The Haunting of Pittock Mansion

This week I am delighted to showcase an article that left goosies on the back of my neck.

A haunting.

Let’s jump in and enjoy the spooky story. Together.

“I’m a great believer in the paranormal and I can tell you that there is nothing spookier than a real honest to life ghost story. At present, the Pittock Mansion is a museum which is located on a 46-acre estate that sits atop of a mountain overlooking Portland, Oregon. The mansion was built of sandstone in 1914 and it has 22 rooms.”

The story begins with Henry Pittock who at 19 joined up with a wagon train in 1853 and took a journey that started in Pennsylvania and ended in Portland, Oregon. Once Henry arrived he got himself a job at Thomas Jefferson Dryer’s Weekly Oregonian Newspaper and by the time he turned 26 he had purchased the Oregonian newspaper. He made it into a daily paper, married the girl that he loved Georgiana Burton who came from Missouri with her family.

The Pittock’s became the pillars of the community, live in Portland and raised six children. Georgiana started the Ladies Relief Society in 1867. It was an organization which the Children’s Home for provide for and take care of poor children. She also had a part in building the Martha Washington Home for single, working women.  

Henry and Georgiana built the Pittock Mansion to be used as their summer retirement home. They lived there until the time of their death. Georgiana died in 1819 and Henry in 1831. The remaining Pittock family lived in the mansion until the 1950s. In 1964 restoration was done by the city of Portland and the Pittock Mansion Museum opened its doors to the public in 1965.

The Home of the Pittock family

 The haunting began on the grounds of the Pittock Mansion. People have said that they could hear the sounds of someone walking around the yard and then coming into the side door. It is possible that some people have seen this entity because it has been said that he is the gardener.

All of the museum staff and even visitors have seen the happy couple. Their footsteps have been heard in the hallways, coming out of rooms and on the ground floor. Windows have a habit of opening and closing by themselves, items move about the mansion as if they had a force of their own. 

People who are sensitive to the world beyond has felt a presence which they couldn’t see escorting them around the mansion and be following them about like a good host would do in case they wanted anything. It has been suggested that Henry might have been seen by some but it has not been proven. Now the entity of Georgiana had been felt in other ways. Unseen hands have moved a childhood portrait of Henry about the mansion. Down in the basement, an old woman has been seen keeping visitors company.

Are you a fan of the supernatural?

Have you ever experienced anything… weird?

We would love to hear from you! Share your story in the comments below.


Rasma Raisters loves to write about topics that connect and is inspired by poetry. You can visit her profile on Twitter



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