I’ve decided it would be fun to discuss the places I’d like to investigate across the United States if I had enough money (or enough guts) to actually get there.
The first place I’d like to visit is the Drish House in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
This plantation house was built in 1937on 450 acres of farmland by Dr. John R. Drish. He was a widower and married a local widow, Sarah. The two of them lived happily in the house until Dr. Drish succumbed to his chronic drinking and either fell down the stairs or jumped from a balcony, dying upon impact at the bottom of the stairs. Either way, he died, leaving Sarah as a widow again.
Dr. Drish’s funeral was a lavish affair, with every detail planned by his wife. In her grief, she became manic about her own death and wanted the exact same treatment as her husband had received at his funeral. She even kept the candles from his ceremony planning for them to be used at her own. But when she died seventeen years later, no one could find the candles. Since then, stories of paranormal activity have abounded.
The house went through many owners since Sarah’s death becoming a school, a warehouse and even a Sunday school building. It fell into disrepair and was added to the “Places in Peril” in 2006 but has since been restored. It is now used for parties, wedding and corporate events, though there are also opportunities to ghost hunt because Sarah’s spirit remains active in the house.
Most of the stories are about the third floor tower being on fire. People report the blaze but when the fire department arrives, there is no evidence of a fire in the building at all. (That is truly something I’d love to see!) Some people think it’s Sarah’s spirit causing the eerie lights because her family never used the candles. I wonder if maybe she’s trying to tell them where the candles are (hint, hint – the tower). I’m not an expert though.
This is a double whammy for me in being a historic southern plantation restored to its beauty, but also a haunted house. I’d love to spend a night up in the tower to see if Sarah would make an appearance.