Haunted White House Stories

Haunted White House Stories

The world-famous office (and residence) of the President of the United States – a site of numerous landmark political events and home to some of history’s most important and interesting figures.

But did you know that the White House is perhaps one of the most haunted places in the United States?

In this article we will be covering a handful of haunted White House stories recorded over the years – specific areas that supposedly attract powerful paranormal reactions…


The White House Attic

The White House attic is thought to be haunted by the shortest-serving president in history – William Henry Harrison.

The unfortunate president actually died in the famous building not more than a month after his inauguration (pneumonia).

Apparently, several modern-day presidents have experienced sounds of an individual rummaging through the attic contents – looking for something unknown. Guards have also been sent up to check the area out on various occasions.

The White House Attic

These subsequent residents all believe that this is the ghost of William Henry Harrison.

But Harrison is apparently not alone up there – in Truman’s era, a close protection guard reported a ghostly voice stating “I am David Burns”.

Historic research tells us that David Burns was the man that owned the land that the White House was originally built on. He didn’t want to sell it – but was forced to by the government at the time!


The White House Rose Garden Location

A lot of famous presidential announcements have taken place in the White House rose garden location. It was originally planted by First Lady Dolley Madison in the early 1800’s.

When First Lady Ellen Wilson moved into the residence, more than a century later, she didn’t particularly take to this area of the garden, and requested that it be dug up and changed.

The White House Rose Garden Location

The workers and gardeners were brought in…but stopped working within hours of starting!

They all claimed that Madison’s angry ghost had appeared to them as soon as they cut into the earth – she was there to stop them from damaging her beloved rose garden.


The White House Basement Ghost

The White House basement ghost seems to be a much more sinister entity – a reported demon cat!

There have been numerous paranormal reports over the years that claim the cat first appears as a cute little kitten, but as you get closer to it…it becomes a larger and larger phantom beast.

The White House Basement Ghost

The cat has been linked to many events over time – people now believe that the appearance of the demon cat serves as a warning of a great national disaster.


The White House Yellow Oval Room

When president Lincoln was in office, the White House Yellow Oval Room acted as his own personal library – he spent A LOT of time in there.

Over the years, numerous White House employees have reported glimpsing the ghost of Lincoln, gazing out the windows of this room. First Lady Grace Coolidge also came forward and admitted she had encountered the former president’s spirit in the room.

The White House Yellow Oval Room

It has also been noted that the ghosts of both Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Tyler have appeared in this former library.


The White House North Portico

The spirit of a lady named Anne Surratt is said to haunt the White House North Portico. Surrat’s mother, Mary, was executed in 1865 for her role in the Lincoln assassination.

The White House North Portico

Surrat’s specter is often seen banging on the North Portico doors, pleading for her mother’s release and pardon. Some witnesses have even seen her ghost on the front steps every July the 7th – the anniversary of her mother’s execution.


The Lincoln Bedroom Ghost

Often referred to as ‘the most haunted room in the White House’. Winston Churchill famously encountered the Lincoln Bedroom ghost after he had emerged from the bath – it was standing beside the fireplace.

Churchill was so shaken up the following morning, he refused to ever go in the room again.

The Lincoln Bedroom Ghost

The presidential children, Susan Ford and Maureen Reagan, also reported seeing the ghost of Lincoln standing in the exact spot that Churchill described.

The room has also been prone to attacks of poltergeist activity over the years.


Haunted White House Stories

Now it’s over to you – have you heard of any paranormal activity in the White House that we have not covered above?

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the White House ghosts we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

Ghost Sightings of Abraham Lincoln

Ghost Sightings of Abraham Lincoln

Is Abraham Lincoln’s spirit still moving among us? Yes, say the many who claim to have seen the spectral former president firsthand.

From ghost-hunting groups to Prime Ministers, ghost sightings of Abraham Lincoln have been reported by people from a wide variety of backgrounds and beliefs, which lends a certain measure of credence to their tales.

Abe’s ghost has been spotted during different times and for very many years, by many different people and in many different places…


The President’s Town

One place Abraham Lincoln is still said to haunt is Springfield, Illinois, the town in which he was born and buried. In fact, the earliest sightings of Lincoln’s spirit were reported soon after his burial at Springfield’s Oak Ridge cemetery, following his assassination in 1865.

Several townsfolk reported hearing strange noises or seeing Lincoln’s spectral form wandering about the cemetery, and to this day, reports of Lincoln’s ghost wandering his hometown streets still emerge.

In addition to the cemetery, the courthouse, law offices, and the old state capitol building in Springfield are also rumored to be haunted by the sixteenth President’s ghost.


The Theater

Another location where Lincoln’s spirit is said to roam is Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. This is the place where Lincoln met his death by assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth, a stage actor.

Witnesses have reported hearing gunshots, screams, and footsteps in the theater, and sightings of Lincoln’s ghostly apparition are said to happen fairly regularly at the Petersen House which lies across the street. Though shot at Ford’s Theater, Lincoln actually died at the Petersen House.


The White House

Some of the most famous reports of Lincoln’s ghost come from the White House. Personalities as well-respected as First Lady Grace Coolidge and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill claimed to have had a run-in with the former president while staying at the property.

When staying at the White House on a visit, Winston Churchill claimed that old Abe caught him in his birthday suit, stark naked having just emerged from a bath. The Prime Minister said that he saw Mr. Lincoln sitting in a chair near the fireplace.

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill

The Oval Office and Lincoln’s bedroom seem to be among Abe’s particularly favorite haunts. Once, Mrs. Coolidge had seen what appeared to be Mr. Lincoln gazing out a window in the Oval Office.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt also talked about sensing the former president’s spirit, describing how she would feel his presence sometimes when she was up late working in the room that used to be Lincoln’s own bedroom.

Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands also claimed to have come face-to-face with Lincoln’s ghost. On a visit to the White House in 1942, she was awoken from her sleep in the middle of night by what sounded like a knock at the bedroom door.

She opened the door only to find the President’s ghost standing there, staring into her. It was reported that she fainted in fright.


The Restless

It’s really no wonder that there are so many sightings of Abraham Lincoln’s ghost. It only makes sense that his spirit would not be at rest. Not only was he assassinated, he also had his tomb relocated or otherwise disrupted many times over the course of many years.

Abraham Lincoln's ghost

His coffin was exhumed and opened on several occasions, and at one point Lincoln’s body nearly fell victim to the threats of would-be grave robbers. In order to deter the robbers and throw them off the scent, Lincoln’s body was secretly relocated and buried deep in an underground labyrinth whose location was known only to a select and elite few.

Eventually, Lincoln’s son Robert insisted on encasing his father’s coffin within a solid block of cement, to be sure that any future attacks from grave robbers would be prevented.

Shamans, spiritualists, occultists, and mediums alike teach that if the dead suffered a violent or untimely death, or if they aren’t put to rest properly, it increases the chances that the spirit will become “earth-bound,” which is to say that the soul is trapped in the earthly plains, unable to move on and forced to roam.

What if the many stories of ghost sightings of Abraham Lincoln are true? Perhaps the former president is still wandering around among us even in death, ever searching for the sense of peace for which he strove so hard to achieve in life.