morey mansion

Morey Mansion - Redlands, California.

The Morey Mansion is iconic among the many victorian homes in Redlands, California - sometimes even referred to as ‘America’s Favorite Victorian’. Built by carpenter David Morey and his wife Sara, the mansion was completed in 1890 using profits from the sale of their successful citrus nursery. Local legend is that Sara Morey died shortly after moving into the grand home, and that her grief stricken husband ended his life soon after. The house has passed through many hands over the last century, and has been used off and on as a bed and breakfast. Many former guests claim that the historic home is haunted after experiencing paranormal activity during their stays. I guess that’s something for the new owners to contend with, as the mansion was purchased  in 2010 for 1.7 million and is now a private residence.

photo by D Cunningham on Flickr

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the local haunts: exploring legends of the supernatural in my area (5/?)

The Morey Mansion was built in Redlands, CA in 1890 by David and Sarah Morey. Sarah, an early business woman who found great success growing and selling oranges, died suddenly and mysteriously in 1901. Her husband David became depressed, moved to the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego and committed suicide by hanging himself shooting himself (thanks for the correction, chiefcreatornightmare!) in his room soon after. 

The mansion became a bed and breakfast in the 1980s, and is now a private residence. Guests have reported hearing strange noises and the sounds of children playing, seeing doors opening and closing by themselves, and seeing a variety of apparitions. The house, which exudes a kind of eerie vibe, is currently for sale.