The smell of fire. Creaky footsteps on a staircase. The ghostly sounds of children. These are just a few spooky phenomena you may encounter when you visit Columbia Manor haunted house in Columbia, Alabama, this month.
A little house history
Columbia Manor was originally built in 1864 and was meant to be a college. However, it became a hospital for quarantined patients who suffered from a disease known as Pellagra.
Pellagra results from a severe vitamin B3 deficiency. Symptoms include diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia and possibly an untimely death.
Not only did patients die of natural causes there, but other deaths occurred too. There was a devastating fire in the children’s wing as well as the rumored suicide of former owner, Dr. John Yarborough.
According to the lore, he shot himself in the living room of the manor after his wife confronted him about a rumored affair. Not long after, a nurse was found hanging from a chandelier in the front entrance.
With a haunted history in tow, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Columbia Manor is one of Alabama’s most popular haunts during Halloween.
What to expect
Open the door to the past at Columbia Manor as former residents return from the afterlife with familiar faces (think Freddy, Michael Myers and the Headless Horseman).
There is also more to this haunted house than the manor. In fact, visitors can expect room-to-room excitement. Expect no hallway, stairway, secret passageway or crawlspace to be fright-free.
You never know who or what you will come across as you explore what’s known as the clown house, the manor or the graveyard out back. There is a parlor house too, but it’s reserved for meet-and-greets with annual special guests and more.
Plan your visit
The countdown to closing day is upon us. Thrill seekers can visit Columbia Manor haunted house this Saturday or Sunday as well as next weekend. Nightly tours are from 7:30 to 11 p.m.
Prefer to get your boos on Halloween? The manor will be open Monday, October 31st, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased on-site at the ticket office.
Make your way to 306 South Main St. in Columbia to visit Columbia Manor haunted house. Did you know that it’s about 21 miles from Carriage House?
To clarify, that means you can be walking the creepy halls of the manor after about a 30-minute drive and possibly a wait in line.
After you visit Columbia Manor haunted house, you’ll be grateful to return to the cozy comfort of Carriage House! Not a current resident? Contact us to ask about upcoming availability. In the meantime, keep reading our blogs for more fun things to do around town.