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Fort Huachuca Officer’s Quarters

Fort Huachuca, Arizona
By Cecilia

Fort Huachuca, a military base located in Arizona, has historical value and large commanding, training, and space shuttle centers. But, if you look a little further into its past, youâ??ll find an old secret not yet covered up by modern technology and advanced programs. The fort was first built around 1877, and played an important part in Americaâ??s Indian wars as a headquarters and supply base. Later, it was used for African-American â??Buffalo Soldiersâ? and then as an advanced testing center for electronics and communications after World War Two. By 1976, it was even named a National Historic Landmark.

Carleton House, the oldest building on the property, was constructed to be hospital. Finished in 1880, it was named after a famous Civil War General: James H. Carleton. Over the course of time, it was turned into an officerâ??s quarters, a mess hall, a post headquarters, a post chapel, a café, and a schoolhouse. In fact, for about four years, it was even used as a vacation retreat by two Arizona governors.

However, the most famous visitor to the Carleton house was Colonel Roy Strom. He was a deputy commander, and moved into the house with his wife Joan and their children. Almost instantly, weird things started happening. The contents of boxes would be found strewn about, and the doorbell would ring constantly with no apparent cause. The lights also blinked randomly, and wall hangings were never quite straightâ?¦but these things were more annoying than creepy. At least, at the start.

As the Strom family continued to live there, they were eventually lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the ghost who became known as Charlotte. (Although Charlotte does a thorough job of making her presence known, actual sightings of the woman are rare.) Early one morning, Joan thought she saw her daughter Amy walking down the hall. However, Amy ignored her greetingâ?¦and was fast asleep in her bed when Joan checked her room. Intrigued, Joan began to research who her visitor could be.

The story tells of a young woman who, over one hundred fifty years ago, was a critical patient in the Carleton House when it was still a hospital. She gave birth to a stillborn son, and she herself died a few days later. Angered by the fact that her child never received a proper burial, she continued to haunt the Carleton house even after it changed from a hospital. But her actual identity remained a mystery, and it was the Strom family that finally named the ghost â??Charlotteâ?.

According to another report, a boy had been trying to deliver a message to the people currently living in the Carleton House. After ringing the doorbell to no avail, he spotted a pretty blonde woman with long hair and a flowing dress walking through the hallway. But she appeared not to hear the ringing, and later, the family in the house insisted that nobody had been home. In addition, the daughter of that family claimed to have seen Charlotte in the hallway after returning home late one night.

As mentioned before, the young ghost certainly isnâ??t secretive about her haunts. Many strange happenings have been reported by residents over the years, such as their pets going crazy at night, and stuff randomly moving around. One section of the house is significantly colder than the other, and has a light that never works properly. Joan Strom dubbed this â??Charlotteâ??s Cornerâ?, which it is still affectionately called today.

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karie-anne blais says:

November 1, 2005, 1:26 pm

put pictures!

laurel says:

February 19, 2006, 7:42 pm

hey i used to live on fort huachuca but ive never been to the carleton house could you give a location it sounds instering did anything else happen there or near there thanks for the artical if you post anymore stores please give more detail thanks by

george says:

April 12, 2006, 4:25 am

I used to live in a town next to Fort Huachuca, I have always heard of the house. I have driven past it many times. The house is on the road where all the officers homes are. It stands out because all the homes are white and look like construction from the 1930’s-40’s, but this one home is made of huge stones and the construction is defintely from the 1800’s. I’ve been told it was used as a hospital for soldiers fighting the indians in the 1880’s. Never been inside, but just the outside looks pretty spooky.

beth says:

July 14, 2006, 11:47 pm

I lived on Fort Huachuca 2 times and the house does look spooky. I now live just outside Fort Huachuca and once or twice a week I’m up there and pass that old spooky house.

20 year old says:

October 9, 2006, 10:59 am

I think that this story might be true because I believe some ghost do haunt places that they want revenge on. Charlottewanted revenge on the people who didn’t give her son a proper burial.

Sunny says:

October 20, 2006, 4:54 pm

I’ve been in there once. Residual Haunting!

Jaymie says:

October 22, 2006, 2:27 pm

This story seems really true. i want to visit it.

Amanda & Bubu 4 now says:

November 2, 2006, 11:16 pm

WHOO SCARY!!Not…she didnt do harm.You cant be scared if u luv god.

Amanda & Bubu 4 now says:

November 2, 2006, 11:17 pm

WHOO SCARY!!Not…she didnt do harm.You cant be scared if u luv god.I

Amanda & Bubu 4 now says:

November 2, 2006, 11:17 pm

YIKES!I take that back cuz I saw a black cat shadow go past real fast!

svaz2003 says:

November 5, 2006, 7:11 pm

I lived on the fort for 9 years so it seems like this house has scared me my whole life! And yes, it was used as a hospital for soldiers “back in the day.” If you doubt this one, just go check it out for yourself. Keep in mind people do live there so you can’t go inside, but just going near it will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up! The house is across the street from the parade grounds, and nearby is the fort cemetery and the old courthouse. I was told this courthouse is where criminals were hanged. You gotta see it!

stephen lembcke says:

January 5, 2007, 12:04 pm

mitch kill say this story lookis like ****

stephen lembcke says:

January 5, 2007, 12:04 pm

matt is a gay homo

Eleanor Frawley says:

February 3, 2007, 7:44 pm

Apparently those posting messages did not read the comments about using correct grammar, capitalization and punctuation. I know of a haunted grade school in Wisconsin and respectfully suggest that it might be a good idea if some responders visited there.

Brittany Underwood says:

March 1, 2007, 5:06 pm

Spooky

pumpkin says:

July 8, 2007, 11:42 am

i think this story was very interesting. i wish i could see it but i am in new jersey but it is still fun and spooky to read ghosts storys from different states and countrys. love ya. and have a spooky day

Jen says:

September 21, 2007, 5:20 pm

I live on ft huachuca and I am trying to figure out exactly which house it is. Can anyone help me?

Samantha FitzGerald says:

September 27, 2007, 5:20 pm

I live in Ft. Huachuca when I was a child. Every holiday season they have house tours for all the officers houses (they are all historical buildings). I believe the Carlton House is not the only haunted house of the officers homes. Check out local websites for the officers house tour schedule.

China Zmuida says:

October 9, 2007, 8:44 pm

I know this place well. When my friend’s dad was a general on post, they used to live in this house. His mother had this hand mirror she used to keep on her dresser in their bedroom. When she looked in it once, she saw the face of another woman, dropping the mirror and breaking it. His mom never used hand mirrors again. I only went into the house once because I heard crying that was unexplainable. The place scared the bejesus out of me, and I have never ventured back to that place, nor will I ever again.

SPC Ty Wilson says:

October 11, 2007, 1:04 am

I now live at Ft. Huachuca and have decided to give thsi a look see as an amateur ghost hunter and will keep the lot of you updated as to my finds.

RoJo says:

October 14, 2007, 12:20 am

Perhaps Eleanor Frawley should take her own advice. She used past tense and present tense in the same sentence.

MARY CORONEO says:

March 27, 2008, 9:23 pm

I LIVED IN SIERRA VISTA FOR ALL BUT ONE YEAR OF MY LIFE THE MAJORITY OF THE OFFICER HOUSES ARE HAUNTED BUT THAT ONE IS THE MOST. I ALSO HEAR THAT ONE IS ABOUT THE ONLY ONE THAT WILL NOT BE REMODLED…THERE ARE ALOT OF PLACES ON POST THAT ARE HAUNTED.

nick says:

April 3, 2008, 6:41 pm

ok, as for carleton house the tales of activity you’ve all stated are correct, however; those who believe the house will not be remodeled may be shocked to learn that the house is currently under renovation.

The activity in question was most notably documentd by Col. Strom (ret) a former resident who still works on the post as a civilian.

Many of the homes and buildings on fort huachuca are supposedly haunted. Not just from the activities of the army throughout history, but from the numerous indian wars that occured throughout the region prior to the post being established in 1888.

Lauren Ross says:

August 2, 2008, 6:51 am

CAN WE SAY WHERE IS GHOST HUNTERS ON THIS CASE?? come on Jason and Grant we need you to check out this home!!

Amy says:

August 5, 2008, 10:04 pm

I lived on Fort Huachuca about 20 years ago and hear the same exact stories. My mom would drive us by the house every halloween just to try to scare us!

Keri says:

August 21, 2008, 12:15 am

I recently visited Ft. Huachuca over the summer with my parents. Since my father is good friends with the M.I. Corps Command Sergeant Major there and he told us of the numerous ghost stories of Ft. Huachuca. If I am not mistaken, I was told that this was the house with the rocking chair? I believe the story is that when you sign for this house under military housing, there is a rocking chair that comes with the house and in the contract, it is made clear not to move it. Otherwise, the ghost(s) of Charleton House get rather upset, but I cannot be sure. All I know is that when I was told this, I was terrified. We were staying in army lodging, and I it quite difficult to sleep, as well as my siblings. It seems that entire area is full of paranormal. All the way from Ft. Huachuca to Tombstone. It’s a rather scary place which I have no desire to return. I suppose I’m just a terrified teenager.

Teri says:

September 12, 2008, 5:54 am

In 1985, I lived in this house for one year. I was a senior in high school and my bedroom was in what was once the morgue. Our family did experience quite a few stange things during our stay in this house and since this time I believe in ghosts. In the living room, we kept a rocking chair for Charlotte and she did rock and knit. The piece she was knitting grew even though nobody in the house knew how to knit. The dog acted a little strange around her corner and the light in her corner would work only during daytime even though all four lights were connected to the same switch. At night, only at night and every night only three of the four overhead lights worked. One morning in winter we woke up to a freezing house and found all the windows in the living room wide open. There was often a strange mist in the bathroom even though nobody had showered. I am pretty sure my father saw Charlotte once but he won’t admit it today. The only time I was extremely scared was when I heard knocking coming from inside my closet. I usually slept with the closet door open because it had a light in it and at the time I was a little afraid of the dark. One night I felt very silly about sleeping with the light on and shut the closet door. The knocking woke me up, and after turning all the lights and the TV on I opened the closet door only to find nothing strange. I didn’t get my parents because to get to them I had to go through the living room. Once I went downstairs for the night I usually stayed there. I liked my room though because I had my own bathroom, fireplace and door to the house. Other interesting things happened in that house but I don’t have time to write about all of them. I will say that Charlotte was never bad to us and she really was there just because she missed her baby and overall I’m happy I lived there. I think one of the best parts about living there was at Halloween I got to dress up like Charlotte, parade back and forth in front of the windows and scare everyone on the block.

Marta says:

September 20, 2008, 11:19 am

I read Teri’s post with great interest because I also lived in that house temporarily while my father was stationed there. Teri must have moved in right after us, because my father was there in the early â??80s. ‘Charlotte’ wasn’t mean or malicious, but there were several occurrences that can’t be explained. Light switches would turn on and off, her corner of the room was VERY cold at times, we also experienced the â??mistâ?? in the bathroom, and those are only a few. My sister and I stayed in the bedroom downstairs (the old morgue) while my youngest sister had a bedroom upstairs. My family has more stories than I do since I was only there for a few months, and they stayed for a few years.

Punkinbaby says:

September 26, 2008, 12:13 am

Ok, so not one of you, even those who lived there, have explained ‘where’ the house is. I live on Ft. Huachuca, in the officer housing, but have never seen or heard of a ‘charlston house’. Sorry to kill everyone’s fantasy, but I think that is all this is…

HAHA Guy says:

September 27, 2008, 2:18 pm

127 Grierson Ave (Bldg 22108)

Lauren says:

February 28, 2009, 7:24 am

Iâ??m a paranormal investigator in Phoenix. Iâ??m looking for anyone who thinks theyâ??re experiencing any paranormal activity in their home/apartment or on private property. If so, would you allow our group to come and do an investigation? There is no charge for investigations. We want to help anyone who is being affected by paranormal activity and to find the truth. I can be contacted by phone: (623)693-9458 or e-mail at: laurenking@thearizonaparanormalsociety.com

Thank you,
Lauren

chrissy says:

August 5, 2009, 5:52 pm

I do believe you either have the wrong address or they changed the building number…(It’s 22104) And yes, I have a picture of the house. Now, after taking other pictures, I’ve been informed that you can be arrested by MPs if you don’t have permission from HQ. I have exerienced things at Ft Huachuca… Got the freek out of my life the other day while taking pictures of a sign on the old porch to the old HQ across the street from the museum. While I was standing there. I heard laughter with mangled voices that sounded like they were comming from a static radio, and from right behind me while I was trying to take photos of the sign. It was the middle of the day and there were no children out in the 100+ weather. There was clear sky’s other then a small isolated lightning cloud that was hovering just on the moutain tops… My children were inside the car with a friend who says my kids weren’t making a sound, they were reading the whole time.
I live in Hereford by the San Pedro River…. I think there’s something up here because some of my pictures come out with a bunch of funny orbs and plasmas.. While others are perfectly fine. My children who lack immagination and are completely non-believers called me frantic one night. They had seen a dark body like figure standing on our couch. According to them, it picked up papers from the coffee table and threw them across the room at them. ( I saw the evidence of things being thrown all over the living room when I got home and found them in the closet hiding). It was dark, they were playing video games (WWE)and trust me when I say that even when they were left home watching spooky movies, we never had this happen… Ages 12 and almost 9 years old, we found them hiding with a flash light in their closet and a cell phone in their hand. No physical sightings sense, but the pictures are messed up sometimes on my digital camera for no reason. I have one that I took outside… In the background, in the side passenger mirror of my empty car… There is a pretty clear face of a dark bearded man…. My dogs will bark at corners for no reason day and night.. The gates that are closed and locked into place will be found wide open first thing in the mourning. (Not every nite).

abbyyourock734 says:

August 25, 2009, 10:20 am

I Know where a hanted house is but I am sorry I can not tell you the name of the ghost she told me not to so I do not want to make her mad and kill me. She is not very nice ethier

abby says says:

August 25, 2009, 10:22 am

HELPHELP HELP SHE IS HAUNTING ME> HELP THERE IS BLOOD ON MY HAND HELP HELP.

ursel says:

October 12, 2009, 11:16 am

The Carlton House will be on the Fort Huachuca Tour of Homes, 6 Dec. 2009 1-5 PM. The cost is $10 if you pre-purchase, $12 day of the event.

marlene says:

October 20, 2009, 4:47 pm

I lived on Ft. Huachuca in the early 1980’s. I lived at “Bonnie Blink” housing area which was a little bit down the road from the Colonel’s Row.
I had heard stories about the officers hauntings but, our housing had it’s own. My ex often would hear someone “running” down the hallway and thought it was me; but I was asleep. When we were gone from home, neighbors would hear the doors and kitchen cabinets opening and closing. My cat used to do some “odd” things there too.

rich says:

October 28, 2009, 3:39 am

Ok, well i used to work for Means Design. Last year we worked on the Post Officers Quarters and this house i belive was knows as #9. I know much of you wont belive me, but i spent tons of hours in this house. Its the smallest of all. Its only one story and it has a basement. WITH A DOOR…you have to see it. Its a really neat house. Matter of fact, we actually had to cut a 3×3 whole in the wooden hallway floor to get to the foundation cause we had to fix the falling adobe. This house was also the one in the worst shape.

Anyways…in the basement, their open window that leads into the air ducts and a belive the heating system. Its cover by this HUGE mirror that we had to take off…

Me and my working buddies, Jeff, and Greg spent tons of hours here…

Ill tell you, i knew NOTHING about these haunted stories…but now that i think of it…THIS IS SOME SCARY STUFF.

THis was easily the most quiet house…you can hear EVERY creak in the old wooden floors. Not to mention there is a plack in the hallway that tells you it was used as a hospital for military men way back when. On top of the basement their is a HUGE living room with widows that allow you to see everything outside.

I ate my lunch in their numerous times…and my fav spot was on the staircase leading to the basement….oh god..im leterally getting goosebumps…i would eat….and take short naps..

and i would ALWAYS hear creeks up stairs and the basement door had the habbit of closing…”cause of wind”…

anywways…i would love to answer any questions bout this house…i now regret not ever taking any pictures…

Ella says:

June 7, 2010, 10:08 pm

Curently I live on Bonnie Blink and I am on sleeping pills nights because I hear all kind of things nights. Nobody is beliving me and my husband is deployes ever since we arrived here. I been calling MP’s and now they think I am crezy induvidual here on the Post. I am moving in les then two weeks in new housing that are just bulding and I hope they is nothing that I will see or hear.

Myself !!! lol says:

August 13, 2010, 6:02 pm

I was just looking online to find somewhere to take the hubby to freak him out I think I might have found it !!! I love ghost stuff !! The hubby not so much !! I think we might have to go on post tonight !! <3

Lorencofuh says:

December 11, 2010, 10:25 pm

Did you downloaded Wikileaks docs? Give me link plz
Thanks

Shauntee says:

March 17, 2011, 7:39 pm

I live on For Huachuca now, and I heard about that house. I stay in the old house and ever since me and my family moved in here strange things have been happening. Ive been here since early september. I think we have the classic haunting or “residual”. There would be footsteps heard in the hallway, what sounds to be kids playing when our kids are asleep, noises in the other rooms nest to the master bedroom, knocks and bangs on the walls, and sometimes doors that we have closed when we left the house would be open when we ge back. We had to have a local chaplain come belss our house, it seemed to be helping for a lilttle while. Just resently things have begun to pick back up. Now it’s lights flickering, and an all around eerie feeling when taking showers or in the kitchen. I dont feel comfortable and we are thinking about moving off post (where i heard isnt any better because of the history of the area) but i have lost sleep because of this house. When talking to my neighbors throughout the neighborhood we are not the only one experiencing these problems. So fort huachuca as a whole is crawling with unexplained forces its just not that one house!

Dukain Manning says:

March 28, 2011, 4:14 pm

Shauntee, You live on old post? I have been stationed here for almost 3 years and have heard stories of ghosts all over old post.

George says:

April 9, 2015, 7:36 pm

I lived in a house on base from 1981 – 1983 when I was a kid. The house we lived in was 127b Hall circle. This was the most haunted houses have ever livd in. I have seen the lady in white. One night I came out of my bedroom to see a woman figure exit my sisters room. The woman was tall and I could not see her face or hair. She had a towel wraped around her head. She moved as if being moved like a chess piece. She floated down the hall into the laundry room at the end of the hall. She faded away into the dark. I was so freaked out by this. At night I could feel something poking my mattress as if someone was lying benth my bed sticking their fingers into my back. We all saw shadows and could hear wishers from the hall. We also heard the sound of flip flops hitting the floor when everyone was in bed. Our record player in my sisters room would turn on all by it’s self. We had this record walking on air was the name of the song and this song played all by its self one afternoon. My dad heard a shootgun sound in our dyingroom one morning. My mom saw three soldiers look at a diamond ring in her dressor. My moms alarm clock clock flew off her might stand hot the wall and rang at 8:00am. We could smell perfume and cigar smoke on the house. We would hear a voice from the bathroom opposit from the laundry room that said hello, hello, hello is someone there. My dad woke up in the middle of the night to see the walls flashing with diffrent colors of wall paper for over the years. He tries to wake myother but he could not.y dad was in the field and my mom woke up one night to feel her blankets being pulled underneath the bed. Myom saw the lady in white and also a boy sitting on the bathroom vanity. They family that lived next to us there daughter ran through the lady in white. They kept bibles under their beds. I could go on about our house because a lot ore stuff happened here. It was very haunted and I belice by many spirts. There was a story I heard a long time ago that the homes on our street were built over a cemetery. I can’t prove this is true but It may have some truth to it. I know our old house has been demolished and new homes have been built. I’m sure the place is still very haunted.

Johnnie says:

April 17, 2015, 6:03 pm

Wow. I lived in 104A Hall Circle. This was around 1983/1984. I was in 4th/5th grade at the time.

My younger brother started to sleep walk a couple of months after we moved in. He would wake up in different parts of the house (and sometimes outside) with no recollection of how he got there.

My parents were out for dinner and I put my brother to bed. I was brushing my teeth in the bathroom when, looking at the mirror, I saw a yellowish shape dart behind me from my parents’ room into my brother’s room. I was surprised and yelled out my brother’s name, thinking that he was playing a practical. I rushed to his room to find him dead asleep in his bed.

The hair stood up on the back of my neck and I went to bed wondering what I saw.

barbara says:

October 29, 2015, 10:38 am

I used to live in that house in the late 80s to early 90s. I was pretty young and terrified of living there. We had some stuff happen while we lived there. Dryer door would open and shut on its own…it was cold in the corner we had the rocking chair….things like that. It turned out to be a really cool place to live. We too kept a rocking chair in the corner of the living room. I used to play out on the front balcony. My older siblings lived where the morgue used to be. I stayed in the room closest to the laundry room. It was a huge room and my parents were in the room on the other end of the little hall by the bathroom. I loved that house. It was so pretty. My mother would dress up as Charlotte for Halloween. The house is across from the Gazebo on the parade field. My friends and i would run through the sprinklers when they went off. I have great memories living there.

Bryan says:

May 7, 2017, 9:26 pm

I lived on post in the 80s an heard alot of stories.I also heard that smith middle school is haunted by a girl on Halloween. Yes the officers houses are haunted most of them.

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