Event Start Time: 8:30pm
Event Finish Time: 4am
The Haunted McInteer Villa in Atchison has a very secretive history! One of the former occupants was rumored to have been an FBI Agent and that many guests and investigators have "nicknamed" the Witch, other reports claim she was a retired professional violinist.
Her name was Isabel Altus and has been seen dressed in black. It is rumored that her spirit still resides here, her original rocking chair still sits at the very spot in which which she was found dead with the pistol sitting on the table next to her.
Many passersby describe seeing her sitting in her rocking chair watching the world, these reports still happen to this day!
The previous owners kept this haunted location off limits for all, considering that this house is considered the "signature" house in a town which is known as the Midwest's spookiest location. However, the haunted doors are now open wide for all to explore and Ghost Hunt.
McInteer Villa was also previously used for funeral ceremonies and the "dead" would be laid out for viewing in one of the great rooms.
As you enter the attic you will become overwhelmed with the heavy presence of the spirits that still linger here, if you dare to enter the basement, you will soon understand why the new owners refuse to enter down there!
With reports of doors closing, heavy footsteps from rooms that are no longer in use and phantom smells--it is just a small fraction of the paranormal that has been encountered here.
There are secrets that linger in this villa and the ghostly entities will leave you wanting more!
Are you brave enough to undertake a lone vigil?
The McInteer Villa, one of Atchison's most unique residences, was built in 1889-1890 for a pioneer businessman of the city.
Born in Ireland in 1827, John McInteer came to the United States alone as a boy. Settling first in Philadelphia, he later went to Indiana where he learned the trade of harness maker. Hearing of the opportunities existing in the West, he moved to Kansas in the early 1860's.
After first homesteading in Doniphan county, McInteer established a small shop in Atchison where he manufactured harness and saddles. His products became noted for their workmanship, and he did a great amount of business with the wagon trains plying the overland trails. His enterprise was so successful that he had to enlarge his facilities and manufacture his products on a large scale.
The wealth accumulated from his saddle and harness business was invested i real estate in Atchison and nearby St. Joseph, MO. He also erected a umber of business blocks in Atchinson.
McInteer's large impressive brick residence was constructed in 1889-1890 at an estimated cost of $14,000. The architect has not yet been identified, but the builder was Owen E. Selp, a term Atchison contractor who erected almost 500 homes and business building in Atchison between 1858 and 1907.
McInteer's first wife died in 1892. In 1895 he married Anna Conlon Donovan, a widow with three sons. After his death in 1901, she continued to live in the house until her death in 1916, her brother Judge Charles J. Conlon, a prominent Atchison lawyer, and his family made it their home.
For the next 25 years it was a rooming house. In 1952 it was purchased by Mrs. Isabel Altus, a retied professional violinist or as rumor would have it, a retired FBI agent. She lacked the financial resources to follow through on her desire to restore the house and in 1969, shortly before her death, sold it to George Gerardy, who has started to rehabilitate it.
Your ghost hunt at McInteer Villa includes the following: