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Nicholson’s Home

Washington, Louisiana

A former civil war hospital, this home served as the site of many amputations during the war. Today, an amputee haunts the house. However, he is a friendly apparition who simply walks around the house on his one leg.

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Thanat says:

January 6, 2006, 11:31 am

OMG, that is SOOO FREAKY!!!

Carolyn says:

January 19, 2007, 8:36 pm

ooooooooo, I`m so scared

chelsea says:

February 9, 2007, 6:42 am

that’s some scary stuff very cool

ile i caci says:

February 19, 2007, 11:27 am

**** YOU

Joe says:

March 26, 2007, 10:53 am

I was just there 2 weeks ago. Believe it or not I actualy saw the ghost. It was sooo cool but he was not scarry, just ugly!!!! I took a picture of him too.

MIchael says:

March 27, 2007, 8:43 pm

Hey how does he walk he only has one leg i know hes a ghost but come on one leg no way

Rachel Goff says:

March 30, 2007, 12:15 pm

Dude…. That’s awesome… But how does he walk??? Confused… Te he…

CESAR says:

June 21, 2007, 10:52 am

THAT IS THE GAYEST STORY I HAVE EVER H

loco says:

August 21, 2007, 4:42 pm

The ghost’s name is Peg Leg-some call him Hoppy. He has a gold ring in his left earlobe and is dressed in soilder’s clothes. Word is, he was forced to serve in the service after he was caught for piracy on a vessel headed for the southern tip of florida. He was happy serving as a soilder, as he did not die from scurvey. The ship’s name was The Marietta that he was captured on. It was a smaller vessel with 13 other pirates on board. He surrendered when the battle was being lost from the US war vessel- the others died under thier oath to thier Captain. Basically he was a traitor to his fellow pirates. He lost his leg due to battle, and eventually died from infection at the hospital from gang green that set in his amputated leg. A peg is in place where his leg used to be. Some say you can hear the faint tapping of his peg leg in this place around sun set.

CHRISTA says:

September 24, 2007, 8:21 pm

I GO TO SCHOOL AROUND THE HOUSE AND WE BE ON THE BUS LOOKIN IN THE WINDOW AND WE SAW A WOMEN WROCKIN IN A CHAIR BY THE WINDOW.

maggie says:

November 22, 2007, 11:26 pm

This is my cousin’s paternal grandmother’s house. She was not directly related to myself. The house is amazing! The upstairs was the hospital area and still has blood stains on the floor. Spending the night there was a little scary. I think Mrs. Nicholson was trying to scare us. I didn’t spend enough time there to “see” anything but there are bones under the house.

jennifer says:

December 5, 2007, 6:26 pm

555555555

Susan says:

December 9, 2007, 10:02 pm

I visited this house when I was a kid living in LA. I did see the blood stains on the wooden floor of the upstairs attic. I also remember being in a front bedroom with my dad and we both felt a cold chill drift by. It was a pretty creepy place.

victoria says:

January 21, 2008, 10:22 pm

my dad lived in that home

Josh says:

March 23, 2008, 11:54 pm

Can anyone tell me how to get there???

Tiffany says:

March 24, 2008, 5:05 pm

If he was amputated, why would he still be nice? I wouldn’t be if someone cut off my leg!

Sara says:

March 24, 2008, 7:15 pm

That is very creepy. Why would someone cut off another persons leg? That is crazy!! I would be out of that place in 1 second if I knew it was haunted, but now I do know! Why can’t he just ignore people when they come to explore his house? That would be freaky if some stupid kids walked up to his house and started throwing rocks!! He would probably come out of his house quietly and snatch them.

The New Guy says:

April 12, 2008, 8:35 pm

I just moved to the area and am interested in finding out more about this house. Where is it and is it privately owned? And like Josh asked, how do I get there? Who do I need to talk to in order to take some pictures around the house?

Renee says:

August 15, 2008, 6:40 pm

im so into stuff like this, but i have a scary side, i really want to know the house location and how to get there

Kay says:

September 21, 2008, 8:43 pm

That’s Stuid! Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!

Ross says:

October 19, 2008, 7:01 pm

I did a study on this house when I was in high school. The house is truely haunted. I interviewed the 90ish year old owner of the residence. I have not been there in about 10years I can’t tell you if she is still living or not at this point. The owner of the homes name is not Nicholson, Nicholson was the original owner of the home. He was involved in import and export of goods by way of flat bottom push boats. To my knowledge the owner of the house is the Gant Family and has been for about 100yrs now. The elderly widow Gant lived in the home alone. The house was built on top of a Native American Burial Mound. From the front side the house sits about 2-3ft off the ground in classic Acadian style with the front porch that runs along the front of the whole house. 1 and 1/2 stories tall with a steap pitched roof. From the back of the house the stands about 10-12ft off the ground. During the Civil War the Confederate Army used the home for “The Cause” as they called it. The house was near the bayou and they knew the Yankees would take a water approch. They cut shooting lanes into the foundation of the house so they could fire on Yankees without being seen and considering the walls of the foundation were about 2ft thick they were great protection from return fire. The main floor of the house was used as quarters and offices of Confederate Officers. The upper floor was used as an military hospital. And there is truth to the blood stain on the floor I have seen it and over the years they attemped to clean it actually with great sucess, well at least for the day. The next morning the stain would have reappeared. Now when it comes to ghosts in the house; I believe it! Mrs. Gant advised her husband gave them the house shortly after they were married. The house was used as a rental property but they never could keep a tenant. She told me stories of the remodeling of the house; trying to clean the blood stains and removing lead slugs from the plaster walls. She told tales of waking from naps to find the soldier standing her bed watching her. She told me she never felt threatened by him more protected. She told me of an incident some time in the 1970’s when she had two young boys wanting to pick pecans in the back yard. She left them to the task and shortly after heard noises under the house. She found boys under house digging into the mound. They had uncovered arrowheads and clay pots and such. She scolded the children gave them each an arrowhead and sent them on their way. she reburied the remaining items. After this multiple people reported experiences with what they believed to the spirit of the deceased Native American that was disturbed by the juveniles. It was told to me that one man suffered a heart attack after entering the basement and seeing a large face coming at him quickly. Others reported large hands coming at them. Mrs. Gant consulted an old Cajun Treater or Healer and she advised her to put all items back in the mound and the spirit would rest. Well she never saw the boys again so she never could get the arrowheads back. So the house claims another spirit. The Native American never came up into the living space of the house; he always stayed underneath and the Civil War soldier never left the living space of the house. There is one room on the main level that I always refer to as “The Cold Room” when I saw it it was used as an office. It was said that woman entered this room a non-believe suddenly began screaming and was struck blind. It was not until sometime later when she was convienced the only way to possible to restore her sight was to re-enter the room, she did and again started screaming but her sight was restored. To this day its said that woman will not speak of what she saw in that room on either day, she was alone in the room both times. Mrs. Gant told me that they have a trap door in the room that leads to the basement. I made the decision that I would not enter that room. This was after my experience in the front parlor. The lady of the house had trouble getting around so she sent me into the front parlor for an article spread that she kept on a large table in this rarely used front room. It was winter the room was cold and dark. She had a saddle positioned on a stand near the stairs that lead upstairs. A large antique wooden table strewn with trinkets, antiques, and articles from the houses history. By the way thats the nickname of the house, The House of History. Their was a large wooden rocker in the corner near the front door. A large hall tree loomed on the other side of the front door with a large smokey mirror. I got the articles and continued my conversations with the lady of the house. I as my predecessor had brought along a tape recorder to get the whole conversation down and with high hopes of a possible EVP recording. Just like in her case, the tape recorder didn’t work. When I speak of my predecessor, I speak of my mentor, Christine Word, A native of Lafayette, Louisiana. She is the acclaimed author of “Ghost Along the Bayou”. I thought I would up the annie with the spirits of Nicholson House, I had tested the recorded and had extra batteries. When pulled up at the house I checked the recorder, in perfect working order. When I started the tape in the house, the lady of the house laughed and said “its not going to work”. And she was right, nothing, as if it didn’t even have batteries in it. I had intentally left the extra batteries in the car. I excused myself when I got the car I tried it and it worked. Just make the effort I changed the batteries and tested again. When I got back in the house, the recorder worked. Later at home on play back the tape was blank other than my testing at the begining. After We had finished our chat I returned to the front parlor to return the articles to the table. I made it about half way across the room when something stopped me in my tracks. The rocking chair in the corner began rocking as if someone had gotten up from sitting in it. Then I felt something brush my left shoulder, like a stranger would in passing in a narrow space. Up until then I had seen things in my past but never felt. This brushed feeling sent shivers down my spine, goose bumps, and terribly cold feeling to the bone in my left shoulder. Yes I know the room was cold but it was a different kind of cold, it hurt and only in the one shoulder. I heard the lady of the house from the back parlor ask me what was wrong, she could see me through the french doors with thin lace curtains that seperated the two rooms. I told her what happened still not moving from the spot that I was standing in. She told me you scared him, much more than your scared of him. She told me just put the items down and come back your fine. I put the items back on the table and when I turned around to start back across the room I noticied something different in the room. On the back side of the staircase was a closet door; it stood adjacent to the front door. On first trip into the room the door was closed with the small slide bolt lock. This time the door was about 2-3 inches open and slide bolt lock was unlocked. No one was in the house other myself and Mrs. Gant. She explained way the door event as a common occurance, “He slams doors all the time” she said laughing. “He’s letting you know he’s around”. After the 1970’s Mrs. Gant avoided the basement as much as possible, but the spirit inside the house became more of a roommate and companion after her children moved away and her husband passed. I had several visits with keeper of the house of history over a course of months and still I never went back in the front parlor, never went into the office, and never had even a thought of entering the basement. Anyone that has more questions about the Nicholson House or other homes in the area with interesting past, email me: EvangelineSO80@yahoo.com

Mitch with S.L.I.P. says:

November 19, 2008, 12:07 am

I was just wondering if we was able to go investigate this home. Get in touch with us @ myspace.com/slip or email us sliparanormal@sliparanormal

Brandon says:

February 15, 2009, 10:51 pm

That’s cool

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shae says:

September 20, 2009, 11:05 am

I live not far from the house. Everytime I pass in front of it, I look all around it to see if I can see anything unusual or anybody watching me threw the upstairs window. I haven’t came across anything strange yet, but who knows, maybe one day I’ll be back on this site posting a story of my own up.

frances says:

October 13, 2009, 5:31 pm

my sister and i use to walk there late at night sometimes and there would be a shadow of someone in the front porch. but it is really true haunted indeed. please believe me!!!!!!!!!!

katie says:

November 19, 2009, 9:27 pm

thats like totally FAKE!!!!!!! I dont believe in that ****!!!!!!!

Ross says:

November 21, 2009, 6:09 am

Okay Katie if its totally “FAKE” then by all means you don’t have to read it and then you really don’t have to post rude comments either…

kaykay says:

November 25, 2009, 3:42 am

where is it in washington like road street address??

Ross says:

November 28, 2009, 4:41 am

It’s on main street on the corner but I forget the cross street now and I live so far away now I can’t run out there and check it, but basically its on the west side of main st on the south west corner. its a white house with a front porch across the front the house still a few feet off the ground with a brick encloser on underneth. It’s a one story house with a 1/2 story 2nd floor in the attic roof line. There is a large two car car port on the back side of the house that has a driveway on the side street. They have several pecan trees on the property. The house sits on a hill so the back side is a good 8-10 feet off the ground.thats about all I can recall of it.

Michelle says:

December 13, 2009, 1:58 am

I really like reading your story Ross, but get this I’m from Louisiana and i have never heard about this house. As I was reading it I felt like i was there with you. Even though I have never been there it sounds true to me.

Ross says:

December 22, 2009, 4:18 am

I guess next time I go home for a visit I will get the address and maybe set up a meet up in Washington to tell stories.

lalla says:

December 23, 2009, 11:18 am

thats so creepy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!questura

Starr says:

May 26, 2010, 4:00 pm

I am the Founder of bayou Paranormal. I have been to the Nicholson’s home many times. The lady who owned it was very nice and love to talk about the ghost. Her son now owns it and will not talk about anything. I have been trying to get in to investigate it, With no luck. If anyone out there knows who I can talk to please let me know. Its just sitting there going to waste. You can follow us on Face Book at Bayou Paranormal.

Starr says:

May 26, 2010, 4:06 pm

There is a tunnal under the home. This used to be a cival war hospital but the dont tell you is that there was body all over the place. That they stacked them up to the windows. The windows are 8ft off the ground st lease and that one of the main ghost that still haunts the place is a nurse. The blood stains are still on the stairs and the stairs have been clean by everything but the stains are still there.

JIGGY MAMMA says:

July 6, 2010, 5:39 pm

JESUS! HOLY MUTHER OF CHRIST MOTHER FUCKAZ!!!!! thas funny do….. i is going!

Marie says:

August 18, 2010, 2:41 am

I remember going there when I was really little. There was a LOT of activity there. I’m not one who is very sensitive to paranormal things very often but at that age I experienced a number of things. I remember hearing screams in the upstairs (as well as seeing a few apparitions) and experiencing things under the house. I remember liking the old lady that was there. I hope to be able to go back there now that I’m an adult, I doubt I would have the same experiences though.

shelby says:

February 15, 2011, 5:55 pm

in our libary at school we have a book called 100 or something like that haunted places in wisconsin.

shelby says:

February 15, 2011, 6:00 pm

i live in wisconsin and we have alot of places haunted too.I think its weird how some places only a few haunted areas and wehave alot like some other state.

des says:

May 4, 2011, 10:39 am

I live up the street frm the house it sits on the corner of main n vine st n I pass by the house. All the time n look at like I feel like somethin is watching me I don’t look to long cause I’m scard I might see something but everytime I pass I look but at night when I pass I try my hardest not to stare at the house cause it feels like something is staring back at me the house creeps me out so I never pass directly in front of the house at night cause u can see right in to the basement I swear its somethin in there

Sammy Sugden says:

May 6, 2011, 4:18 pm

Am I supposed to be scared now? That was NOT scary! Yep totally! That really happened cuz I took a bath one night and my rubber ducky flew out of the tub. HAHA!!!

stuck says:

September 15, 2011, 12:14 pm

I can still remember the first time i heard the story of this home . the man had lived in the Nicholson home and had spoke of a woman in a white dress and two little girls who played around in the bed room . of course I had reason to doubt these stories yet i would find my self staring at the home every time i passed but it wasn’t until later in life as an adult i came across this house again . like a bad memory it stayed stuck deep in the back of my head . say what you want but i had become obsessed with this house . i found my self on google reading every article possible on the home almost searching for an answer to what the question i’m still not sure . i would do just about anything to get in i’ve called the town asked locals locked my self down with research . I have knocked it down to Mrs. Nicholson’s past like that she was the first Louisiana Miss America. the house haunts me , my dreams and before you say that i am nuts i am quite positive i am not at one point i must admit i found my self asking the same questions . i thought if i could just get in maybe the obsession would stop but the son will NOT budge it’s almost as if he is scared of the house . I would love to talk to anyone who has had the chance to speak with the Mrs. , been in the home ,hell i would settle for the mail man to be honest

Bryan says:

September 25, 2011, 7:02 pm

In response to Ross: You make it sound as if the house is on the bayou banks, it is about 1/2 a mile from the bayou. Most of what you say about the house (don’t know much about the stories) seems accurate. However the old woman who lived there was indeed Mrs. Nicholson. She was the first Miss Louisiana and she had a nude portrait of herself above her bed’s headboard. That saddle in the front parlor was covered in silver trim. I went there on a date. My date was a believer, I was not. Mrs. Nicholson told of the “helmet” that she never saw but plenty of others told her they’d seen under the house. My date and I went to have a look. She saw the “helmet”, I saw the 2 1/2 gallon bucket. That was my last date with that girl, guess she didn’t like truth over fantasy. Sadly, Mrs. Nicholson passed away. Her son, I was told just today (9/25/’11) by the town’s museum keeper, started to repair the place but has stopped.

D. Huntere says:

September 29, 2011, 6:16 am

9-28-2011 @ 03:45 am, I took the opportunity to visit this house after all the stories I’ve read. However, nothing sees out of the ordinary and I really didn’t expect anything to just jump out after me. I did walk around the house and noticed you can see under the it and appears someone has been digging in the ground. What they are looking for, Hmmmmm, no one knows. I attempted to look inside but was unable to and plan to return tomorrow and try again. I took several photo’s and in now wondering why they didn’t come out. Hmmmmmmm. I will try that again just to confirm it’s not my camera.

D. Haunted says:

September 29, 2011, 6:19 am

This is truly a creepy house. I visited last night around 3:45 am on 9-28-11, nothing jumped out after me nor did i see anything moving other than myself.I will return tonight for further investigatioin.

Barbara says:

October 31, 2011, 4:40 pm

I live only 20min away, but have never been inside. I wish I could go there tonight for Halloween!

Barbara says:

February 21, 2012, 4:33 pm

My sister and I went to see the house yesterday. It’s really getting run down, the windows are boarded up and it looks completely abandoned. Whoever owns it now is letting it fall apart. It’s really sad.

Dyrreun says:

May 5, 2012, 9:56 pm

THE HOUSE IS AT THE CORNER OF MAIN ST. & VINE ST. WASHINGTON LOUISIANA AS OF NOW IN 2012 THE HOUSE IS BOARDED UP NO ONE LIVE IN THAT HOUSE I WAS BORN IN THE NEXT TOWN OVER IN OPELOUSAS AND I LIVED IN THE HISTORIC TOWN OF WASHINGTON I SEEN AND WALKED BY THIS HOME MANY OF TIMES DAY AND NIGHT I HAD A RELATIVE STAYED RITE BEHIND THE HOUSE I NEVER BEEN INSIDE THE NICHOLSON HOUSE AND I NEVER FELT OR SEEN ANYTHING IT’S A LOT OF RUMORS OF MADE UP STORIES AROUND TOWN OF CORSE …. BUT HOWEVER I DO BELIEVE IT’S TRULY HUNTED AND SLAVES WAS KEPT IN THE BASEMENT …. PEOPLE LIKE TO AVOID THAT FACT … YES BONES WAS FOUND UNDER THE PORCH AND YES IT IS BUILT OVER INDIAN BURIAL GROUNDS AND YES PEG LEG DOES HUNTS THE HOUSE

camille says:

November 27, 2012, 2:06 am

I think it would be cool to tour there, and possibly sleep over. Hes a friendly spirit, he cant hurt you.

Ryley says:

October 6, 2017, 10:48 am

I’d give this a 55555555555/10

Ryley says:

October 6, 2017, 10:52 am

Jennifer did this

Spoopster says:

October 6, 2017, 10:52 am

2 spoopy 4 me

DirtThief says:

October 6, 2017, 10:58 am

I buried an illegl imagrent here

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