Monticello, AR is home to one of the most haunted places the world, Allen House Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
The Allen House in Monticello was built in 1900 by a prosperous Delta planter named Joe Lee Allen. The Allen family lived in the house until the 1950's, when it was converted into apartments. The house started to gain a reputation for being haunted in the 1940's when LaDell Allen, one of Joe's daughters, committed suicide in the house by drinking cyanide. It is also reportedly haunted by Joe, as well. The huge house was converted into apartments a few years later, mostly housing students from the nearby University of Arkansas. A number of the tenants over the years claimed to have encountered ghosts in the building from a doctor who captured the reflection of a ghost in a mirror in his room to a young couple who said that they actually trapped in a ghost in a closet. This strange event happened in 1968 or 1969 when the couple and some friends noticed a closet door moving back and forth on it's own. They slammed the door shut, or tried to, encountering great resistance from someone inside the closet. Finally, they managed to close it and when they carefully opened it a few minutes later...they found no one inside. Tenants also claim to have heard strange moaning sounds and the sounds of heavy footsteps on the upper floor, which was empty at the time. The police were summoned to the house, so realistic were the sounds, but they find no trace of a living person there. In 1985, a gift shop was opened on the main floor of the house and shortly after opening, the owner noticed that strange things were happening. She would come in and find things knocked over and missing and some believed that the ghost of LaDell Allen was furious at the idea of her former home being used as a gift shop. The mysterious events are still unexplained. The current owners (since the summer of 2007), Rebecca and Mark Spencer, have experienced unusual things at the Allen House. "The house seems to 'eat' things," says Rebecca. "Things just seem to disappear into thin air. It's almost like an everyday part of life for us now." Mainly, they report that things mysteriously disappear. The Allen House is now open for historic guided tours by appointment and also is a popular spot for weddings. Today, the historic property opens its doors the last two days of October for special Halloween tours.
This property has been featured in episodes of My Ghost Story, Ghost Brothers, and Ghost Hunters.
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