Rip Van Winkle Gardens

Joseph Jefferson, a famed actor for his role in Rip Van Winkle, owned the Rip Van Winkle Gardens property. It was sold to Dr. Don Ray who renovated the gardens to its original beauty. He then sold it to Mike Richard, who is the current owner. The history behind this location is unbelievable! The calculations of where a crew should drill for something were a few inches off, and hit a salt dome which vanished into thin air. The entire estate was under water within a span of three hours! Today, the entire estate can be toured, but the story doesn’t just stop at its history. Along one tour, a girl was spotted in the middle of the hallway, and then she walked straight through the wall and vanished! Since the first discovery, her shyness has faded as she has been reported more frequently over recent years—especially from the maid working there. She explained that one night while alone in the kitchen storage, she tried to summon the girl by talking to her. As soon as the ghost realized she was being recognized, Styrofoam cups began FLYING. Other ghostly incidents have been reported—a slender figure appearing throughout the mansion, television remotes literally flying off of desks, and sounds of a woman crying have been heard with no person to be found. The most paranormal activity occurs where Mr. Jefferson would paint upstairs, which could mean possibly that Jefferson himself is still lives among us!


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