DURING THE CIVIL WAR, JEB STUART'S PARTY AT THE LANDON HOUSE WAS CALLED THE "SABERS AND ROSES BALL".
This is a small chapel in the backyard, where two of
the owners of the house were laid out when they died. The chapel contains a picture of the Blessed VIrgin Mary that
was shipped from Albania some time ago. It also contains the words in latin: "Magnificat Anima Mea Dominum"
which roughly means "The Lord Magnifies My Spirit".
The Landon House, located in Urbana, Maryland,
is an isolated structure that many claim to be haunted. Constructed in the year of 1754, this home has sat along the Rappahannock
River among the shadows of immense shade trees. Originally, the intention for the construction was to create a silk mill.
However, the structure was relocated to Urbana, Maryland. It was there that it served as SHIRLEY academy for females
and then it was transformed into THE LANDON Military Academy.
It was not uncommon, at the time, for the basement of the beautiful
building to be used to confine slaves. Here, you will learn about the haunted history of the ever-popular Landon House.
As the Civil War came into the picture in American History, the rebel calvary general by
the name of J.E.B Stuart stopped at the house during the confederate invasion of Maryland. STUART
hosted a party at the structure in the year of 1862, the second day of September. Many refer to this as the “Sabers
and Roses Ball”. This occurred just weeks before the Battle of Antietam, September 17th, 1862, the deadliest
day in american history with over 23,000 causulties. War suddenly wasn't so glamorous.
deadly battle took place, the Landon House transformed from a place for the socially elite to a makeshift hospital.
Individuals who were injured or dying were often taken to the home in order to receive care, if care was available for their
injuries, infections, and sicknesses. Many soldiers who were confined to the house
for care met their fate within the walls of the structure. The emotional tension in the home was absolutely immense. It was
not uncommon to hear painful prayers yelled out from what was left of soldiers lying on the cots, or to hear them begging
for help because of the extreme amount of discomfort that they were in.
Since the days in which
the Landon House served as a hospital for these soldiers, employees and individuals who have visited the structure have witnessed
many paranormal events and/or heard of paranormal events that have taken place in and around the building. One area where
there are many accounts of paranormal events is the basement area. It is believed that the slaves who were held in this area
suffered tremendously and that many of them died due to sickness, abuse, and less than sanitary conditions. Today, if you
visit this area of the house, it is likely that you will encounter a strange cold sensation, the feeling as if you are being
watched, or even a slight tap from an unseen force.
Many individuals have witnessed apparitions
that appear to be soldiers dressed in Civil War attire. These soldiers
have been seen both in the property surrounding the Landon House, as well as in the house itself. Based on the witness accounts,
paranormal investigators seem to believe that these spirits are residual hauntings. Residual hauntings occur when emotional
energy remains strong in a particular area. It is a type of energy that is left behind in such a way that the memories appear
to be visual to the individuals that experience them.
GHOST SOLDIERS PARANORMAL was invited to investigate this great piece of history.
What a step back in time! To be able to walk in the footsteps of the great calvary leader JEB Sturart was quite an honor!!!
We would like to thank John Curley of H.A.P.S for allowing us to share this haunted site! Thanks also to Kevin Dolan,
owner of the Landon House, for supporting paranormal investigations at this awesome place! Lastly thanks to Craig
Rupp, Paranormal Investigator extraordinaire!!!
While we are still processing the 16+hours of video and several hours of audio evidence, and
will post what we find as soon as we can confirm it.
JEB Stuart having the "Sabres and Roses Ball" at this house is one of the famous stories
of the Landon House and he has been seen by witmesses in the basement. We were able to make contact with someone who
replied in the affirmative when we asked if this was General Stuart! The same person also gave a big reply when we asked
if he liked his horse! The audio will be posted and you can make up your own mind, but it is entirely possible that
we actually spoke to the spirit of expert calvaryman JEB STUART.
One of the stories I had read while researching this place was from another paranormal group
who had gone in there and heard about some dogs who had been locked in the basement and starved to death! This group
had also heard what sounded like scratching at the door and had gotten all freaked out about it. To me, this was an
inviatation to help out a "dog-spirit" or two, so I got a dog bowl and some water and went down to the basement,
where I set down the dish and poured the water into it. I then said, "Here you go guys!...come and get some water!"
As I started to walk out of the basement, I turned on my EVP recorder and the first thing I heard got my attention!!!! CHeck
out the EVP below!!!!