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Dayton Lake Estates

Kenefick, Texas

Built in 1960 by a couple, this three story home is said to be rather strange. After catching her husband in the act with a neighbor, the wife murdered her husband and his mistress; the house was never completed. Though it is located on a riverbank that floods every year, the home has never sustained any water damage. It is said that if one goes to the room where the murders took place, his breathing will become labored. The stained glass windows of the home are also said to glow after midnight.

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Melissa says:

November 4, 2005, 1:44 pm

That’s so freaky! I’d like to go in there and see for myself.

Jennifer says:

February 13, 2006, 4:10 pm

Where excatly is this house in kenefick.I may go and check it out.

elissa says:

February 28, 2006, 12:03 am

I have been to this house quite often and for a while conducted “tours” for my friends. It was tons of fun and it’s best to go at night. I haven’t been in a while…maybe I should go back one day.

J says:

May 24, 2006, 1:38 am

My mother-in-law is the mayor of Dayton Lake Estates. Where exactly is this house? I would like to go there when I visit her.

LOL says:

August 14, 2006, 8:04 pm

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i dont belive u that is one of the worst ghost stories i have ever read!

angel says:

August 16, 2006, 5:21 am

i aggree 2 how cn u not know where your mother in law lives

Oscar Avila says:

October 23, 2006, 6:42 pm

Sounds like a very likly story so it is very beliveable. I would love to visit this place. Planning on taking a trip to a haunted house.

Jody Carter says:

December 3, 2006, 1:15 pm

Dayton Lake Estates you can get there by going north on 59 from houston take the cleveland conroe exit take a right at the light got to next light take a left the next light is 321 take right go towards dayton f.m. 1008 is past tarkington on left dayton lake estates is going towards kenfick I will try to find the house and let you know

Kim says:

March 17, 2007, 3:23 am

The story is true about the murder. Though she wasn’t the one that killed him. He came home and find her cheating on him and he killed her and the guy, as well himself. I know this for a fact and if you go there you will see a chair outside of the road that leads to the house. Its a trail and not good for small vehicles to go down on. There is a real spirit there and its not quite friendly. I’ve been there and my mother was around when the murder happened when she was growing up. It happened in 1973. I can tell you one thing to do and it might freak you out. Knock the chair over, its where his wife use to sit and wait for the kids to come home from school at.

Brenda says:

September 10, 2007, 5:43 pm

Okay, I went looking for it. There were several places out there chairs next to the road. How far back in the area is it?

Mollie says:

October 9, 2007, 2:11 pm

I’ve been there a couple of times. Haven’t seen any ghosts yet or a chair at the end of the trail. I was there after midnight and couldn’t see the old broken stained glass windows glow. We went inside and the house is practically falling apart. It is very dangerous to go upstairs. The floors are rotten. The house is very hard to find. It is back in the forest and covered with trees and swamps when it rains. I got some of the local residents to take me. They new exactly where it was and thought it was funny that I asked to go there. We had to go by 4 X 4 vehicle. It was the only way to get back there. We weren’t very impressed but it was fun.

TexasJon says:

October 28, 2007, 8:29 pm

I use to hunt with a friend that has a deer lease in that area of Dayton Lake Est. Anywho, there are so many houses with chairs in the front driveway and a lot of old houses in the area due to floods and the amount of rain fall that the area gets in the fall and winter. So I was wondering if there is a way for someone to please post a specific address of the house, that would be great.

Mollie says:

October 29, 2007, 1:20 pm

I have a house out there and I will try to get an address but I don’t think it has one. It is back in the woods not on any particular road. Maybe at one time there was a road that ran back there. I will see what I can find out. I know it is off Trinity Rd. back in the woods on the main bumpy road thru the subdivision. After you enter the subdivision, go down a mile or 2 and it will be on the left hand side back in the woods. I think there is a sign about Dayton Lakes Estates chapel and a dead end sign nearby. But like I said before, you really need a 4 X 4 vehicle to get back there and I won’t walk because of the snakes, insects, poision ivy and such.

TexasJon says:

October 29, 2007, 7:53 pm

Mollie, thank you for the directions. I do want to check this place out. I will standby though and wait for an address or if you can give step-by-step directions/instructions. Again, thank you.

Mollie says:

November 12, 2007, 3:55 pm

I was out there this past weekend and couldn’t locate a street address but I know for sure that if after you find Dayton Lakes Estates, turn right on Trintiy Rd. You will go approx. 1/2 mile to a sign that says Dayton Lakes Chapel. At that sign turn left. This road you turn left on doesn’t have a name as far as I could tell. The house is back in those woods to the left just before you get to the Chapel. My husband walked back there since it was not too muddy and he said the house is extremely dangerous because the middle wall is collapsing into the floor which will cause the entire house to fall down when it does. He is in construction so he would know. So be careful if you go in there. Good luck finding it. That’s all the directions I can give.

jackie says:

November 19, 2007, 12:28 pm

i am from dayton lake estates and i know exactly which house it is..its not visible from the road its out in the trees a bit…i hate that house to

jackie says:

November 19, 2007, 12:29 pm

i am from dayton lake estates and i know exactly which house it is..its not visible from the road its out in the trees a bit…i hate that house to..you have to turn on chapel road to get there..its right by the church

Libby says:

December 7, 2007, 8:05 pm

Is the church still in use? Is it still standing?

cedric says:

December 20, 2007, 7:26 am

I’ve heard of this place before, though I had never heard any cause for it’s haunting.

Yes, the church is still there.

Tim says:

June 19, 2008, 2:04 am

I checked google Earth and i believe the road they are directing you to is called Little Road which is off Church Road

s.j.m. says:

December 17, 2008, 11:26 pm

that is a very creepy place. my family spent summer vacations on the river there, when it was nice, there used to be alot other families with summer camphouses there also, when there was a clubhouse,pool, nice parks,with pic-nic tables, and boat ramps. the local kids told us of such spooky tales. but now,do not go out there without someone you know and trust, or several someones. tell others also where ya’ll are going, so they can contact the authorities if you do not return as planned. it is not safe, not just the building and the terrain, but also there are many convicts, drug users, pedophiles,and just shady characters living out there. there is only one road in and one road out. cell phones do not work down there.

ruth c says:

January 18, 2009, 10:48 pm

i have a waterfront lot out there-have not been out there for 8 years-approximately what dollar amount could i get for this lot as we never use it anymore due to the roads or have things improved–are there any new houses and things—too far from town to get groceries

s.m.j. says:

January 19, 2009, 8:11 am

You can get to the nearest store/gas station in Kenefick in less than a half hour. If you are coming from Houston, that will be the last stopping place. The roads have not improved. There are a few homes that have been fixed up a little. There are many squatters out there, as so many dwellings have been abandoned. A 1/3 acre lot on the Trinity River would do well to fetch $5,000. There are new mini mansion subdivisions in or close to Kennefick, so this lends hope that maybe a developer will see the natural beauty of the area and improve things. The river has a nice white sandy beach, and petrified wood/river pebble sand bars. The several lakes out there should also make it attractive, a perfect place for the planned community it originally was. It just needs the roads and some low lying areas to be built up above flood level.

casey says:

January 31, 2009, 4:23 pm

wow that is so freacky i wish i could go there and see it myself.

David H says:

February 8, 2009, 12:43 pm

I live in Crosby not far from Dayton, and i have been up that way many times, however i have never heard this story and it realy facinates me i have spent alot of time researching the unexplained. I would like to know more about this house and possibly go see it and get some pictures of it for my web site I am building, If anyone living in the area could help me please contact me at unexplainedtexas.webs.com the site is still under construction and needs more content and if anyone knows of anywhere else in east texas let me know.
Thank you

tyler p. says:

April 25, 2009, 10:17 pm

we just went to the house by the chapel this weekend and we saw a black figure move past the window stop and look at us then move away. it was one of the freakest things i have ever witnessed.

john says:

May 11, 2009, 1:28 am

this is the only time i think i saw a real ghost. my girlfriend and i were going back to humble from kenefick. it was 3 or 4 am. we passed a general store where a dayton or kenefick police car sat with its lights off. the road im talking about will take you to 1960 and there is a sign at the beginning saying that there where a lot of deaths on the road and to be carefull. i was worried about the cop stopping me since it was so late and we were the only people on that dark road. about a half mile after passing the cop i saw a sight that sent chills up my spine. it was a lady with a black dress or gown on walking by herself. ive never seen anyone look as pale as she did and her eyes had no expression. i mean it was like she didnt know i was even there.there were things hanging from the sleeves of her dress like from both arms by her wrists. i knew she was a ghost when i saw her and i asked my girlfriend if she saw her and she said to please just keep driving. the whole thing was chilling. she was walking in the middle of nowhere in the pitch black road. it was like a corpse before makeup is applied. ive never seen anyone that white. well i didnt stop but ive always wanted to talk to the cop who also saw her. i say that because about 5 or 6 cop cars were going really fast to that location a couple minutes later. this was in 1991 or 1992. if anyone has iny info on this lady then id love to hear from you. john.

Wesley says:

May 11, 2009, 6:01 am

Ruth C I am looking for a place on the river. If you are interested in talking about selling your lot let me know.I would never live there just would like a place to fish(during the day). You can contact me at mavrickarcher@cs.com

StaCee says:

June 2, 2009, 11:09 pm

we drove out there tonight, you cant turn right on trinity road, it only goes to the left, there is a sign out there where the chapel is, and the church is abandoned, there are tons of deserted and abandoned houses out there so it would be nice to know where it is, i only live 5 minutes from Dayton Lake Estates..

Alexis says:

September 2, 2009, 6:15 pm

wow..i also live in Crosby and that sound slike it would be a really cool thing to do on a weekend. Maybe not at like 1 in the morning but just to go see it would be completely awesome. My mum used to date a guy who lived in Kenefick and i’d never heard of anything like this, but im defenietly going to go check it out sometime.

David H says:

September 15, 2009, 12:21 pm

Alexis, you can go visit my web site at unexplainedtexas.webs.com there is a link at the bottom of the home page where you can email me, if your intrested in in finding out more about this topic, we may be going to investigate or at least go see this place, since this is so close to home it really has me intrested, and if you know of any other locations around here i would love to hear about them, i know about newport and poppets way, i actually lived in one of the Haunted houses there for 2 years!! it was very intresting, ive been to bragg’s road,and read about the OTT hotel in liberty. eventually i will have more of these on my site when i have time to post them.

georganne black says:

October 9, 2009, 9:22 pm

Did anyone take pictures of the house? Someone needs to put together a website.

verna says:

January 2, 2010, 11:13 am

I am interested in this property. Is it for sale if it is I would like to know how to contact someone about it. I would also like to know is it on the river and does it have excess to the river. Why has not someone bought this area and built in it. Thanks Verna

Alyissa says:

May 1, 2010, 8:02 pm

I lived down there i mean my mom does and me and my brothers have been in that house plenty of times and its real trust me pretty scary stuff. i get the chills lol well just thinking if that happen its scary and i didnt see any chair as much as i went there but its a real house and its really messed up inside i would be careful if i went in it now.

Buffy says:

May 9, 2010, 11:31 am

Okay, I pretty much grew up in Dayton, and my best friend and my boyfriend both lived in Kenefick and I have NEVER heard this story before… how is that possible? lol

Alyissa says:

May 17, 2010, 5:52 pm

Well lol idk how it is but its pretty true i lived near it my mom lives out there its scary at night lol trust me.

Michelle says:

May 26, 2010, 1:19 pm

I used to live in Kenefick. I remember this this story. I have a friend that lived at the back of Dayton Lakes Estates. We went to school together and I spent the night at her house plenty of times when we were kids. I’ve never seen this place but know it’s there. When I return to my hometown, I may have to check it out. I always did want to see it.

jsl says:

May 26, 2010, 4:27 pm

You know, the story the guy wrote above about seeing some ghost lady on the side of the road in kenefick reminded me of something. In the early 90’s I worked in a covience store in the area, and the Kenefick officers would always come in and get coffee and tell me ghost stories of things they saw out there at night. One of the weird stories involved an officer driving down the road and a kid darted across the road and into the woods. The officer got out and looked for him and saw nothing. He gets in his car and gets called to an accident 5 miles down the road and when he arrives there it was the same kid that had ran infront of his car 5 mins. earlier and he was dead. They would always tell me stories like this phantom trucks, lets appearing behind their cars..etc. The funny thing was I never asked them anything they would come in and say, I saw the weirdest thing.

jsl says:

May 27, 2010, 2:48 am

In regards to the post about the lady walking along the side of the road in Kenefick, I use to work the night shift at this convience store in the mid 90s and the Kenefick Officers would come into coffee on their breaks. They would often tell me of strange things they would see out their at night. Such as phantom trucks, lights flashing behind there cars when they were hiding in their speed traps..etc. One officer told me this story about his superior who was on patrol one night. He said he was driving down 1008 and he saw a lil boy dart infront of his car. So he stopped and looked for the child but found nothing. He got back in his car and was called to an accident down the road. So about 3miles down the road he get’s there and in the road is the same little boy who had darted out infront of his car minutes earlier…dead from the accident. That story always would creep me out whenever I would drive down that road late at night.

Anthony Cashmere says:

June 6, 2010, 5:29 pm

Everyone,
The Bragg Road ghost light is real!! Read my posts!! Where is this Kenefick located at?
Would love to visit that place!! Becuz, I do beleive in spooks!! I do !!

Anthony

kat says:

July 2, 2010, 10:19 pm

ok, i live in dayton, i hung out with my friend in Dayton Lake Estates all the time, we’ve been through every abandoned house out there, night and day and there are no haunted houses out there, probably a rumor so if you wanna see some cool hauntings, dayton is not the place but if you hear of a real one lemme know so i can check it out =]

Kat says:

July 2, 2010, 10:31 pm

The Ott Hotel is haunted, they nicknamed the spirit Trench bc he wears a trench coat and hat. he possibly worked at the railroads. My aunts friend Ryan was washing dishes in the manager’s apartment with headphones when he turned and saw a “demon” and all he could do was cry for his mother. Another man James, a triplet that lived there with his brothers and his mother was manager, refused to go into the first room on the right up the front staircase. he never said what happened, but something scared him bad when he was in there cleaning with his mom once. Trench is usually seen upstairs by the back staircase. i’m the kat that commented on Dayton Lakes.

Carolyn says:

September 10, 2010, 2:55 pm

I owned a riverfront lot in Dayton Lakes for 19 yrs (’79-’98). I knew quite a few residents there and no one ever mentioned the haunted house. Too bad because I’m big into supernatural experiences. There’s no way that area can ever be improved with any home value to speak of because of its location in a natural flood area. You know what you’re getting into buying there and must deal with it. It’s a good weekend place if you like to fish the river and want to buy a lot with or without a small house (off the ground, of course!) You can’t beat the price! Lewis Lake also has great bass & crappie fishing. If buying and you want the highest ground, stay in the area after you make the right turn onto River Rd close to the entrance. Good luck and y’all keep those ghost stories coming!

Carolyn says:

September 10, 2010, 3:02 pm

Oops! I meant highest ground is on Trinity Rd, not River Rd.

Randel Banning says:

October 18, 2010, 9:23 pm

this house is scary as hell my step brothers took me there one nite with my sister we heard all kinds of things very creepy story I heard was completely different about why its haunted though

Randel Banning says:

October 18, 2010, 9:25 pm

this house is scary as hell my step brothers took me there one nite with my sister we heard all kinds of things very creepy story I heard was completely different about why its haunted though lots of bad feelings there to just hatred

michael mc says:

December 7, 2010, 1:32 pm

the house in dayton lake estates i’ve been out there many times since halloween ive been exploring the grounds and looking the road called little rd is right in front of the church there is no sign. the rd looks like a driveway to the church but it is not it goes about 50 ft into the brush then ends into mud there is a house to the left of the church where the rd ends it is prety scary especially at night. i haven’t seen a 3 story house yet but i haven’t gone that far on to the property. i believe the house that everyone is talking about is there but u have to look. i had an odd experence while i was there i believe there are spirits there or something there while i was walikng and exploring the property i was walikng bake to my truck and out of nowhere a peice of briar about 3/4 of an ince hit me in the face, after i was hit i looked around and did not see any brisr around where i was at i don’t know where it came from i know it was briar because i had 4 thornes in my face that had broken off. i have taken pictures and posted them on unexplained tx they are pics of the chappel. little rd is on the left side of the chappel when u turn on the rd the sign to the chappel will be on your right. to get to the chappel comming from dayton follow the rd going to kenefick go through kenifick till you see a sign on the left pointing to the right that says dayton lake estates turn there and follow that rd way back in the woods approxmately 2-3 miles till you come to a blue house on right which is on a corner turn right at that house that is trinity rd there is no sign follow trinity rd about 1/2 mile to a white sign that says dayton lake chappel turn left at that sign go about 1/2 a block to the chappel it is on the left, there is a sign by the rd that says dayton lake chappel. if you go to unexplained tx and look at the pic titled dayton lake estates you will see a pic of the chappel

Carolyn says:

December 7, 2010, 2:17 pm

Dear michael mc: I couldn’t find the unexplained tx website. Can you post another comment giving the actual link so we can see the pic? I can’t find pics of the house or the chapel anywhere else. Thanks!

michael mc says:

February 17, 2011, 11:25 pm

Carolyn the web sight for unexplained texas is unexplainedtexas.webs.com if you can’t find it maby i can try to send you the pics to your email address if my computer will let me. i went out there on 2-16-11 and found the house and took pics of it from a distance but you can see the house really good. when i went there it looked like someone was starting to clean up the lot a little so i don’t know if they are going to do something to the house or not. i got the link from a comment on this websight the guy who first posted it was name david.

michael mc says:

February 17, 2011, 11:53 pm

unexplainedtexas.webs.com Carolyn i copied and pasted the websight that was on the message.if you can’t find the websight please contact me by email at doughboy42001@yhoo.com the words are all in lowercase letters.

michael mc says:

February 17, 2011, 11:56 pm

unexplainedtexas.webs.com Carolyn i copied and pasted the websight that was on the message.if you canâ??t find the websight please contact me by email at doughboy42001@yahoo.com

matt says:

March 12, 2011, 1:53 pm

My cousin lives 100 ft or so from the house. Its at the very end of Cottonwood Drive. We walk to it and it is not hard to find. You can see it from the road.

michael mc says:

March 27, 2011, 1:48 am

hey matt thankyou for helping clear up the confusion i was having i didn’t realize that cotton wood st went that far until i looked at google maps and saw that it did . cotton wood goes nearly to the front door. i have been going around the back of the house by the church. what are they doing to the property beside the house? it looked like it was being cleared off.

RebelOne82 says:

April 11, 2011, 5:45 pm

I’ve tracked all kinds of things down on this particular house, it still stands the owner of the property is Anton Polkner atleast that is what the Tax Office has down on paper. There is no way to contact him. I will be headed up there tomorrow to view the property and the house will be with Dayton Lake Estates City Council members. I will take pictures of the outside and possibly the inside and will post somewhere on this webpage. If you would like to contact me you can do so at (832)589-5452

brandy m says:

April 16, 2011, 9:52 pm

uhh dont call this fake becus i live out there. ive been there. its red and down a trail. the bottom has cement bricks and piled up dirt…stair run thru out the house and its really scary.

kayla says:

October 1, 2011, 3:19 am

i live in baytown but visit my grandmother often and have been there a few times down to the river and also to a few abandoned houses. i believe i may have seen this house but i am not sure. i am in dayton for the weekend and would like to see this place at night but do not know exactly where to go and do not want to go by myself and i know grany doesnt want to go but i also have no vehicle. can anyone who has actually been there recently give me exact directions. And would anyone in the dayton area who knows where it is like to go there with me.

Matt says:

June 7, 2012, 3:20 pm

Does anyone know if this house is still standing because me and a friend are thinking about goin to check it out

Kelseyreed says:

September 30, 2012, 5:24 am

This story is bull. I live literally right outside of dayton lake estates (the river bottoms.) My family used to go out there and fish and swim a few years ago before it was disgusting and whatnot. and i’ve been in a few abandoned houses out there. But that’s all they are, abandoned houses. But if you do intend to go out there, you do have the right to be afraid. there are meth labs, which of course means there are creepy meth heads. so you’ve been warned. and dayton’s really just a boring little town. i laughed when i started reading all of these peoples comments about how they have so many ghost stories placed in this town. i’ve lived here literally my whole life and the scariest thing i’ve heard of was the crazy lady that constantly walks up and down 1008. but trust me, she’s alive. she went to high school with my dad.

Kayla says:

October 21, 2012, 9:42 am

I spent the day looking for this house. I found the chapel, walked straight back behind it found a swampy spot no house went a little further and found a tiny pull behind camper. decided we maybe went the wrong way so we turned around and took a trail like path kinda northwest i think, ended up finding something that looked like a barn but I’m pretty positive it wasn’t a house. went on another trail like path and came out to the road…. does this house really freakin exist???? i was so excited to find it, but instead i walked away with cuts all up and down my legs and bites everywhere. huge disappointment

Kayla says:

October 21, 2012, 5:33 pm

So me and my husband went back today. i thought not finding it was a disappointment but finding it was worse. its fallen down run down not safe not scary and a crock of ****. i took pictures inside and out, i guess kinda hoping something unexplained would show in them but no its just pictures of a fallen down house i wouldn’t even waste your time going there unless you want to be disappointed.

Carolyn says:

August 8, 2013, 5:31 pm

I owned property on the river bank in Dayton Lakes Estates from 1979 to 1998 and never once heard anything about this haunted house. I have the original brochure & map of Dayton Lakes showing all the lakes and roads and there is no Old Church Road on this map. Must have been just a road someone arbitrarily named it later.

Kayen says:

January 20, 2014, 3:28 am

While I would love to tell y’all this is true, I’m afraid I can’t. Yes the three story house is said to be haunted but y’all have the story all wrong. Nobody killed any cheating spouse. The reason the house was never finished is because the wife died of cancer and the husband (who was building it for her) ceased construction. As far as the stained glass window goes, thanks to a group of want to be thugs it is shattered beyond repair, but it really was a sight back in the day. Now there are pentagrams and **** all over because dang kids don’t have respect for those whos morn lost love long after they have lost their hold on life.

Christina Foshee says:

March 26, 2014, 4:07 pm

I was wondering if anyone could tell me if any of the empty houses are for rent or sale

David says:

June 6, 2014, 3:01 pm

I used to have some friends down in Dayton Lake Estates that I used to hang out back in high school (2001-2005). I have been all over that area. Not sure how it is now, I haven’t been back there in about 7years. Me and a couple friends went out to that house Halloween of 2003 about 10-11pm. We found the house after a short walk from the road by the chapel. Yes it was run down and looked like it was about to fall. And this was 10+ years ago. There was nothing “haunted” about the place. Just old and run down. I have no idea if it still stands. I don’t even know if I would go back to the area anymore because I don’t know anyone down there now. The river front was great though. Beach was always clean.

And there is still a woman that walks up and down 1008 just about every day. I see her all the time. Not sure where she is going or where she is coming from but she is always right around the park when I pass her. This is mostly during the day. I have only seen her out after dark a few times in the last 10-15 years.

Mistyk says:

September 21, 2014, 9:46 am

I live in Simmons Bottom off 1008. I have been to Dayton Lake Estates, the place itself is scary as heck after dark. Have very good friends that live there but you won’t catch me there after the sun goes down. The people there are very private and like it that way.

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