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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Photo by Matt Howry via flickr

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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27 comments
Jaime Brath
Jaime Brath

Stevie Elwood - No. 5 - Did you ever put an offer in on it? lol

Brandy Ankrom
Brandy Ankrom

so thoughtful you think of me when it comes to murder

SwiF CrooK
SwiF CrooK

I would prob be ah good investment .

Rob Stockman
Rob Stockman

Technically the pic you've shared is not a haunted mansion..torn down way back when..

Alicia Oates
Alicia Oates

Rumors went around that they hid money in the walls so they were all busted out.

Alicia Oates
Alicia Oates

We used to have some fun in the todville mansion. It was pretty creepy ugly and a teenagers party house

break4
break4

Wichita Street recently sold on 4/11/14.


Stephanie Davis
Stephanie Davis

Used to give tours of Ashton Villa to school kids. Rumors about piano music in the gold room, but never heard or saw anything. It was creepy to be alone in that room though.

Chris Meekins
Chris Meekins

I used to go all threw that place (Todville) after it was abandoned with friends in my teenage years and never saw or heard anything like ghosts, but it was still spooky in the dark until the grounds keeper let us in during the day.

Tamara Valencia
Tamara Valencia

Nope..I would never sleep..too many spirits trying to get my attention!

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

Angelica, I LOVE this. 

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