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Ruthmear Mansion

Elkhart, Indiana

This mansion is plagued by many phantoms throughout the year, but especially on Halloween night. On Halloween, alarms sound and lights go on and off, though the house is empty. Objects may also be seen flying through the rooms, and there have even been reports of gun shots in the house.

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Tricia says:

January 22, 2006, 9:40 pm

First of all, the name is spelled wrong, it should be spelled Ruthmere. I have heard things about the mansion but nothing specific.

Debi says:

January 29, 2006, 2:04 pm

I have toured this house several times and never felt or seen anything. It’s a beautiful place to go see.

makaila says:

April 13, 2006, 7:59 pm

i seen it and my house is haunted too there is a lil gurl in my halls all the time & i hear ppl walking my house is about 200 yrs old too

aurelhia segersbol says:

April 24, 2006, 7:59 pm

Im 8 years old. I think okland park elemantary school is haunted couse . ONES i was in the kinderrgatenn bathroom i found hand in blood prints.

Emily says:

June 3, 2006, 12:31 pm

I am sorry, but the Ruthmere Mansion is not haunted. Some places are, granted, but this definitely is not. A close friend of mine has a grandmother who used to date a guy that lived there, and there were no reports of hauntings then. I believe that people supposedly see the strange phenomenon only when driving by or staring at this place. Perhaps they see lights flicker on and off because it can be rented out, and gets decorated for Halloween. It’s nice to see Elkhart on the map for something but if only it were true.

jena says:

June 23, 2006, 3:16 pm

My uncle Ed Beardsley’s family on the other side owned and built this house. when i was a child we were in it all the time. they moved away to arizona several years ago and i can tell you personally that not one scary thing had ever happened to me or anyone else in the family in all the years i spent visiting there.

person says:

July 9, 2006, 8:36 pm

sorry emily but i tottally dissagree! you are just to ignerent 2 idmit it! also, people are not allowed to live in that house so you shouldent be sayin that!!!

-spirit believer NOT a denier

person says:

July 9, 2006, 8:38 pm

accatuillay jena the house wuz made a long time ago! you are such a lier!

one who knows says:

July 27, 2006, 4:30 pm

Actually Jena is correct. The Ruthmere mansion was orginally the Beardsley mansion , which is Ed Beardsley’s great grand father. Check across the street and you’ll see a statue.

person says:

August 8, 2006, 12:10 pm

If this place is haunted all the time then why are you saying that you can really see things on Halloween. I f it haunted then you will see things during the day and all year round. It sounds like people are just trying to outsiders to come and visit. Don’t make up things just tell the truth.

jen says:

August 25, 2006, 11:38 pm

I’ve lived in elkhart all my life and never heard about it being haunted even at halloween. There are tons of old houses around here that are haunted but that is not one of them.. There is a tower at high dive park that I heard was haunted because someone fell of the sprial stair case a long time ago, about 7 yrs ago city boarded it up, just wondering if anybody has heard about that.

Sherri says:

September 11, 2006, 9:19 pm

I have also lived in Elkhart all of my life, and although it is tempting to believe Ruthmere is haunted, I have heard over and over that it is not.I would like to hear of other places in Elkhart that are or thought to be haunted!

Justin says:

October 20, 2006, 10:26 am

i think you all are a bunch of losers that don’t have anything else to do but sit around and make up stuff…

Stacey says:

December 22, 2006, 5:38 pm

That…I went there once and someone whispered Weirdo…I HATE GHOSTS MORE THAN ME!

CC says:

January 5, 2007, 11:27 pm

Jen, I have lived in Elkhart for 20 plus years and i have also heard the stories of High Dive Park Tower being haunted. Something about someone jumped or was pushed. Sorry it’s been a really long time ago but i remember when it was not boarded and you could go up in the tower then the city boarded it and now no one is allowed to go up there anymore.
As for Ruthmere Mansion, I used to live right behind Ruthmere and there were odd things and noises but I cant say that in all the years i lived behind the mansion that i ever experienced anything personally. Who knows but the Ghosts?! lol

megan ann says:

February 2, 2007, 7:11 pm

well maybe we could get ghost experts to see

Julio says:

February 19, 2007, 7:19 pm

wheres the house at

Ruthmere Executive Director says:

February 23, 2007, 4:45 pm

Jen or Jena,

It is very important that you remove this ridiculous rumor from your site immediately. This impacts Ruthmere’s ability to deliver its educational mission. If it is not removed by 5 pm on Monday, it will be necessary for our organization to take steps.

Thank you,
Ruthmere management

Ruthmere Executive Director says:

February 23, 2007, 4:49 pm

Sorry Jen or Jena,

I mistakenly addressed my comments to you. I agree with and appreciate your support of the fact that Ruthmere is haunted. It is not.

My comments were adressed to the webmaster of this site, or to whomever posted the initial assertion that Ruthmere is haunted. This is false and must be removed immediately.

Thank you,
Ruthmere management

T Bone says:

March 11, 2007, 3:34 pm

“One Who Knows”, you are incorrect. The statue of Dr. Havilah Beardsley stands at the corner of Beardsley and Riverside, nearly two blocks from Ruthmere. Though you are correct, the house was built by the Beardsley family, specifically A.R. Beardsley, who is coincidentally the one who had the statue of Dr. Beardsley erected.

brittnee says:

June 24, 2007, 6:41 pm

That is so fake. There is no proof that story is true.

Ward of Hallows says:

August 7, 2007, 11:27 pm

To Whom it may concern:

If this place is or is not haunted it is probably not up to us. But rather than fight among yourselves some people can see, hear, feel things that most can not. Simple because you are more sensitive to that frequency, that paranormal edge and it might be that people who do not see is because they choose not to or they are a negitive ward to them.


noneedforname says:

October 7, 2007, 5:07 pm

i know of two houses that are haunted and i am far form the only one who is aware of this.for one my house has been haunted since the very first time i steped into it ( a young girl had died inside of it at one time) i mentioned it to an older lady when i was a kid (only 5) and she flipped out on me- but there would have been no way i coulda known what to tell her unless i actualy did see her. secondly, the big blue house on high street is very much so haunted, try goin upstairs at night and turn the lights off, and have a seat- cause whatever happened upstairs was more than just visciously brutal, and i really dont get into the whole paranormal thing, muchless afraid of the dark, there was a boy and a girl upstairs and in a room that had a toybox- looked like a play room more than a bedroom, the little boy was forcibly picked up at the top of the stairs, enough to rip the wooden knob from the screw that held it to the banister and thrown down the stairs hitting his head on the overhang bouncing back onto the stairs and rolling down rest of the stairs to the sitting room (or would say sitting room), the girl was in the playroom and i could seriously hear a jack n the box being played so it’d open.. im not sure about whatever it was that happened in the bathroom but if you know what the odor blood puts off while its drying, youll know it.. as far as the Ruthmere mansion, i used to know a girl who actulay did live there but we didnt get along to well for the most part. but im sorry the house is much much older than a few decades old, and yes there is a history behind the (gunshots and ocassional footsteps) or a CERTIAN GIRL in 1977 wouldnt have been hiding in the closet with a little boy and a lit candle back then…. but regretfuly he was killed on his 5th birthday (october 31) of 1977 not much further away from there…..
…and now for somethign completely differnt….

Karla says:

October 22, 2007, 4:45 pm

Does anyone know the story about the Cable Line Monster in Elkhart IN? It was near where the dead man’s tree was. About 25 years ago a kid on a motorcycle hit the tree with such an inpact his outline scarred the tree. It was that way for years on Cable Line Road. Last time I was in IN the tree had been cut down.

Lucy says:

October 22, 2007, 6:42 pm

I’ve heard of the Cable Line haunting, yes the tree is cut down but there is a blue glow that come out of the ground where the tree once stood.

cwells says:

October 29, 2007, 1:31 pm

I was born and raised in Elkhart, and my parents used to drive me by the Cable Line Tree. It has been said that on foggy nights you can hear the screams of the person who hit the tree. You could see an outline of a person in the tree. I think this happened sometime in the 60’s or 70’s.

Haley says:

November 4, 2007, 9:33 am

When did all this start happening? Love, Haley Mays

amanda says:

December 8, 2007, 11:13 pm

oh please, it’s Elkhart… The things flying through the house” are obviously rocks thrown by bored kids, and the gunshots are unavoidable in that city. Case solved.

dayne nordman says:

January 2, 2008, 11:29 pm

all u are ******* liars i went into that house and all i seen wasa big *** blunt and a box of cherios on the table oh and i heard the door slam but it was my mommy in our car i was little well my **** was but i really had fun at age 15 thats the last place i sucked my moms tits at

jamie says:

April 10, 2008, 10:00 pm

honestly, who goes into that house? It isn’t scary or anything but isn’t it a museum? and i truthfully no one goes to that museum or the one down the street from it, if that is a museum. but i never heard any stories about that house what-so-ever and i looked on the site and it seemed like the people who lived there were fine and they just died, no reason for them to stay in the house. but that is my opinion. and where is cable line road, i lived here for 18 years and don’t know where it’s at. but anyways, can someone tell me if it is true that in union, michigan on kesington road a guy murder his whole family? cause me and my friends have been going up there and it seems strange.

name says:

April 14, 2008, 11:15 pm

ruthmere is haunted whether you believe it or not.
Just because you don’t see or hear anything doesnt mean that spirits are there just like ward of the hallows said, and im paraphrasing here, spirits and memories both reside in that house therefore it is haunted in a sense

Anonymous says:

June 9, 2008, 12:24 am

Ok, first of all, Ruthmere is NOT haunted. Second of all it is not even worth arguing about. I have lived in Elkhart for 29 yrs. and I have yet to hear of Cable Line Rd.? I honestly think people need to get a life other than arguing over something so juvenile.

erika thompson says:

June 16, 2008, 3:53 pm

i have lived in elkhart since the day i was born i am 15 i have heard that place was haunted dont beleive it iv heard of the cable line monster me and my mom drove down that road at midnight on a foggy night nothing happend because acording to legend if you go down that road at the time of midnight oon a foggy night when you get to the end of th road there will be a bloody hand print on your car …… its a bunch of bull

tawnya says:

August 15, 2008, 1:23 am

Look i drive by there every now n then an never see anything wrong with the house i heard abraham lincoln lived there as a kid..even in the tunnel from the basement too the green house is straight soo idk y everyone is trippin..n where is this cable line road? has any one heard of dead mans curve in hill billy heaven where a guy hung his self?

Rob says:

August 17, 2008, 11:16 am

I dunno about the High Dive tower being haunted, but I do know I peed off of the top of it one morning at about 5:30am while out fishing there. I guess that the ghost must not be easily offended, or it must’ve been amused by it, ’cause I never heard a thing (other than my buddy’s laughter).


July 3, 2009, 5:46 pm

yea iwent there in i saw a thing that looked likea man but also a deer in it jus kept watching us no. lie

chrissy says:

July 10, 2009, 7:49 pm

well i dont know if it is really haunted or not but my grandfather used to janitor there and when i toured the place I had nightmares for days after about the basement. when i went along time ago the ballroom was closed down due to “remoldeling” anyway my fav room in the house is the greenroom and the womans bedroom…i love the place and if it wasnt so expensive to tour it I would tour it more

John says:

July 15, 2009, 11:03 am

Ruthmere Executive Director, if you really are the Director. Two things, first there is no such thing as bad Publicity. People are going to believe these things (it’s an old building) and there is nothing you can do about it. Second, If I wanted to say that both places are haunted I can do that. If I wanted to say that Ruthmere house is full of fake art and False history. I can not do that, because that is slander. All that some one saying that Ruthmere is haunted is going to do is get you people touring the Museum which brings Revenue which is something that you want! People come to these sites because they are interested and a bit open to these possabilitys. Yes there are people above that don’t believe that Ruthmere is haunted and that is fine. If they are going to tour it is because they are interested in the history and educational purpose. If they tour because they hear that it is haunted the worst thing for you is that you have to tell them that it is not haunted and they have still spent money there! I havent lived in Elkhart very long, this is the first time I have heard anything about the Ruthmere and I intended on touring it with my wife before this anyway. I don’t care if it is or not because I am a proude Spiritualist and it is natural to me to hear storys from people about this sort of thing. I want to tour Ruthmere because of it’s history factor, I like history and not because it may or may not be haunted. So don’t get so excited when some one says that it is Haunted, you can just tell them that you have not had a personal experience with anything of the sort. Thank you very much for opening your doors for the public. Sincerly, John

spoooky house on lexington ave. says:

August 28, 2009, 5:47 pm

i have visited the ruthmere mansion dozens of times over the past 25 years of my life and the only thing that is haunting ruthmere are these ridiculous comments about it being haunted. my opinion, it is NOT haunted. i will tell you one in elkhart that is. 3 blocks west of main st. on lexington ave. on the right. some reference this home site as “the hole” it’s green built in late 1920’s. it”s spoooky, i lived there once.

tay says:

November 25, 2009, 2:11 pm

all of this is real once i went with my school and by time we left every one was scared and now i hear that ghost come in through the secret passage ways

Derek says:

February 20, 2010, 4:52 pm

Actually the yellow house behind the mansion is the house that was originally built by the Beardsleys and how i know this is because im gonna move in it this year and it has two stained glasses in and beautiful woodwork in it. Its a masterpeice.

John Arthur Earl says:

May 29, 2010, 3:12 am

My grandmother was the daughter of Arthur and Stella Beardsley. She grew up in the Ruthmere House and entertained us with her many wonderful happy memories. The Beardsleys were an are the greatest sort of folks and to think that Ruthmere is haunted is pure hogwash.

mike says:

June 30, 2010, 5:45 pm

is there any reason y no one lives in it now?

John Arthur Earl says:

July 11, 2010, 3:46 am

My grandmother was Olive Beardsley. (Edwards sister) I was raised in her household. She grew up in the Ruthmere Mansion and had many wonderful stories about it. e.g. Ruthmere was the first residence in Indiana to have an elevator.
As her father built the house it would seem that there wouldn’t be many
possible candidates to haunt the place. Unless it was built on an Indian burial ground. My grandmother never mentioned anything like that to me. However I firmly believed grandmother had some kind of Extra Sensory Perception.(E.S.P) For example…later in life when ever I was in a jam about something (business, relationships etc) she would call me in the middle of the night and the first thing i would hear her say was “Whats the matter?” She would know when I was struggling with something.
I lost touch with the Beardsleys after they moved to Arizona and my grandmother passing away. If there are any Beardsley descendants who would like to correspond I would be thrilled to hear from you.
John at revengesArthur Earl

John Arthur Earl says:

July 11, 2010, 3:51 am

My grandmother was Olive Beardsley. She grew up living in Ruthmere and never mentioned anything about the place being haunted. I lost touch with the beardsleys after they moved to Arizona and my grandmother passing away. If there are any Beardsley descendants who would like to correspond then I would be thrilled to hear from you. I can be reached at
John Arthur Earl

caseyjojo says:

July 14, 2010, 1:48 am


sarah and patricia says:

July 28, 2010, 6:23 am

ok there is this old house behind higland trailer park out the back gate that burnt down if u look to ur right u can see it plainly i guess the story behind it is that the husband went off to work and the wife supposidly quit smoking but didnt she wzs cooking dinner and one of 2 things happened she dropped her ciggertte while slepping or while cooking the house caught on fire the worst part iss there was a grandma and a pair of twins and iguess the grandma was knitting and feel asleep and the kids were playing up stairs the biy twin jumped and got hung by a hook taht hung from the outside tree and the girl twin jumped and broke her neck and the father didnt even go to their funeral and iguess if u go to the house when it gets late if u walk up tpo the front window the grandma stabs u with her knitting needle and if u go near the hook when its late u see the whole thing happen over again and then i guess somthing bad can happen no one knows what but ive had this exsprience and i went and knocked on the door well actually my friend did 2 and iguess the door opened when my friend knocked when i knocked on only heard a little noise like a knock and if u put ur ear to the door uhear what happened its located on if u go to ososlo road look for a singh for highland trailer park it depends wich way ur going its either the one farthest to your right well if u go in that one keep going striaght except when uget near the place when u stop going straight turn at the stop singh keep going staraight until u reach the back gate then drive out slowly and look to ur right and its in elkhart,indiana ive lived here for eleven yeard it gets pretty crazy and the story about the highdive tower is definetly truje my friend patricia has went in it and if u loo kat the door there is a bloody handprint and u can somtimes hear a girl screaming from falling down stairs or ucan hear a guy scream and a window break and u hear thud well thats it sincerely,sarah and patricia

billi jo bennett says:

August 8, 2010, 9:51 pm

I have been past the ruthemere mansion and nothing. I have beenn to high dive and i have heard noises. I also know that there is a house on division street that is haunted, aka the old faith missions womens house.

lildrek says:

August 25, 2010, 7:47 pm

ok well i havent heard or seen anything goin on in the ruthmere museum. So all this **** is fake ya heard…..also its empty because its meant to be a museum now but if someone had a chance to buy it, it would be me lol jk so maybe i couldnt really but i doubt they will sell this year

lildrek says:

August 25, 2010, 7:50 pm

ok i highly doubt that anything in that mansion happens but i did see a glimpse of a white mist in the window by the garage but i wasnt sure though…also no 1 will move into it because right now its just meant to be a museum and u could go there for free family tours on sunday. cya all lata

todd says:

October 30, 2010, 2:57 pm

Karla says:
October 22, 2007, 4:45 pm

Does anyone know the story about the Cable Line Monster in Elkhart IN? It was near where the dead manĂ¢??s tree was. About 25 years ago a kid on a motorcycle hit the tree with such an inpact his outline scarred the tree. It was that way for years on Cable Line Road. Last time I was in IN the tree had been cut down.

i do remember as a kid this tree and my exfather in law telling me the story of the person on the motorcycle and we did stop to look at the tree….all the bark was gone on the tree where the person hit it and it did look like a person on the tree as for it being haunted there i dont know never been there at night or long enough to find out

Amber says:

January 20, 2011, 10:18 pm

I used to work for a local security company here in Elkhart. We had audio monitoring of this house. Meaning, sound would set off the alarm, and we could hear everything going on inside this home. I could hear the old pipes banging, and it was obvious. But the laughter and humming of a child or woman would also be heard. We would also hear things that sounded like furniture moving, or a dragging sound. Upon calling the contact keyholder, they would confirm that nobody should be in the home, and after a walk-through, they would again confirm that nobody was there.

judy davis says:

April 12, 2011, 7:29 pm

I am 59 years old and have lived in Elkhart all my life. This is about the cable line road, which is south of town in the area of the farmers market that was recently closed down. Even I’m not sure anymore exactly which road it was since the power company removed the large cables. It’s been quite a looonggg…. time since this happened to me and my father, 44 ??? years..or so.
First off I want to say that at the time nothing seemed that odd too me however my father was scared out of his wits. What the heck, I was a dumb teenager who didn’t know any better.
Also, I never heard of ‘the monster’, back in the 60’s it was ‘the witch of the cable line road’there were some pretty messy accidents as well as other odd things probably due to the low wires along the road. But you know how people are!!!
My father sold cars and was determined that I was going to get my license as soon as possible so even though I wasn’t old enough he was teaching me to drive. This did NOT happen even close to midnight but was just after dark, around 8:30, and to best of my memory was summer, not fall.
He insisted that I know how to drive on all kinds of roads and knew just where to find this perfectly awful dirt/gravel one was…right off cable line road. All I thought at the time was YUCK…!!!!!!!!!
So here I was driving the road of my ‘dreams’ fields on the left and woods on my right when ‘she’ walked out of the woods ahead of the car. She walked to the middle of the road and stood there with her hands out swaying a little from side to side,like she needed help. Even though it’s been years I still remember she was thin and wore a faded dress that was longer than was worn in the 60’s, mid shin maybe but not longer. Her face looked kind of haggered but I got the notion she might be less than 30 years old.
My father freaked, STOP!! He yelled in my ear. I kept going…she needed help and there weren’t any houses nearby…was what I said. He got mad and took over the car slamming on the brakes and BACKING, at full speed all the way back up the ‘road of my dreams’ until we got back to the cable line road. He was terrified, I honestly thought he was going to have a heart attack and we got home in record time that evening.
All he said at the time was it had probably been a trick to get us to stop and then rob us but not a lot of that sort of thing was going on around here back in the 60’s. Well I guess things change, don’t they???
That’s what happened to me and none of it seemed unusual until I started telling people the next day thats when my older brother said I’d seen ‘the witch’.
In any case my father never forgot!!!

Andres says:

June 14, 2011, 2:30 pm

CC i have seen a person like a shadow in the lighthouse windows my dad didint believe me.

shannon says:

July 1, 2011, 6:01 pm

i have lived in elkhart since 92.. I have always herd it was haunted..Also herd that hter are hidden slve tunnels underneathe where slaves would travel and some died..I have seen lights go on and off. The last time i seen them go on and off it was passed midnite.Who would have been in the house after midnite???..I do believe in ghost . I have had a cuple of exspriences with ghost.. I say check it out for yourself..

Elkhart resident says:

July 27, 2011, 1:43 pm

I live in Elkhart and walk by the Ruthmere mansion nearly every day and i have not seen, felt, or heard anything strange or worrisome this is a beutiful piece of elkhart history that is being disrespected and lied abt on this webpage.

Arther says:

May 24, 2012, 10:47 am

756 Riverside which is a couple blocks from Ruthmere is the real haunted house of elkhart. It was built in 1902 and has had many strange sightings and paranormal activity.

Elkhart resident says:

May 24, 2012, 10:54 am

Yes, Yes, Yes. I am very familiar with 756 riverside. I have heard many people talk about the ghost there. A true haunted house.

nvfwerin says:

May 11, 2013, 5:21 pm

i heard that in about 1973 the ruthmere was open to the public so unless this jena girl that posted on here in 2006 is 40 years old her story isnt true

nvfwerin says:

May 11, 2013, 5:25 pm

however i am not saying that the mansion is or is not haunted

Ke says:

September 23, 2013, 10:18 pm

My grandmother used to be a house keeper and servant in that house. And she told me that it is very very haunted. She told me of the strange things that happened so often in that house that her and the other workers were afraid to stay there alone so they asked not to be left there alone but you don’t have to believe me I don’t care! But if your that interested research for your self. See what you find!

Resident says:

November 3, 2014, 11:34 pm

What is so haunted about 756 Riverside? Is that the green house by the river?

Bill Firstenberger says:

April 7, 2015, 12:23 pm

I am grateful to read the vast majority of the comments on this site confirm that Ruthmere is NOT haunted. I have requested in the past that this listing be removed. We do not want visitors showing up with false expectations. Sorry, no ghosts here.

mary says:

May 21, 2015, 8:20 am

has anyone heard of the Violet cematery in Goshen indiana being haunted? my daughter and some friends went there a couple dark nights and said a lot of creapy things happend

mary says:

May 21, 2015, 8:23 am

does anyone live at756 riverside? i’d like to check that out

elkhart native says:

October 16, 2015, 10:25 pm

That area and anything west or south is full of crack and meth heads…only thing that goes bump in the night around them parts of town…

Mrs. Crane says:

October 30, 2015, 10:35 pm

My Great Grandmother was the Nanny here she would experience children running and playing I was told that the son was thrown from the banister and the bottom railing he hit broke off he died instantly. 4 years later the daughter was drowned to death and the blood went down the walls

Elsie Brown says:

October 30, 2015, 10:43 pm

Children were murdered and son was thrown down the banister and daughter was drowned in a blood bath above entryway door and blood has been known to be dripping down walls the nanny came up missing and they still hasn’t been found

Helen says:

August 6, 2016, 10:44 pm

334 was haunted child was killed upstairs and bleddened in bath tub

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