The White House
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The house of the President of the United States lies in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Construction of the White House began in 1792 and was overseen by George Washington. However, he would live long enough to stay even one night in the house. The second President of the United States John Adams and his wife Abigail were the first ones to live there. In a place of such history, there are bound to be many ghosts. In the War of 1812, the White House was completely destroyed by the British who set fire to it.
People have reported seeing a British Redcoat still walking around the grounds, never leaving since the war. Abraham Lincoln however is the most prominent ghost in the White House. Today, what is currently the Lincoln Bedroom was originally the executive officer where Lincoln served as president during the Civil War. Staff members have reported a lot of paranormal activity here, including lights turning on and off and doors opening and slamming shut. Lincoln has also been seen throughout other areas of the building.
The White House operations foreman encountered Lincoln’s ghost one morning while watering flowers on the second floor. He turned around, and saw Lincoln sitting in the chair right outside his old office. He was staring straight ahead, with his hands folded, and had on a gray pin-stripped suit on. The ghost of Dolley Madison has also been seen, angrily watching as groundskeepers removed her beloved rose garden. Lincoln’s son William Wallace has also been reported in the White House.
(Source: Belanger, Jeff. Encyclopedia of Haunted Places. 2005.)