To be honest, I’ve never really understood moving a house. It just seems odd to me, and even though I guess the experts know ways around this, it just seems like it would cause structural damage. And ultimately be more trouble than it’s worth. For the record, we’ve actually investigated a house that was supposedly haunted and was moved, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum on Staten Island, New York. But now there’s a story of a haunted house in Iowa that is being moved across town.
This time, however, ghosts were not to blame: Its original lot had been sold to one person, the house to another. As a result, the new owner of the 1865 Iowa home, Sherri Meeker, had the 100-ton structure moved five miles down the road.
Naturally, it caught the interest of the Web. The old house, supposedly haunted by evil spirits, bears a resemblance to the one on “Nightmare on Elm Street” and is known around town as the “Haunted Mansion of Jasper County.”
Some locals swear it has a spooky past. The three-story, wood-frame house sure looks haunted. Local news station KCCI even spent the night there in 1994 after hearing lots of stories about Regina Long, thought to be the original owner, who was said to float around it. Mike Salier, the homeowner at the time, said in the KCCI story: “It’s real. People think it’s a lot of poppycock, but it’s enough to make your skin crawl.”
The stories certainly were enough to get the Web buzzing over footage of the 150-year-old house slowly making its way down the road.
Of course, believers of the spooky tales are wondering if the spirits will pick up and move, or haunt the next structure that goes up in its place.
We found some interesting stuff when we investigated the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, so maybe it is possible for a ghost to follow a house that has been moved?