Constructed around 1845, it is only natural that this old historic home be connected to the distant past with recorded truths, legends and tales of its occupants and their lives. A mystery of murder, blood stains, buried gold, secret passages, deaths, funerals, squeaking hinges and yes, ghosts! remain a part of the Deason Home legacy.
The most notorious occurrence in the home is, of course, the shooting of Major Amos McLemore by Newt Knight. McLemore was a guest of the Deasons when he was shot. His blood soaked the heart pine floor in the bedroom where he fell. No amount of scrubbing could completely remove this stain since it soaked through and ran down the joists below the flooring. After that infamous night, family members reported that the door would fly open on the anniversary of the shooting and so the reputation of the home being haunted began.
Young Jennie Anderson passed away in the home around 1884-1885. She was the bride of George Anderson, Eleanor Deason’s grandson. The young couple had moved into the home to stay with Eleanor, who was widowed. Sadly, Jennie died either while giving birth or shortly after the birth of the couples’ only child, a daughter named A. Viola Anderson. Jennie’s body was lovingly laid out adorned by gardenias clipped from the bushes on the grounds. Her funeral was held on the front porch of the Deason Home. Family and friends stood in the front yard while the funeral eulogy was delivered. Jennie’s spirit is said to roam the Deason grounds in May when the gardenias peak in full bloom. On occasion at dusk, a hazy specter can be seen drifting among the fragrant flowers followed by a sudden rustling of their leaves.
Before the elementary school moved to its new location across town, students at the old school often asked their teachers who the children in the old house were and why they weren’t in school. Many former students will swear that they saw several little children looking out of the Deason Home windows and watching them play …. but the home was uninhabited at the time, at least by the living…..
After the home was given to the DAR, the ladies worked inside the home sanding and scraping paint, often into the wee hours of the night. They experienced mysterious sounds and shadowy figures. Contractors hired to rewire and re-plumb the home had some strange experiences as well. Lights would turn on after the workers had turned them off and work completed one day would be undone when they arrived back the next morning. It seems the spirits were not happy about their home being changed in any way.
The spirits seem to dislike modern technology. Batteries drain of their charges quickly in the home. One camera placed in the attic to record ghostly motion was unusable when retrieved at the end of a ghost hunt and another camera placed in the attic was never found. At least one cell phone was also unusable after a night at the Deason Home, its charging port melted.
There are enough stories to fill a book and in fact the ladies are currently working on a book about all the strange experiences they have had in the home. The spirits are usually just playful, opening doors, drawers and curtains to let us know they are there. Ghost hunts are usually eventful, too. They are scheduled quite often. If you would like to attend one, please visit our website or watch for events on our Facebook page. Maybe you will get a chance to meet one of the residents of the Deason Home in person!