Ghosts at the White House

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The Ghosts In The White House

During the time President Adams and his wife, Abigail, occupied the White House, there was a slight problem with where to hang the laundry to dry. At the time, the White House was not yet fully complete, and it was not adequately heated, with many rooms being cold and damp. The warmest and driest place in the White House was the East Room, and that is where Mrs. Adams hung her clothes line. Her ghost, clad in a cap and lace shawl, has reportedly been seen heading towards the East Room, arms outstretched as if carrying laundry. (This article was brought to you by Michael and Dee Norris Realtors, Norris & Company Realty, LLC. Winter Haven Real Estate, Providing your trusted Real Estate Services for over 20 years).

Many years ago President John Adams, the second president of the United States (1797-1801), moved to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with his wife Abigail from the former U.S. capitol in Philadelphia.

The White house has many ghostly tales surrounding it, President Lincoln, who is believed to have attended only two of the séance his wife held in the White House, actually foresaw his own death more than once, including in a dream he had shortly before he was killed.

A lesser-known early White House personality who has been said to haunt its halls was David Burns, who sold the government most of the land on which the city of Washington–including the presidential residence–was built. The tales go on and on about the White House, with so much history revolving around one place it makes sense that the tales will continue to grow.

Lillian Rogers Parks, a seamstress who chronicled her 30-year career working at the White House in a 1961 memoir, told the story of a valet to President Franklin D. Roosevelt who reportedly heard a disembodied voice coming from a distance in the Yellow Oval Room, saying “I’m Mr. Burns.”

During Harry S. Truman’s administration, a guard heard a similar voice; thinking it was then-Secretary of State James Byrnes, he went looking for him, only to learn that the secretary hadn’t been at the White House that day.       Eventually the stories will include Presidents like, Kennedy, Bush, Clinton, and Obama, non the less if you believe in ghosts they still may prove to be entertaining. (This article was brought to you by Michael and Dee Norris Realtors, Norris & Company Realty, LLC. Winter Haven Real Estate, Providing your trusted Real Estate Services for over 20 years).

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