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Peadbody Whitehead Mansion

Considered the most haunted house in Colorado, the Peabody Whitehead Mansion has a sinister history. Find out more on our tour of haunted Denver!

abandoned brick home surrounded by trees and metal fencing.

The former home of Colorado governor James Hamilton Peabody, this mansion is veiled with history and intrigue. First built in 1881, the two-story, red-brick Victorian home has been the subject of numerous ghost stories over the years, but why? 

That’s what we seek to answer through our ghost tours. Join US Ghost Adventures and discover a side of the Mile High City that few know, including its residents. Our ghost tours show the haunted side of history for a chilling look into the past. 

Haunted by His Past

The Peabody-Whitehead Mansion, sometimes referred to as the most haunted house in Colorado, has a sinister past that fuels its rumors. Most of these concern the original owner, Dr. William Whitehead. 

Whitehead, a wartime surgeon from New York, had seen his fair share of horrifying sights before even setting foot in Denver. Unfortunately for him, these dark experiences were far from over. 

Many of Dr. Whitehead’s patients were from the Crimean war, meaning that the vast majority would lose their lives under his care. Many of those same patients followed him to Denver long after their passing, which explains some of his subsequent experiences. 

Dr. Whitehead was haunted by his own perceived failings, often witnessing the apparitions of soldiers wandering the halls of his new home.

Beyond these apparitions, reports of books flying across the room, pictures leaping from the walls, and spine-chilling disturbances through the night emerged from the home. 

Are you skeptical at the notion of the spirits of deceased soldiers having followed Whitehead to his new home? You may be surprised by what happened next.

Hauntings No More, Or Biding Their Time?

Following the death of Whitehead in 1902, reports of strange happenings fell off entirely. No longer was the house plagued by bizarre activity, and no other visitors ever saw the apparitions of soldiers after that. 

Could it be that Whitehead’s passing had finally put the soldiers to rest? Or was it all simply the painful delusion of a wartime doctor struggling to deal with the horrors he had witnessed?

The answer to this may lie with the residents who later inhabited the home. Most notably, the period where the mansion was a bar and restaurant. 

Bar staff even reported the spontaneous smashing of glasses while they remained atop the bar and lights flickering from disconnected electrics. Books also flew from the shelves, hurled by an unseen hand.

Sound familiar at all? Perhaps Dr. Whitehead wasn’t simply disturbed but genuinely haunted by his past. 

Haunted Denver, CO

From bizarre, unexplained happenings to a history of hauntings, the Peabody Whitehead Mansion is a must-see for anyone in Colorado. Join US Ghost Adventures on a tour of haunted Denver and dive into the deep history lurking beneath the glossy surface of this former Gold Rush city. Our ghost tours explore what lies beyond all that is initially apparent. 

About US Ghost Adventures 

Since 2013, US Ghost Adventures has offered entertaining, historic, and authentic ghost tours of America’s most haunted cities. We deliver fun yet honest accounts of hauntings across the nation for curious people of all ages. Our ghost stories are based on historical research, but that doesn’t mean they won’t send a chill down your spine.

This video gives you a small taste of what you might experience on your ghost tour — subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more.

US Ghost Adventures also offers virtual tours, a self-guided mobile app, and an Alexa voice app.

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