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The Ezekiel Harris House

Augusta, Georgia

During the Revolutionary War, a soldier was hanged from the stairwell of this home. At times, the sound of a man swinging from a taut rope is heard. The soldier himself is also seen from time to time.

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jennifer chapman says:

November 2, 2005, 3:23 pm


Charlie says:

November 15, 2005, 5:12 pm

That sucks, to forever hang from a rope for all eternity……….

john hancock (really) says:

December 27, 2005, 11:32 pm

i was just wondering what the sound of a man hanging from a taut rope sounds like. That is a rather descriptive sound however I am not sure I know anyone who has heard it and would know what it sounds like.

megan says:

January 6, 2006, 10:32 am

thats a pretty sad story i wonder who hanged him or if he hung his self

tyler says:

February 20, 2006, 11:51 pm

i would just like to say that there is no indoor stairwell in the Ezekial Harris house and I was there for about an hour with to tour person and he never said anything about any soldier being hung there and I heard no taunt rope.

fakename says:

February 21, 2006, 12:16 pm

WAIT! There is some truth to the story, back in 1779, a man named Thadeus Hardcock lived there. he was married to Vonetta Stankgina (of the Charleston Stankgina’s) Anyway, Thadeus found out that Vonetta had cheated on him with 2 soilders, a goat, a midgit, a really fat lady, a cannonball, an old fashoned wash tub, 6 jars of marmalade, my friend Abu Saeed, another goat, Michael Chiklas from “The Shield”, most of the starting offense of the Tennesse Titans, The dog from “Air Bud” and Paul Reiser….so then Thadeus hung himself…Its understandable because, Paul Rieser is such an unforgiving douchebag, I would have done the same thing. Spooooooooooooooooky!

Terry says:

February 28, 2006, 3:06 pm

This house was not built till after the revolutionary war! The house that the soldiers were hung at is no longer there…but the story is true about the hanging. The house was next to the current house.

Stephen says:

April 25, 2006, 9:42 pm

Fakename is 100% correct to say what he said.
I personally went to the EXACT site in which the purposed hanging took place and re-inacted it with a black man instead of a soldier.

It didn’t work because he didn’t want to be hung. We instead hung one of the local rednecks fron the town and his dog. BAMMO, it worked…we to heard the hanging sounds as the past people did and who knows, maybe all of the people..that is, the Soldier, the local man (from the grocery) & his dog, are all “hanging out” relaxing…Anyway, hats off to Abu Saeed–THE GOAT SUCKER–for a fantabulous depiction of EXACTLY what happened.

Happy ghost hunting.

Nyia says:

May 14, 2006, 9:45 pm

That is WEIRD and i don’t think that is true this is just some …….. bull **** and that doesn’t make and since at all to me

……. so they might as well take that to some one that is very stupid and has no since just like the ones that said that this is true

ms.newbooty says:

May 20, 2006, 10:14 am


kurtis tate says:

May 23, 2006, 1:42 pm

man i think that is straight up *** that **** is not true you stupid **** if u got a problem wit me sayin this **** is fake and so is yo mommas hit me up cause we can knuckle up anytime any place my number is 1931 247 3865 hit me up.

Snake says:

June 22, 2006, 10:53 am

I agree with Charlie, saying it sucks to hang from a rope for all eternity. Hey, they could have hung him on that rope from some part other than his neck. You know what I mean.

LOL says:

August 15, 2006, 8:41 pm

ok then

HOAX says:

September 10, 2006, 9:34 am


yesirr says:

September 20, 2006, 9:39 pm

from augusta… house was built around 1789. the stairwell is there ive seen it. there used to be a beam that ran across the stairwell that was used to hang an oil lamp. that’s where they say they hung the guy from. except it was a slave of ezekiel harris, not a soldier. he was caught with ezekiels wife. but i doubt the house is haunted. just a ****** up, sad story

madison says:

October 4, 2006, 9:28 am


Tracy, Chris, and Heather says:

October 15, 2006, 4:33 pm

The Ezekiel Harris House is haunted. I have been there several times. The only thing that has been changed from the original architecture is the back staircase has been replaced. I remember going there as a child and hearing the rope swing. Another part of the story that they didn’t get correct is that Ezekiel Harris was a Civil War soldier, not Revolutionary, and was caught by his commanding officer rehabilitating Union Soldiers. They then proceeded to hang him from the thirteenth stair on the back stairwell and at night you can watch a candle flame go to where that stair once was and hear his mother crying for her lost son. You can also hear the rope moving on the stair from where he was hung. If you don’t believe…go there and see for yourself.

VINSON22 says:

October 19, 2006, 4:24 pm

you don’t see sound dumbass. how the hell am i going to see a noise? you are driving me crazy with your jibba-jabba bull hockery. bunch of retards talking all this brewhaha. i hate you all and i’ll punch a ghost all up in the face area.

VINSON22 says:

October 19, 2006, 4:28 pm


Lindsey says:

October 29, 2006, 7:03 pm

where is this house located?

Lori says:

November 9, 2006, 7:12 pm

Does anyone happen to know where this house is located? My husband is deploying to Iraq and loves haunted houses, I am planning on taking him to many other places and I was interested in this one. If someone who knows where it is please let me know? I will check back here so, no need to email me. thanks a ton.

eric says:

November 24, 2006, 11:01 pm

i would like any one that knows any thing about gohst and haunted houses in the south that are real to let me know or a siter that has a lot of info about gohst my email is email me and let me know

Michelle says:

November 29, 2006, 4:38 pm

To Lori who wanted to know where the house is located, it is located on the Augusta State University in Augusta,Georgia.I’m not sure where it is exactly,but you could go on one of the tours if they ‘re still having them


December 28, 2006, 7:52 pm


Courtney says:

December 30, 2006, 4:19 pm

Actually, the Ezekiel Harris House Museum is located on Broad Street. If you try looking for it around the college campus, you’re never going to find it. There are some interesting haunted spots on the campus, however.

chris m says:

January 18, 2007, 7:50 pm

I remember visiting what was then called the McKay House when i was a kid,(but then i guess they did their homework and said the Mckay house was not the name of the house,but instead the Harris house),anyway, there was an outside stairwell that had a stout beam above the center of the stairs, and we would visit the house and listen to the stories of the hangings. The original story as told to us was, that if you stood on the 13th step and were very quiet you could hear the ghost cry out.
Ther was also a mini model of merchants trading tobacco on the top floor, and then you could visit what was supposedly the kitchen (located in the basement portion of the house). I think the house is worth another visit from me ,and if you have never been maybe it should make it on your list of places to see.

mike says:

July 6, 2007, 4:53 am

how many ez houses r they the same story under alabama hell does every confed state have one ? can they make up a new name like the bob house or bubba house mabe people tell the same stories in every state like the spooky rr tracks where your car is pushed off the tracks by dead kids or acry baby brige where awomen aways in a white dress has a wreck or is hit by a truck or breaks down and gets killed dy dogs iknow there are really weird stuff that happens but some i mean most of this stuff are just storys

Keri says:

August 18, 2007, 9:39 pm

I live behind this house. Never really have seen anything strange. Not saying these accounts are not true, as I have encountered supernatural situations in my house as do most other people who live in the few pre-1900 houses in this neighborhood.

Ashley says:

October 18, 2007, 1:54 pm

I do know the house not it self is not not haunted but the ground it on is. Ive never really belived in goast of anything like that until I Visited a Church called Horns creek, in sc!! That **** is really haunted!! There are so many different srories about the place but one is a young girl was kidnapped and killed under the old bridge you have to cross to get there. They say your car will cut off as you go over it. ours dident but our cameras and video cameras went harie! while we was there and after we left they were fine. so go see for yourself!!

nick says:

October 19, 2007, 12:00 pm

I cannot believe how you all fight over a gohst story!! grow up children!!!

Patricia says:

March 12, 2008, 1:46 am

Has anyone ever seen the Boots marching across Broad St. in front of the house. I experienced this last year around 2:oo am in the morning..Was wandering if I was the only one to ever see this. The house is educational alone and a good place to learn some history about the south. I live close by and have heard all the stories but never heard nor seen anything othernthan the Boots.

DeeCee says:

March 16, 2008, 10:59 pm

This is actually not true. I live in Augusta; in the early 1900’s my aunt lived in the home when it was at the time a boarding house. The house that someone was hung (Brown Home if I recall) at was in visable distance from the Harris Home but is no lnoger standing. Both were near the Confederate Powder Works. Contact the Augusta Historical Society and they will be glad to fill you in on the real details.

smith says:

April 29, 2008, 2:57 pm

i was wonering if this ghost still lived there and is it a good enity or a denomd and do people stay there and have you ever saw the ghost yourself

redneck and lovin it!!!!! says:

September 5, 2008, 4:06 pm

ok kurtis tate…. ill knuckle up with u…. only this u ready to get ur *** beat by a girl?? exactly what i thought…. who know the spirti mighta got p`oed that they knocked down its fu**ing house so now its probably at the other house scaring the shi% outta dumba$$e$ that come in there tryin to see it!!! all yall r retarded, now i know y msi made that song stupid mother fu**er!!! dedicating it to yall! none of u know anything about ghosts and spirits!!! and if yall thank that yall gone piss me off thank again!!! and to u fakename!! i thank u rock the ganj alot!! dont worry i sedate myself with the ganj quite often!! and im in love with my sweet maryjane!! any way people look up fact about this stuff…. IF U RENOVATE OR TEAR DOWN ANYTHING THAT A SPIRIT STILL LINGERS AT IN THE AFTER-LIFE IT WILL BE PISSED OR MAYBE MOVE INTO THE PLACE PARRALELL OR NEAR WHERE IT HAD BEEN DISTURBED….smart ass3s!! learn the facts before u decide to down someone for what they say or believe in!! oh and i dreally dont appreciate the smart comment that anyone had to say rednecks!!! cuz bit** my flag flies and its gone keep flyin til someone has balls enough to try and bring it down!!! oh and dont try it!! i got a bunch of redneck friends that will do the opposite of what ur gonna attemp to do!!! so come on and try me bitc#es!!!!
and to the ones that r coming hear to hear about ghost stories none f this applies unless u got a problem with my flag!!!

chris cliett says:

January 4, 2009, 7:09 pm

i would like to get in touch with the owner to see if maybe they will allow
me to investigate the clams of ghost’s and poltergeist please contact me via email

Augusta says:

May 5, 2009, 8:33 pm

Until about 1964, the Ezekiel Harris House was MISTAKENLY identified as the Mackay House, also known as Mackay Trading Post, and Fort Brown. The real Mackay House, where the Seige of Augusta and the hangings took place is no longer standing. A fire station occupies that site.
Ezekiel Harris was NOT hung, but died in Wilkes County, Ga., at the age of 71.

memymo says:

May 6, 2009, 11:56 am

My uncle rented a room in that house many years ago when it being used for apartment rentals. He said you could hear noises at night and he only stayed there three nights and moved out. He was a very honest man

david says:

July 30, 2009, 5:25 pm

DAVID13 Lindsey the house is located in harrisburge where I live. But I have heard that people be seeing the patroits mother on the 2 and 3 floor

John says:

August 19, 2009, 9:50 pm

Ok, this is how I heard it. It was a soldier but it was a soldier from the war of 1812 who was captured near Savannah. The soldier was brought to Augusta to stand trial and was eventually hung in the house. He was followed by several others. The one about the slave who was caught with his masters wife is down on 8th street (I think) it’s called the whipping post where it is “alleged” that slaves were beaten there. This particualr case was the last slave to be publicly beaten there and he put a curse on the post that is anyone tried to tear it down they would die. once again allegedly 3 people who did try to demolish it died but I have not been able to find proof of it.

michael says:

August 21, 2009, 6:09 pm

I wonder if this is true at all.I do not belive in ghost.Because i have never seen one.when i go their it would be very intristing to find out if this is true.if so i will be amazed

heather says:

January 5, 2010, 2:44 am

this is false.
they got the story wrong, and it’s the wrong house. after further study, they realized that the house had nothing to do with a soldier EVER being hung there. i live very close to this house, and know the story well. and to whoever said something about the “indoor stairwell” you’re right, there isn’t an indoor one, but the legend is said to have happened in the outdoor stairwell. when i went on the guided tour of the home, our guide actually brought up the false story, and told us how it was disproved, and showed us where the ‘soldier’ was supposedly ‘hung’.
but, all in all, my point is, this is untrue.

Joshua says:

May 15, 2010, 4:21 pm

I reside in Augusta, and i once visited the Ezekiel Harris House. I am an ancestor of the original owner. Just as i was leaving, i snapped a picture of the upstairs nursery and in the picture there is what seems to be a pregnant woman in old victorian styled dress, standing there staring down at me!

terrie says:

October 15, 2010, 4:18 pm

i went there a long time ago and i saw several militia murdered by the crete indains while the british dragoons stood nearby and smirked

Lillie says:

February 7, 2011, 5:15 pm

Soldiers were hung, I don’t know if it was in that house. They were hung from a stairwell. Because Henry Duke was one of the soldiers and he was an ancestor of mine.
Check out Jimmy Carter’s book. The hornet’s Nest.

Jeff says:

August 27, 2011, 4:04 pm

All of you are wrong. The Harris house was owned by a tobacco trader who,due to greedy ,unfriendly business practices eventually went bankrupt.
I suggest you read Edward J. Cashin”s book,”The Story of Augusta”.Mr.Cashin lived ,taught history,and sadly passed away here in Augusta.His book is considered to be well researched and written, a treasure trove of Augusta history.
The “White House”,as it was known was used by British loyalists who were attacked by Elijah Clark and a company of men.The house was bombarded and put to ruin.Under a flag of truce Clark withdrew his men, and in the ensuing confusion,some were cut off and captured by the men under Thomas Brown, their commander.Following a standing order from British General Cornwallis,13 patriots were hung because they had sworn alligience to the crown,but took up arms against it.
The Harris House is a beautiful house,located on the upper end of Broad St. close to the canal and the cotton mills built latewr, I is nowhere near the campus of ASU,nor did it have anything to do with the Civil War.Harris was long dead by then,having had to sell his property and move away to Wilkes County. He died in 1829.

opal says:

September 29, 2011, 5:48 pm

well guess what…i live near augusta, so i will do sum investigating..if i find anything, i will post it on my Fb page with pictures and what not. so we shall see if this is a true haunting or not. then if i have proof, i will post my Fb info on here

disgusta says:

November 25, 2011, 12:46 am

Niggers gonna nigg.

Linda says:

March 31, 2015, 10:38 am


Please contact me. I am from the Henry T. Duke, family also. He was one of the thirteen hung, I have no idea what location.

Anonymous says:

June 10, 2017, 4:16 pm

My great-grandmother lived in this house in 1910 when it was privately owned and rented. She died when I was 12, but I remember her telling me stories of the house. She showed me a picture of her sitting on the front steps. She went on to tell me that in order to get to the kitchen you had to walk out of the main house through a walk way outside to get to the kitchen. Her mother would not allow any one to go to the kitchen after dark due to the strange noises that they heard in the past. As for the hanging, she said that they never seen any ghosts hanging, but they would hear moaning during different times of the day. She said there were a couple of times that she and her brother would hear a conversation that sounded like several people talking. And, there was no one in the house but the two of them. I was born and raised in Augusta, GA. And, all of my life I was told about the different legends and ghost tales from around the city. I have actually witnessed some things myself out on South Augusta. So, I do believe what my great-grandmother told me about her experiences at this house.

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