Fort Huachuca Officer’s Quarters
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, you’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 America’s Indian wars as a headquarters and supply base. Later, it was used for African-American “Buffalo Soldiers” 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 officer’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 straight…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 greeting…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 “Charlotte”.
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 isn’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 “Charlotte’s Corner”, which it is still affectionately called today.