Ok, so this post is not exactly about a specific haunting. However, being that Astoria is the oldest settlement in the western United States, the town has it's fair share of ghostly history. Take the home of Captain George Flavel for example. Built in 1886 by Astoria's first millionaire (Captain Flavel), the house is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of his daughter Katie who died in the home in 1910. There are also reports that the ghost of the captain himself, who also died in the home in 1893, makes an occasional appearance in the hallways of this 19th century mansion. Whether haunted or not, this almost 12,000 square foot home, which today is a museum, offers visitors a unique look into the past. With help from the Clatsop County Historical Society, this Victorian home has been restored using many of the original furnishings to give visitors an idea of what life was like for Captain Flavel and his family in the late19th/early 20th century. On my last visit to the home, I photographed the various rooms and will share those pictures in this post.
As I stepped into the house, the first thing I noticed is that the entrance doesn't lead into a "room" but instead into a long hallway that runs to the back of the house and divides various rooms on the left and right. On the left side of the house there is a large room with several seating areas and a piano, this is known as the Music Room.
Quite a beard on him. This was probably the style back then, although from what I've seen here in Astoria and Oregon in general the bushy wild looking facial hair has never really been out of fashion around these parts. Directly across the hall from the portrait is by far my favorite room in the house; the Library.
I really love this room and despite rumors that this is one of the "haunted" rooms where people claim to have seen the ghost of Captain Flavel, I feel I could spend many hours curled up with a good book on that chair.
As you make your way to the end of the hallway there is another entrance to the home on the right side. On the left side you have the dining room.
As to be expected, this room was all about functionality and it is likely no one outside the servants ever came to this part of the house.
As you go out the door and down the hall, the next room on the right is another one of the rooms rumored to be haunted. This is the room where Captain Flavel's daughter Katie passed away.
As was customary in those times, husband and wife often did not sleep in the same bed let alone the same room.
The bedroom is nicely laid out, complete with a sitting area in the corner. Behind the couch there are large bay windows with magnificent views of the Columbia River and the whole town of Astoria.
Again, there is no bathroom in the room, but she did have a sink to get ready for bed at night and wash up in the morning. The room is connected to her husband's room by a large door that locks from both sides.
As you step into the Captain's room, the first thing you notice is the bed. The exact bed he died on.
I have to say the energy definitely felt a bit different in this room. I'm not saying the room is necessarily haunted, but I also wouldn't be opposed to sage-ing the room if this were my home.
If there are ghosts in this house, this is the room you'd find them. I must have stared at his rocking chair a good five minutes expecting to see it move on its own. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed that it didn't.
Finally, we get a peek into Captain Flavel's closet. Once again, I was amazed by how small his suits were, he couldn't have been more than five feet four inches tall. I guess that explains why he built such a small bathtub.
There is another level above the 2nd floor, but unfortunately, due to safety regulations visitors are unable to go up there. Likewise, the basement is off limits to visitors, so in reality you only get to see about half the house. Regardless, getting the chance to even step into this home is a unique experience. I highly recommend it be added to the itinerary of anyone passing through this town.