The Pest House
Mount Pleasant, Indiana
This house is haunted by the spirits of the people who died of fatal diseases in the 1920s.
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January 16, 2006, 2:16 pm
January 17, 2006, 8:43 am
im sorry could this story be more vague. im pretty sure if you find a house old enough, there is a good chance someone died in it. and an even more likely chance if it as old as the civil war.
February 5, 2006, 1:23 pm
there needs more backgroung
February 11, 2006, 7:43 pm
eww! there needs to be more story to back up the main idea.
February 22, 2006, 11:39 pm
this scares me as i hav been to quarantine station with my friend and it was gross and scary as i am scared that i will catch the desieses
Roberta Wilkinson says:
March 17, 2006, 12:49 am
First the pest House is located in Knightstown, IN. It is said to have been used during a small pox outbreak. Many supposedly died there. There is a story of a women answering the door when no one was home. It sure looks creepy enough to be haunted. I used to drive by every day on my way to work.
Amanda Marlowe says:
March 28, 2006, 2:55 pm
The pest house is just down th eroad from and it is the creepest and scarist house i have ever seen in my life and i n a few days im doind a school project on it wow am i gonna be scared!!!!!!!!!
March 28, 2006, 2:58 pm
the pest house is a haounted house filled with spirits. the most common spirit is about the lady in the black dress. she is known for theowing furniture out the windows, and answering the door when nobody is supposed to be home.
April 13, 2006, 1:33 pm
Does anyone currently live at this house? What is the actual address of this place. Has anyone witnessed this or have an actual footage? Just curious.
April 27, 2006, 10:12 pm
Yes there is a married couple that lives in the pest house at this present time. I live right beside this house and I have seen ghost by first hand. 2yrs ago a reporter came to the house to speak with the lady of the house a lady of color opened the door and quickly said ” no one is home ” and shut the door. The reporter walked away toward the driveway and that is the reporter met up with the owners of the house. They then was informed of the lady who opened the door. They searched and noone was in the house.
April 27, 2006, 10:31 pm
I think the word (HAUNTED),is far fetched ,and looked at in many aspects.I have always beieved that anywhere a person has rooted their self ,or have spent a large amount of time at,their is always apart of them left there,spiritually.The pest house was a place where people with noncurable infections resided.People spent their remaining days there ,so as far as being haunted no ,but i could almost state my life that there are many people still calling it home,but no threat to no one.
May 22, 2006, 12:10 am
i agree with nicole also this story is really great so scary am scared to death already omg HELP MI ya right
August 31, 2006, 12:19 pm
September 5, 2006, 3:28 pm
I actually know the owner’s well, and I have babysat there before. They have two younger girls. All I can say is that it is the last time I will ever go to that house. Very, very creepy.
clint white says:
September 9, 2006, 11:08 am
I have seen stuff in the pest house and heard about what has gone on in the pest house and i stay far away from that place i as i can!
October 9, 2006, 2:06 pm
u guys all suck ****!!
teeth grinding says:
October 12, 2006, 2:40 pm
October 29, 2006, 9:19 pm
this is not true this guys a FAKE FAKE FAKE
Tracy Thompson says:
November 1, 2006, 12:26 am
I have seen this house from the outside & yes it does look to me as if it very well could be haunted. My husband’s Grandmother had a sister that was placed there, & she died there. His grandparents are religious people & I believe in the tales they’ve shared with us. But pretty much of Knightstown knows of this house & has been by it, just to check it. I’d like to see for myself of this haunting.
I also live in a house that was built in the 1900’s & it’s haunted & my kids have encountered with a little boy. I have personally heard noises upstairs when noone was home. Toys will go off by themselves & this one room that noone has used in the past 37 years has an eeeerie feel to it, I’d like for my house to be checked out. On Valentine’s Day is the most active time I have seen & heard things in our place here in Knightstown. I have been told that there was a little boy died here possibly from TB in the 1900’s my son who’s 7yrs’ old has never been told any of this & he can describe events & the little boy.
December 26, 2006, 6:20 pm
Mark Lenox says:
February 7, 2007, 4:52 pm
Can i get fries with that crabby patty?
February 15, 2007, 1:58 am
Yes i would like some more info on this or contacts to tje owners of this house. Could anyone help please I would like to do a investigation. email me firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks
March 15, 2007, 1:05 pm
can some body please tell me an address for this house. I am very interested and have to see it!
March 27, 2007, 9:12 pm
How are they haunting they died of fetal disease that don’t make any sence 2 me.
June 27, 2007, 8:25 pm
I would like to know where this house is located and the correct address, I travel to Indiana All the time from ohio, very interested.
August 7, 2007, 1:55 pm
thats so gay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!how did u come up with that!GAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY
October 4, 2007, 11:00 pm
yeah right you guys think this stuff is a joke but if you really open your eyes and paid attention the house you live in could very well be haunted
December 9, 2007, 5:54 pm
the is ****
December 10, 2007, 1:36 pm
I was wondering, cause i dont know the whole story, how many actually died in that house?
January 2, 2008, 10:35 pm
If so many of you disbelieve in the paranormal…why are you visiting the website??? I grew up hearing ghost stories everything from “the man who waves lanterns at passing trains” to “the voice that led them to money buried in the yard” Do I believe? I don’t really know. But I am curious!
January 4, 2008, 2:58 am
I used to work with an older gentleman who knew the owners of this house (or at least the owners at that time)and had visited them often. He told me that the house was used during the small pox epidemic, and so became known as ‘the house of pestilence’. He spoke of it being very haunted and claimed to have experienced it first hand. Though the details of his account are unfortunately a bit vague to me now, his description of that house left enough of an impression that I never forgot the name. He certainly did not normally tell stories like that!
Resarch & Investigating Paranormal Society says:
January 26, 2008, 6:32 pm
Our group is going to be investigating this home very soon with the agreemant of the owners. We will be the first paranormal investigating team to ever investigate the home.
February 1, 2008, 2:38 pm
Ok.. you all have it wrong my grandparents and their four kids (including my mom) lived in that house most of their lives. The house is haunted and the lady in the black dress didn’t answer the door when no one was home she would come and knock on the door be there one minute and gone the next, and she never threw furnature out the windows. My uncles have experienced many things in that house, to many stories to name but i can tell you that i remember being in that house when i couldnt even walk and seeing things that happened for no reason. I am not scared to go back though as no one who has lived there has ever been hurt, is the house haunted…yes i believe so and so does my whole family.
February 1, 2008, 2:39 pm
Ok.. you all have it wrong my grandparents and their four kids (including my mom) lived in that house most of their lives. The house is haunted and the lady in the black dress didn’t answer the door when no one was home she would come and knock on the door be there one minute and gone the next, and she never threw furnature out the windows. My uncles have experienced many things in that house, to many stories to name but i can tell you that i remember being in that house when i couldnt even walk and seeing things that happened for no reason. I am not scared to go back though as no one who has lived there has ever been hurt, is the house haunted…yes i believe so and so does my whole family
February 12, 2008, 1:15 pm
ok that was so supid!!!!!!!!!!!
brogdon ayres says:
June 10, 2008, 10:11 pm
The “Pest House” was built by Charles Dayton Morgan and his wife, Alvira Woods Morgan sometime between 1867 and 1878. It is French Second Empire in style, and it sits high on a bluff overlooking Blue River and the Blue River Valley. It’s curved french-mansard roof and tall tower, along with the setting itself, loan it the “haunted house” appearance/atmosphere. When Mrs. Morgans health begain to fail, the family returend to thier former home in Knightstown. The house was closed down. When smallpox broke out in 1902, the city of Knightstown purchased the home from banker Morgan to use as a “Pest House” or isolation hospital. Patients were taken to the home via a spring-board wagon called “The Black Mariah.” It is pure speculation as to the number of deaths that ocurred in the home, but there are records available that list the names of the victims. Consult the Henry County Historical Society for exact details. The house does have a colorfull history behind it. Following the epidemic, a family by the name of Louis purchased the home. Mrs. Lewis and her husband were Purdue graduates in engineering. Mrs. Lewis herself put in a steam heating system, while her husband was abroad building bridges. After the Lewis family left the home, it set empty through the 1950’s and 1960’s. In the late sixties and early 1970’s it was purchased by an Indianapolis businessman, pretty much for the soul purpose for hosting Halloween parties. A local Knightstown/Indianapolis ad man and his wife purchased the home from him, and began serious restoration efforts in the early 70’s. The next owners were another local family.The wife is a newspaper journalist and wrote a series of articles depicting her years and experinces of living in what may very well be, Indiana’s most celebrated haunted house. Consult the Courier Times in New Castle Indiana for details of this series of newspaper articles. I’m not certain who the present owners are. The home sold again around 1995, and unfortunatley they’ve made some rather offensive and historically inacurate changes to the homes exterior, such as adding ugly aluminum storm windows, that do not fit the profile of the homes architecture. The house is sizeable, but given its proximity to Indianapolis, it would be nice to see the home purchased by someone with enough funds to restore the home to its orginal apperance, altough make note this would cost millions, not just hundreds of thousands. The house has provided generations of locals, substantual fodder for urban legand and folklore. The Morgans were a wonderful, accomplished, and interesting family. In conversations with Morgan family members now passed, they were not very fond of all the stories circulating around their family home. It was by their account, a happy home. The Morgans had six children. For factual information, please contact the two sources mentioned above.
July 28, 2008, 9:00 pm
last i heard and ive lived in indiana all my life, the pest house is outside of knightstown and people died there of the black plague. ive been out there but its just someones home. theyve lived there a while and dont seem to scared to be there!
August 16, 2008, 12:51 pm
I lived in Knightstown from 1978-1986 when I was a child. When I lived there, it was so small, if you’d blink, you’d miss the town. It was a safe place to raise kids. We had a horse farm on five acres. Buck Creek was practically in our backyard.
There was a house not far from Ernie’s Market that was extremely haunted, as was our own house on RR#1. Our toilet used to flush on its own. Bookcases would fall down on their own. My brother and I would hear spontaneous knocking on one wall in the basement, too.
On move-in day (I was 5), I was pushed down the stairs & had to go to the hospital. The fall broke my nose and split my top gums, requiring tons of stitches. My brother had an “imaginary friend.” He said he was an Indian man & sometimes you could hear my brother laughing and having long conversations with this “firend.”
We’d find arrowheads on our property and a lot of odd things happened.
Anyway, the house close to Ernie’s, my brother was 7 and my grandma was a realtor, hosting an open house that day. My mom said that he came up and hid behind her. He said that he wanted to leave because the people in the fireplace room wouldn’t stop talking to him. He was really frightened. I remember the house being creepy, but I’m not as “sensitive” to these things as my brother is. Anyway, Knightstown is a very old town with a long history. It wouldn’t shock me to know that there are other Haunted Hot Spots around.
Here's one says:
August 19, 2008, 1:12 am
When I was a kid , I lived in a haunted house I’m not going to give the address or anything , but anyway it was an old train depot, but later in the centuries it was turned into a 2 story house with an apartment like upstairs , and after a short time of my family moving in there , we started having weird things happen .
One there was an old piano that was left in there from the previous couple and it would play by itself , when you went upstairs you could just feel an unsettling air , and in one bedroom there was a way to the basement through the closet , and to the left right before you went down the stairs there was a door and it led to a room like , then every time it stormed you could hear really strange things , then one time we had changed the light bulb in the upstair bathroom and kitchen and when ever you went to turn them on they wouldn’t turn on .
Then if you walked out of the room and walked back in and try it the lights would come on , late at night you could hear things . It was really creepy , then after a few years of living there , we moved out of the house and some new buyers had bought it and remodeled it ,
But if they ever had experienced any of those things we don’t know , cause we moved out of Indiana and the that was the last time we were ever in that house .
September 11, 2008, 9:29 am
first i live there and its noy haunted its a nice place to live i have lived there my whole life duh
September 29, 2008, 12:58 pm
can someone give me an idea where the pest house in knightstown that was owned by morgan is??? i live here and cant find it yet. I just want to drive by it.. not bother the owners.. but interested in looking at it. if you cant post the address can you email me, or give me a main road.. something, ty
October 19, 2008, 1:00 pm
how do u get there? everyone i ask does not know the directions. also does anyone know of any other haunted places around here???
October 20, 2008, 9:31 am
Hey, its on the 109 as you enter knightstown. you cant miss it, just google “morgan pest house” and you will see the picture of the one in knightstown..but just so you know, its a private resident, dont go bothering the owners. I asked where it was not knowing i drive passed it every day, they had been renevating for the past 4-6months and I had just moved to town. Funny enough turns out it was the house I told my husband I wanted to buy when we first looked at knightstown to buy a house, we loved it, however it wasnt for sale or in our price range. For some reason I didnt even think that was the house, it doesnt scare me at all, infact i think its a home I would for sure want to buy. If only I was rich.
October 30, 2008, 5:54 pm
The Pest House is in Knightstown Indiana. I’ve lived there most of my life and have been in the house. It was open to the ill when the plague hit town and most, if not all of the people that died were buried on the grounds. Things have been thrown out of borded up windows, a lady in black has been seen multiple times, its just an all over creapy house. A family lives there now but for years it stayed empty after the old residences moved away about 15 years ago.
November 8, 2008, 9:12 pm
please– this story is a crock.
January 8, 2009, 1:24 am
Me and a few friends was doing a thing for collge and look in the haunted henry county book 1- 2 ans we wnt to look for it .And found a house o latter found out that there a nother house out n the counrty .they llok a like and my boyfriends cousin used to live acroos the street from it severl years ago. They said they seen srsnge thing and heard thins.we drove past it in dasylight was scray looking .But few weeks lattrer waqs boardwent back pAST AND IT LOOKS CREEPY AS HECK.
January 8, 2009, 1:34 am
it is tru becouse it is in the haunted henry county volume 1…. i seen the lady in black that is what we call her..im not bull sh**ing with just get the book and look for your self…. and there is a another house in knightstown and it is who was skara brae and it is on jefferson and brown streets cross the street from the bank
Garrett Palmer says:
January 22, 2009, 10:21 pm
The pest house is right down the road from me and the story is that a man went to see the owners and when he knocked a creepy old women opened the dorr, said noone was home, then closed it. he was walking to his car when the owners pulled in. he said if they hired a maid and they said no. He said there was an old lady that opened the door. they went inside and the old lady was never to be found in the house…..Scary scary scary..right know two kids go to my school that know live there. thay have never said that the have saw anything ….BUT the girl does not like me so she won’t talk to me….
February 25, 2009, 2:51 pm
this is a cool thing
Amanda W (Knightstown/Rushville In Native) says:
March 3, 2009, 3:38 pm
I spent most of my childhood in May’s Indiana, May’s is a small place with an elemantary school, a post office a bank and a small store. I lived 3 houses drown from the store in the inactive funeral Home, I encounter quite a bit when I was younger, I once woke up after a nap to an older woman petting my head. Telling me that I shall not worry and that everything will be all right, One christmas we woke up to ghost playing with our toy’s in which my mother snapped a polaroid, it showed up well in the picture, but that picture has been long gone. if i happen to find it… i will post a link to it from my photobucket
April 29, 2009, 8:34 pm
I live in knightstown and i go by there almost every day. the true story is that in the 1920s it was a heart hospital. many people died in there and the backyard is a graveyard. i have friends that live there and when i spend the night we will walk in the door and there is blood on the floor. and yes like on the other posts there is a lady in a black dress that walks around in the house. NEVER GO THERE!
Rachel McCaffrey says:
July 4, 2009, 7:15 pm
The house that your telling stores about I live in you may not believe me but the only thing that is true about the house in the article is that it used to be a hospital. The history of the Pest House (7014 west county line road Knightstown, Indiana) is a long colorful history that I have researched from a very young age. Me and 6 others in my family in it we have had the Ghostbusters come twice yes they have found things but everyones house has ghosts. I have lived in the house my whole life and nothing spectacular has happened its like any other house just older.
July 21, 2009, 11:12 pm
Rachel, you know when I first looked at purchasing a house in Ktown, I saw the house when we came down the road and I told my husband that if I had the money I would want to by THAT house, having no clue of the past of the house, but to be honest with you, I think it is a gorgeous home and now that I know the history of the home, it doesnt change what I first thought when i saw it, its a very lovely home and well maintaned. Love it.
July 21, 2009, 11:23 pm
wait, we arent talking about the same house, your refering to this house right http://www.hcgs.net/PestHouse.jpg or this one your not refering to this one right http://facweb.furman.edu/~bensonlloyd/hst41/h41p04.jpg (the morgan house) Im refering to the morgan house, which I believe is on 109?!?!
September 8, 2009, 12:38 am
natalie, the first link you have is the Pest House, and yes the second one is actually on 40 (main st). they do kinda look alike but theres a few houses in knightstown that have that same kind of structure to it. thought the pest house is the only one i’ve ever heard stories about and i’ve lived in knightstown for almost 20 years.
October 22, 2009, 8:25 am
My houseparent from the indiana soliders and sailors childrens home told me about this house. She said it was really creepy. She knows i love going to places like this and i really cant wait to go.
October 24, 2009, 10:55 pm
I agree with Rachel, who should be considered the expert on it since she lives there! I think there is more legend than haunting at the “Pest House”. But, I’m sure it has had its interesting moments – right, Rach? If you are looking for it on HWY 109, you are looking in the wrong place. That 109 house was built nearly identicle to the old hospital house (same builder I’m told, and from the same time frame). But, it isn’t the right one! The real house is tucked neatly back in the woods on a dark, winding road just outside of town. The location probably adds to its legendary ominous status. Stories of the old house have been passed along through several generations of kids around here. I’ve lived in KTown for a long time and have heard each generation add its own little twist to the story. The older stories say it was a plague hospital and the dead were buried on the grounds or in the woods nearby in unmarked graves. The family’s didn’t claim their dead for fear of the plague. But, as far as I know, the family living there hasn’t had any major complaints. The house is actually quite beautiful.
October 24, 2009, 11:01 pm
The house in the picture from Natalie, called the Morgan House, is on US 40 (Main Street), just west of the BP gas station and just east of a funeral home. The house on 109 just north of US 40 is often mistaken as the Pest House. KTown has many beautiful historic homes. It is a shame that so many of them become apartments.
February 10, 2010, 11:35 am
The pest house is NOT located on 109 it is on west county line road across blue river, I lived 4 houses down from it for years, Whoever says the house on 109 is the “Pest house” is wrong!
February 13, 2010, 12:05 am
i have been in the house im with a group who will stay the night there friday for 5 weeks i went in the first time and i felt a tap and heard a woman screaming and we have footage of suspucious activity we called the cops and they wouldnt come dont know why but its freaky in there and i wouldnt want to live there
Kevin S. says:
April 1, 2010, 2:59 am
Thank you Rachel for sharing your story about the true “Pest House” in Knightstown. I am not sure if it was your family or not that I talked to as part of my research for a documentary / movie back in the 1993-94 time frame. I was working with a Las Vegas film company at time while going to college for film. I lived in New Castle at the time, now live in Indianapolis. Unfortunately the budgeting for the film took to long to finalize and I went onto other projects. But I still think it would make a great documentary, if you are interested. At that time it was being remodeled also, and the man I met who owned the house and whom gave us a tour of the house, I think only lived with his wife in the house at the time. They were trying to restore the house to the original period style, with some modern amenities added in to make it functional. I do volunteer with a paranormal group, while I do my paying day job. But I am sure you have had enough people investigating your house over the years and I do not want to interfere in yours or your family’s life or have you end up with unwanted people in your front yard. But if you would like to talk some time about your experiences, we do not charge for our investigations, you can contact us at 317-883-9104.
June 24, 2010, 1:37 pm
Kevin please email me at email@example.com
I would like to keep in touch and talk more about the house thank you.
girl that lives next to mount plesant says:
June 26, 2010, 1:38 pm
which house? i want to know i like ghost stories
Chris Green says:
October 13, 2010, 3:59 am
This house’s repuatation as haunted originated after being used as a Civil War hospital. Between that time and the smallpox outbreak of 1902 it was used as a clinic to quarantine people with mental and infectious diseases. Many people from the 1860s to 1920s died and were buried on the property. I have been in the and around the house and heard scores of stories about it. Henry County has a well documented history of the property easily available.
Jodi Dunn says:
January 24, 2011, 11:18 pm
i am intested in investigating this house .. i am an investigator with a group based out of indianapolis,indiana .. we do not charge to investigate .. we have several different equipments to investigate .. please check out our web page http://www.SixthSenseIndyParanormal.com to see the equipment we use ..and you can request an investigation there or you are welcome to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
April 19, 2011, 6:41 pm
my cousin used to live there and the stories are true!!!!on halloween night and the lady in the black dress was out i heard screams and everything!!!!
April 19, 2011, 6:47 pm
i have friends tht live there and they hate it…. one night i was there amd some1 knocked on the door i said can i help you and the said yes. i said wat do u need? they said i recieved a call sayin tht my friend was dead here and tht when i got here to ask for the lady in the black dress theyll know who your talking about. it sure is creepy and on halloween i hear scream from the building and people say there is a lady in a black dress walking around if u like ghost wright back asap i have a lot of info
April 20, 2011, 4:46 pm
i heard about tht! i heard she thought it was the police and they couldnt get ahold of any1 so they called her. i suggest u go 2 james 4 info
June 8, 2011, 2:11 pm
i used to live near there as a baby. my mother lived in that town along with my grand parents and great grandparents. My mom said every day she would have to drive past it to go to school and she would close her eyes because it was so scary. since it is up on a hill, she could see it out her window at night. She also told me that they buried the people in the hills on/ around the house.
October 16, 2011, 4:08 pm
My roommate’s family currently lives in this house. We’re in college, so she lives here at school most of the time, but when she goes home, that’s her house.
Mrs jefferson says:
December 20, 2011, 9:49 pm
hey i am seriously trying to find something that beats our best investigation. Vernon indiana. But i havent seen anything that meets that yet. if you have any information on some really good places please email me thanks MTPI!
April 8, 2014, 1:03 am
It’s actually Knightstown Indiana. I live about 5 minutes from it
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