Haunted Places Near Advance

Haunted Places Near Advance

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The Hunter

United States

#1 Apr 23, 2009
Does anyone know of any haunted places in or around Advance?
yeah

Florissant, MO

#2 Apr 23, 2009
the mcmahon house in gypsy

Since: Jan 08

Arnold, MO

#3 Apr 24, 2009
yeah wrote:
the mcmahon house in gypsy
Whats the story behind that?
curious

Decatur, IL

#4 Apr 24, 2009
I would love to find some haunted places. The spookier the better.
yeah

Modoc, IL

#5 Apr 24, 2009
during the civil war mr mcmahon had a plantation in gypsy, the confederates came and tried to take over his house, his slaves tried to protect him. the confederate soldiers killed all the slaves and hung mcmahon, supposedly the ghosts still haunt the house, to protect mr mcmahon, i have been out there a few times and have seen some wierd things, i thought it was the light playing tricks with my eyes, but then i asked my mother, she said she went out there when she was young and seen the same thing. if you go, go at night
The Hunter

United States

#6 Apr 25, 2009
Wow, that's an interesting story, "yeah." I think you are referring to the McMinn House in Gipsy. I have been there but haven't experienced anything out of the ordinary. The caretaker has installed a camera on the side of the house (whether he did so hoping to catch ghosts or trespassers, I don't know) so you might need to get a hold of him before you visit. I wasn't aware of the history surrounding the house, but thanks for the information, "yeah." I knew there had to have been something bad happened in order for it to be haunted. I've asked around and everyone has said that Washington A. McMinn was a nice man and that some of his slaves even took his last name and he let some of them live in the house with him. I also know he was Postmaster at Buchanan for some time. Did they hang Mr. McMinn on the property there on the farm? Also, I'm curious to know what you experienced here. I talked to some people who live out by the house and they said they believe it's haunted as well - they told me that one guy who had moved into the house just up and moved out because the lights would just turn on and off by themselves for no apparent reason like clockwork. I've also heard some reports of people who have went inside the house and heard the sounds of chains rattling. Some friends and I have gone out there and have looked for the cemetery but haven't been able to find it. Is it just the house that is haunted, or is the entire property haunted because I noticed that there was a long, red building and a little white cabin on the property as well. I've never seen any shadows or figures or lights when I've been out there, but am always looking for people to go out there with me one night so that I might be proven wrong :) you can ask anyone who lives out there or around Gipsy and everyone I've spoken to has said that they know it's haunted. Freaky stuff.
Curious

Decatur, IL

#7 Apr 26, 2009
Thats in Bollinger County, right? I'm going to do some research on the place at the library in Marble Hill and see what I can find. I would love to learn more and will share what I find. Does anyone know who the caretaker is? I would like to get a hold of him and get permission to look around. Very Intriguing....
Kelly

Decatur, IL

#8 Apr 26, 2009
Hey there, I drove to Gipsy earlier. Can anyone tell me if the McMinn house is the large 2 story white house down a dirt/gravel dead end road on the right? I turned off of E Hwy. by the old Stone School house and went down the road about 1/2 mile. If you can let me know if this is the right house, I would appreciate it!
creepy

United States

#9 Apr 26, 2009
I hear there is a haunted house on Goosepnd Hill. I've never been there but I've heard people talk....
Kelly

Decatur, IL

#10 Apr 26, 2009
Where's Goosepond Hill?
The Hunter

United States

#11 Apr 26, 2009
"Curious," yes Gipsy is in Bollinger County. The caretaker's name is Rich Branson. He lives in Illinois and I don't know how to reach him, but I know some people who know him so I could put you into contact with them. I think it's cool how you're researching the place and please share any information you find with us. You might could also go to the Banner Press newspaper office in Marble Hill. I heard somewhere that once a flood came and washed up all the bones of the slaves on the little dirt road in front of the house and that it was in the newspaper, so you might be able to find some more information about this in their archives up there.

"Kelly," I'm not for sure where you are talking about, but if you go to the Marble Hill Topix forum and click on "PHOTOS," there is a picture of the house. To get there, you take Highway E to Gipsy and then turn right on County Road 736. You'll go about a mile and then you'll come to a "T" in which you'll turn left on County Road 738. You take that back about 3-4 miles. You will swing around Bob & Opal Hovis's house and you'll go a little ways further. The house will be on the left-hand side coming from this direction; you can't miss it, as there aren't many houses out that way. It's a white, two-story house on a farm with some farming machinery in addition to a long, red building (which I believe was a storage shed) and a little white cabin which was used for a schoolhouse back in the day. The gate is chained but it's easy to remove, but mind you, go at your own discretion because that camera on the side of the house I imagine was put there for a reason.
Kelly

Decatur, IL

#12 Apr 27, 2009
Hey Hunter, Thanks so much for all the info, you sound quite knowledgeable about the home. I'm going to start researching it this week. This is not the house I saw Sunday, but the one I saw was over a hundred years old, so you never know, it might be haunted too, lol. I am quite curious to see the home. Do you think the caretaker would give permission for us to look around? I am very responsible and would appreciate any opportunity, so any information will be useful. I can be contacted at: [email protected] m

Thanks Again,
Kelly
no name

United States

#13 May 29, 2009
yes there is a hanted house on goosepond hill my dad grew up in that house and quickly moved out due to lights flickering on and off and footsteps up and down the stairs and when he would cook food and go out side for a secound he would come to find the food gone which is pretty weird when he lived there by himself and had no animals.....?
Guest

Decatur, IL

#14 May 29, 2009
hmm., where goosepond hill? Is that by Brownwood?
Guest

Decatur, IL

#15 May 30, 2009
There is a little cemetary along the gravel road to the McMinn place. I believe it is west of the place and it is on the road a little ways south of the roadway. I think it had a sign like Furr Cemetary but we didn't walk in to it as it was summer and pretty full of weeds and other growth.
resindent

United States

#16 Jun 4, 2009
turn right off of piss road and go up the hill4876
tina

United States

#17 Jun 14, 2009
I want 2 gt directions 2 the place n Gypsy please.
Thank you.
bjh

Oran, MO

#18 Jul 12, 2009
Me too. I dont know where piss road is.
The Hunter

United States

#19 Jul 12, 2009
I believe resindent was just being sarcastic...

To get to the McMinn House from Advance take Highway C to Arab, then turn right on Highway 51 at the intersection to head towards Zalma. Go about three miles and you'll turn left on Highway E heading towards Greenville. Stay on Highway E for about five miles and you'll come to Gipsy (you'll see the post office and a couple of buildings on your lefthand side). Keep your eyes peeled for County Road 736 (it will be on your righthand side not too far up from the post office/Gipsy). Turn right onto CR 736 and keep going until you come to a "T" in the road and then you'll turn left on County Road 738. You will keep taking this road for a while, eventually it swings around Bob & Opal Hovis's house but keep staying on the gravel road and eventually you will see the McMinn House. It's a big, two-story white house with a lot of farming machinery and other buildings on the property; you can't miss it. Be careful if you go, though. Last time I was there, there was a camera on the side of the house. I take it the carekeeper installed it to either catch trespassers or catch some ghosts on live feed. So if you go, I'd go at night and wear black. You obviously can't go inside the house but if you want to visit the cemetery where the slaves are buried, it's in the woods somewhere.

Word of caution to first-time/rookie ghost hunters (I'm sure you've heard this before): Never go alone and bring a flashlight, and a first aid kit as well. You never know when you may step into a hole in the ground or injure yourself, and dress accordingly to the weather. Bring extra batteries as well for your flashlight, because if the spirits are in full force that night, they will absorb any energy they can (from the batteries in your flashlight which will go dead). Nice euphemism, huh?

Most of the people who have experienced paranormal activity on the property have said they have heard noises in the house and have seen shadows in the woods and around the gate, as well as lights in the woods.

Happy Hunting =)
bjh

Oran, MO

#20 Jul 12, 2009
Thank you Hunter for the info. I will let you know when I go there and what, if anything, happens.

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