The Octagon

Posted: December 20, 2016 in Hauntings
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The poorly named octagon (that actually has six sides) was built with a variety of odd shaped rooms and closets leaving a wide variety of nooks and crannies. It was built in 1801 one block from the white house by Colonel John Tayloe the 3rd. Known as the richest man of his time Tayloe regularly meet with top political figures like James Madison and Thomas Jefferson and had 15 children.

These children are where the horror starts. During the war of 1812 one of his daughters fell in love with a British soldier. When Tayloe found out there was a mighty argument that according to the colonel ended with his daughter tripping while running up the stairs and falling to her death.


It was shortly after this that his daughter’s ghost came back to re-enact her death. People have reported seeing a flickering candles shadow moving up the stairs as though someone was walking  upstairs with it. Then, there would come a terrible shriek and a thud at the bottom of the stairs. This caused the colonel to pack up his family and move out for a number of years.

They later moved back in and another of Tayloe’s daughters fell into a forbidden relationship and this time her father admitted to pushing her down the stairs and killing her. (Of course being a rich landowner who was friendly with both current and former president’s he avoided charges) this led to a second haunting where the bottom of the stairs is know to grow unnaturally cold and the carpet rolls away on it’s own.


During the civil war the Octagon was used as a hospital and many soldiers complained about banging noises and moans coming from inside the walls. Decade’s later during a renovation the skeleton of a woman was found inside the wall with fists clenched. She had apparently been there since the period between the deaths of Tayloes two daughters. To this day the apparitions as well as cold spots and unexplainable shadows and noises continue although the building is now an architectural museum.

So keep the salt and iron handy.

Till next time turthyness seekers.



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