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North Carolina: The Mordecai House

The oldest house on its original foundation in Raleigh North Carolina, is the Mordecai House, Located in Mordecai Square Historical Park this Greek revival mansion was built by Joel Lane (a revolutionary war hero and Senator) for his son Henry, in 1785. The years Henry Lane and his family resided in the house, it was the center of a sprawling 5,000 acre plantation. The Mordecai House is named after Henry Lane’s son in law, Moses Mordecai (a Raleigh lawyer and judge), who after his first marriage to Henrys daughter Margret was cut short by her passing, would go on to marry her sister, Ann. He himself died in 1824, leaving in his will money to enlarge the house, which was finished in 1826. Moses would all together have four children .three with his fist wife ,one with his second.

Like the Lane and Mordecai before them, they would go on to be prominent members in politics and law, as well as agriculture. Through in the 19th and early 20th centuries, much of the large plantation was sold, and as a result, Raleigh expanded into the city it is today.

The Mordecai family owned the house until 1967, when it was sold to the Raleigh Historic Sites Commission. It has since served as a museum and historic park, which possess many remarkable landmarks the have been brought in from all around Raleigh. Including : the Andrew Johnson birthplace, the Badger-Iredell Law Office, Allen Kitchen and St. Mark's Chapel.

On February 4, 1998, the Mordecai House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

On the ghoul side, the Mordecai House, along with its historic park, seem to have spectral residence that have decided to spend the afterlife at home. According to the many eyewitness accounts, the form of a female, thought to be Mary Willis Mordecai Turk, descends the staircase wearing a long black dress, a white blouse and black tie. She is also known to knock Paintings from the wall when comments concerning her beauty are made by guests.

Mary was born in the Mordecai home, Married in the houses parlor and mothered two children there. Perhaps all of those memories in her ancestral home make it her timeless dwelling.

-Ghastly G :March 2008

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