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Boo! Givens Castle

15 Oct

 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.

 

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10 responses to “Boo! Givens Castle

  1. Amy

    10/15/2017 at 12:48 pm

    Of course the husband claimed he didn’t know anything about it!

     
    • Piglove

      10/16/2017 at 12:26 pm

      Awesome information huh? Leave it to me to ‘dig’ it up. Snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon

       
  2. katsrus

    10/15/2017 at 12:49 pm

    Sounds pretty creepy.

     
    • Piglove

      10/16/2017 at 12:26 pm

      But so interesting huh? Can you imagine having a conversation with someone that looks so real and then finding out they weren’t? Shivers. XOXO – Bacon

       
  3. Tails Around the Ranch

    10/15/2017 at 1:12 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful castle. 👻

     
    • Piglove

      10/16/2017 at 12:26 pm

      Now I would love to live in a castle… wouldn’t it be fun? XOXO – Bacon

       
  4. tmezpoetry

    10/15/2017 at 2:08 pm

    I’ve drove past this and never knew the history! Interesting as it is only like 25 min away from me. Very cool.

     
    • Piglove

      10/16/2017 at 12:27 pm

      squeals with piggy excitement! You must check it out one day and see what you feel from the outside. XOXO – Bacon

       
  5. The Canadian Cats

    10/16/2017 at 5:11 am

    I shouldn’t have read that. How will I ever sleep tonight? I should be in bed but….not yet….maybe in a few hours.

    Shakin’ Shoko

     
    • Piglove

      10/16/2017 at 12:35 pm

      I’m sorry sweet friend. They are going to get worse the rest of the month. Maybe you should call me next time…. I’ll always be there to hold your paw. ❤ XOXO – Bacon

       

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