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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.