Monday, January 24, 2011
The Haunting of Halcyon House
In the 1930's, a man named Alber Adsit Clemens bought Halcyon house. Clemons was a cousin of Mark Twain and changed Halcyon House drastically. Clemons was more than a little bit mad and he came to believe that as long as he kept building on the Halcyon House, he would never die. He added rooms, doors to nowhere, pointless staircases, and useless halls. He added new apartments, a crypt, and a coach house. After Clemons died, the haunting activity increased. Residents of Halcyon house since this time have described many ghostly encounters. They have described being levitated above their beds at night, seeing phantom women, hearing strange noises, objects moving on their own, and seeing the ghost of Benjamin Stoddert and Alber Clemens.
Halcyon House is currently owned by a sculpture who has put a great deal of time and effort into restoring Halcyon House and making it beautiful. He has had the house on the market for several years now and the beginning asking price for this beautiful building was 30 million. The price has dropped. Halcyon House was for sale for 19.5 million in April of 2010. Although the house is for sale, it is far from empty. The current owners still rent it out as a venue for special events and parties and is a common location for weddings so ghost stories still drift out of the house like a steady fog. The ghost stories are so many they can't all be listed. Phantom cries are a common noise in the old house as are the sounds of objects moving. John Alexander wrote a book on the haunts of Washington D.C. and in it he said that Halcyon House was the most haunted house in Washington D.C.