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The Haunting of Whitehaven Mansion
Paducah, Kentucky

Posted by Hauntings Admin on 01/28/2011



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About Whitehaven Mansion

Paducah, Kentucky

Paducah is the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky. It is located at the confluence of the Tennessee River and the Ohio River about halfway between St. Louis, Missouri to the west and Nashville, Tennesee to the east. Paducah is home to about 25,000 residents.

Whitehaven Mansion Information:

The Whitehaven Mansion was built in the 1860's.

Ghosts and the Paranormal at Whitehaven Mansion in Paducah, Kentucky:

Locals have reported seeing a female apparition on the second floor balcony. Some believe that this is the ghost of the original owner's wife who is said to have bled to death during an appendectomy (surgical removal of the appendix).

Staff report hearing the sound of “skirts swishing” in the second floor room as well as lights turning on and off on their own. The smell of perfume has also been reported as well as the smell of a large feast being prepared in the kitchen, particularly during the holidays. (Some staff claim to have smelled “peas”cooking, but never a large feast).

Sounds of children crying and rocking chairs rocking have also been reported by staff in the nursery area.

Resources: (1901-2012). Whitehaven Mansion. Retrieved April 9, 2011 from

Wikipedia (2011). Paducah, Kentucky. Retrieved April 9, 2011 from,_Kentucky


Drew Posted: 04/05/2011
I'm researching this right now. I know it has to do with a well on Whitehaven's property.
Drew Posted: 04/05/2011
Whitehaven was built in the 1860's by Edward L. Anderson. The house remained in the Anderson family till 1903 when it was sold to a local bank clerk named Ed I. Atkins. He was the one to name the house Whitehaven. The house was remodeled to a Classical Revival style and the six Corinthian pillars were added along with the stained glass. The next owner was the mayor of Paducah, James P. Smith who purchased the house in 1908. He and his wife had six children so they added six bedrooms to the house. He also renamed the house "Bide-A-Wee," Scottish adage for "Come Rest A While." The family remained until 1968 when they abandoned it believing it was going to be torn down to build a highway which now runs in front of it. The house remained empty and was subject to extensive damage and vandalism until 1981 when it was purchased and restored once again. The mansion opened in 1983 as Whitehaven Tourist Welcome Centre. Many visitors to the house have paranormal experiences. They have reported the smell of a delicious holiday feast being prepared in the employees%u2019 break room which used to be the kitchen. Guests and employees alike have reported seeing the apparition of a woman on the balcony of the second floor bedroom. She is believed to be the ghost of the wife of former mayor, James P. Smith. It is reported that she turns lights off and on and her perfume can be smelled throughout the house.
Michael F Posted: 06/01/2011
I have been there many times and have taken the regular tour. The first time I went was right after it opened to the public,as the tour goes up the front staircase,I got the impression of a man about 60 years old standing next to the top of the stairs looking down. He was wearing a light grey cloth coat over a red and black checkered flannel button shirt, charcoal grey slacks with brown shoes over the lower pant legs and shoes he was wearing tan colored canvas leggings like the old marines used to wear.In the second floor bedroom on the left facing the house,there is a girl about 14 years old that stands in the corner and just watches the groups as they walk through.She has auburn hair in a tight bun and has heavy freckles on her pale skin, she is about 4 feet 9 inches and around 90 pounds, wearing a full skirted light purple velvet dress trimmed in white.Also when you are near the old storm shelter behind the house, you get the feeling you are being watched even with noone around.

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