Yesterday I took a road trip to The Felt Mansion. Although I had JUST put new batteries in the camera, AND the camera was a trooper until the end of my walk around the property, when I looked at the pictures, only 25% or so showed up. This is a major disappointment because most of the shots of the exterior of the house didn’t show up, and neither did the giant butterfly bush that was swarming with monarch, swallowtail, and other butterflies, bees, etc. They also have a large solar array in the field nearby. I also got a few great shots of a row of swallows on a power line that never showed up. They say the place is haunted, and when the camera with new batteries is acting normal but pictures don’t show up I have to wonder. I got only one picture of the house, from a distance.
Felt Mansion is said to be haunted. The family came from Chicago, their fortune made on one of those new-fangled adding machines. Mr. Felt had the home built as their summer place. His wife’s room overlooks the pond because she wanted it that way. Unfortunately Mrs. Felt took ill and died shortly after the home was built. In later years the mansion was turned into an orphanage and the kids slept in a giant room upstairs. After that it became a state prison for awhile.
The first time I saw it was years ago. I’m not sure how I first heard of it, but back then only a couple of rooms had been refurbished and the rest was in a state of neglect and disrepair. They were still giving tours back then and we went on it. When we walked through that upstairs great room, my scalp started tingling. I never saw any ghost in there, which is fine by me. No thank you.
Somewhere funds were found, and today when I went I was amazed at not only the house but the several improvements that have been made to the grounds. Buildings and tent-like party tents are dotted around it, and it has become quite an event site. There is also a small church that’s been fixed up and the landscaping is very nice (before nothing but dirt, scraggly grass, and a slope with a garden of prickly pear cactus — the cacti are gone now, which is a shame.)
OK, on to the photos! If you click on the caption it should open pics in a new window (except for the next photo.)