Placed on the National Historic Register in 1982, it is a George F. Barber pattern home. George and Julia Ferris ordered it out of the Modern Dwellings Catalogue-plan #29. Construction was completed in 1903.
Unfortunately, George died in a runaway horse team accident returning from his copper mine in Encampment, WY. Julia lived in the mansion until her death in 1931 at the age of 76.
It is reported that the cost of the mansion plus furnishings was $60,000. In the late 1930s the home was converted into apartments. Over the next 40 years it went through several different owners and fell into a state of ill repair.
In 1978, David and Janice Lubbers purchased the home. Janice’s sister, Phyllis Lenz moved from Maryland to assist in the endeavor to restore the mansion. Meticulous restoration began and the home is back to its original grandeur. In 1986 the Ferris Mansion received the first bed and breakfast license ever issued in the state. David, Janice and Phyllis ran the B & B until 1997 and then retired and enjoyed other adventures while enjoying the home as a private residence. Health issues made it a daunting task to maintain the mansion.
In 2008, David and Janice’s daughter, Kaye-Marie and her family moved to the mansion. The B & B was reopened in 2010. Robert and Kaye-Marie Wilder continue the tradition of great hospitality in their beautiful home.
Guests have reportedly witnessed the apparition of a woman in Victorian-era clothing in the main parlor. It's thought that this might be the ghost of Julia Ferris, the mother of Cecil Ferris (who was tragically killed in a firearm accident in the home) and original curator of the mansion.
Guests and hosts alike have reported footsteps, whispers, shadows, and electrical malfunctions.
We have investigated the Ferris Mansion, twice: once in 2010 and again in 2011.
For equipment, we brought:
We did not capture any credible audio/EVP evidence during either investigation.
Other than a large number of orbs (which could be attributed to a number of environmental variables), PHOG did not capture any credible/noteworthy video evidence.
During our second investigation, one of the investigators sat in the "Blue Room" with the curator's niece and asked if Julia could move one of the gloves nailed to the wall. Within a few moments, a glove fell off the wall. Since the camera was not pointing in the direction of the glove, it was not captured, and we filed this event away as a "personal experience".
Despite having no credible audio or video evidence, PHOG captured some amazing picture evidence. In the pictures below, in 3 different frames, we captured what appears to be the outline of a figure in Victorian-era clothing. The figure appears outside the parlor, on the porch, at approximately 3am. It is clear that the figure has moved in the 3rd frame, so this isn't a stationary object.
Typically, we have a plethora of audio evidence, and it was strange to not have a wealth of EVPs to listen to.
However, the IR picture evidence of a possible apparition in the parlor area is extremely compelling. Not only for the visual aspect, but also because it confirms various reports guests have made of seeing the exact same thing.
We are excited to have captured our strongest picture evidence to date, and we look forward to returning to the Ferris Mansion to see if we can get evidence of the gloves moving in the Blue Room.
We believe the Ferris Mansion is likely haunted, although it appears to be benevolent and residual.