As many of you know Katalina and I have been working on our Haunted/paranormal/spooky-scary late night show. In doing this, we have been doing tons of research. The Indianapolis Hannah House has been a part of that research. The Hannah House is a piece of rich and fascinating Indianapolis History. It was built in 1858 by Alexander Hannah who was a farmer, gold prospector, sheriff, post master, and civic leader. Oh… and the house is supposedly haunted!
There is a dark, unfinished basement where tragedy is said to have happened. Strange sounds and ghostly apparitions are said to occur. There is also a wall of very old canning jars filled with . . . well, we’re not sure. They are said to date back to the 1930’s or 20’s. There is also a rumor that somewhere in the basement there is a tunnel that runs out from the house to a “safe area”. This has never been confirmed or found, but after talking with the eighty-year old owner of the house, (who did live there in his childhood) confirmed that these rumors were around when he was a child. He has his theories about where the tunnel is located. Here is a picture of Katalina standing in front of those decades old canning jars.
The Hannah house has a great century and a half old feel. As you walk around the house you can feel the history. We did not see any ghosts or strange occurrences while we were there, however, we did interview a few people associated with the house. Most reported that they have had some kind of strange spooky experience. One individual (who will remain anonymous) said he was a skeptic . . . and still is, but there are things that happen here that just don’t make sense.
We sat with the current owner for some time on the back porch listening as he told us what life was like growing up in the 1940’s. They grew their own food and slaughtered their own meat. Katalina even learned something about Peaches that she did not know. We had a blast listening to his stories. Then he even confided that many strange things/noises occur with in the property of Hannah House. He showed us a mummified cat that was found in the walls of the house during restoration some years back.
If you get a chance to see the Hannah House, don’t pass it up. It is an interesting place and the price of admission was only $5. They only give tours so often so you will need to check their website for dates and times: Hannah House. Beyond the haunted history of the house there is much more to see and explore. They have done an excellent job of restoring the house and having a mix of some original and period furnishings throughout the house. We were also told they rent the property for weddings, meetings, and parties. They have had paranormal investigators go through the house as well. The final picture is of a fireplace mantel that is currently in the Hannah house but was actually part of the old Bates house . . . we will cover that very interesting piece of haunted history in another post.
Well stay tooned to our blog as we continue the search for the Mysterious and Haunted in Indianapolis and elsewhere. We love digging into history and then possibly scaring you with it. Come out and see our currently running show: The Mind Tripping Show at the downtown Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites… you’ll be glad you did.