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The Grove, Jefferson

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Ghost Town
The Grove, located in Jefferson, Texas, is an 1861 historic home that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. The house has also been called the most haunted place in Texas. The Grove’s history dates back to the 19th century, when the property was purchased and the house that became known as “The Grove” was built. The Grove has been featured in the television series, "If Walls Could Talk" on the cable channel HGTV and was chosen “as one of the top twelve most haunted houses in America” by “This Old House.” The Grove was also named as one of the "eight scariest places in Texas" by "Texas Monthly" magazine. The house was also shown in "William Shatner's Weird or What?" in 2012. Additionally, The Grove was featured on "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!" Texas Highways magazine has featured The Grove several times, including their articles "Haunted Places in Texas" from October 1997 and "Haunted Jefferson" from October 2008.ArchitectureThe structure exhibits many of the external features of a Greek Revival home, but closer inspection reveals the influence of Creole Architecture as well. The Grove is a one-story building constructed of wood – the beams and studs are cypress, covered with wooden lap siding. The house was built in 1861, and is a blending of two architectural styles: Greek Revival and French Creole. The unusual melding of these styles presumably comes from the fact that many historic homes in the surrounding neighborhood were built in Greek Revival style at the time, but since the original owner, Frank Stilley, was from Louisiana, he exerted a French Creole Architectural influence into the design. Because of the city of Jefferson’s ties to riverboat trade with Louisiana during the 1800s, it stands as a unique example of the region’s past.
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  • We've been to a few "haunted" places. I'd have to say this was the least interesting one I've been through. The owner is very knowledgeable of the history of the house, but not so much as to why it's ...  more »
  • Thoroughly enjoyed our tour! Beautiful home, and the owners of the home are so welcoming and charming. I feel blessed and privileged to have been able to tour this historic home. Had paranormal experi...  more »
  • We had an excellent tour of the old beautiful home. The owner lead the tour and was extremely knowledgeable about the property. We think we captured an apparition near the corner of the house!! A must...  more »