The Georgetown Castle

The Georgetown Castle is located in an old industrial, red light district of Seattle, WA. It is a 3 story, turn of the century, Victorian home, built in 1903 by Peter Gessner, who was a gambler and blackjack dealer at the famous Central Tavern in Seattle’s Pioneer Square District.

Having trouble with the local authorities for running “questionable” gambling and prostitution activities, he decided to move his operations farther out of town, to avoid too much unwanted attention, turning the home into an infamous brothel and gambling parlor. He died a gruesome death one year later, committing suicide in the house by drinking carbolic acid.

The home was then purchased around 1912 by Dr. Willis H. Corson who was a former superintendent and head coroner of the King County Hospital, located close by. This hospital and it’s grounds, which at the time surrounded the house, served as the county poor house and tent city for tuberculoses patients, as well as a crematorium that was used to burn the bodies.

The house has a long history of paranormal activity and unexplained accounts. Numerous violent and supernatural events surround the home. A prostitute was reportedly murdered with a shotgun by her john “Manny” on the second floor. There are reports of a ghostly apparition of a woman in black, with burning coal for eyes grasping at her throat, waking tenants from their sleep on the top floor. She is believed to be the ghost of a previous resident, a “Spanish woman,” who possibly killed her newborn babies and buried them under the stairs surrounding the home. Countless reports of strange sights, sounds, mysterious voices and hidden rooms make this definitely one of Seattle’s most haunted places.

~ by accordingtoleanne on October 16, 2010.

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