Could the most famous address in America, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue also be the most well-known haunted house? First ladies, white house staff, guests and the Presidents have reported feeling that ghostly presences could be felt. This includes hearing unexplained noises, running, and other strange occurrences.
From 1797 to 1801 Abigail Adams and her husband John, the second president of the United States moved into the white house. Washington DC was a town at the time and built on the swampy land on the Potomac River banks. The east room of the house was the driest and also the warmest, Abigail used to hang the washing there and now her ghost has been seen wearing a cap and lace shawl.
In 1824 Andrew Jackson was defeated in one of the most contentious presidential elections by John Quincy Adams. Elected four years later, Jackson still holds grudges against all who supported his opponent. It was early 1860 and the first lady Mary Todd Lincoln had firmly believed in the occult, she reportedly held séances with spirits of her dead friends and sons when she heard Jackson swearing. Most think the Rose Room once Jackson’s bedchamber is thought to be the most haunted room in the White House.
It was his ghostly presence that also showed in the correspondence by the white house of Harry Truman, the 33rd president of America. It was 1945, June only two months in the term that Truman wrote to Bess, his wife about the spooky residence. He said he could hear the ghost walk down the hall way and even into the study where he was working on foreign affairs, speeches and reading reports. He said the floor pop and the drapes moved. Could it be that Jackson and Roosevelt had a ghostly argument over Franklin Roosevelt?
The ghost most reported about is 16th president Abraham Lincoln, his life was tragically cut short by a bullet of an assassin in 1985. Grace who was the wife of President Calvin Coolidge, president from 1923 to 1929 was actually the fir person to see Lincoln’s ghost, she saw him standing in the oval office, looking out of the window. President Lyndon Johnson 1963 to 1969, the wife felt Lincoln’s presence when she was watching television one night and the program was about his death.
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Throughout the extended administration of Franklin D Roosevelt 1933 to 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt was making use of Lincoln’s Bedroom as her study and would frequently feel his existence while she worked late at night. Queen Wilhelmina reported that for the duration of her visit to the white house she hears knocking on her bedroom door and when she responded she saw the ghost of Lincoln, he was wearing his top hat and then she fainted. British prime minister Winston Churchill visited the white house on several occasions during world war II and told a remarkable story about an emerging naked from his evening bath, smoking his cigar, only to discover a ghost of Lincoln sitting in his room by the fireplace.
Physics speculates that Lincoln’s spirit remains at the white house to be on hand in times of crises and also to complete the challenging work that was unfinished at his untimely death. His wife actually foresaw his death and he had a dream about his death shortly before he was killed.