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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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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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