There is a reason the Hay House has earned a spot on Architectural Digest’s “13 Most Beautiful Haunted Destinations Around the World”
Constructed in 1859, the Hay House’s grandeur and remarkable Italian Renaissance Revival architectural style earned the moniker “Palace of the South”. But its allure extends beyond its charming facade. This historic residence offered a level of luxury that was far ahead of its time. It boasted amenities such as hot and cold running water, central heating, gas lighting, a speaker-tube system, an in-house kitchen, and an elaborate ventilation system. While the Hay House surprises visitors with its stunning interiors, marvelous architecture and innovation, it’s also known for its eerie tales and ghostly encounters. Visitors have recounted spine-tingling experiences within its walls, including sightings of an elderly woman dressed in mid-1800s attire wandering through the hallways. Reports include chilling encounters with cold spots, mysterious footsteps, and doors that seem to slam of their own accord. Some claim to have felt a presence breathing over their shoulders or heard eerie moans emanating from the master bedroom. Incredibly, there are even claims of witnessing the apparition of the home’s former owner, Mary-Ellen Felton, rummaging through a chest of drawers.