Crossley Manor

Crossley Manor not only provides a peek at history, but possibly, even a peek at a ghost or two.

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the three story mansion was built by John M. Crossley, the only son of Victoria Crossley, starting in 1902. John Crossley was not only successful in the railroad business, but also in banking and land development.

The gothic style brick home, complete with tile roof and four towers, provided for a portico on the north side for the guest carriages, as well as a large covered porch at the front entrance with a matching balcony directly above it. Inside, the floors were covered in tile, with wainscoted marble walls and pressed tin ceilings. Sliding pocket doors were used in several rooms and many had fireplaces. Much of the trim and woodwork used were brought from the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. The third floor of the mansion was dedicated to a 2,400 square foot ballroom.

Over the years, numerous people have reported that John Crossley and other members of his family; however, still continue to "reside” in the beautiful old home. These allegations tell of unexplained noises, actual sightings of hazy figures, toilets that flush by themselves, hot and cold spots, and feelings of being touched by someone when no one is there.