31 Days of Spook – Givens Castle

01 Oct

 Welcome my friends to 31 Days of Spook.  Today we are focusing on a spook in Chicago ion an area where my Aunt Tina lives.  Buckle in for some bumps and scares.  Enjoy – don’t be scared now – BOO!

Givens Castle / Beverly Unitarian Church

The Givens Castle was originally built in 1886 as a residence by Robert Givens. Givens was real estate developer and wanted the house to be a replica of a castle in his native Ireland.  Some say that Givens built the home for his fiancee who died before the house could be finished.  Maybe that accounts for why Givens only lived in the castle for 8 years.

Around 1894, the castle turned into the Chicago Female College. It is reputed to have had a student die in the 1930’s from flu.

During the 1960’s, the castle was turned into the Beverly Unitarian Church.  A janitor once reported that he had a conversation with a woman who disappeared from sight. Their conversation was about the house and how much it had changed over the years.  The janitor saw no footprints outside in the snow and all of the doors were locked.  Where did she go?  Was it the student that passed away from the flu?

The pastor of the church at the time was a woman who claimed she saw a pair of hands touch her husband’s waist.  Even more, the pastor thought the hands were those of a woman.  The husband never felt a thing.  During this time as well, there were reports of a candle being seen through windows when nobody was present in the building.

Unexplained noises have also been attributed to the ghost and a former pastor said that he often tried to track down the source of the noises but was never able to.

The story is courtesy of Chicago Ghost blogger.


Posted by on 10/01/2014 in 31 Days of Spook


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34 responses to “31 Days of Spook – Givens Castle

  1. wallaceandsamuel

    10/01/2014 at 2:03 am

    Mom LOVES a good horror story / movie / tour…us…not so much.
    Wally & Sammy

    • PigLove

      10/01/2014 at 9:17 am

      YAY! I hope she enjoyed this one my friends. It’s get better and better 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

  2. easyweimaraner

    10/01/2014 at 4:11 am

    wow that’s a cool story! My mom said if a woman would touch my dad’s waist she would knock her out, ghost or not … could be interesting when the waist grabber is invisible :o) btw: guess what? that would be a perfect photo for Sammy’s tuesday teaser, bet no one could solve it :o)

    • PigLove

      10/01/2014 at 9:20 am

      Snorts – that is so very true. That would be the *only* way I would know what the teaser is – snorts and rolls around laughing. XOXO – Bacon

    • The Canadian Cats

      10/01/2014 at 12:30 pm

      Easy, you’re right….a great teaser….the castle is new to me.


      • PigLove

        10/01/2014 at 1:01 pm

        It seems like a wonderful place to visit and wonder around 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

  3. Molly The Wally

    10/01/2014 at 5:25 am

    Spooky hands? Yikes. Looking forward to more. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

    • PigLove

      10/01/2014 at 9:20 am

      Thanks sweet Molly. It’s going to be a great spooky month! XOXO – Bacon

  4. fozziemum

    10/01/2014 at 7:24 am

    Off to a spooky start my friend..i had hands in me once….creepy an scared the bee joobies outta me…I will never forget it….ewwwwwww aahhhhhh loves and hugs Fozziemum xxx

    • PigLove

      10/01/2014 at 9:22 am

      oohhh squeals! That is scary my friend!! You must tell about it – 🙂 hint-hint. You can always send me the story for one of my days here for 31 Days of Spook. Just sayin’ 🙂 Please – oinks and snorts – walks around trying to look cute for you – XOXO – Bacon

      • fozziemum

        10/01/2014 at 7:33 pm

        Oh I will my friend..i will send you the story later today ;)loves Fozziemum xxxx

  5. gentlestitches

    10/01/2014 at 7:25 am

    spooky hands. A spooky class all of their own. OOOOOOooooooooo ❤

    • PigLove

      10/01/2014 at 9:22 am

      Snorts – that is so very true! Oohhh squeals – can you imagine?! XOXO – Bacon

  6. Reilly & Denny

    10/01/2014 at 7:25 am

    what a cool place

    • PigLove

      10/01/2014 at 9:22 am

      It really would be so mom says. She would love to go there and walk around. XOXO – Bacon

  7. onespoiledcat

    10/01/2014 at 7:54 am

    Oooohhhhhhhh – that’s a good spooky tale Bacon! Scary…………

    Hugs, Sammy

    • PigLove

      10/01/2014 at 9:23 am

      Thanks cousin! There’s definitely plenty more of that to share during my 31 Days of Spook. XOXO – Bacon

  8. Lassie and Benji

    10/01/2014 at 9:16 am

    The mysterious candle in the window sounds freaky!

    • PigLove

      10/01/2014 at 9:24 am

      It would definitely keep me on my hooves going through that building – that’s for sure! XOXO – Bacon

  9. The Canadian Cats

    10/01/2014 at 12:52 pm

    What a neat story and a good one to kick off Spooky October. In fact, Kali is looking for flu girl behind the chesterfield now….what a hose head…hahaha


    • PigLove

      10/01/2014 at 1:07 pm

      Snorts – too fun!! XOXO – Bacon

  10. sue ellen

    10/01/2014 at 11:02 pm

    ahhh…things that go ‘bump’ in the night . oh, that was me running into the door way ’cause the lights were off….. ^.^ so, waiting for more tomorrow !!! ♫ oOoOoooo (ghostly chant)

    • PigLove

      10/02/2014 at 8:43 am

      Snorticles. Thanks my sweet friend. I aim to please every day this month of Spooktober! XOXO – Bacon

  11. thiskidreviewsbooks

    10/02/2014 at 6:21 pm

    Cool! 😀

  12. Nylabluesmum

    10/03/2014 at 6:25 pm

    Bery kewl storey Bacon…me Mum said she haz read ’bout diz catle/church befur n she iz shure it iz haunted fer shure…. 😉
    Lub ❤ Nylablue ❤

    BOO!!! 🙂

    • PigLove

      10/06/2014 at 3:50 am

      Oh wow! I think it would be totally awesome to walk through the place and get the feel of it. Mommy would sure want to go as well. Smooches my love. XOXO – Bacon

  13. Boomdeeadda

    10/05/2014 at 12:19 pm

    eeek, spooky. Looks like a big house for one person, maybe Mr Givens invited some extra ghosts that forgot to move out with him.

    • PigLove

      10/06/2014 at 10:26 am

      That could possibly be my friend. Would be a neat place to visit for sure. XOXO – Bacon

  14. Nylabluesmum

    10/06/2014 at 6:34 pm

    Wuud ya sleep dere overnite?? 😉
    Lub ya Bacon ❤
    Yer Nylablue xxxxxxxx

    • PigLove

      10/07/2014 at 9:48 am

      YES. I think it would be absolutely great. I would do it. Would you do it with me my sweet lovely girlfriend? I would definitely hold your paw… maybe even still a kiss or two 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

  15. Nylabluesmum

    10/07/2014 at 12:39 pm

    Shure me wuud go wif ya…can we put our Mumz’ in another room close by??? me not shure me cuud go wifout Mum??
    Defo hold me paw n steel all da kissez ya wantz 😉
    ***paw kissez*** ❤ Nylablue ❤

    • PigLove

      10/07/2014 at 1:15 pm

      We could do that my sweet love. It will be the bestest of a great time for sure! XOXO – Bacon

  16. Nylabluesmum

    10/08/2014 at 4:21 pm

    Okayz dat iz a date…me finkz….
    Lub ❤ Nylablue ❤

    • PigLove

      10/08/2014 at 5:05 pm

      snorts! XOXO – Bacon


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