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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Dead Daughters, Dogs, and Pirates: Estate Hauntings of Galveston, TX

The Lone Star State is home to a vast wealth of American history, which means it’s also home to an unsettling collection of sites inhabited by beings of the afterlife. The presence of the paranormal is truly palpable, as the majority of people who enter haunted property experience bone stiffening fear within five seconds of entering. When looking out for new sights to explore, none compare to the island city of Galveston, Texas. This relaxing resort town is home to a chilling variety of haunted locations that are sure to intrigue even experienced spectral investigator. Espers are present all around us, but here are a few locations that are especially dense with afterlife activity.

Ashton Villa Mansion

While this residence didn’t quite operate as port lodging, both the Union and Confederacy occupied the Ashton Villa Mansion during the Civil War. This eerie estate has been revered as one of the most haunted places in America by multiple sources. The estate was built by a businessman of hardware known as James Brown. The house was constructed in 1859, with the aid of an enslaved brick mason, and was home to Mr. Brown and his family. The estate didn’t experience any unusual activity until 1920, when Mr. Brown’s daughter Rebecca Ashton, more commonly known as Bettie, passed away. Since then, reports have been made of her remnant spirit playing a piano within the mansion, along with sightings of her wearing a turquoise dress while fanning herself ominously.

Maison Rouge

Originally from New Orleans, feared pirate Jean Lafitte was expelled from his residence in Barataria Bay and eventually established himself in Galveston. It was there that he founded a small colony and constructed a house within their vicinity. The property was named Maison Rouge, and from there he dictated citizens of his colony until the United States government forced him to leave the island in 1821. The now abandoned property is said to be home to a pack of esper hounds. Arguing amongst the restless souls of angry men can also be heard within the estate grounds. Such varied activity within the mansion could be caused by the energy present from Jean Lafitte’s buried treasure, which has been sought for on the estate’s grounds by treasure hunters for over a century.

Stewart’s Mansion

Haunted by paranormal bearers of the town’s history, various locations to the Stewart’s Mansion property have been documented as having intense spiritual activity. Groundskeepers who maintain the premises have reported the frequent appearance of apparitions to Native Americans and Pirates. Incorporeal growls and beast-like sounds have also been reported from within the Mansion’s vicinity. It’s also believed that the very similar, if not the same, horde of hounds sighted at Maison Rouge also prowl this isolated residence.

While Galveston, TX may look like a pleasant port town at first glance, this obscure site is home to its fair share of paranormal sightings. Texas may be vast, but Galveston is one slice of terrifying land worth taking a look at.


This is a contributed post by Jane Sandwood. Jane has been a freelance writer and editor for over 10 years. She writes for both digital and print across a wide variety of fields. Her main interest is exploring how people can improve their health and wellbeing in their everyday lives. When she isn't writing, Jane can often be found with her nose in a book, at the gym or just spending time with her family.

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