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- Location: Lauderdale County in Florence, Alabama
- AKA: Governor Robert Patton House
- Built/Completion: 1835
- Name: Received from the Sweetwater Creek
Sweetwater Mansion is listed on The National Register of Historic Places since 1976
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Sweetwater Mansion - Haunted Alabama
Perched above a serene and calming creek sits a beautiful brick plantation house. Flowing fountains and water troughs complete the outside gardens, while teardrop shaped flower gardens at the end of the entrance with stepping stones from each direction lead to beautiful fountain in the middle. You then walk up five or six steps to a trail that leads to a larger water fountain. About six more steps to porch and you are greeted by a massive snowball bush imported from England and a wide trellis of roses. Welcome to Sweetwater Mansion.
With a house inundated with such a rich and bloody history of war and conflict, death is always close behind. But this mansion is so much more than just a haunted house, it is rich with southern history. From jail cells, grim hospital rooms, funeral parlors, to dark magic, this plantation house has seen it all!
History of Sweetwater Mansion
This eight room massive structure was designed and contracted by General John Brahan in in 1828 and completed in 1835. Brahan was a member of the Alabama militia and was also a veteran in the War of 1812. At the time, he owned more than 4,000 acres of land throughout Alabama. Though Brahan himself never lived in the house, it was owned by his son-in-law Robert Patton who was a post Civil War governor.
The mansion served as a gathering spot for both the Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War. It has also seen its fair share of other uses, including a county jail as well as the basement serving as a Civil War hospital.
Rumors swirl of a former patron who once lived in a room upstairs that practiced dark magic but it has never been proven.
Sweetwater Mansion Structure Today
The mansion now serves as a major hot spot for paranormal investigators and the current owners have embraced its spirits and haunting past. The director of the house, Cynthia Johnson, offers both private and group tours throughout the home organized by the Ghost Hunters of Southern Territories, also known as G.H.O.S.T.
Haunted Incidents at Sweetwater Mansion
With such a dark and bloody history comes the paranormal, and Sweetwater has quite the reputation and stories of ghosts at the mansion have been told about the house for many years.
There have been numerous reports of apparitions seen in and around the house and on the grounds. The most notable story is of a caretaker who claims to have seen a casket laid out in a downstairs room with the corpse of a Confederate soldier inside with a noticeable bullet hole in his head. It was later discovered that one of Governor Patton's sons had died and his funeral was conducted in the house. He was killed by a bullet to the head during the Battle of Shiloh.
There is a room in the house that often locks women inside. It terrified a former caretaker so much that she would only tend to two rooms. But nothing can get more creepier than the discovery of the "Secret Room". This mysterious room that has no door and can only be accessed through a tiny interior window. Some believe that the two sons of the former owners may possibly be buried within the flooring of the secret room.
Countless photographs have captured numerous strange orbs, anomalies, and apparitions. One photo captures the exact outline and shape of a Civil War soldier on the property grounds.
Investigations of Sweetwater Mansion
The mansion is a ghost hunters dream, and many have had the opportunity to get inside there and experience the eerie ghosts and spiritual activity. Here are some of their notable incidents:
- Karen and Robert Simone of G.H.O.S.T had quite the experience of being pushed down the stairs. They also had a section of ceiling tile fly past them and witnessed a chair moving on its own.
- The Simones have also captured many recordings in the house, including one that answered "Silverman" when they asked for a name. It was later discovered in the mansion's land deeds that man with the last name Silverman owned the house in 1914.
- A ghostly woman in 19th century clothing has often been reported throughout the home as well as other shadowy figures.
- There has been reports of of hearing children laughing and objects being moved. Doors have been seen slamming shut and locking themselves, even when there is no locks on the doors.
- Other reported sightings include that of a man apparition sitting on a log holding what looks to be a camera ramrod.
So the people who loved this place, they're still here.
— Robert Simone- investigator with G.H.O.S.T
In the Media
A sleuth of paranormal investigators have made Sweetwater Mansion a hotspot for investigations in hopes of capturing some paranormal activity. But it was famously featured on an episode of Paranormal State on A&E in 2011. The episode is titled 'Southern Discomfort'. During taping, the investigators witnessed a door move by itself with heavy footsteps following. You can also see a giant piece of ceiling in one of the rooms fling itself across the room. Later on, they captured a board slide across the floor and what sounded like a body falling. While taking photographs of the incident, in one of the photos appears to be two children apparitions.
The plantation house was also featured on Travel Channel's television series Most Terrifying Places in 2019.
Whether its ghosts or authentic southern history you're looking for, the charmingly old Sweetwater plantation house will surely satisfy and invite you in to discover the haunting history it has to offer.
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