5 Haunted Locations In Arkansas That You Can Actually Visit

5 Haunted Locations In Arkansas That You Can Actually Visit

Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, A Haunting, these are just a few of my favorite things. I don't ask for much. All I wanted for my birthday, which is ten days from Halloween, this year was to go to a haunted house/location that wasn't 18 hours away or closed to the public. I did research for hours and after pouring over different "Haunted America" sites and google searches I finally compiled a list of paranormal locations in Arkansas that one can actually visit/ghost hunt/wimp out at. In no particular order they are as follows:

1. The Allen House. Monticello, AR

Built in 1906, the Allen House is located off North Main St. surrounded by a gorgeous Victorian wrought-iron fence. Joe Lee Allen built the home in hopes that it would be the most impressive the town had ever seen. Along with his wife, Caddye, and their three daughters, they began a life in their new fantastic home.

It was the year of 1949 that would begin the eerie legends surrounding the Allen family and their home. Their second daughter, Ladell, consumed mercury cyanide-laced punch on Dec. 26, 1948, in the master suite of the family home. She died one week later. Her mother sealed off the room and it would not be entered by anyone for nearly four decades. Why did she do this? Was it suicide or murder? Local legend says that she was to marry a handsome older gentlemen who was already betrothed.

Asking Ladell to wait for him, he left to tell his betrothed that he no longer wished to be with her. After weeks of waiting, Ladell received a letter stating that her love was not coming for her, that he had decided to stay with his wife. Distraught, Ladell committed suicide. There are actually several different interpretations of the story of Ladell's fate.

You can actually explore the house day or night by taking a ghost tour. Here's the link: www.allenhousetours.com

2. Rush-Gates House. Forrest City, Ar.


In 1906, first owner Dr. J.O. Rush and his family inhabited the freshly built home. Rush actually served as a physician and surgeon for the railroads, making the home his personal operating room. Day and night, their home was filled with the maimed and injured, especially those involved in railroading accidents.

Over the years, several paranormal investigators and groups have surveyed the house and came out with incredible electronic voice phenomena. For us nonprofessionals, the now museum holds "lock ins" as well a ghost tours.

For bookings, you can contact the St. Francis County Museum at 870-261-1744.

3. The McCollum-Chidester House. Camden, AR


The McCollum-Chidester House now stands as a museum, like most older haunted homes. Mr. Chidester, whom the museum is named after, delivered mail for a living. Union General Fredrick Steele commandeered the house for five days during the battle at Poison Spring, which is nearby. Mr. Chidester was actually accused of spying for the Confederacy. He supposedly confiscated Union mail from his stagecoach and turned it over to the Confederate troops. Bullet holes can still be seen in a wall upstairs where Union soldiers fired at Chidester, who was hidden in a small closet in the home. The paranormal investigation group "Spirit Seekers" visited the civil war house-now museum and heard the words “GET OUT!" with thier own ears, not on an electronic device. They also captured a mirror in the room reflecting a man in a three piece suit and a cane standing behind their photographer as he took a picture. No one was with the photographer at the time, they swear.

4. Ghost Mountain. Fayetteville, AR


Legend has it a man who lived back in the early 1930s stayed inside an old log house on top of a mountain southeast of Drake Field airport in Fayetteville and has a pretty bad tendency of getting black out drunk. One night, the man came home inebriated. His wife was caring for their sick child, who was crying very loudly in pain. The man became so angry at the baby for keeping him awake that he jumped out of bed, grabbed the baby, stumbled outside and threw the baby down their water well. The wife in complete hysteria grabbed the well rope and jumped in to save her poor child. The horrible excuse of a man simply took an axe and cut the rope, leaving his wife and child in the well. He left town, and was never seen again.

It is said when the moon is full you can walk by that well and hear the screams of a woman and the cries of an infant.

5. 1886 Crescent Hotel. Eureka Springs, AR


Probably the most well-known ghost of the Crescent is Michael, a builder who helped in the construction of the hotel in 1886. He fell to his death in what is now Room 218, which is also now the most requested room in the hotel. He's said to have been a good-looking man who often got in trouble for flirting with any good-looking woman that happened to walk by. Michael is still known for turning his attention to only female guests.

Dr. John Freemont Ellis is another ghostly guest of the hotel. He was the hotel physician during the Victorian Era. Dressed in top hat and a new suit, he is sometimes seen on the staircase from the second floor to the lobby. It has been reported the smoke from Ellis' tobacco pipe is sometimes smelled near the elevator. There is even a severely spooky legend about him doing awful experiments on guests and servants with no families to come looking for them.

The ghost tours are to die for, check on times and pricing at http://www.crescent-hotel.com/

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When Your Enough Just Isn't Enough

Do what you can, and God will do what you can't.

Have you ever felt like your enough just isn’t… enough? I feel like often times, even in smaller situations, we belittle the greatness that we can achieve because of our own personal thoughts or what others lead us to believe. It’s like, yeah, I wrote this paper, but did I really put my all into it? Or, yeah, I did my Bible study, but was my heart really into it?

It’s times like this when I must sit back and remember that God is God and He knows every depth and shallow I’ve been through! Lately I’ve found myself wondering if I’ve been doing enough to follow my calling properly, or even if I’ve done enough to please God. Sometimes doing what you want to do for God can be disheartening because rejection and a whole lotta “no”s come along with it. The outcome will always be pleasurable, but the journey to reach out to someone’s heart can be difficult. 

Hebrews 10:36 (NIV) says “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” 

To me, this verse is saying, “Do what YOU can, and God will do what you can’t.” 

Is that not amazing to think about? We have the honor of having a God that will never leave our side. Receiving your calling and attempting to do the best to please God can be difficult – there’s no doubt about it. God never said it would be easy, but He did reassure us that He wasn’t going to leave us behind. Whether your passion for God is to sing, minister, be a missionary, or absolutely anything, do what you can and God will do the rest – with your drive, of course. 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve backed out of opportunities or denied my calling to others, just because of how selfish I am about it. I felt like my enough wasn’t enough! But, if we’re doing what God wants, under Him and for Him, He will be pleased. That’s the beauty of it all!

So next time you feel like you’re not doing enough, take a step back and look at what’s in front of you. 

Are you doing what you can so that God can do what you can’t? 

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Black British Viewpoint On The H&M Ad

Why his mother is unbothered? And why South African Protestors are?

You've seen it everywhere. A photo of this beautiful Black Boy wearing a sweater (aka Jumper) stating "cutest monkey in the jungle". Now many people immediately expressed outrage about the entire situation but when I saw this, my original response was as follows:

And it seems that the boys mother agrees with me:

“[I] am the mum, and this is one of hundreds of outfits my son has modeled. Stop crying wolf all the time, [it’s] an unnecessary issue here. Get over it.. That’s my son, [I’ve] been to all photoshoots and this was not an exception. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about this… I really don’t understand but not [because I’m] choosing not to, but because it’s not my way of thinking. Sorry.

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IS DIFFERENT TO THE AFRO CARIBBEAN EXPERIENCE

A fellow Brit writes:


Like this commenter mentioned, I've heard white and black parents in the UK refer to their kids as a cheeky monkey. You see before moving to the USA, I use to say all the time "racism DOES NOT exist". Yeah don't get me wrong I'd experience two moments that I remember, that had a slight racial bias attached to it. But it was two separate incidents in the twenty-something years of my life. It was really nothing. Scrap that maybe three. After all my family is multiracial. Many family members includng my uncle, brother in law, cousins in law are white and my lineage is mixed. I could go to a pub meet a white person or a person of any other race, and have a deep meaningful conversation about a plethora of issues with no judgment and feel like there really is a deep connection and acceptance. Heck, I could have that conversation at a bus stop.

My family member writes:


It's not the same in the USA. It's a constant barrage of judgment, of questioning everything and every experience. From the moment you walk out of your door, you could be subjected to multiple incidences of racist bias that leave you raw and unable to know how to process or to cope. ou leave your house and if in an affluent neighborhood, your neighbors can make you feel like you don't belong.Y You walk into your nearby Krogers, where until you are labeled as ok, you could be followed all around the store on a daily basis. You see your neighbors who do not acknowledge and often do things that let you know, you are un-welcomed (you don't belong) in your very own neighborhood. You go to work, where you are isolated and made to feel that it was not designed for you. Where you micromanaged and made to feel less than in so many ways. You drive home from work where if you are a black man, one false move could be the end of your life.

You see, the African American experience is one that dehumanizes you. It has become so polarized that it's difficult to even know which way to look. I mean my daughter was subjected to bullying with a racial element, at the age of 4. FOUR years old. It's heart-wrenching and just unacceptable. I can go to an event be it a birthday party or a school led event where everyone knows me, but many if not all at times, choose to not speak to me. It's a brutal experience.


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HERE'S MY POINT

The experiences are so different that I honestly can relate why for the Swedish black Mum took no issue with the sweater/jumper or the ad. But I also being black in America where it is common to dehumanize black people, and where this subjection is daily and constant can understand why there is such outrage and why many people take offense. There is a school of thought out there that believe H&M did this on purpose. That this was an opportunity to gain free publicity. I truly hope not. Either way I shout You Cannot Define Me, I am Beautiful, Learned, Adorable, Capable a King (aka BLACK) for that little boy. I also understand why those in South Africa protested to the point that H&M has had to close its door.

The divisive nature of the country, nay, the world needs to get on a better track if we are truly to move forward. When will we learn?I really and truly just don't get it. Let me know your thoughts?

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