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Friday, October 17, 2014

Haunted Mansion of the Gilded Age #17 Morgans' Island & Matinecock Point

Matinecock Point, the mansion of J.P. Morgan, Jr. at Glen Cove
Morgan's Island is located on the North Shore of Long Island's Gold Coast off of Glen Cove. The island was purchased by J. P. Morgan, Jr. in 1909 and then proceeded to build a grand Georgian mansion, stables, cottages and outbuildings. The house stood at the end of a long driveway and commanded a view of the Long Island Sound and was named Matinecock Point. J.P. Morgan, Jr. was the son of the famous Gilded Age banker, J.P. Morgan. J.P., Jr. married Jane Norton Grew and they had 5 children. Unfortunately one child named Alice died when she was very young of Typhoid Fever. The family used the island and it's mansion as their primary home and it stayed in the family until about 1943 when J.P. died. The estate went though various owners until it became a religious institution for the Sisters of St. John the Baptist. When the sisters lived there, windows and doors opened by themselves and footsteps were heard where no one was. Some some claimed to have seen the ghostly figure of a young girl appear and disappear. Many of them believed it was Alice, the daughter of J.P. In 1980 the mansion was sold off bit by bit and demolished by dynamite. The island is now covered with many single family homes and the site of the mansion makes up the backyards of three suburban modest homes.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Haunted Mansion of the Gilded Age # 16 Thornewood

Thornewood Castle, Washington State Haunted Mansion of the Gilded Age # 16
This beautiful elegant Tudor style mansion, located in Lakewood, Washington State was built in 1911 for Chester and Anna Thorne. The mansion was set upon 100 acres, with 37 of them developed into gardens. Today the house remains, but on much reduced acreage and is now run as an Inn. While the house welcomes guests, the original owners, the Thrones seem to carry on as if they never left it. Mr. Thorne died in 1927, but is said to be seen wandering through the house and his wife Anna, who died in 1959, can still be found in her dressing room, her reflection sometimes seen in the original mirror.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Haunted Mansion of the Gilded Age #15 Ventfort Hall

Ventfort Hall at Lenox, Massachussets
Ventfort Hall was built in 1893 and is located in Lenox, Massachusetts. The house has had a very varied history, with numerous owners and an amazing resurrection from almost demolition. While any house or building can be haunted, Ventfort Hall would be high on the list style wise. A red brick Jacobean mansion with dark Victorian interiors, the house is rumored  to  have its share of strange happenings and sights. A disembodied face supposedly drifts down the beautifully carved wooden staircase and their are whispered voices heard when the house is empty? Please follow the links to read more and decide for yourself if it is just active imaginations or the former occupants returning to their splendid home.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Newly found photo of the grand staircase of the Astor Mansion on Fifth Avenue

Grand Staircase of the Astor Mansion on Fifth Avenue, posted on Mansions of the Gilded Age.

On the Facebook group, Mansions of the Gilded Age, many of our members share amazing things that have been sitting in closets, in old books or dusty photo albums. Here is one case where a very rare photo of the staircase of the Astor mansion was found. I will post some more about this soon, but wanted to share this wonderful image.

Haunted Mansion of the Gilded Age #14 Shadow Lawn

Shadow Lawn at Long Branch, New Jersey

Monday, October 13, 2014

Haunted Mansion of the Gilded Age #13 The Molly Brown House

The home of the Unsinkable Molly Brown at Denver, Colorado.
If one has ever seen the movie, "The Unsinkable Molly Brown", the story about a rags to riches woman,who is best remembered for her heroic acts and stamina while commandeering a lifeboat from the sinking Titanic and went to Denver to see her real home, you might be disappointed that it is not the towering grand Victorian as depicted in the movie. The actual house is in Denver, Colorado and is in the best neighborhood, but the homes are not the huge opulent mansions, one would find along Fifth Avenue in New York City. Molly Brown's house is quite small and if in a row of similar houses would not get much notice.

Fortunately her home and that of her husband, J.J. Brown, it has been saved from demolition and is now a museum house. The house as one might expect once being the home of a very energetic woman, is not always full of paying visitors. Staff members at the museum and others have reported strange unusual smells and sounds. Please click the following links to find out more about the ghostly sightings and the history of the fascinating house. 

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Mansions of the Gilded Age also has a very large and active group on Facebook. Founded in 2011 the group now has over 11,000 members. The September 2013 issue of Architectural Digest had this to say, 
" Mansions of the Gilded Age is one of the liveliest design groups on Facebook, with members celebrating (and denigrating lavish examples of late-19th century and early-20th century domestic architecture". 
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