Have you ever gotten a chill walking through The Whitney? SyFy’s Ghost Hunters will see tonight if the famed mansion is truly haunted.
The Whitney calls itself Detroit's Most Iconic Mansion. It was built in 1894 for lumber baron David Whitney Jr., Detroit's richest man at the time. The house is now home to a restaurant, desert room, the Ghost Bar, and beautiful gardens. The 22,000-square-foot mansion has 52 rooms, 20 fireplaces, a grand staircase, a distinctive tower and spire that rises above its third floor, and apparently, a few ghosts.
The Detroit Free Press reports on some of its spookier happenings:
"...the legendary mansion is said to be haunted by Whitney and his first wife, Flora.
According to psychic-medium Kristy Robinett, Flora always wanted to live in a mansion but died before the home was finished, leaving Whitney to raise their four children. A year after Flora's death, Whitney married her sister Sara.
"So it's actually Flora that haunts the mansion because her sister Sara was the one that got to live in the mansion," Robinett says.
But, Robinett says, Whitney's spirit is also there because he died in the mansion. "The story is he had a heart attack when one of the daughters told him she was marrying and moving to Europe."
The Free Press also says the elevator has been known to move between floors and open its doors on its own.
Ghost Hunters airs at 9pm on Wednesdays. You can watch a sneak peek of Phantom of the First Course here.
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