A Family's Haunted House
No one lives there now, but the site is an attraction for mid-Missourians. The family gives tours to those who want to know its history.
Jamey Leonard, a Leonard Mansion historian, said the family has tried to keep the mansion as it always has been.
"It's just such an old feeling to it, that we haven't gone through and updated everything that gives people the idea that there may be something that's kind of creepy," Leonard said.
When Nadine Leonard died in 1930, family members arrived at the mansion only to experience a strange event.
"They came back, to get some clothes for the funeral, and the door from that room was locked on the inside. They had no idea how that happened, so they tested the door everyday, and by the fifth day they tried it and the door was just unlocked," Leonard said
Through the years the Leonards have had people stay in the house to care for it and their farmland. Former tenants say they have experienced lighting that turns on and off on it's own and a musicbox that plays at will.
"As my grandpa said, I believe in ghosts, but I'm not out looking for them," Leonard said. Leonard may believe in ghosts but insists there is no reason to be scared.
The mansion is actually closed for Halloween, but welcomes visitors April through September.
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