When the home from the movie 'Nightmare On Elm Street' hit the market, we wondered how well the house would fare since it was Freddy Krueger's favorite haunt. We imagined that visions of the legendary slasher film ought to be enough to ward off potential buyers. But now that a real-life, haunted mansion has been signed, sealed, and (literally) delivered, Wes Craven's movie set doesn't look quite as threatening.
Cast your eyes on the locally dubbed "Haunted Mansion of Jasper County" in Newton, Iowa. According to The Newton Daily News, the house has been a neighborhood staple since 1860 with a marked reputation for being occupied by ghosts (the mansion was even featured in the book "Haunted Iowa"). And after 150 years, it's been uprooted and moved.
Largely due to weak ground conditions, the mansion's new homeowner, Sherri Meeker, decided to relocate the structure to another part of town. With a lot of time and work (and a healthy dose of the Do-It-Yourself spirit that fires us up), Meeker plans on renovating the space and restoring it to its original grandeur.
For an inside look of the property, YouTube user Mindylu1974--who says the Monroe Mansion used to belong to her aunt and uncle for upwards of 20 years--shared images of the famous mansion in a video set to a creepy soundtrack. Running just under a minute and a half, the video showcases an intimate view of both the outside structure and its interior spaces.
We think Meeker's bravery is worth applause. Ghosts aside, remodeling a house can be an intimidating challenge to confront, especially with older homes. But after going through the hassle of moving the house, we have a feeling transforming the place will be a walk in the park. And if the apparitions that live in the mansion are anything like Casper, she might even have some friendly hands on deck!
Check out the video to see this haunted house. And if your home is experiencing some paranormal activity, consider checking out these ghost-busting methods. And in case you haven't already gotten the spooks, you'll get your fair share of thrills by scrolling through our slideshow of America's most haunted places.
H/T: To KCCI News in Iowa.
Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, California
The <a href="http://winchestermysteryhouse.com/">Winchester Mystery House</a> -- home to a "wealthy, eccentric recluse" -- is a veritable architectural maze in which the unguided visitor might easily find themselves lost. It's said that Mrs. Winchester believed very much in spirits, and traveled through her house in a roundabout way to confuse ghosts that might be following her. Check out the house's alleged hauntings <a href="http://winchestermysteryhouse.com/allegedhauntings.cfm">here</a>.
The White House, Washington, D.C.
There are <a href="http://www.history.com/topics/ghosts-in-the-white-house">apparently many haunts that inhabit the presidential residence</a>, though the most famous is the ghost of Abraham Lincoln in the notorious Lincoln bedroom. He has apparently been seen by the likes of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and Winston Churchill.
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Wrigley Field is <a href="http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/104649">said to be America's most haunted ballpark</a>.
LaLaurie Mansion, New Orleans, Louisiana
Madame LaLaurie had a reputation for brutally abusing her slaves at this residence -- <a href="http://goneworleans.about.com/od/famouslandmarks/a/Lalaurie.htm">said to have been a house of horrors</a>. Reports of apparitions in the house include that of a young slave girl fleeing across the roof, a shackled slave in the stairwell and painful screams throughout the building.
Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, Massachusetts
<a href="https://www.lizzie-borden.com/index.php/about-the-house.html">You know this one</a>: Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done She gave her father forty-one. There's no surprise this place is haunted.
Shanghai Tunnels, Portland, Oregon
These underground tunnels connected the basements of downtown Portland's hotels and bars to the waterfront for the purpose of moving goods. They are also rumored to have been the way by which men were kidnapped (Shanghaied) into becoming sailors.
RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, California
After the grand <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Queen_Mary#Paranormal">ocean liner was docked in California</a> and became a hotel, reports of hauntings surfaced. Among the ghosts are <a href="http://www.queenmary.com/attractions-events/haunted-encounters.php">a sailor who died in the ship's engine room, a "lady in white," and children who drowned in the ship's poo</a>l.
Alcatraz, San Francisco, California
Alcatraz has a long history as a penal island -- <a href="http://investigation.discovery.com/investigation/history/alcatraz/ghosts/hauntings.html">it's said that Native Americans banished those who broke tribal laws here</a> -- and therefore a long history of ghost stories. Al Capone is <a href="http://crime.about.com/od/prison/a/alcatrazghosts.htm">perhaps the most famous of the rumored haunts</a>.
Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana
This 1796 residence is billed as <a href="http://www.myrtlesplantation.com/">one of the country's most haunted homes</a>, watched over <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrtles_Plantation">by at least 12 ghosts</a>.
Lemp Mansion, St. Louis, Missouri
<a href="http://www.legendsofamerica.com/mo-lempmansion.html">Once home to a family with a tragic history</a>, the Lemp Mansion is now a restaurant and inn where workers have reported strange occurrences and apparitions. Join in on "<a href="http://www.lempmansion.com/lempexperience.htm">the Lemp experience</a>" to try to spy some ghosts.
Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia
It may now be a reproduction for tourists, but Williamsburg really was once a thriving colonial capital. And, if there's anything we know about historic cities, it's that they are crawling with ghosts. According to the Reverend Dr. W. A. R. Goodwin, a clergyman usually credited with the idea for Colonial Williamsburg: “<a href="http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/spring01/wythe_ghosts.cfm">Shut your eyes and see the gladsome ghosts who once made these places their home</a>. You can learn to call them back. You can train yourself to hear what they have to say.” Some stories are scary, others fun. Check out how some <a href="http://web.wm.edu/americanstudies/370/2007/sp7/home.html">William and Mary students recount the tales</a>.
St. Augustine Lighthouse, St. Augustine, Florida
There are a <a href="http://www.coastalliving.com/travel/top-10/top-10-haunted-lighthouses-00400000000244/">slew of haunted lighthouses in the U.S.</a>, so we've singled out just one. Completed in 1874, the <a href="http://www.staugustinelighthouse.com/index.htm">St. Augustine lighthouse</a> watches over the nation's oldest continuously-inhabited city. At the lighthouse, once featured on "<a href="http://www.syfy.com/ghosthunters/episodes/season/s02/episode/e219/st_augustine_lighthouse">Ghost Hunters</a>," its said you can hear footsteps running up and down the tower stairs and the voice of a 12-year-old girl calling out.
Spooks and Legends Haunted Tours, Williamsburg, VA
The ghost of "Catherine Rathell" on a ghostly walk through town
The Spy House, Port Monmouth, New Jersey
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jenks51"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jenks51">jenks51</a>:<br />The Spy house is considered as one of the most haunted places in America. The history of the house past spans three centuries during which it has been a private home, an inn, a Revolutionary War gathering place for both the British military and the colonists, a pirate’s hangout, an occasional bordello and also a museum.
ghost girl in Arkansas
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ahunter172"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ahunter172">ahunter172</a>:<br />Due to privacy concerns I can't divulge the location. Look at the top of the stairs on the left, she's looking at me thru the railing.
Confederate General's Ghost
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/straightuptalker"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/915347-tiny.png?20101219052146" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/straightuptalker">straightuptalker</a>:<br />Captured this Civil War Ghost face while taking random hots in Devil's Den, Gettysburg, PA.
The House Of Wills
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Eric__B_Freeman"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1323148421/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Eric__B_Freeman">Eric B Freeman</a>:<br />The House Of Wills is a Cleveland Ohio Home Owned by macabre Artist Eric Freeman that was built in 1849 as a German Opera Hall\Masonic Temple and then turned into a funeral home in the 1940s. Ghost Hunts take place year around
Echoes of Time
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Kringle"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/920376-tiny.png?20121114214745" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Kringle">Kringle</a>:<br />I've had and heard about lots of experiences common to this old plantation, pre-dating the Civil War.
Hales Bar & Marina
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JournalJunkie"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/4696536.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JournalJunkie">JournalJunkie</a>:<br />We where one of the last to investigate this building! Officially one of my Favs! Something Ghostly Paranormal
Hillveiw Mannor, New Castle PA
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JournalJunkie"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/4696536.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/JournalJunkie">JournalJunkie</a>:<br />Another one of my favs! We visit often!Truly haunted!
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