This Abandoned Mansion Could be the Most Haunted Place in Oklahoma
This 19th-century Oklahoma mansion could very well be one of the most haunted places in the Sooner State. The horrific history of this property along with the tragedies and misfortune that cursed the family who lived there is beyond haunting. The ghost stories and urban legends that surround this place are truly terrifying.
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So where is this place and what's the story? It's the Labadie mansion located in Copan, OK. just outside the town of Bartlesville in the far Northeast part of the state. The mansion is on a hilltop just outside of town, it requires a hike and the property owner's permission to get to. It's on private property.
The old Labadie family cemetery is located on the property near the mansion
The old Labadie mansion was built around 1880 and was the family home up until 1935. Throughout those years all kinds of terrible tragedies took place from deaths to fires that ultimately destroyed the once beautiful mansion. It seemed the Labadie family was cursed with misfortune and unthinkable hardship. Now only an abandoned stone shell remains of the old home along with the family cemetery that's on the property.
Frank and Samantha Labadie along with several of their children and other relatives are buried near the mansion in the Labadie family cemetery. Some died of natural causes, others from murder and even suicide according to the legend. Today there are no known Labadie living relatives or direct descendants still alive.
The Labadie mansion at one time was ranked in the top 10 most haunted places in the U.S. and one of the most haunted and active locations in Oklahoma. There are all kinds of scary stories and ghostly tales that have been told about this place. Some are based in fact, others in fiction, but all are nightmarish and chilling.
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One of the most well-known stories about the Labadie family and the mansion is a murder that allegedly took place there in the early 1900s. Frank Labadie caught his wife Samantha having an affair with a servant named Enos Parsons. After trying to have children for years without any luck she became pregnant, but with Parson's child. Mr. Labadie in his rage shot and killed Parsons and when the child was born he threw it in the nearby creek killing it. Later he turned the gun on his wife, then himself. That's just one of the many stories...
The fireplace at the Labadie Mansion where people report seeing and smelling smoke
Another version of the story is that Frank Labadie went mad and ended up killing his entire family before committing suicide by jumping out of the third-story attic window. Yet another telling which is more likely to be true and based on actual fact is that both Mr. and Ms. Labanote died of carbon monoxide poisoning due to an improperly vented stove and fireplace. Sadly Frank and Samantha died the day after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and were found by their nephew who came to congratulate and wish them well.
No matter which version of the story you believe or have heard the haunting history of the Labadie mansion is very real. A lot of terrible and tragic things happened to this family and they certainly endured more than their fair share of heartbreak and hardship throughout the years at the mansion. Most who have visited the site say it's haunted and report experiencing all kinds of paranormal activity at the mansion and cemetery.
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Ghost hunters and paranormal investigators have seen ghosts, specifically the spirits of Frank Labadie and Enos Parsons. There are even reports of seeing and hearing the cries of the baby that was supposedly drowned in the creek. Others say the ghost of Samantha Labadie herself walks the property and attempts to scare off any unwanted and curious trespassers. A lot of people have heard voices, footsteps, and even the sound of gunshots in the nearby woods. The Labadie mansion itself, or what's left of it, is very active as well.
The fireplace at the old mansion is said to smoke with no fire lit. Some people have said they smelled and saw smoke filling the area coming from the fireplace and that shadows moved within the smoke around the mansion. Investigators also report having issues with electronics and flashlights in the area. Once near the mansion, the equipment starts to act erratically and eventually fails. And those are just some of the stories that are being told about the old Labadie mansion and cemetery. With its horrific history and ghostly urban legends, this place is easily one of the most haunted and scary places in the entire Sooner State!
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