The Allen House of Monticello, a historic
mansion that's supposedly haunted, will be open to the
public for the first time in 18 years Oct. 30-31.
Mark and Rebecca Spencer bought the 1906 Neo-classical Victorian mansion located on North Main Street and began renovating it in June. The Simmons, the former owners, hired security on Halloween to keep local kids from gathering at the home, daring each other to ring the door bell.
“We were aware that everyone was curious about the house, and since people were so curious and it has a reputation of being haunted we thought that, well, why not open it up for tourism,” said Mark Spencer, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities.
“If they want to see it, they might as well come on the scariest night of the year,” Rebecca Spencer added.
Several books and
Web sites tell about the reputation of the house, such as "Haunted Places in
the American South" by Alan Brown and "The Scent of Lilacs" by Carolyn
Wilson, a romantic suspense novel written while Wilson lived in the house.
The Spencer’s have also found six different Web sites with mention of the
Allen House, such as Haunted Houses.
The story of the house began in 1949, when Ladelle Allen, the daughter of the wealthy
Delta businessman Joe Lee Allen
who owned the home, killed herself with potassium cyanide in the master
bedroom during her mother’s New Year’s Eve party. Many believe if anyone
uses the home for commercial use, Ladelle and her son Allen, who
mysteriously died at 29, haunt the home.
One man reportedly took a picture of his wife and when the picture came back, a ghostly image of another woman stood next to her. Then one owner used the house as a gift store, and reported when he opened in the mornings, items in the store would be rearranged on occasion.
Although cameras are not allowed on the tour, Desiree Thornhill with Frozen Memories Photography will take portraits of people inside the home, and she will e-mail or send the pictures out to the individual if a ghostly image appears.
KHTV Channel 11 will cover the Allen House on the evening news program Tuesday, Oct. 30. The Spencer’s are still looking for a few more tour guides. Please contact them at Bellelise Booksellers 460-9854 for more information.
ŠThe Voice 2007
Revised 09/17/2007 08:12:03 PM — http://www.uamont.edu/Organizations/TheVoice/5_7/haunted.htm