|Haunted Night at the Lee-Baker-Hodges
Carrollton, Illinois -- March 7, 2015
A Night at the Haunted Mansion Includes:
Night time Access to the Building
Private Ghost Hunt with American Hauntings
History & Hauntings of the Building
Bring Your Own Snacks & Drinks
Bring Your Own Ghost Hunting Equipment
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Haunted Night at the Lee-Baker-Hodges House
October 18, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Northwest Side of the Square /
for another exclusive late-night investigation that only
American Hauntings can take you on -- the historic
Lee-Baker-Hodges House in Carrollton, Illinois. We'll spend the
night looking for the ghosts that are reported to linger in this
brick mansion from the early 1830s and learn more about its rich
and haunted history. Is the place really as haunted as rumors
from around the region continue to claim? You'll have the chance
to find out on March 7 when we give a
very limited number
of ghost hunters the chance to prowl the
dark rooms and corridors in search of the purported phantoms.
This late night event is not for the
faint of heart and flashlights are required!
$40 Per Person --
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More about the Lee-Baker-Hodges Mansion
Greene County was organized in
1821 and Carrollton became the seat of government. That same
year, J.W. Skidmore, merchant, erected a two-room building on
the northwest corner of the public square, a portion of which
was used as the first courthouse. Samuel Lee purchased the
building a short time later with the intention of adding onto it
and creating a grand mansion. One of its most esteemed men in
the county, Lee served as county clerk and recorder, circuit
clerk and justice of the peace during its early years. He
married 16-year-old Mary Ann Faust, sister-in-law of Mr.
Skidmore, in 1824. Before his grand house could be
completed, Samuel Lee died in September, 1829. In his will, he
left money for the house to be completed for his widow.
After it was completed, it
became the home of Mrs. Lee and her two small children. On April 27, 1831, Mrs. Lee married Edward Baker, a young
lawyer, who later became a close friend of Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, where the
Bakers moved in August, 1835. The next year they sold the
mansion to Orange Heaton. Moving to California in 1852 and then to the new state of
Oregon in 1860,
Edward Baker was elected U.S. Senator. At Lincoln’s inauguration in March, 1861, Baker,
known for his oratory skills, made the shortest public speech of
his career with these words: “Fellow citizens, I introduce to
you Abraham Lincoln, the President-elect of the
United States.” With the
outbreak of the Civil War, he organized the California Regiment
and was commissioned its Colonel. He was killed
October 21, 1861 during the battle of Ball’s Run, Virginia.
Drury Hodges bought the Lee-Baker mansion in March, 1850 from
Orange Heaton. A lawyer and merchant, Hodges served as
county judge, circuit judge, representative in the U.S. Congress
and Illinois state senator
during his career. About 1854 Judge Hodges added a second
story to the east part of the original Lee house, incorporating
it into a two-story Italianate style wing. With its wide
front veranda and its yard enclosed with a wrought iron fence
(both now gone), the imposing Victorian structure was a Carrollton showpiece. After
Judge Hodges’ death in 1884, his family continued to make it
their home until Mrs. Hodges died in 1899. The following
year their son Beverly C. Hodges converted the family home into
He ended the 70-year ownership of the house by the family when
he deeded the property to Dr. N.D. Vedder in 1921.
Join us for an eerie night at
this reportedly haunted mansion in Carrollton. It's a night that
you won't soon forget!
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|The house gradually
deteriorated into the 1970s, until its very existence was
threatened. Thanks to historical preservationists, the house was
saved and added to the National Historic Register in 1980. Since
then, it has become home to the Greene County Historical
and Genealogical Society and, if the stories are to be believed
-- a number of resident ghosts. A number of eerie reports have
circulated about the old mansion over the years, including
sightings of a child who has been seen in one of the bedrooms,
another child that vanishes just inside of the kitchen door,
bright lights, weird sounds, footsteps, a mysterious voice that
has been heard throughout the house, loud knocks that come in
threes -- and much more!
Join American Hauntings as we search for the lingering
spirits of this historic old house? Is it as haunted as they
say? Find out for yourself!