Lashe Mullins, 13-year curator at White Hall State mansion, doesn’t scare easily.
She claims to have smelled scents such as perfume and burning candles in the historic house although she was the only person in it. Also, she said she has heard sounds such as possible footsteps and moving furniture.
“I believe there’s something here (in this world), but I don’t know what it is,” Mullins said.
If patrons wish to have their own experience at this possibly haunted house, they can attend one of the nightly “Scandals and Ghost Stories” tours.
Tours will be conducted by reservation only July 14-15 and July 21-22 at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m.
Admission is $7 per person regardless of age. Call 623-9178 for reservations.
This is the fourth year for the summertime event.
Mullins said so many visitors have asked if the place was haunted during the ghost walks every October the state park decided to add the summer ghost tours.
“The ghost walk is more of a theatrical production and some people wanted more of the historical aspect,” she said.
The tour includes a history of the house, which was owned by fiery emancipationist Cassius Clay.
Clay was no stranger to scandal. He frequently got in fights, often because of his antislavery views, and was divorced twice. At the age of 84, he married a 15-year old girl, Mullins said.
The 44-room house, including the basement, closet space and hallways, had modern appliances for its time. Those included indoor plumbing and central heating.
Since the house has been restored and open to the public, Mullins said several people have claimed to have seen apparitions of a little boy, a baby and a woman in a hoop skirt.
Some have said they have seen the lights go on in different rooms at night although Mullins said all the lights are turned off every night.
She said she doesn’t know if the house is haunted, but if people want to believe it, then “that’s fine.”
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