The 5 Most Sinister Mansions in the Houston Area
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4. Pearland Mystery Mansion
Look, we're not saying anything sinister happened here, but you really should look into how creepy this Pearland mansion is. This home was built more recently than most of the others, but it's every bit as unnerving.
Also, we don't even want to sort of know what was up with the idea of adding a stage, or the indoor pool with no windows, to a home like this. Golan, it may be offered up for sale again, and it may indeed be appealing if it's offered at a good deal, but perhaps it would be wiser to steer clear of this place.
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3. Ashton Villa
The Ashton Villa is a historic Galveston Island home that was built by wealthy businessman James Moreau Brown in 1859, prior to the Civil War. It's an enormous 3-story home with ornate rooms and magnificent staircases. And as magnificent as it is, it's also equally creepy, mainly because it's referred to as the most haunted building in America.
The home, which has survived a number of massive storms, including the Great Storm of 1900, where 6,000 people died and the island was left abandoned, and is also a historical marker for Galveston during the Civil War.
You see, Ashton Villa served as not only the Brown abode, but as the headquarters and hospital for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Galveston's surrender to the Union Army took place in the ornate living room, or the "Gold Room," as its known.
So blots of death and war and all have made it pretty haunted, apparently, and the Ashton Villa is creepy because a bunch of people died in it who are now (apparently) refusing to leave. Mr. Brown, Mrs Brown, and their daughters Bettie and Mathilda all died in the Ashton Villa, as did a ton of Confederate soldiers, since the place was the headquarters and hospital for the Confederate Army.
The most notorious of those is Bettie, though. Brown's daughter was an eccentric, artistic woman who opted to remain unmarried at a time when such a thing was just wasn't done. She inherited the house from her father after he passed away. She lived in the house until her death, and apparently still hangs out there, opening drawers and appearing all creepeh-like.
But Bettie's not the only one still hanging around in the house in her post-death years. Those soldiers that died in the makeshift hospital during the Civil War still march, and there are a number of other regular things that happen to weird people out in that place. I don't know; it's Galveston. It's probably a good idea to stay far, far away.
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