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The Bishop's Palace - Haunted?

The Bishop's Palace, also known as Gresham's Castle, is an ornate Victorian house located on Broadway and 14th Street in the East End Historic District of Galveston, Texas. The American Institute of Architects has listed the home as one of the 100 most significant buildings in the United States, and the Library of Congress has classified it as one of the fourteen most representative Victorian structures in the nation.

 

The house was built between 1887 and 1893 by Galveston architect Nicholas J. Clayton for lawyer and politician Walter Gresham. In 1923 the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston purchased the house, and, situated across the street from the Sacred Heart Church, it served as a bishop's residence. (from Wikipedia - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop%27s_Palace,_Galveston)

 

Galveston is one of the most haunted cities in America, according to numerous websites, books and “ghost hunters” that track reports of ghostly occurrences. Galveston has been home to the allegedly cannibalistic Karankawa Indians and merciless pirates, including the famous Jean Laffite whose lavish and lawless den of thieves was the island's first European settlement. Galvestonians in the 19th century knew fires, epidemics of yellow fever and malaria, military occupation and bitter war, and of course, storms. ( from galvestonhistory.org/Halloween_Season_Special_Tours.asp)

 

I am sure there are several ghost stories about this home, and to this day you can sign up for one of the many ghost tours available in the Galveston area around Halloween. When I processed this photo, I was not aware of the "ghostly history" surrounding this structure, but alas, it does have a "haunted" feel. Coincidence? ;-)

 

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Taken on July 18, 2011