Video: History of the Stone Lion Inn

Zak talks about the Stone Lion Inn's history before the investigation.

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Ghostly Tales of The Presidents And First Families

Some say spirits roam the White House. They've heard laughter echo in the halls, felt eerie cold spots and watched apparitions float through doors. Think new commanders-in-chief are forewarned they may not be the only occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?
White House Ghost Stories

White House Ghost Stories

"I sit here in this old house," President Harry Truman wrote to his wife, Bess, after his 1945 inauguration, "...listening to the ghosts walk up and down the hallway..." A friend of Abraham Lincoln's swore the 16th President said he dreamed of seeing a coffin in the White House, just days before his assassination. We can't say what's real, and what's a ghost story. We can only explore the chilling mysteries of the Presidents, First Ladies and their families.   960 1280

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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

No White House ghost is seen more often than Lincoln's. President Calvin Coolidge's wife was the first to encounter him, in the 1920s. Since then, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy and Lady Bird Johnson have said they sensed his presence. But Prime Minister Winston Churchill probably had the biggest scare. After overnighting in the White House, he reportedly emerged from his bath with nothing a cigar -- and found Lincoln standing in his bedroom.  960 1280

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Seances and Spirit Circles

Seances and Spirit Circles

After one of her young sons died in an 1853 train wreck, First Lady Jane Pierce held a seance in the White House to summon him back. Mary Todd Lincoln was traumatized after her 11-year-old, Willie, died, and she, too, held seances and spirit circles. Later, Mary claimed Willie's ghost visited her room.  960 1280

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Willie Lincoln

Willie Lincoln

Young Willie Lincoln's ghost didn't rest after his mother summoned it. Members of Ulysses S. Grant's staff claimed to have run into him several times during the 1870s, and Lyndon B. Johnson's daughter, Lynda Johnson Robb, allegedly saw his specter in the White House room where he died.  960 1280

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Harry Truman, Reluctant Witness?

Harry Truman, Reluctant Witness?

Harry Truman would never admit to personally seeing a ghost during his administration, but some stories say both he and his wife heard the pain-wracked cries of the late Frances Cleveland, the only First Lady to give birth in the White House. Truman later wrote that the White House was "haunted, sure as shootin'," and believed the ghosts of Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt and Lincolnd still lurked within its walls.  960 1280

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Fearful gardeners refused to dig up the White House Rose Garden after First Lady Ellen Wilson ordered them to do so. It had been installed by a previous first lady, Dolley Madison, and they said her angry ghost blocked their way. Over the years, others have smelled unseen roses in White House rooms. Dolley, it seems, still guards her garden.  960 1280

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Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson

The country's seventh president, Andrew Jackson, answered to the nickname "Old Hickory." Perhaps he did a lot of swearing, because the family parrot had to be taken away when it started spewing obscenities during his funeral service. Even death didn't stifle Jackson's tongue. Mary Todd Lincoln occasionally heard his ghost cursing in his former bedroom.  960 1280

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Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams

Not all first ladies left household chores to the staff. Abigail Adams often did her own laundry, hanging it to dry in the East Room. President Taft was startled once to see her ghost float through a door on the second floor of the White House, and members of his staff claimed to smell her favorite lavender laundry soap. Mrs. Adams is the oldest spirit to haunt the premises; her husband, John, served as president from 1797 to 1801. 960 1280

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William Henry Harrison

William Henry Harrison

William Henry Harrison was the first U.S. president to die in office, succumbing to pneumonia after serving just one month. Now he's said to haunt the White House attic, where he's heard rummaging around. No one knows what he's looking for, and his ghost either refuses to leave or just can't. Legend says Harrison was cursed after Army troops under his command killed Tecumseh, a Shawnee leader, in the War of 1812.  960 1280

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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Mary Todd Lincoln holds the record for spotting spirits. In addition to claiming to see the ghosts of her son, Willie, and another Lincoln son who died young, plus hearing President Andrew Jackson swear and stomp about, she also claimed to hear Thomas Jefferson playing his violin in the Yellow Oval Room. Visitors to Jefferson's home at Monticello say he shows up there, too, often whistling as he strolls the grounds.   960 1280

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Maureen Reagan's Ghostly Encounters

Maureen Reagan's Ghostly Encounters

First ladies aren't the only ones who've encountered Lincoln's ghost. President Ronald Reagan's daughter, Maureen, and her husband apparently saw the late president more than once, when they stayed overnight in the White House. Maureen's husband said he awoke to find Lincoln staring out the bedroom window. He could see the trees on the lawn beyond, he added -- right through the transparent figure. 960 1280

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Jenna Bush's Aural Encounters

Jenna Bush's Aural Encounters

A haunting melody woke First Daughter Jenna Bush one night while her father, George W. Bush, was in office. "I heard a ghost," she later told TV talk show host Jay Leno. "I was asleep, there was a fireplace in my room and all of a sudden I heard 1920s music coming out." The spectral DJ turned out to have eclectic tastes. A week later, she reported she and her sister had fallen asleep in the same room, only to awaken to opera music drifting out of the same fireplace.  960 1280

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Ghost Adventures: Tarot Cards

We see lots of spooky fun in your future, Ghost Adventures fans! Collect these tarot cards featuring Zak Bagans and the crew.
The Team

The Team

Week after week, the Ghost Adventures crew face ghosts, dark entities and unseen forces at locations across the country. Each member brings his own set of skills to the table and together, they work to investigate some of the most haunted places in America. Ready to learn more?  960 1280

  

Zak Bagans

Zak Bagans

Paranormal King Zak Bagans founded the world’s largest paranormal group—that’s right, you guessed it: The Ghost Adventures Crew. Learn more, here. 960 1280

  

Aaron Goodwin

Aaron Goodwin

Nicknamed “Teddy Bear,” Paranormal Knight Aaron Goodwin ain’t afraid of no ghosts…just don’t leave him alone in any attics. And approximately how many times does Aaron say “dude” per episode? Find out, here. 960 1280

  

Billy Tolley

Billy Tolley

From DJ Inferno to Ghost Adventures’ Audio/Video Tech Emperor, Billy Tolley also founded the Las Vegas Paranormal Investigations of Mysterious Phenomena Squad (LV PIMPS). He brings the same fire from his DJ days to the GA crew. Discover more, here 960 1280

  

Jay Wasley

Jay Wasley

Ghost Adventures’ Audio/Visual Tech Magician Jay Wasley not only offers his technical skills, but his musical abilities, too. He plays three instruments: guitar, piano and mandolin. For more, head here.   960 1280

  

Behind the Scenes

Watch as Zak and the guys take over the Ghost Adventures' Facebook page to give fans an exclusive look at their tour bus, below. 

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Stone Lion Inn

Stone Lion Inn

Ghost Adventures is officially back – prepare yourself for a season filled with some of the most jaw-dropping investigations yet.  960 1280

  

Stone Lion Inn

Stone Lion Inn

The guys head to the Stone Lion Inn, located in Guthrie, OK. The bed and breakfast has been the site of unexplained, eerie activity... 960 1280

  

Stone Lion Inn

Stone Lion Inn

The Stone Lion Inn was built in 1907 by F.E. Houghton. During a period of 8 years when his family fell on hard times, the house came under the management of a local undertaker who used the space as a mortuary.  960 1280

  

Embalming Table

Embalming Table

The original embalming table from that time is currently on display at the Stone Lion Inn.  960 1280

  

Stone Lion Inn

Stone Lion Inn

Rumor has it the current owner of the Stone Lion Inn, Becky Luker, performs witchcraft and satanic rituals in a local cemetery as part of a murder-mystery show she hosts at the B&B.  960 1280

  

Ghost Adventures Crew

Ghost Adventures Crew

Are these claims true? What lurks the halls of this well-known mansion?  960 1280

  

Stone Lion Inn

Stone Lion Inn

One of Luker’s murder-mystery tales involves Elmer McCurdy, a real-life outlaw whose mummified body was put on display at carnivals and sideshows long after his death.  960 1280

  

Stone Lion Inn

Stone Lion Inn

Finally, his body was laid to rest, 66 years after his murder, in Guthrie’s Summit Cemetery.  960 1280

  

Stone Lion Inn

Stone Lion Inn

But his spirit may not be at peace just yet… 960 1280

  

Stone Lion Inn

Stone Lion Inn

Mysterious knocking and similar noises have been reported throughout the house, with no known origin.  960 1280

  

Stone Lion Inn

Stone Lion Inn

Haunting artwork lines the walls of the Stone Lion Inn, setting up any visitor for serious chills.  960 1280

  

Stone Lion Inn

Stone Lion Inn

A vintage typewriter that used to belong to the original owner, F.E. Houghton.  960 1280

  

Stone Lion Inn

Stone Lion Inn

The second floor of the Stone Lion Inn is where the spirits of the Houghton family are said to have been heard still wandering the halls.

A young girl named Irene is one of three deaths that took place at the Inn. Her voice is said to echo in one of the bedrooms.

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Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin

Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin

Care to take a better look around? The all-new episode of Ghost Adventures premieres March 25 at 9|8c!  960 1280

  

San Haven Sanatorium

San Haven Sanatorium

The Ghost Adventures crew is in northern North Dakota, investigating the now-abandoned San Haven Sanatorium.  960 1280

  

San Haven Sanatorium

San Haven Sanatorium

Opened in 1912, the sanatorium once housed patients with tuberculosis – a disease that affects a person’s lungs, but can also cause difficulties in other parts of the body.  960 1280

  

San Haven Sanatorium

San Haven Sanatorium

The building was constructed on Chippewa land, which some eyewitnesses believe could be the root of the property’s problems.   960 1280

  

San Haven Sanatorium

San Haven Sanatorium

Carson Belgarde started as an orderly in 1983, and worked at the sanatorium until it closed its doors four years later. He provides the crew with more background on the property.   960 1280

  

San Haven Sanatorium

San Haven Sanatorium

Since its closing in 1987, the sanatorium has been the site of satanic rituals.  960 1280

  

San Haven Sanatorium

San Haven Sanatorium

Some claim to have been scratched by the spirits and feel their presence on the property.  960 1280

  

San Haven Sanatorium

San Haven Sanatorium

Julie and Corey LaVallie were investigating the sanatorium when Julie says she was attacked by an unknown entity, receiving three distinct scratches across her chest. Corey says whatever they encountered that day followed them home… 960 1280

  

San Haven Sanatorium

San Haven Sanatorium

Back in 2001, a 17-year-old fell 40 feet down the elevator shaft to his death. The tragic event poses further questions for Zak and the guys.  960 1280

  

San Haven Sanatorium

San Haven Sanatorium

Zak sends Jay to search the underground tunnels alone. The passages were used to transport bodies to the crematorium.  960 1280

  

San Haven Sanatorium

San Haven Sanatorium

The spirits are restless in this house of unimaginable pain and horror. Would you be willing to spend the night here?  960 1280

  

San Haven Sanatorium

San Haven Sanatorium

Will Zak and the crew make it out unscathed? For the full investigation, tune in Saturday at 9|8c! 960 1280

  

The Zalud House

The Zalud House

The Ghost Adventures crew heads up an investigation into the Zalud House in Porterville, CA.  960 1280

  

The Zalud House

The Zalud House

Built in 1891 by John Zalud, the former home now stands as a museum.  960 1280

  

The Zalud House

The Zalud House

While the grounds are beautiful, they can’t distract from the property’s dark past.  960 1280

  

The Zalud House

The Zalud House

Original pieces cover the home, like these personalized name cards – so, “it’s like they never left.”  960 1280

  

The Zalud House

The Zalud House

Zalud family portraits that fill the rooms inside the house. 960 1280

  

The Zalud House

The Zalud House

One artifact in particular has caused quite a stir: The chair in which William Brooks, John Zalud’s son-in-law, was murdered in 1917 at the Porterville Pioneer Hotel. You can still see the bullet hole that pierced the wood…  960 1280

  

The Zalud House

The Zalud House

The Zalud family dining room where the family ate for generations. The lights have been seen flickering from time to time. 960 1280

  

The Zalud House

The Zalud House

A view of the bedroom where Pearle, the last member of the Zalud family, passed away. 960 1280

  

The Zalud House

The Zalud House

One of the other bedrooms inside the Zalud House where footsteps have been heard by guests. 960 1280

  

The Ghost Adventures Crew

The Ghost Adventures Crew

The crew prepares for an extreme lockdown. Are you ready? 960 1280

  

Zak Bagans

Zak Bagans

Hardship, disease, murder – get the full story Saturday at 9|8c! 960 1280

  

About the Show

Lockdown your Saturdays with the fearless team from Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures," returning for a spine-chilling twelfth season. In each episode, paranormal investigators Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin, along with A/V techs Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley, travel to a haunted destination where they meet with locals, eyewitnesses and experts to piece together the haunted history of each site. They then begin a dusk-to-dawn "lockdown" investigation, using the latest scientific gadgets and technology to confront the reported paranormal activity and document key evidence in an effort to uncover the truth behind each haunted mystery.

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