealed everything in my mind was after the birth of my daughter when we moved my son into the back bedroom. I went into his room in the morning and heard him having an animated conversation with himself, or so I thought! He kept telling me he was talking to the old man, George, and became insistent that he was in the corner of the room. He said he played with George a lot and talked with him a lot. When I checked the original blueprints of the house, I found out that the man who built the house was, indeed, named George.

It is a lovely home, and I never felt unsafe or that the spirits there were unfriendly. In fact, I really miss the house terribly!

leonna middleton says:

November 11, 2009, 2:17 pm

i do believe in ghosts. there are i believe alot of things out there we can’t explain ever.

Farah D. says:

July 17, 2010, 12:01 am

i have a story to tell… i was living in an apartment when i was 5 or 6 years old. It was very spooky there my baby brother would always cry in the middle of the night. My mother told me to never go next door i was very obidient and listened well to her instructions. One night while my grandma was visiting she heard a screaming girl next door. She heard loud bangs and an hour later she heard a broken piano i found it very wierd because there was nobody living next door.The next night while my father woke up to tend to my crying brother he heard a ‘pop! goes the weasel’ song coming from the toy basket… funny that toy can only work if someone pulls a string at the end of the box… after many encounters we moved out of the apartment no one has been living there since… I hope you enjoyed the story because i didn’t !

Poo poo head says:

August 17, 2011, 3:51 pm

Your comma usesage is spooky!

Southern Bell says:

October 1, 2011, 5:44 pm

I honestly can say I had experiences in my life and for many years this has followed me and haunted people around me. I was always told as a little girl to never tell the stories because people will think you are crazy. So experiences I had, I never spoke of them except to my mom. They were manageable until I was 22 yrs old. Then it got stronger and more vivid. I never ever felt alone. Something or someone watch me and followed me every where I went. It would do things to let me know its still there, from moving things, hiding things, lights off and on, to taking covers off at night or moving my bed. Just like the movie “paranormal activity” the movie, the girl told mikia about, how she felt and it got stronger when he played with the juji board. Same thing happen to me. That movie as to hear many people say it’s not scary. Well when it’s happening to you and follows you no matter where you move to, it’s like seeing your on life on the movie screen. I will say this, there are many stories on here that people are telling that are pleasant and unexplainable. But for the non believers these things are real. I could tell you many many stories about experiences I had, including from me ignoring it and it attacking my children just to get to me. I can now say after 20 some years, I now have peace. But trust me becareful on your haunts and games. These things are real and has more control over you than you will or could imagine. I still love to hear and read and go to find scary places to investigate. But make sure you never open a gate or door that you can’t close. It’s been amazing now I can live my life without fear.

Austin says:

January 11, 2012, 9:00 am

I think that ghost are miraculous there just amazing i think we should investigate and see how to get to there world and help or try other ways of helping.Me I’m going to be ghost hunting because i wanna see and hear and help.

Kailee says:

November 15, 2012, 2:32 pm

SPELLING ERROR: The second sentance reads, “Her young son actually had conversations with ON of the ghosts…” I believe “ON” should be “ONE”!

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