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Old Allen House –
705 North Main Street
Monticello, Arkansas 71655
Monticello is in Drew county, fifty
miles south of Pine bluff on U.S. Highway 425.
Old Allen House is a huge, 4 + floor
gothic Victorian house built at the turn-of-the-century (1900) by a wealthy
farmer, Joe Lee Allen, where he lived with his family until the 1950s.
In the 1950s, this huge house was converted into apartments, which became
housing for college students, attending the University of Arkansas. As
of 2002, the house once again is a private residence.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
In 1940, one of Allen's daughters,
LaDell killed herself by drinking cyanide. This didn't bring her the peace
she was looking for, because she still haunts the upper floors today,
and occasionally the downstairs. No one knows why she is haunting the
house. The current owners won't give permission for any investigation
Throughout the years, many tenants
have reported incidents as they find that they are living with a ghost.
A) One couple trapped her apparition
in a closet, and struggled to close the door, as the apparition giggled
at their efforts.
B) A doctor who was living in one
of the apartment units took a picture of this dead girl's apparition
as it reflected in a mirror.
C) Author Carol Wilson, who lived
in an apartment unit here, based her book, Scent of Lilac on the incidents
with LaDell that she personally experienced or observed.
D) Footsteps/noises/moans coming
from the upper floor apartments have resulted in the police coming in
to look for prowlers, which of course they never find, which must have
been a chuckle for the resident ghost, LaDell.