You just know that a place is haunted when locals walking down the block take the initiative to cross the street so as to avoid that eerie feeling of a ghostly presence watching them. Welcome to the 1895 Tarlton House of Hillsboro, Texas.
The Haunted 1895 Tarlton House
True to its name, constructed in 1895 by the prominent businessman Duke Tarlton, the house was originally intended and used as a home for Duke and his family. However, tragedy struck and Duke’s wife died after a short unexplained illness. Depressed and alone, Duke himself died as he took his own life via hanging in the attic.
As time passed, the Tarlton House became a local bed and breakfast and that’s when the numerous visitors began walking away with stories of the paranormal. The most haunted location is thought to be the attic itself. Of all things, there have been many sightings of a black shadow that manifests there and lurks about at all hours of the day and night.
In the guest rooms, cold spots have popped up, while doors and drawers mysteriously creak open with nobody there to pull on them. Former employees to the bed and breakfast have seen a ghostly apparition in period clothing thought to be Duke Tarlton himself, bent over and weeping up on the third floor.
Today the Tarlton remains in Hillsboro, endearing itself as perhaps the most haunted location in the city itself.