Nights at the Culver House
Decatur, Illinois |
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Discover the Secrets of One of Decatur's Most Haunted Houses!
Nights at the Culver House
October 10, 2014 | 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
412 West Prairie Street | Decatur, Illinois

For more than two decades, busloads of ghost enthusiasts have passed by the crumbling remains of what was once one of the grandest homes in Decatur and wondered what was behind the house's stone walls... Stories of Indian burial grounds, curses, mysterious fires, untimely deaths and murder have plagued the John Culver house in Decatur, Illinois for decades but ghost hunters have not been allowed to venture into the house in search of the resident spirits -- until now! Join American Hauntings for three exclusive ghost hunts at the legendary Culver House in Decatur, Illinois! Find out if this once grand mansion is as haunted as the stories claim! Delve into the many mysteries of the house and perhaps come face-to-face with one of the residents of the past!

The evening will include a historic tour of the house, followed by a ghost hunt at a place that has been called one of the most haunted houses in the city. The haunting experience at the Culver House begins at 9:00 p.m. and continues until 2:00 a.m. -- if you're brave enough to stay that long!

Limited Number of Available Spots!
$50 Per Person | Portion of Proceeds Benefit the Culver House Restoration!
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Some History of the Culver House:

Built (according to record) directly on the site of a Native American burial ground, construction began on the house in 1881. A man named Josiah Clokey was the original owner, but the house was not completed over the course of the next 20 years. In 1901, it was purchased by John Culver, a leading resident of Decatur, and he completed the house and turned it into one of the finest mansions in the city. Culver was a stonemason (he and his brother, James, rebuilt Abraham Lincoln's tomb in Springfield) and one of the men responsible for bringing electricity to the city of Decatur. The once abandoned, half-finished home on Decatur's West Side became a Victorian showplace in the city.

But despite the finery of the house, weird tales were present from the start. According to historical record, the Culvers were seated at dinner one evening when "something" came down the dining room chimney. Whatever it was, it terrified the family so badly that Culver ordered workmen to brick shut the fireplace and the family never used it again.

The Culvers remained in the house until 1943, the year John Culver died. The mansion remained unoccupied for the next seven years, but neighbors say that it certainly was not empty. Lights were often reported in the windows of the abandoned house and the face of a man was often seen peering out of the windows of the library -- John Culver's favorite room.

In 1950, the house was sold and divided into apartments, but each successive decade saw a tragedy occur within the walls of the house. Two suicides occurred there, one in 1958 and one in 1966. In May 1979, a third floor fire caused over $90,000 in damage to the house. In 1988, a tenant was brutally murdered by her boyfriend and the killer was sentenced to 50 years in prison. One year later, the old house was declared unfit for human habitation and was boarded up. It has remained that was, slowly crumbling, until very recently.

John and Florence Culver
Thanks to new owners who are working to try and restore the house, new life is returning to the Culver mansion -- and with that restoration comes new stories of ghosts. The Culver House has a long history of paranormal events, but that activity has certainly remained active in recent years -- as you'll have the chance to find out for yourself. Join us for our current ghost hunts at the house and help preserve a bit of history since a portion of the proceeds raised go to benefit the continuing restoration of the mansion.