The Roberts Castle

                               These photos were taken in June, 2002 at a castle here in the United States.

                                                     

                                           Some observers see ghostly shapes in the windows, but I'll let others decide.

                                           This castle was built in 1894 for a Civil War general.  It's been owned by my husband's                                   aunt since the early 1940's.  There have always been stories about spirits there. 

                                When we were visiting several years ago, I decided to take an afternoon nap in the 2nd floor                                 tower room toward the front of the castle (windows on the right on the 2nd floor in the photo                                 on the left above).  I was  awakened when I heard someone walking across the floor in the                                 3rd floor tower room.  Whoever it was, they were wearing heavy shoes (or boots) because                                 the sound was loud.  That room hadn't been used in years.  I heard a man speak a single                                 word but I didn't understand what he said.  I asked him to repeat it but I never did hear                                 anything. 

                                 I went downstairs to ask my husband why he had been upstairs in the tower room walking                                  so heavily.  He said he hadn't been up there and then pointed to his shoes.  He was                                  wearing his usual tennis shoes so I knew it wasn't him. 

                                 His aunt smiled and said I had met "the ghost".  She said she used to take afternoon                                   naps in the same room I had been in and that a young gentleman, dressed in black,                                  sometimes appeared to her.  

                                 She told me to go up to her bedroom on the 2nd floor and get a suitcase that she had filled                                  with stories of the castle and its first owners.  Just what I wanted to do...go back                                  upstairs.   I reluctantly went up and got the suitcase.  

                                After reading about the history of the castle and about the original owners, we came to                                 the same conclusion.  The man I heard (and she had seen in the past) was probably the                                 son-in-law of General Roberts (the original owner).  

                                General Robertsí daughter, Isabel, was married to a young man in the castle.  In                                 1919,   the son-in-law died in the house.  He died from the flu which was a wartime flu                                 epidemic.  It was a global disaster that killed between 20 million and 40 million                                      people.  It was reported that more people died from this flu (known as the                                 Spanish Influenza) in one   year than in the four years of the Black Death Bubonic                                 Plague in the mid-14th century. 

                                 Soon after his son-in-law's death, General Roberts moved his wife and daughter to                                  California where they all later died.  It seems that the son-in-law still hasn't left and                                  must be waiting for his family to return for him.  

                                 In the years since this happened, there have been nights when we've seen shadows and                                  heard someone walking up and down the long hallway.  Could it be that Isabel has returned                                  to find her love lost so many years ago?

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