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The White House

District of Columbia, United States
By Shannon Reinbold-Gee

FDR, Dwight Eisenhower and Winston Churchill have all felt itâ??no, I donâ??t mean the thrill that lording immense power over others bringsâ??Iâ??m referring to the ghost of Abraham Lincoln. Supposedly these mighty men, as well as Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (and bunches of the White House staff) have felt Honest Abeâ??s presence in the White House. Abeâ??s still so attached to his post according to some witness, that his spirit becomes even more active at times of national emergency. Ah, if only all leaders were like that!

But it seems that Abeâ??s not alone in haunting the White House. Although he was first noticed during Calvin Coolidgeâ??s term, it seems Former First Lady Abigail Adams the earliest remaining ghost, being occasionally caught hanging the laundry to dry in the East Room, and Dolley Madison still peeks in at her much-loved Rose Garden.

Dolley is so protective of her garden that, according to White House lore, when Former First Lady Mrs. Woodrow Wilson wanted to dig it up and replace it, Dolleyâ??s ghost supposedly arrived and warned them not to disturb it. Dolleyâ??s rose garden still blooms, undisturbed.

Construction began on the White House in 1792 and it was ready for the Adams family to move in during 1800. Early on it was referred to as the â??Presidential Palace.â? During the war of 1812 it (as well as other government buildings in the area) was burned by the British. At the warâ??s end it was repaired and whitewashed to hide the smoke marksâ??and that was when the name â??White Houseâ? was first adopted.

Staff members also report strange bursts of cool air and doors that close without human help and the sensation of feeling â??presencesâ? in certain areas of the old complex.

Former First Lady, Mrs. Lincoln did hold at least on seance in the Green Room. She was attempting to contact her son, Willie. He had died in the White House during his fatherâ??s term in office, leaving his mother grief-stricken. Although she didnâ??t seem to make contact with Willie (who did show up during grantâ??s administration), Mrs. Lincoln did report a sighting (and â??hearingâ?) of Former President Andrew Jacksonâ??s ghost walking the halls of the White Houseâ??and swearing profusely!

Stories also mention a British soldierâ??s ghost from 1814 holding a torch. Perhaps he remains, a witness to the fiery devastation he helped start hundreds of years ago.

A few folks have even reported hearing a voice claiming to be Mr. Burns introducing himself. Itâ??s especially interesting when you realize that David Burns was the landowner who gave the US government the acreage for the White House. So, even when our Legislators are on a break and the Presidentâ??s off on vacation, rest assured that our White House is still being manned by the restless spirits of great leaders from our past.

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Jessica says:

September 15, 2008, 8:06 am

I would imagine that only staff and our people who are very ‘close’ to the President would be able to even know if any of this is true. I wish myself that I could go do some exploring there, and meet Abe’s ghost. But who knows. I honestly didn’t know about these stories!! Anyone have any information on them? I know you can do tours of the White House, but wow. o.O

Miranda says:

September 17, 2008, 5:37 pm

Well when I was in middle school we had a trip up there to the Washington, D.C. I don’t recall seeing any of these ghost, but I wouldn’t have minded seeing one of them. Of course this was in 2003, only a few years after 9-11, so we couldn’t tour the White House. I would love to be able to revisit it now and see what I could find. My cousin went to one of President Bush’s dinners, but I don’t remember her saying she saw one of the former presidents.

Jason says:

October 4, 2008, 12:29 am

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Savannah says:

October 30, 2008, 10:47 am

Back in 98 when clinton was in office i toured the white house with my girls scout troop and I remember them telling us the same stories and we stood in the same room where the first lady try to bring her son back but according to the story she never got in touch with him, but while i was there i never saw a ghost but it does not mean they were not there.

angelo says:

January 11, 2009, 10:03 am

wow this is so cool I want to go there

CHRIS says:

January 13, 2009, 5:14 pm

what’s goood i really thing this is kinda dumb but
i really can’ t say cause i didnt even read it,
so make it more well im sure you know
so ******* CHRIS coming out of RTFholdin:)

Tamia says:

March 24, 2009, 9:05 pm

man i never knew that anything like that cold HAPPEN thats real suprising….so i wonder how all the new presidents coming to be and their families feel about it and i woneder to they also feel anything or is it just something they feel maybe but u will never know unless u visit there and see for yourself o.O

chris says:

January 25, 2010, 11:03 am

this webs sucks

courtney harper says:

May 2, 2010, 12:44 pm

i think that this is very interesting. i went past the alexander house yesterday and i was hearing things i heard things like skreaming a door close a person knock on a door. then once i left i started seaing visins. they looked like me and a man killing me and my friend hannah. i was stabbed in the leg, stomoch, and, shoulder. as in the cross. then my friend hannah was stabbed in the back carved into a cross and hung.

Garyn says:

May 26, 2010, 6:19 pm

I wonder why the presidents are haunting or wandering around in White House.
I think this is pretty interesting to know that the presidents are in the White House as ghosts. I wanna visit the White House soon!

Jada says:

August 8, 2010, 7:32 pm

Im 11 years old and im obsested with the supernaturle if anyone could give me any info on a haunted place in or close to austin minasota i would love to hear about it.

rishabh says:

February 13, 2011, 3:32 am

i wonder why presidents are haunting around in white house,i mean they must be have some another work after death.

Geanne says:

April 13, 2011, 3:50 pm

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG please lord lay thier souls to rest.

Benjamin D. Naunczek says:

July 24, 2011, 5:21 pm

Gibbons hall in Catholic University is also haunted. I once saw the upper bunk lift off the pins, turn, and crash down on my roommate who was lying down talking to me. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…….


October 25, 2011, 6:59 am

Queen Willamena saw Lincoln’s spirit is what is now known as “The Lincoln Bedroom”,but was actually used as his office – long before the construction of “The Oval Room”. Also,I’d be interested in a “White House Haunted Tour”. I toured it during the Clinton years and there were 74 people in addition to me. They tour in groups of 75 and you only get to briefly walk past a few very small rooms,but can enter The East Room. The Lincoln room is not part of the tour.

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