Adairsville Georgia is home to one of the most haunted places in the state,name of Barnsley Resort. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
The original house was built back in 1844 by Godfrey Barnsley. He was warned by a Cherokee native not to build on the site because it was considered sacred to his tribe. Before the mansion could be completed, Barnely's wife, Julia suddenly became ill and died of tuberculosis. It seemed the warning had proven true—and this was just the start of the Barnsleys’ bad luck. In 1848, the estate and gardens were completed in the style of an Italian villa. The house had modern plumbing, Italian and French marble, and furniture from various countries. It sat virtually undisturbed until the Civil War, when The Battle of Adairsville raged across the grounds and caused irreparable damage. Colonel Robert G. Earle, a friend of Godfrey’s, attempted to warn him of the impending battle, but was shot and killed by the approaching troops before he could deliver the message. Godfrey buried his friend behind the mansion. After the war, Godfrey moved to New Orleans, where he tried to regain his fortune. He placed control of the estate with his son-in-law, James Peter Baltzelle, a Confederate Army captain. In 1868, Baltzelle was killed by a falling tree. Godfrey Barnsley died in 1873 with little money to his name. Julia returned his body to Georgia and buried him on the estate grounds, then presumably stayed to live out her days at the mansion. In 1885, Charles Henry Von Schwartz died on the property, with Julia passing not long after. Young Adelaide grew up on the estate, eventually marrying a chemist named A. A. Saylor. They had two sons, Harry and Preston. While their boys were still very young, Saylor also died at the estate. In 1906, a tornado tore away the roof of the Barnsley mansion, forcing Adelaide and her sons to move into the kitchen. Preston Saylor eventually rose to prominence as a champion heavyweight boxer, fighting under the name K.O. Dugan. But in 1935, the family’s dark luck struck again. During a heated quarrel, Preston gunned down his brother Harry at home. Harry died in his mother’s arms in the front room of the mansion.Preston admitted to the slaying and was sent to prison. Adelaide died in 1942. The estate was sold at auction, and, for the first time, purchased by someone outside of the Barnsley family. While the property was used for farming, the Barnsley mansion slipped into ruin. Today, it’s a luxury resort park, replete with handsome cottages, a Grecian-style pool, spa, and a golf course.
Visitors reported the ghost of Godfrey Barnsley drifting through what remained of the mansion. Matriarch Julia Barnsley has also been spotted gliding through the garden. What’s more, multiple witnesses claim to have seen the twin vision of Godfrey and Julia walking together across the property.Aside from members of the Barnsley family, people have also heard footsteps throughout the open-air ruins of the house, as well as encountered the anguished spirit of Colonel Robert G. Earle. This property was featured on Haunted History. Please select tag below to see more like this listing!
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