Roscommon, Ireland is home to one of the most haunted places in the country, Strokestown House & Garden. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
Plagued by a history of famine and murders, Strokestown has a very troubled past. Its origin starts it off! The current building was built in 1730, actually stands on what was once the stables of the large Stokestown Manor House. The original 16th-century castle was home to the Pakenham Mahon family. The Strokestown property, itself, is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest and most intact Palladian Mansion. The Gorta Mor, or the Great Hunger as the Irish call it, resulted in the death of over a million Irish citizens and the emigration of a million more. (There’s the Famine.) Just in Strokestown’s large workhouse, over 5,000 people died or emigrated from that location alone. The landlord, Denis Mahon, was eventually assassinated in November 1847, at the height of the famine. (There’s your murder). The house slowly fell into ruin until restoration began. All documents and tools in the museum were uncovered during that restoration. Today, in a fitting match, the National Famine Museum is housed on this property. It curates many of the original documents which came to light during the restoration of the house.
Here you will find one of the largest collections of photos, documents, and exhibits pertaining to the potato blight that affected all of Ireland. It is an outstanding and haunting glimpse of the horrors of the Great Famine and what workers had to do during it to survive. The house has a galleried kitchen, elegant vaulted stables, a six-acre walled garden, mausoleum, and a lodge. All of the furnishings in the Strokestown Manor are original making it more authentic to visitors (as well as those left behind)! For instance, if you enjoy creepy dolls, you will get the authentic ones left here for centuries. In the children’s room, you’ll find dolls and toys dating back to the Victorian era. The creepy factor gauge will escalate with the collection of original porcelain dolls slumping on chairs around a children’s tea set. With all this history, authentic possessions, curated documents, and (yes) creepy dolls, there is no wonder this place has its fill of phantoms. The question remains, who do these souls belong to and why are they there?
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