1821 Greene County,
Lee's will directed
that "the brick mansion house I have recently commenced in
Hodges bought the Lee-Baker mansion in March, 1850 from Orange Heaton. A lawyer
and merchant, Hodges served as county judge, circuit judge, representative in
the U.S. Congress and
After Judge Hodges'
death in 1884, his family continued to make it their home until Mrs. Hodges died
in 1899. The following year their son Beverly C. Hodges converted the family
home into the
A gradual deterioration began to
plague the old brick edifice until 1970 its very existence was threatened. In
1975 Attorney William Vogt and then the Greene County National Bank bought and
transferred the historic house to the Greene County Historical and Genealogical
Society in 1982. Efforts begun in 1978 to place the house on the National
Register of Historic Places were renewed in on November 3, 1980 when such
designation was bestowed. The society is a volunteer, no-profit organization
dedicated to preserving some of the past of Greene County
in its museum, its family files, and its Brick Mansion House.
The house gradually deteriorated into the 1970s, until its very existence was threatened. Thanks to historical preservationists, the house was saved and added to the National Historic Register in 1980. Since then, it has become home to the Greene County Historical and Genealogical Society.
Hauntings: A number of resident ghosts. A number of eerie reports have circulated about the
old mansion over the years, including sightings of a child who has been seen in
one of the bedrooms, another child that vanishes just inside of the kitchen
door, bright lights, weird sounds, footsteps, a mysterious voice that has been
heard throughout the house, loud knocks that come in threes -- and much more!
the oldest part of the house people would hear a baby crying, the spinning wheel
would turn by itself, shadows can be seen and you can hear voices. The German
dining room set people have heard music coming from the old Victrola.
Coal Shoot Room is where numerous EVPs have been recorded, strange shadows have
been seen and activity has happened behind the door. The Spinning Room K-II and
high EMF and sometimes the attic door opens by itself. The Uniform Room is where
male voices have been heard in the past.
532 N. Main St.
The Ghost Research Society investigated the Lee Baker Hodges House on July 30, 2011. Team members included: Stan Suho and Dale Kaczmarek. We were assisted by Jeanne Chilton, Mike McElhiney and Chris Chrum from PRIOM and Loren Hamilton and Casey.
believe that I heard a disembodied female voice in the upstairs hallway while we
were conducting an EVP session in the room next to the Uniform Room. It was in
fact picked up on the digital recorder as a faint two syllable or two word
Equipment setup: The
Experiments performed: EVP
sessions were performed in the Victorian Bedroom, Spinning Room, Coal Shoot Room
and a room adjacent to the Uniform Room. In addition, Mike went upstairs into
the attic during our EVP session in the Spinning Room.
voice.MPG during an EVP session in the Weaving Room when the group was
walking around and giving Mike some equipment in the attic, voices can be heard
in the background.
during an EVP session in the Coal Shoot Room a question was asked, “What
is the significance behind this door over here? Why is there activity?” The
Ovilus in phonetic mode responds with “Behind” A follow is asked, “Is
something behind that door?” The Ovilus responds “There are.”
during an EVP session in the Coal Shoot Room a question was asked, “Are
you afraid to communicate with us or you don’t feel like it?” The Ovilus
responds with, “both.”
during an EVP session in the Spinning Room a question was asked, “Can you
tell me who you are?” The Ovilus responds with, “Eli.”
whisper.MPG during an EVP session in the Coal Shoot Room Dale heard a
whispering voice coming from the hallway. It sounds like two words or a two
sound.MPG during an EVP session in the Weaving Room a high-pitched sound is
heard followed by Jeanne asking if Stan was moving.
Knock.mpg during an EVP session in the room adjacent to the Uniform Room a question
was asked, “Can you knock on the wall like this?” Jeanne knocks three times
and a loud rap immediately follows her third knock.
during an EVP session a question was asked, “Is there anyone here with
us?” The response sounds like, “let’s go.”
during an EVP session in the Weaving Room the Ovilus suddenly says,” I not
scared of you.”
Scream.MPG during an EVP session in the Weaving Room a disembodied scream in heard in
– during an EVP session in the Weaving Room the Ovilus says, “Attic, stairs,
– during an EVP session in the Weaving Room a question was asked, “I’m
going to get out a different box to see if it’s easier for you to talk to us.
Ok?” The Ovilus responds with, “Stop it, go back.”
during an EVP session a question was asked, “Are you a man or a woman?”
Something talks or screams over the word man.
during an EVP session in the Weaving Room a question was asked, “What
branch of service were you in?” The Ovilus responds with the word,
Upstairs.MPG during an Ovilus session the device continued saying up and upstairs.
Whisper.MPG during an EVP session in the Coal Shoot Room a question was asked, “Knock
if you’re a woman…” A faint female whisper is heard in the background.
during a Frank’s Box session in the room next to the Uniform Room a
question was asked, “Do you want to talk to Stan?” The response was, “Yes
personally believe we had some very good communication with some intelligent
spirits especially in the Weaving Room and Coal Shoot Room. There were direct
responses on both the Ovilus and Ghost Box to specific questions asked.
There were many equipment fluctuations especially on Jeanne’s EMF devices and
K-II meters but none with the Tri-Field Natural EM Meter or REM Pod. There were
no abnormalities captured with digital photography, video or full spectrum but a
number of interesting EVPs. This place is definitely worth a follow-up
investigation sometime in the future with more cameras, equipment and
may have been something leading us to the attic due to the responses we received
with the Ovilus while in the Weaving Room. The name Eli was mentioned
immediately when a question was posed as the name of the entity that we were
communicating with. Further research will have to be conducted to see if there
is any Eli connected with the building. Eli Whitney did invent the cotton gin
and we received that response when we were in the Weaving Room.
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