Haunted House Of The Week: The John Lawson House

John-Lawson-House-mannequins2-550x365This week’s house doesn’t really fit the “haunted” mold, but it’s still seriously creepy. Take it away, Oddity Central:

Every day, the porch at the John Lawson House is occupied by life-sized female mannequins dressed in clothes from the last century. Their number, position and theme varies from day to day. But no one knows how they get there. No living person has ever been spotted at the house, which is one of six properties at Main Street Historic District.

Some believe that the dolls have a message to convey. They think the dolls are trying to gesture and point towards an unsolved riddle. Others say that the dolls’ mystery lies in the history of the house. In 1871, during a two-week cold wave, a train crashed just 200 feet from the house, instantly killing 22 people. It is believed that the dolls are always pointing towards that crash site.


This is clearly some kind of weird project, but it’s spooky that no one knows who’s doing it (or so they claim). Come on, John Lawson house neighbors, get snooping! I don’t mean to judge, but you people are not being nosy enough. Just set up a camera, or sneak in there one night. I’m sure it’s perfectly safe. Maybe take some holy water and a taser, just in case.

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19 Responses to Haunted House Of The Week: The John Lawson House

  1. old man fatima says:

    They must know, but are too afraid to point fingers. Maybe it’s a town bigwig, or the president!

  2. flanny says:

    I would like to know more about these “themes.”

  3. ugh lets go there and steak out. Its probably a whole town conspiracy and everyone is in charge of one night.

  4. summerestherson says:

    Um, where is this town’s Scooby Gang? I find it so hard to believe that some teenage detectives have not even tried to crack this.

    My aunt once received a letter in her mailbox from her neighborhood’s group of tween “Paranormal Investigators” that there was a “dark entity” in her house and that if she wanted they could come get rid of it! Get with it, teens near this John Lawton house!!!

  5. catweazle says:

    These are obviously manifestations of the Nestene Consciousness and they dress themselves.

    • Simon Spidermonk says:

      Or maybe some new species, a cross between Autons and Weeping Angels, which would explain why they don’t move during daylight hours.

  6. Sota says:

    “The dolls are always clutching the most bizarre objects – books, towels, brushes, birdcages and overflowing cups of potpourri.”

    Ghost dolls just love them some potpourri. You know that abandoned house smells all musty like mothballs.

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