Located in Jerseyville, Illinois, the Cheney Mansion has been investigated by PTF members at various
times in 2009 and 2010. This mansion is both a historic and paranormal jewel which is well worth the
time for those who enjoy both to take the time and travel to Jerseyville, Illinois. The Jersey County
Historical Society members will make you feel more than welcome and you will leave with a warmed
heart and satisfying grin upon your face.
The Cheney Mansion, located at 601 N. State Street in Jerseyville, Illinois, was built after the Civil War
and incorporated the "Little Red House". The "Little Red House", constructed in 1827, was the first
frame structure in Jersey County. The mansion served as a tavern, stagecoach stop, a bank, a
doctor's office and was also utilized as a station for the Underground Railroad until the end of the
Civil War and included a false cellar that was used to hide slaves searching for freedom.
The "Little Red House" was built by James Faulkner and two carpenters named Hamilton and
Sweeney. A couple of years later it was sold to A.L. Carpenter, then to the D'Arcy family, and, through
inheritance, was owned by the Cheney family. The D'Arcy family had obtained large tracts of land and
were of considerable wealth. During their ownership, many changes and additions were added to the
establishment and was carried on by the Cheney family. Today, this stately structure shows little
resemblance to the 2-story, 4 room "Red House".
The mansion is furnished with 19th century pieces, it houses a collection of ladies and gentleman's
period clothing, and features a complete kitchen from the 1800-1900 era. In 1997, the Cheney
Mansion was purchased by local benefactors Clayton Brown and Richard McCauley and donated to
the Jersey County Historical Society.
More information about this fabulous location and the Jersey County Historical Society can be found
online at: www.jerseyusa.net - Please help support this society in preserving history for our
Second Floor Hauntings
Hallway - People have reported that when alone in the Mansion and when standing in the upstairs
hallway or adjacent room, they will hear men and women conversing downstairs.
The Children's Room - The attic door will close on its own. Also, a stuffed rabbit is sometimes moved
and jacks and a ball are sometimes played with by the unseen.
Prentis Dana Cheney's (P.D.) Room - It has been reported that the bed will levitate on its own then
drop to the floor and at times will just move on its own. People have also reported witnessing what
looks like an invisible person moving around in the bed and/or hearing heavy breathing.
The Drunk Room (where P.D.'s wife Margaret would lock him in when he was intoxicated) - People
have experienced the strong smell of vomit. Someone has reported the experience of being grasped
tightly on their arm by an unseen hand which held onto them for two to three minutes and several
others have reported being lightly touched various places and having their hair tousled.
Miss Dorothy's Room (P.D.'s nanny when he was small) - The spirit of a small negro girl is reportedly
living in the closet. A ball is sometimes played with if sat in front of the closet door. People also
report experiencing a strong moving smell of talcum powder or soap at times that comes and goes
without warning in this room.
Main "First" Floor Hauntings
Safe Room & Dr's Office - There have been reports of the spirit of a man and/or a small boy living in
the safe. People's hair is sometimes played with while they are in the safe and at times can be tugged
on quite hard! Sometimes when people sit on the stool in the safe, one of the little green safe
drawers will pull out and hit them in the leg. People often hear the sounds of a little girl singing an
unknown but familiar tune while sitting near the doorway of this room and it sounds as if it is coming
from the adjacent room or hallway. This same singing has also been heard by people who were in the
Sun Room/Control Room as well. There have been reports of people also hearing a woman laughing
in these same areas. People will also at times witness the rocking chair in this room rock and/or move
on its own.
There are also reports of people visually seeing a blue mist on the main stairway which is sometimes
captured in pictures.
A black moving mass has been seen and reported by many. It is also common for females to be
scratched on their back and/or neck. Also many females have reported their hair being tousled, lifted,
touched and blown on as well by unseen forces. Investigators have encountered moving areas of
high electromagnetic filed (EMF) and of seeing an unexplainable mist in the slave tunnel. Most of the
paranormal activity in the basement occurs when there are no males present.
Note: EVP's have been collected from almost anywhere in the mansion. Also, the mirrors in the home
are famous for providing faces in pictures or video, some of which look very similar to photos of the
Cheney family. Cold spots and unexplainable breezes are felt often all over the mansion and hearing
a loud breath in your ear which at times is caught on recordings is also a common experience.
We did not get any evidence during our investigation. While sitting in the basement with the caretakers Roberta did pick up on something slithering across the floor. The caretakers did tell us after Roberta announced this that this has been seen before and it's not human. Roberta drafted a picture of what she saw. Non-human being