Nights at the Culver House
Decatur, Illinois |All
Nights Sold Out!
Discover the Secrets of One of
Decatur's Most Haunted Houses!
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
Limited Number of
$50 Per Person | Portion of Proceeds Benefit the Culver House
Here for Reservations for this Eerie Event!
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.