With houses that are 100, 150, or 200 years old, how likely is it that people have died in the house through the generations since the house was built?

  1. very. and in the really old days, they could not bury a person in the winter since the ground was frozen. so they would temporarily bury them in the basement, and re-bury them outside in the springtime

  2. My house started off as a 'custom furniture and coffin' shop in the early 1800s. By 1858 the son was embalming folks in the upper basement and storing their embalmed remains in their coffins in the lower basement. The bereaved would come to the back entrance with a wagon to take the departed home to hold the wake. That son build a home across the street with a HUGE front yard....apparently he sold headstones there.

  3. I know for a fact that at least some people died in my 140-year-old house, because it actually made the news in 1916 - two young women, 24/25, sisters, both married within the past year, died within five days of each other (TB). I found a press clipping where it specifies that they both died "at their father's home," which is now my house. Super tragic. I also found their graves at the local cemetery and learned there that one of the women had been pregnant at the time of her death.

  4. Many people still die at home on hospice care, so I would say it's even likely in a 50 year old house that someone has died there.

  5. The peaceful deaths don't seem bad. People were probably conceived and born in the house, too. I found a lot of 19th century morphine bottles in the woods near my house. All I can think is people had illnesses there.

  6. Bah. Try hotels. I worked surveillance in a huge casino hotel for a handful of years. Heart attacks, strokes, O.D.s, happen every year. One year a super intoxicated young man (his 21st birthday bash) tried to slide down the handrail and fell 3 stories. It was horrific.

  7. Ew ew yes!!! I’ve worked in hotels for years. Elderly people love the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs: at least a couple times some old geezer has gotten plastered at the bars then drowned in the golf course duck ponds!

  8. I was able to confirm the original owner/builder “died of a shock in bed”. I’m guessing that’s a heart attack? There’s also two likely deaths among the two families before us.

  9. About a month after I moved in I learned a teenage girl had hung herself in the front yard less than a year before.

  10. Victorians were the worst. They’d sit rotting corpses up for family photographs. Also they’d hold multi-day wakes in houses. And this was before embalming was popular. Think about it: no refrigeration, no A/C, and Grandpa’s been laying on an old door in the parlor all weekend

  11. Our new 1878 home was a hotel until 1922, then was a funeral home until the 1970s, then was a private residence in which the owner died in the house in 2021. Can’t imagine how many dead bodies have been in that house.

  12. We had the history of the house given to us. Two people died there, a young daughter and a grown son crossing the road on a tractor- 50 plus years before we moved in. The only person who was ever creeped out was our babysitter because she said our cat wouldn’t stop meowing at her.

  13. My step dad came home to die in my home. In the first 20 years after my home was built, it hosted methodist church services. The funeral viewings were held in the parlor. The almost 200 years in between, one can only imagine.

  14. When the sellers were leaving our house they left notes all around the house with stories they had been told by descendants of the original family who lived here. On the fireplace they left a note that said that there was a story. The man purchases a dress for his wife. She tried it on and twirled in front of the fire place. Her dress caught fire. He tried to bring her into town in his horse and buggy but she died before he could get help.

  15. I know for a fact that the mother of one of the previous owners died here. I found it looking through old papers and reading about the families. She was visiting from California, and had a stroke at her other daughter’s home. Her daughter and husband-in-law bought this house right after, and she convalesced here for 6 months or so. She died on my stepdaughter’s birthday, just 100 years prior. She is for sure not haunting us though. We would have known by now. I’m sure she would disapprove of all the gay sex.

  16. They brought my great uncles body home for his wake which was in my grandmother’s (at the time her parents) house.

  17. We know that at least one person died in our house (the previous owner’s mother) and her wake was held at the house. I’m sure there were others, too.

  18. My father bought a newly built house in 2008. He died at home in 2017. He wanted to be with his family when he passed. You don't have to disclose natural deaths.

  19. The man who built the house's brother's funeral was held here. It was listed in the newspaper sometime in the 30's. The man passed away sometime in the 40's followed by his wife in the 50's so it may have been done the same way for them but I doubt it. We live in a small village and the main funeral home was built in the 40's, so it's possible that their services were held there. All of the members of the family that built the house (mother, father, son, daughter) had their services handled by that funeral home in some capacity. Now it's a brewery and we go there fairly often.

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