Pompano Beach, FL (PRWEB) October 28, 2013
It was once one of America's best mansions. Now, it might be the scariest house in the world!
Back in the late 1800s, the Thousand Islands, that run for about 50 miles along the Saint Lawrence River between New York and Canada, was where the gilded age tycoons built their summer homes. The wealthy tried to outdo each other and the mansions became bigger and bigger. Perhaps the most magnificent was the Carleton Villa constructed for William O. Wyckoff, who was the president of the Remington Arms Company. Remington made a fortune manufacturing guns during the Civil War. The mansion was built on the site of an Indian campground and British military fort.
Carleton Villa was glorious in every way. From its 36 rooms and 111-foot observatory tower to its gaslight beacon and views of Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River, the Villa might have become the icon of Industrial Age wealth and flamboyance. But something went seriously wrong! Wyckoff's wife died from cancer just a month before they were supposed to move into the mansion. And when Mr Wyckoff moved in soon after his wife's death, he died of a heart attack on his first night at the grand estate.
Today, the mansion's seven-story tower is long gone and the rest of the mansion is a nightmare of cobwebs, broken windows, caved-in ceilings and piles of rubble guarded by barbed wire and “keep out” warnings. No one has lived in the home in almost 70 years. Although the mansion is for sale asking $495,000, the scribbled “Help Me” plea written on the home's ceiling might discourage some buyers.
Carleton Villa isn't the only haunted house currently for sale. TopTenRealEstateDeals.com compiles an annual Halloween listing of homes for sale that some people say are haunted. In addition to the Carleton Villa, this year’s “Haunted Homes For Sale” list includes:
A huge New Jersey estate once owned by the Sisters of St. John the Baptist where supposedly the mother superior murdered dozens of nuns and orphans.
A traditional Hollywood Hills home where some people say Ozzie Nelson's ghost still lives.
The loud crash in the middle of the night. The lights that turn on by themselves. The scratching at your window on a blustery night that bleeds the courage from your veins. No one ever said owning a home was easy. What difference could a few ghosts make?
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